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The Constitution

The need for the Constitution grew out of problems with the Articles of Confederation, which established a "firm league of friendship" between the states, and vested most power in a Congress of the Confederation. This power was, however, extremely limited the central government conducted diplomacy and made war, set weights and measures, and was the final arbiter of disputes between the states. Crucially, it could not raise any funds itself, and was entirely dependent on the states themselves for the money necessary to operate. Each state sent a delegation of between two and seven members to the Congress, and they voted as a bloc with each state getting one vote. But any decision of consequence required a unanimous vote, which led to a government that was paralyzed and ineffectual.

The Three Branches

The Constitution has three branches.Legislative,Executive and Judicial.The Legislative branch has a senate and they pick two people from each state .They also have a House.The Executive branch is where the president and the vice president stay.The Judicial branch has a supreme court and that's about all.

The Legislative branch

Congress has two parts: the House of Representatives and the Senate. Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate are voted into office by American citizens in each state. There are currently 100 Senators, 435 Representatives, 5 Delegates, and 1 Resident Commissioner. The Government Publishing Office and Library of Congress are examples of Government agencies in the legislative branch. These agencies support the Congress.
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The State and Central Governments

There is a State Government and a Central Government. The State Government owns the education of our state.They also own Laws and they have a local government.They also hold elections.The Central and State government share some power. They share taxes,borrowing money,setting up courts,making laws, and enforcing laws.The Central Government owns the regulate trade,conduct foreign relations,provide military,declare war,prints money,post offices, and makes immigration laws.


The Preamble to the Constitution is an introductory, succinct statement of the principles at work in the full text. It is referred to in countless speeches, judicial opinions, and in a song from schoolhouse rock. Courts will not interpret the Preamble to confer any rights or powers not granted specifically in the Constitution.The Preamble to the United States Constitution is a brief introduction statement of the Constitutions fundamental purposes and guiding principles. It states in general terms, and courts have referred to it as reliable evidence of, the Founding Fathers' intentions regarding the Constitution's meaning and what they hoped the Constitution would achieve.

Checks and balances

The system of checks and balances is used to keep the government from getting too powerful in one branch. For example, the Executive Branch can veto bills from the Legislative Branch, but the Legislative Branch can override the veto.