Seven Principles of the Constitution
Popular Sovereignty, Republicanism, Federalism, Separation of Powers, Checks and Balance, Limited Government, Individual Rights
The right of people to make political decisions for themselves.
People can exercise their power by voating for their political representatives.
A system in which power is divided between the national and state governments
Seperation of Powers
Dividing the powers of government among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
Citizens and powerful government leaders alike, must obey the law
Basic liberties and rights of all citizens are guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.
Checks and Balances
A system that allows each branch of government to limit the powers of the other branches in order to prevent abuse of power.
Give an Example of Popular Sovereightny
People can run for a town mayor seat to make changes that they think necssary.
Give an Example of Republicanism
Every four years the people of the USA vote for a president who they think can represent the country.
Give an Example of Federalism
A state can make a law as long as it dosen't conflict with rules made by the national government.
Give an Example of Seperation of Powers
The Executive branch may not become a monarchy because they do not have all the power of the national government.
Give an Example of Checks and Balances
The Judicial branch may no decide to take all police units from one section of the country because the Executive and Legislative branch can over rule their power because they have more power combinded.
Give an Example of Limited Government
The president can not go out and rob a bank and not have to serve in jail because he is the president.
Give an Example of Individual Rights
Just because a man has robbed a bank does not mean that he has no right to speach or the right to state opionins openlyin public.