Warm-Up for 10/21/14

U.S. and State Constitution Comparison
Author and Harvard University Law Professor Sanford Levinson compares the U.S. Constitution with those of the 50 states, and critiques its limitations. (6 mins)

Use the video at www.c-span.org/video/?c3943977/us-state-constitution-comparison and respond to ALL the following:
1. In which ways does the U.S. Constitution make it difficult to pass legislation?

2. Which power does the president of the United States wield over new legislation passed by Congress?

3. Is Congress able to override the president’s opposition?

4. Why does Mr. Levinson suggest that “even getting through a tricameral legislature might not be enough”?

5. How does this system prevent “tyranny of the majority”?