CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES & PRINCIPLES

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Abortion: “With consistency, beautiful and undeviating, human life from its commencement to its close, is protected by the common law. In the contemplation of law, life begins when the infant is first able to stir in the womb. By the law, life is protected not only from immediate destruction, but from every degree of actual violence, and, in some cases, from every degree of danger.” ― James Wilson, Signer of the U.S. Constitution, and defender of the Constitution at the Pennsylvania Ratification Convention.

 

Absentee Ballots

 

Activism

 

Adjourn

 

Administrative Agencies

 

Admiralty Law

 

Admission of New States

 

Advice and Consent Powers

 

Affidavits

 

Affirmation

 

Affirmative Action

 

Affordable Housing (and public housing)

 

Air Force

 

Aliens

 

Alliance

 

Alternative Energy

 

Ambassador(s)

 

Amendment

 

Anchor Babies

 

Animal Rights

 

Anti-Trust Laws

 

Appeals

 

Appellate Jurisdiction

 

Appointment

 

Apportionment

 

Appropriation(s)

 

Armed Forces: See U.S. Military

 

Army

 

Arrest

 

Articles of Confederation

 

Assassination

 

Assembly/Association

 

Assistance of Counsel

 

Atlantic Slave Trade

 

Attainder

Originally from English common law.  An attainder is a penalty enacted in consequence of a judgment of outlawry or of death for treason or felony.  Attainder entailed the forteiture of the condemned person’s property and civil rights, and his loss of the right to inherit or transmit property to an heir (corruption of blood).  Abolished by Britain in 1970.  Abolished by the United States Constitution in Article III, Section 3 and in some State Constitutions.  (Funk & Wagnalls Standard Reference Encyclopedia, 1959, p. 785)

 

Attorney General

 

Authors

 

Bail

 

Ballot Harvesting

 

Bankruptcy

 

Banks

 

 

Bicameral Congress

 

 

Bill(s) of Attainder

 

Bill of Rights

 

Bill(s)

 

Bills of Credit

 

Birthright Citizenship

 

Blessings of Liberty

 

Borrowing Power

 

Bonus Bill (see Madison’s Veto of a Public Works Bill, 1817)

 

Border Security

 

Branches of Government

 

Breach of Peace

 

Bribery

 

Broadcasting

 

 

Budget

 

Bureau of Land Management

 

Cabinet

 

Campaign Financing

 

Campaigning

 

Capital Crime

 

Capital of the United States: see Seat of Government

 

Capital Punishment

 

Capitalism

 

Capitation

 

Caucus(es)

 

Censorship

 

Census

 

Certain Rights

 

Cession

 

Change

 

Checks and Balances

 

Chief Justice of the United States

 

Church and State: see Separation of Church and State

 

Citizen(s)

 

Civil Forfeiture

 

Civil Office

 

Civil Rights

 

Climate Change

 

Cloture

 

Coin

 

College (from offering free college to paying college loans)

 

Commander in Chief

 

Commerce Clause

 

Committees

 

Common Defense

 

Common Law

 

Common Defense

 

Communication(s)

 

Compensation

 

Compromise

 

Concur

 

Concurrence

 

Concurrent Powers

 

Confederation

 

Confirmation Hearing

 

Congress                                                                              

 

Connecticut Compromise

 

Consent of the Governed

 

Consent of the Legislature

 

Consequence of Appropriations made by Law

 

Constitution

 

Constitutional Convention

 

Contracts (interfering with the obligation of contracts)

 

Controversies between two or more States

 

Convention of States

 

Convicted

 

Copyright

 

Corporatism

 

Corruption of Blood

 

Counsel

 

Counterfeit

 

Courts: See Judicial Branch

 

Credit

 

Crime

 

Critical Theory

 

Critical Race Theory

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Cruel and Unusual Punishment

 

Currency

 

Culture

 

Death Penalty

 

Debt

 

Declaration of Independence

 

Declaration of War

 

Deconstructionism

 

Defense

 

Deficit

 

Defunding the Police

 

Delegate

 

