• Articles 5, 6, and 7
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    Articles 5, 6, and 7

    Today we will learn about Articles 5, 6 and 7 of the Constitution. Article 5 goes over the procedure for amending the Constitution. Article 6 goes over National Supremacy and Article 7 goes over the procedure for Ratifying the Constitution. Let’s begin with Article 5. Article 5 outlines the procedures for Amending the Constitution. Amend means to change. So, an Amendment to the Constitution is a change to the Constitution. The framers of the Constitution knew they couldn’t predict every need that would arise in the future and that the Constitution would need to be changed someday so they created a step-by-step procedure for changing the Constitution and wrote it…

  • The Supremacy Clause: McCulloch v. Maryland
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    The Supremacy Clause: McCulloch v. Maryland

    [♪♪♪] – The supremacy clause is a funny name for a very basic concept in our Constitution. – The supremacy clause was very important to the project of building a nation out of what had been very separate states. – It’s called the supremacy clause because it tells you what the supreme authority in our legal system is. – Right here in Article VI, it says, “This Constitution, and the laws of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land.” – The supremacy clause essentially put everyone on notice and everyone agreed because they ratified the Constitution that we would be one country. – Above everything, the…

  • Legal “Expert” Gets Supremacy Clause Wrong in Mainstream News Report
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    Legal “Expert” Gets Supremacy Clause Wrong in Mainstream News Report

    Virtually any mainstream article that you read about state sovereignty or nullification is going to include a quote from a legal scholar. Now, nine times out of 10 this lawyer or law professor is going to cite the supremacy clause. It’s like federal supremacists think the supremacy clause is some kind of get out of jail free card. They slap it down and instantly any state action is invalidated. The Washington Examiner recently ran a fantastic article it was headlined “On the fifth anniversary of Snowden leak, one state effectively bans the NSA.” The article featured law recently passed in Michigan that bans all state support and cooperation with warrantless…

  • Printz v.  United States Summary | quimbee.com
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    Printz v. United States Summary | quimbee.com

    – [Narrator] The United States Supreme Court is known to save the announcement of its most controversial case for the last day of each term. It’s no wonder that Printz versus United States was announced just as the justices were headed out the door to close the 1997 term. The case raises deeply divisive issues involving gun control and the balance of power between the states and the federal government. Enacted by Congress in 1993, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act was a federal gun control statute that established a nationwide handgun background check system. While gearing up to implement the nationwide system, interim provisions of the Brady Act temporarily…

  • Can States Ignore Federal Law?
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    Can States Ignore Federal Law?

    On February 8th, Alabama’s Chief Justice Roy Moore issued a last-minute order to Alabama probate judges to deny same sex marriage licenses. This directly conflicted with a federal court decision on January 23rd, which legalized gay marriage in the state of Alabama. So, what happens now? Are states able to defy federal law? First off, as you may know, federal laws apply to the whole United States, and state laws apply to just the state. When a conflict between federal and state law arises, Article 6, Clause 2 of the Constitution, AKA the Supremacy Clause, says that federal law trumps state law. So, how is Alabama able to defy the…

  • Judicial Review: Crash Course Government and Politics #21
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    Judicial Review: Crash Course Government and Politics #21

    Hi. I’m Craig, and this is Crash Course Government and Politics, and today we’re going to talk about the most important case the Supreme Court ever decided ever. No, Stan, not Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company vs. Sawyer. Although, that is one of my favorites. Loves me some sheet and tube. And no, it’s not Ex parte Quirin. Although I do love me some inept Nazi spies and submarines. And no, it is not Miller v. California. Get your mind out of the gutter Stan. We could play this game all day, but this episode is about judicial review: the most important power of the Supreme Court and where it…