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U.S. Constituion: Federal and State Powers

Identify and discuss at least one way the U.S. Constitution provide for a strong federal government while still upholding individual states rights. Please provide an example to support your discussion.
Why is the United States Constitution called â??a living documentâ?? Why is it important that the Constitution be â??a living documentâ??

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The U.S. Constitution is a unique document that clearly establishes the powers of the federal government. Those powers not specifically given to the federal government are reserved for the states. Originally, states retained a significant amount of power. As the nation matured, the need to address national issues such as civil rights and labor standards, led the Supreme Court to make decision in favor of a strong federal government. The U.S. Constitution has allowed our government to change and grow as needed. The amendment process to the Constitution, though not easy, allows us to change our governing document. Thus, the U.S. Constitution can be viewed as a "living" document.

There are several granted or express powers that the U.S. Constitution bestows on the federal government that provide for its strength and power. ...

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This solution provides information on the powers granted to the federal and state governments, including what powers are granted to the federal government and what powers are reserved for the state governments. A brief discussion of the Bill of Rights that protect basic freedoms of citizens is also incorporated into this solution. An explanation of the Constitution as a "living" document through the amendment process is detailed.