AN OUTLINE OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES

 

PREAMBLE

ARTICLE  I       LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT

     Sect. 1.   Legislative Power: the Congress

     Sect. 2.   House of Representatives

     Sect. 3.   Senate

     Sect. 4.   Elections and Meetings

     Sect. 5.   Legislative Proceedings

     Sect. 6.   Compensation, Immunities, and Disabilities

     Sect. 7.   Revenue Bills and Presidential Veto

     Sect. 8.   Powers of Congress

     Sect. 9.   Powers Denied to Congress

     Sect.10.  Powers Denied to the States

 

ARTICLE II   EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

     Sect. 1.   Executive Power-The President (term, election, qualification, compensation, oath)

     Sect. 2.   Presidential Powers and Duties

     Sect. 3.   Presidential Powers and Duties

     Sect.4.    Impeachment

 

ARTICLE III  JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT

     Sect. 1.  Judicial Power, Courts-Terms of Office

     Sect. 2.  Jurisdiction

     Sect 3.   Treason

 

ARTICLE IV   RELATIONS AMONG THE STATES

     Sect. 1.   Full Faith and Credit

     Sect. 2.   Privileges and Immunities of Citizens

     Sect. 3.   New States and Territories

     Sect. 4.   Protections Afforded to the States by the Nation

ARTICLE V   PROVISIONS FOR AMENDMENTS

ARTICLE VI  PUBLIC DEBT-SUPREMACY OF NATIONAL LAW-OATH

     Sect. 1.   Validity of Debts

     Sect. 2.   Supremacy of National Law

     Sect. 3.   Oaths of Office

 

ARTICLE VII   RATIFICATION OF THE CONSTITUTION

AMENDMENTS 1-10   THE BILL OF RIGHTS

 

1.     FREEDOM OF RELIGION, SPEECH, PRESS, ASSEMBLY, AND PETITION

2.     RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS

3.     LODGING OF TROOPS IN PRIVATE HOMES

4.     SEARCH, SEIZURE, AND WARRANTS

5.     CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS, DUE PROCESS, EMINENT DOMAIN

6.     CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS

7.     JURY TRIALS IN CIVIL CASES

8.     BAIL; CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT

9.     UNENUMERATED RIGHTS

10.   POWERS RESERVED TO THE STATES

ALL LANGUAGE CONTAINED ABOVE IS ORIGINAL TO THE FRAMERS

11.   SUITS AGAINST THE STATES

12.   ELECTION OF THE PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT

13.   SLAVERY AND INVOLUNTARY SERVITUDE

        Sect 1.   Slavery and Involuntary Servitude Prohibited

        Sect 2.   Power of Congress

14.  RIGHTS OF CITIZENS

        Sect. 1.   Citizenship-Privileges-Immunities-Due Process-Equal Protection

        Sect 2.   Apportionment of Representation

        Sect 3.   Disqualification of Offices

        Sect 4.   Public Debt

        Sect 5.   Power of Congress

15.  RIGHT TO VOTE RACE, COLOR, OR SERVITUDE

        Sect. 1.   Suffrage Not to be Abridged

        Sect. 2.   Power of Congress

16.  INCOME TAX   

17.  POPULAR ELECTION OF SENATORS

       Sect. 1.  Popular Election of Senators

       Sect. 2.  Senate Vacancies

       Sect. 3.  Inapplicable to Senators Previously Chosen

18.  PROHIBITION OF INTOXICATING LIQUORS (repealed by the 21st)

19.  EQUAL SUFFRAGE

       Sect. 1.   Suffrage Not to be Abridged

       Sect. 2.   Power of Congress

20.  COMMENCEMENT OF TERMS-CONGRESS-DEATH-DISQUALIFICATION

        Sect. 1.   Terms-President-Vice-President-Congress (note-you can be here a long time)

