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Ch. 2 Constitutional Democracy: Promoting Liberty and Self Government

by: Marissa Ramon

Ch. 2 Constitutional Democracy: Promoting Liberty and Self Government Posi 2310

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These notes are over what was taught in class on Sep. 6 including the evolution of the Declaration of Independence and our government today.
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Date Created: 09/12/16
Ch. 2 Constitutional Democracy: Promoting Liberty and Self Government limited government­­> a government that is subject to strict limits on uses of power and its  ability to deprive people of their liberty representative government­­> a government where the people govern through the selection of  representatives  Colonial and Revolutionary Era ­­>limited government and democratic institutions were popular in England      ­English Bill of Rights (1689) ­­>British colonists were taxed frequently      ­Stamp Act: tax on paper products      ­Townshend Act: tax on paper, glass, and tea      ­Tea Act: led to Boston Tea Party First Continental Congress­­> no taxation without representation Declaration of Independence­­> call to revolution (liberty, equality, individual rights, self  government, and lawful powers)      ­governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed       ­philosophy of John Locke Articles of Confederation­­> states retained full sovereignty, freedom, and independence 1. prohibited Congress from interfering in state's commerce policies 2. prohibited Congress from levying taxes 3. required unanimous consent of states to approve amendments ­­>social tensions (Daniel Shays led farmers in a rebellion to prevent foreclosures on their land)  and economic tensions (of commerce and trade) led to the revision of the Articles of  Confederation Negotiating toward a Constitution New Jersey Plan Virginia Plan The Constitution Who is sovereign? States People People What law is  State Law National Law National Law supreme? Bicameral: equal  What kind of  Unicameral: one  Bicameral:  votes in Senate,  legislature? vote per state representation based  representation by  on population population in House What is the  Unanimous approval Popular ratification Amendment process amendment process? of states less difficult Federalists­­> favor strong national government and supports the Constitution (James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay are the authors of the Federalist Papers) Anti­Federalists­­> favor strong state government and weak national government and opposes  the Constitution Major Goals of the Framers of the Constitution 1. to establish a strong government to meet the nation's needs 2. to establish a government that wouldn't threaten the existence of the separate states 3. to establish a government that would not threaten people's liberty 4. to establish a government based on popular consent  Limited Government    grants of power­­> limiting government by confining authority to the powers granted in the  Constitution (17 powers) denials of power­­> a constitutional listing of powers that the government is prohibited from  using Bill of Rights­­> restricts power of government and protects individual rights (freedom rights) Judicial Review­­> courts determine if governmental institution is acting within its  constitutional powers (established after the Marbury v. Madison Case) Representative Government Tyranny of Majority­­> "the people acting as an irrational mob that tramples on the rights of  the majority"      Ex: sports gets more funding than music      ­majority rule in a republic is limited to protect minority rights ­­>indirect election of president (electoral college) and senators ­­>federal judiciary appointed and not elected *we are a liberal democracy* 17th Amendment­­> allows us to appoint or vote for state senators Jeffersonian Democracy­­> government belongs to all and not just to the elite Jacksonian Democracy­­> award electoral votes for state's popular vote Modern Day Constitutional­­> power gained through elections to be exercised in accordance with law and  due respect for individual rights Democratic­­> provides for majority influence via elections Republic­­> mix of deliberative institutions, each of which moderates the power of others


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