Democracy

 

Democratic Party

 

Deportation

 

Direct Taxation

 

Discrimination

 

District of Columbia: 1871 act

 

Divided Loyalty

 

Divorce

 

Domestic

 

Domestic Issues

 

Domestic Relations

 

Domestic Tranquility

 

Domestic Violence

 

Double Jeopardy

 

Drugs

 

Dual Citizenship

 

Dual Constituency

 

Due Process

 

Due Process Clause

 

Duty

 

Duty of Tonnage: That Clause prohibits states or municipalities from “laying a duty of tonnage,” which is defined as a charge imposed “upon a vessel, according to its tonnage, as an instrument of commerce, for entering or leaving a port, or navigating the public waters of the country.”

 

Economic Stimulus Packages

 

Economy

 

Education

 

Election Donations (Election Reform)

 

Elections (general)

 

Elections (manners and procedures)

 

Elections (presidential)

 

Electoral College

 

Electoral Vote, Congressional Certification of

 

Electoral Votes

 

Electors

 

Eligibility for Office

 

Emergency Powers

 

Eminent Domain

 

Emolument

 

English Language as the Official Language

 

Entertainment Industry

 

Enumerated Powers

 

Enumeration

 

Environmentalism

 

Equal Pay

 

Equal Protection

 

Equal Rights

 

Equal Suffrage

 

Equality

 

Equity

 

Establish

 

Establish Justice

 

Establishment Clause

 

Estate Tax

 

Ex Post Facto

 

Exceptions Clause

 

Excessive Bail

 

Excessive Fines

 

Excises

 

Exclusionary Rule

 

Exclusive Powers

 

Executive Authority (president, governor, mayor …)

 

Executive Branch

 

Executive Departments

 

Executive Orders

 

Executive Power

 

Executive Privilege

 

Exempt

 

Expel Members

 

Export Duties

 

Extradition

 

Extraterritoriality

 

Euthanasia

 

Face Coverings/Masks

 

Fair and Equitable

 

Fairness

 

Fairness Doctrine

 

Faithfully Execute

 

Fallen Sparrows

 

Family

 

Farm Subsidies

 

Federal

 

Federal Mandate

 

Federal Reserve

 

Federalism

 

Federalist Papers

 

Felony

 

Filibuster

 

Flag Burning

 

Flag Salute

 

Flags

 

Foregoing Powers

 

Foreign Affairs

 

Foreign Aid

 

Foreign Entanglements

 

Foreign Trade Agreements

 

Foreigners

 

Founding Fathers

 

Framers of the U.S. Constitution

 

Free Exercise Clause

 

Freedom of Assembly: See Assembly

 

Freedom of Speech

 

Freedom of the Press

 

Fugitive Slave Act of 1793

 

Fugitive Slave Act of 1850

 

Full Allegiance

 

Full Faith and Credit

 

Fundamental Orders of Connecticut

 

Fundamental Rights

 

Gambling/Lottery

 

Gay Agenda: See Homosexuality

 

Gender(ism)

 

General Welfare

 

General Will

 

Genetics

 

Gerrymander

 

Globalism

 

GMOs

 

Gold Standard

 

Good Behavior

 

Good Intentions

 

Government

 

Government Ownership of Private Equity Stakes

 

Government Pensions

 

Government Unions

 

Grand Jury

 

Granted

 

Grievance(s)

 

Guarantee Clause

 

Guns

 

Habeas Corpus

 

Hamilton, Alexander

 

Hate Crimes

 

Health Care

 

Herein

 

High Crimes and Misdemeanors

 

High Seas

 

History, Preserving (discuss the toppling of statues, we learn from our mistakes, etc)

 

Homosexuality:

 

House of Representatives

 

Housing: See Affordable Housing

 

Human Rights

 

Illegal Aliens: See Aliens

 

Immigration

 

Immunity

 

Impartial Jury

 

Impeachment (power of)

 

Impeachment (trial of)

 

Implied Powers

 

Importation of Such Persons

 

Imposts

 

Incentive

 

Income Tax: See Direct Taxes

 

Incorporation Doctrine

 

Incorporation of Washington, D.C.