        Sect. 2.   Sessions of Congress

        Sect. 3.   Death or Disqualification of the President-Elect

        Sect. 4.   Congress to Provide for Succession

        Sect. 5.   Effective Date

        Sect. 6.   Time Limit of Ratification

21.  REPEAL OF THE 18TH AMENDMENT

       Sect. 1.  Repeal of Prohibition

       Sect. 2.  Transportation, Importation of Intoxicating Liquors (now taxed-regulated)

       Sect. 3.  Time Limit on Ratification

22.  PRESIDENTIAL TENURE

       Sect. 1.  Restrictions on Number of Terms

       Sect. 2.  Time of Ratification

23.  INCLUSION OF THE DISTRICT OF COLOMBIA

        Sect. 1.   Presidential Electors for District

        Sect. 2.  Time Limit of Ratification

24.  RIGHT TO VOTE IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS-NOT ABRIDGED(TAX PAYMENT)

       Sect. 1.  Suffrage May Not be Abridged

       Sect. 2   Power of Congress

25.  PRESIDENTIAL SUCESSION-VACANCY-INABILITY TO PERFORM DUTIES

       Sect. 1.   Presidential Succession

       Sect. 2.  Vice-Presidential Vacancy

       Sect. 3.   Presidential Inability

26.  RIGHT TO VOTE-AGE  (18)

       Sect. 1.   Suffrage Not to be Abridged

       Sect. 2. Power of Congress

27.  CONGRESSIONAL PAY

 

 

YOU WILL NOTE THAT FOR OTHER THAN THE 15TH, 19TH, AND 21ST AMENDMENTS; WHICH GRANT INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS....THE COMPOSITE OF ALL THE AMENDMENTS SINCE THE RATIFICATION OF THE 14TH AMENDMENT EXPAND AND FURTHER DEFINE THE POWERS AND INFLUENCE OF THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND THE BRANCHES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

 

References for Essays on the Amendments

Macgruder’s “American Government”- by William A. McClenaghan- 1997 teacher’s edition

McDougal Littell “The Americans”-last copyright 2005

“The Enduring Vision”- a History of the American People- third edition-1996 authors: Paul S. Boyer (University Madison Wisconsin), Clifford E. Clark Jr. (Carleton College), Joseph F. Kett (University of Virginia), Neal Salisbury (Smith College), Harvard Sitkoff (University of New Hampshire), and Nancy Woloch (Bernard College).

On Federalism here:

http://recoveringfromchange.ning.com/main/search/search?q=federalism

www.on-federalism.eu/attachments/088_download.pdf

Best links for info on Federalism:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federalism

http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/federalist-papers

http://www.federalismamendment.com/

"federalism":http://publiushuldah.wordpress.com/category/federalism/

On Congress:

http://publiushuldah.wordpress.com/2009/09/08/congress-enumerated-powers/

http://www.conservativedailynews.com/ 

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventeenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution   (you can research each amendment here) 

http://www.barefootsworld.net/14uncon.html  (some issues on unconstitutionality of the 14th)

http://www.maitreg.com/politics/documents/BillOfRights.asp

http://www.thomasjeffersoncenter.com/states-rights-and-the-17th-amendment/

www.thecnc.org/Documents/1776.htm)

http://www.restorefederalism.org/?gclid=CIucxLTgprQCFQ2znQodMmUA2A

http://www.lawfulpath.com/ref/17th-repealed.shtml

http://www.nhinet.org/hoebeke.htm

 References, Studies  and Tutorial Links

Articles by John Tripp

Early American History 1740-1775

The Purpose of Government

The Birth of the Constitution

Basic Constitutional Education-A good refresher!

These four Videos are provided as a basic foundation for further learning. The videos are a great quick refresher!

 

 

Part II:Constitutional Consent of the Governed

Part III Rule of Law

Part IV -Separation of Powers

For further information and more great videos check out

http://billofrightsinstitute.org/

More Resources on Constitution Educations

Educational Resources

Constitutional Education

Founding Documents

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