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American Government Notes week 2

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American Government Notes week 2 P SC 1113

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American Federal Government notes week 2 unit 1
American Federal Government
Dr. Gary Copeland
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american, federal, Government, political, Science, P SC




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Date Created: 01/26/16
American Government Week 2  Constitution:   “Government seems like it was made for being so goddamn slow”  Introduction: how did WE come to be?  ● How do primitive societies “govern themselv​iolence!  ○ Called “biggest and baddest” governments and were great!… Only if you're the  biggest and baddest….  ○ People do not want to fight for food everyday, so they struck “deals”  ○ This led to feudal governments (lords would give protection and food, peasants  would give services to lords)  ○ Lords would have a lot of power because of this, became too powerful to other  lords sometimes  ○ To prevent bloodshed, created the Magna Carta (which limited powers to  governing bodies)  The purpose of constitutions (such as Magna Carta)  ● Provide certain powers to governments  ● Limits certain powers to government  ● Provide rule of law  ● Create “law of the land”  ● May be written, unwritten, or  combination  What creates legitimacy?  ● In religious­based governments it's the person or people who claims to be the most holy  ○ Power lies in the deity  ● In fascist regimes it's the person or people closest to the ideology  ○ Power lies in a select group of people  ● In primitive societies it's the biggest and baddest  ○ Power lies in the biggest and baddest (because they are mostly unopposed)  ● In republics and democracies, it's the person most favored by the people or the  representatives of the people.  ○ Power then lies in t​eople  Pilgrims and their governance:  ● Created the Mayflower Compact, set out laws to protect rights  ● Governors appointed…. but by the king, so the power is with the king  French and Indian Wars:  ● War fought between the French and English in the new world  ○ Fine, nothing really different… until debts needed payment  ● The colonists did the paying through taxes  ○ Which is fine at first… BUT they had no say in the matter.  ○ No taxation without representation  When is it okay to REBEL?  ● When the government is being unjust  ● When the government breaks a social contract  ● When the government works in its own self interest  ● When you know you're going to win!  Articles of Confederatiot won the war, that's it  ● People still upset about the monarchy, very light on powers given to executive and  judiciary  ● It workedokay until the 1780s  ○ Realized that it did not give them the ability to govern  ○ After Shay’s rebellion, they realized it was time to change some things  Constitution: they wantejust enough government  ● More central form of government as well as state  ● Finally gave the government enough power to DO things  ○ Ability to regulate interstate commerce  ○ give taxes  ○ Have a mail service  ○ Limit power, give power, etc.  ● Habeas Corpus: Everyone is entitled to a court of law in public for a reason   ○ Not “just ‘cause”  ● Inserted the Bill of Rights   ○ Federalists don't like it, thought it might limit the power  ○ Anti­Federalists want it because protects people  Limits in the Constitution  ● Separation of powers  ○ Executive: Vetoes or passes laws  ○ Legislative: Make laws  ■ House of Congress: closest to the people  ■ Senate: close to people but on a federal level  ○ Judiciary: Checks if the laws are constitutional  ● Checks and Balances  ○ Prevents one single power to be too powerful  ■ EX: Nixon in power vetoed laws that limited his power, but Reps and  Dems overrode the veto  ● Federalism  ○ Next week’s notes  ● Specific prohibitions  ○ prevents laws that make past activities criminal   


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