Outline of the U.S. Constitution
This page goes over what the U.S. constitution says in an overview, and
gives a basic outline of it.
Comments from Political Paul in
That's Right! The U.S. Constitution in lamens terms for simpletons like
You and Me! And if you act now you also get the Bill of Rights! But Wait,
There's more! You'll also get the other 16 amendments for the low, low
price of absolutily NOTHING!!
States the reasons for writing the U.S. constitution. They were to - form a
more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide
for the common defense, promote general welfare, and secure the blessings
of liberty to ourselves and our prosperity.
The articles of the constitution defined what powers a branch did and did
not have and how certain problems were to be handled.
The first article stated the powers of the three government branches.
Section 1: The Legislative Branch
This section stated that congress was to be made up of two parts, the
Senate and the House of Represenatives.
Section 2: The House of Represenatatives
This section decides how often represenatives are chosen, how long a
represenative can stay in office, how many represenatives per state,what
will happen if a senator vacates his/her post, how a speaker is chosen, and
the house's ability to impeach.
Section 3: The Senate
This states that has to senators in the senate, there will be a new
election for one-third of the senate every 2 years, age and citizenship
rules to become a senator, the Vice President is the president of senate,
the senate shall choose their own officers and a president in case the Vice
President cannot fill their duties, and senates power to impeach.
Section 4: Organization of Congess
Says the way of chosing senators and represenatives is up to the state
alone, congress shall assemble at least once a year.
Section 5: The House's Jobs
Each house will be the judge of their own elections and qualifications of
it members. Each house may determine the rules of it procedings, and punish
it's members for disorderly behavior. Each House shall keep a journal of
Section 6: Money and War-Time Jobs
States that each senator and represenative will receive compenstaion for
services to their country to be paid out by the U.S. treasury. They will
also be immune from arrest, except for treson, felony, and breach of the
peace, during an attendance to a session of ther respective house, and
traveling there and back. Last no senator or represenative will be put into
any civil office during the time of war.
Section 7: Bills
All bills for raising revenue (and paychecks) shall originate in the
House of Represenatives, any bill passed in the two houses will go to the
president and pending approval become a law. If the presidents disapproves
if a bill then it goes back to the house's and if two-thirds vote for it,
it becomes a law.
Section 8: Powers Granted to Congress
1. Collects taxes, duties, imposts, lunch money and excises to pay
debts and proved defense.
2. Borrow money on credit of the United States.
3. Regulate commerace with foriegn nations.
4. Form Uniform law laws of nutrilization and bankruptcies throught the
5. Coin money and fix the Standard wieghts and measurements. Down with
the metric system!!
6. Provide punishment for counterfeiting U.S. Money
7. Establish post offices and roads.
8. Promote useful stuff by giving copywrites.
9. Repeatedly say the Supreme Court is the Highest and your all
10. Punish Pirates of the High Seas. (Really says this)
11. Declare War
12. To raise and support armies
13. Provide and maintain a navy
14. Regulation of the government, and land and naval forces
15. To call forth the Militia to execute laws of the union
16. To provide organize and disciplining the militia.
17. To exercise legislation over all places owned by the U.S.
18. To make all laws that are necessary.
Section 9: Powers Forbidden to Congress
1. Congress cannont prohibit the immigration of a person to the U.S. but
can charge them money.
2. They cannont stop the process of HABEAS CORPUS.
3. No bill may be passed that punishes a person without a trial.
4. No direct tax shall be laid
5. No tax shall be put on items exported from any state.
6. No preferences shall be put on a port in one state to another
7. No money shall be taken from the treasury.
8. No titles of nobilty may be given.
Section 10: Powers Forbidden to the States
No state shall enter treaties, issue their own money, grantany title of
nobility. No state shall lay duties on imports or expoert without the
consent of congress. No state shall keep military without congress consent
during time of peace.
Article 2: The Executive Branch
This article includes rules to be followed by the executive branch.
Including, term limits, limits to become president, elections of the
president, What to do if President is removed from office be it death,
impeachment or other reason. Also states that the president will receive
compensation for his service to the United States and is head of the
Military. The president shall also from time to time give information about
the state of the Uniion to Congress.
Article 3: The Judicial Branch
States that the supreme power in the court sysem is thesupreme court. All
cases involving public officials must be presided over by the supreme
court. In trials the person shall be tried in the state in which the crime
was commited. Treason by a person shall only consist on them waging war on
the United States. Only the person guilty of treason shall lose their
Article 4: Relations of the States to Each Other
Full faith and credit shall be givin from one state to another in the
public acts, records, and judicial preceedings. A criminal fleeing from one
state to another after crime, if apprehended, at the request of the
executive authority of the state be returned to the state from which they
New states shall be admitted by congress, but no state can be formed under
the control of another. Congress can dispose of or change any bounderies of
one state whenever it is needed. Every state in the union is guaranteed a
free Republican form of gevernment, and shall be protected against
Article 5: Amending the Constitution
In congress whenever two/thirds of the house deem it necessary, shall
propose amendments to the constitution. To become part of the constitution
and amendment must be ratified, by the legilslatures of three-fourths of
the states. Also they must be ratified in a reasonable amount of
Article 6: National Debts, Supremacy
Debts - All debts made before the ratification will be payed.
Supremacy of the National Government - This states that Federal government
has supreme power over state governments. That means if California made it
a law that you had to go looting once a year all together it would be void
because it's against federal law.
Article 7: Ratifying the Constitution
The constitution must be ratified by all states present in the 1777 to
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