 

Incumbent

 

Indians Not Taxed

 

Indictment

 

Infamous Crime

 

Inherent Powers

 

 

Inhabitant

 

Initiative:

 

Initiatives:

 

Institution

 

Insurrection

 

Intellectual Property

 

Interest Group

 

International Law

 

International Relations

 

Internet

 

Interstate Commerce: See Commerce Clause

 

Invasion

 

Invasion of Privacy

 

Inverse Condemnation

 

Islam

 

Joint Resolutions

 

Journal

 

Journalism/News Media:

 

Judgment

 

Judicial

 

Judicial Access: How easy is it for the average citizen to go to court either to initiate an action to vindicate or protect his or her rights or to appeal an unjust decision? Constitutional rights do not exist in the…

 

Judicial Authorities

 

Judicial Branch

 

Judicial Independence

 

Judicial Interpretation

 

Judicial Opinion

 

Judicial Power

 

Judicial Review

 

Judgment

 

Jurisdiction

 

Jury(ies)

 

Jury Nullification

 

Just Compensation

 

Justice

 

Keep and Bear Arms

 

King: see Monarchy

 

Labor Rights

 

Labor Unions

 

Lame Duck

 

Law

 

Law and Equity

 

Law Enforcement

 

Law of Nations

 

Law of the Land

 

Law of the Sea

 

Laws of the United States

 

Legislating from the Bench

 

Legislation

 

Legislative Branch

 

Legislative Order

 

Legislative Power

 

Legislative Powers

 

Legislative Resolution

 

Legislature

 

Letters of Marque and Reprisal

 

Libel

 

Liberty

 

Limited Government

 

 

Line Item Veto

 

Living Wage

 

Lobbyist

 

Local Government

 

Localism

 

 

Madison’s Notes

 

Madison’s Veto of a Public Works Bill, 1817

 

Mainstream Media

 

Majority Leader

 

Majority Rule

 

Maladministration

 

Maritime Law

 

Marriage

 

Marine Corps

 

Maritime Law

 

Mayflower Compact

 

Members

 

Mental Health

 

Mercantilism

 

Midnight Judges

 

Migration

 

Military: See U.S. Military

 

Militia

 

Minimum Wage

 

Minorities

 

Minority Leader

 

Minority Party

 

Minimum Wage

 

Miranda Rights

 

Monarchy

 

Monetary System

 

Money

 

Monopolies

 

More Perfect Union

 

Motor Voter Legislation

 

National

 

National Security

 

National Service Program

 

Nationalism

 

Native Americans

 

Natural Born Citizen

 

Natural Rights


"Government, in my humble opinion, should be formed to secure and to enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government, which has not this in view, as its principal object, is not a government of the legitimate kind." --James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1791

 

 

Naturalize/Naturalization

 

Navy

 

Necessary and Proper

 

Needful Buildings

 

Net Neutrality

 

New Jersey Plan

 

New States

 

No-Fly Lists

 

Non-Profit (Not-for-profit):

 

Northwest Ordinance

 

Nuclear Energy

 

Nullification

 

Oath/Oath of Office

 

Obligation of Contracts

 

Offshore Banking

 

Or to the people

 

Ordain

 

Original Intent

 

Original Jurisdiction

 

Packing the Courts

 

Pandemic

 

Pardon(s)

 

Patents

 

Patriot Act

 

Patriotic

 

Patronage

 

Peace

 

Penal System

 

Pentagon

 

Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances

 

Petitions

 

Police Power

 

Political Parties

 

Poll Tax

 

Popular Sovereignty

 

Postal Power (post offices and postal roads)

 

Posterity

 

Poverty

 

Poverty Level

 

Prayer

 

Preamble

 

Preemption

 

President of the Senate

 

President of the United States

 

President pro tempore

 

Primary (open, closed, jungle)

 

Prison System (end mass incarceration of blacks)

 

Privacy

 

Privileged from Arrest

 

Privileges and Immunities

 

Pro-Forma Session

 

Probable Cause

 

Proclamations

 

Profiling

 

Progress of Science

 

Prohibition

 

Property

 

Property Taxes

 

Proportion to the Census

 

Public

 

Public Consumption

 

Public Opinion

 

Public Safety

 

Public Use

 

Punishment

 

Punitive

 

Qualifications for Office

 

Quartering

 

Quorum

 

Racism

 

Ratify/Ratification

 

Real I.D.

