The

CONSTITUTION GUIDE

Preamble

    "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

Articles

Article 1

The Legislature - the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Article 2

The Executive branch - the presidency, vice presidency, and the cabinet.

Article 3

The Supreme court - directs the Congress to set up inferior courts.

Article 4

States relations - extradition, citizenship, recognition of sovereignty, admittance to the union, territorial rights, and guarantee's each state a republican form of government.

Article 5

Amendments - explains the process for amending the Constitution.

Article 6

Miscellaneous - debts prior to the Constitution are valid, international treaties are law, public officials must take a public oath to uphold the Constitution, and no religious tests required to hold public office.

Article 7

Ratification - only 9 states must ratify the Constitution for it to be binding to all 13 states.

The Bill Of Rights

Amendment 1

Freedom's - freedom to exercise religion, no Government establishment of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to peacefully assemble, freedom to petition the government.

Amendment 2

Arms - the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms (weapons).

Amendment 3

Quartering Soldiers - no quartering soldiers in houses without the consent of the owner.

Amendment 4

Search and Seizure - the government cannot search or seize your person, house, papers, or effects without a Warrant or probable cause

Amendment 5

No double jeopardy, no self-incrimination, you cannot be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, and eminent domain (the government cannot take your property without just compensation).

Amendment 6

Criminal Trials - you have the right to a speedy and public trial by jury, in the state and district where the crime was committed, the right to confront witnesses, to know the cause of your accusation, and the ability to obtain witnesses in your favor, and the right to an attorney.

Amendment 7

Civil Trials That Exceed $20 - you have the right to a trial by jury, and no court can overturn the jury's findings of fact.

Amendment 8

No excessive bail, or fines. No cruel and unusual punishment.

Amendment 9

Enumerated rights - the fact that certain rights are expressed in the constitution does not mean those are the only rights that the people have.

Amendment 10

Reserved Powers - all powers not specifically mentioned in the Constitution belong to the states.

Other Amendments

Amendment 11

Suits Against States - Citizens of a particular state cannot sue a different state (nor can foreigners sue any state whatsoever).

Amendment 12

Election of the president - describes the procedure for electing the president and vice president.

Amendment 13

Slavery and Involuntary Servitude - outlaws slavery, only permits involuntary servitude for criminal punishment.

Amendment 14

Citizenship, Due Process, and Equal Protection - people cannot hold multiple public offices at once, equal protection under the law, the apportionment of representatives, all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside, elaborates on public debt.

Amendment 15

Rights of Citizens to Vote - the right to vote may not be denied based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

Amendment 16

Income Tax - the Congress has the power to tax the income of citizens.

Amendment 17

Popular Election of Senators - changed the way Senators are elected, from state legislatures to the people of an individual state.

Amendment 18

Prohibition - prohibited the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors (alcohol) in the United States one year after its ratification.

Amendment 19

Women's Rights - the right of citizens to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Amendment 20

Requirments And Safeguards For Elected Officials - when terms end, when the Congress shall meet, what happens if the president-elect dies.

Amendment 21

Repeal Of Eighteenth Amendment - repealed the ban on alcohol.

Amendment 22

Presidential Term Limits - the president may serve a maximum of two, 4-year terms, or a maximum of 10 years.

Amendment 23

Presidential Electors For The District Of Columbia - gives D.C. the number of electors equivalent to the number of Representatives and Senators it would have had, were it a state (but it may not have more electors than the least populated state).

Amendment 24

Abolition Of The Poll Tax - the U.S., nor any state can deprive the right to vote from a citizen, based on their failure to pay a poll tax.

Amendment 25

Presidential Vacancy Or Inability To Serve - prescribes the actions to perform in the event that the president is not able to serve.

Amendment 26

Reduction Of Voting Age - reduced the voting age from 21 years old, to 18 years old.

Amendment 27

Congressional Pay Limitation - if Senators or Representatives increase their own pay, it will not take effect until the next election.

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