by: Eleanor Davis

Constitution facts

The Constitution was written in 1787 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania. The Articles of Confederation was not good enough so they had to write the Constitution. What was wrong with the Articles of Confederation was, there was no chief executive, there was no court system and there was no way for the Central Government to force a state to pay taxes. So in comes the Constitution to help cover more. The introduction to the Constitution is called the preamble. In introductions it basically explain a little about the writing. The preamble is," We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our prosperity, to ordain and establish the Constitution for the United States of America." (I think there should be a kid Constitution.) :)

Central and State Goverment

Powers given to the State Government are, education, laws, local government and can hold elections. Powers given to the Central Government are, regulate trade, conduct foriegn relations, provide to the defense, declare war, prints money, post offices and makes immigration laws. Shared power is Tax, borrow money, set up courts and enforces laws. I think Central government is given more power because it has more, and more important things they can do.

The Branches of Government

The Government is divided into three parts. Legislative government, Executive government, and Judicial government. The Legislative part is the senate(2 people from each state) (100 people in all), And the House of Representatives. The Executive part is the President and Vice President. Finally the Judicial part is the supreme court. Legislative can (to the Executive branch) 1. approve Presidential nominations 2. override a President's veto 3. impeach the President and remove him from office. (to the Judicial branch) The senate confirms the President' nominations. Congress can impeach judges and remove them from office). Executive can (to the Judicial branch) The President can veto Congressional legislation.(to the Judicial branch) The President nominates judges. Judicial can(to legislative branch) The court can declare laws unconstitutional.(to the Executive branch) The Court can declare presidential acts unconstitutional.