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The Constitution of the United States of America

Attorney Kimberly Beck

The “Constitution” isn’t just some word selected at random. It’s called the Constitution because it is the document that describes what “constitutes” (i.e. makes up) the government.

I. Article 1 – the description of Congress. How Congress is selected. What they do.

II. Article 2 – the President. How we elect the president. What the President’s powers are.

III. Article 3 – The federal courts. The Supreme Court and the “inferior” courts.

IV. Article 4 – We are all Americans. The government of one state can’t discriminate against someone because that person is the “citizen” of another state. Also, if one state is attacked, we are all going to help.

V. Article 5 – How to Amend the Constitution.

VI. Article 6 – The Establishment Clause (there is no established “American religion.”) The Supremacy Clause – If US law conflicts with state law, US law wins.

VII. Article 7 – We all agree that this is the Constitution. Signed, all of those people who have familiar names, but we don’t remember exactly what they did.

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2 Comments

  1. Doug Haskell on January 11, 2022 at 10:07 am

    Great outline of the Constitution and the First Amendment, Kim. One of the big issues we have to cope with constantly is that the First Amendment is all about the Federal Government – “Congress shall make no law…” Throughout our nation’s history, we have struggled with the question of the supremacy of federal law vs. the rights of individual states. The Constitution gives us some guidance about federal vs. state powers, but it clearly is not a settled legal issue. That’s where the federal courts come into the picture, to clarify those state law vs federal law conflicts. Given how difficult it is to amend the Constitution, we have to rely on the courts to settle these issues. And as we have seen over our history. the federal courts tend to bend in different directions – often as changing political ideologies impact their make-up. “Settled issues” are sometimes not so “settled.”

    Yesterday, I had a conversation with a medical doctor who immigrated the the United States from India. He talked about how so many people who were born in this country know so little about how our political and legal systems really work. I had to agree.

    • BeckLawAdmin on January 12, 2022 at 6:11 pm

      Thank you, Doug.

      I have to agree that Americans generally should know more about the political landscape and the Constitution. That’s part of the reason I feel that this series about the Constitutional amendments is so important.

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Kim Beck

Attorney Kimberly Beck

Cincinnati, Ohio

Attorney Kim Beck is the managing member of Beck Law Center, located in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She has 15 years of experience as an attorney, mostly on the defense.  She now represents plaintiffs in personal injury cases involving a variety of injuries caused by defecting drugs/ pharmaceuticals, medical malpractice, and other series accidents.  If you would like more information about her background and experience, please review her profile page.

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