 

Reapportionment

 

Rebellion

 

Recall

 

Recess

 

Recess Appointment

 

Reconcile

 

Redistribution of Wealth

 

Redistricting

 

Referendum

 

Regulate(d)

 

Regulation

 

Regulatory

 

Religion

 

Religious Freedom

 

Religious Test

 

Removal from Office

 

Reparations

 

Representative

 

Representation

 

Reprieve

 

Reproductive Rights

 

Republic

 

Republic Review

 

Republican Form of Government: see Republic

 

Republican Party

 

Reserved to the States

 

Resignation

 

Revenue

 

Reverse Discrimination

 

Riders

 

Rights

 

Rule of Law

 

Rules of Proceedings

 

Ruling Elite

 

Sacred Honor

 

Safe Spaces

 

Sanctuary Cities/States

 

Saxby Fix

 

Science and Technology

 

Search and Seizure

 

Seat of Government

 

Secession

 

Secure

 

Security

 

Segregation

 

Self-Evident

 

Self-Incrimination

 

Senate

 

Senator

 

Separation of Church and State

 

Separation of Powers

 

Service of the United States

 

Session

 

Sex Education

 

Sexuality

 

Situational Ethics

 

Slavery

 

Social Contract

 

Social Justice

 

Social Media

 

Social Security

 

Socialism

 

Sovereign Immunity

 

Sovereignty

 

Space Exploration

 

Space Force (NASA)

 

Speaker of the House

 

Special Interest

 

Spending

 

Standing (Judicial)

 

Standing Army

 

State

 

State of the Union

 

State Sovereignty

 

States’ Rights

 

Subject to the Jurisdiction thereof

 

Suffrage

 

Supremacy Clause

 

Supreme Court (from duties to packing of)

 

Supreme Law of the Land

 

Surveillance

 

Tariffs

 

Taxation

 

Technology

 

Term Limits

 

Terms of Office

 

Territory

 

Terrorism

 

Three-Fifths Clause

 

Title(s) of Nobility

 

Tobacco

 

Tories

 

Tort Reform (7th amendment?)

 

Trade between the States

 

Trade with other countries

 

Transgenderism

 

Travel

 

Treason

 

Treasury of the United States

 

Treaty(ies)

 

Trial

 

Tribunals Inferior to the Supreme Court

 

U.S. Senate

 

Uniform Code of Military Justice

 

Union

 

Unions: See Labor Unions

 

Unitary System of Government

 

United Nations

 

United States of America (include explanation of small u in Declaration)

 

Universal Basic Income

 

Universal Childcare

 

Useful Arts

 

Vacancy/Vacancies

 

Vaccinations

 

Vested

 

Vested Rights

 

Veterans

 

Veto/Vetoes

 

Vice President of the United States

 

Virginia Plan (Virginia Compromise)

 

Virtue

 

Voter I.D.

 

Voting

 

Voting Age

 

Voting Privilege

 

War

 

War Powers

 

Warrant(s)

 

Washington, D.C.: See District of Columbia

 

We the People

 

Wealth Tax

 

Weights and Measures

 

Welfare

 

Well Regulated Militia

 

Whistleblowers

 

Wiretapping

 

Witness(es)

 

Women in Combat

 

Women’s Rights

 

Writ of Assistance

 

Writ(s) of Certiorari: In law, certiorari is a court process to seek judicial review of a decision of a lower court or government agency. Certiorari comes from the name of an English prerogative writ, issued by a superior court to direct that the record of the lower court be sent to the superior court for review

 

Writs of Election

 

Yankee

 

Youth

 

Zoning

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