The Principles of the Constitution

By: Cooper Thornton 2nd period

Limited Government

A principle in which the power of the government is limited. The Bill of Rights limits the government of the United States from doing anything that violates our rights as citizens.

Separation of Powers

Division of powers between the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches. The government is divided into three groups and each group has a purpose.

Checks and Balances

Each branch of government can check the powers of the other branches to prevent any branch of government from becoming too powerful. The Judicial branch keeps all the laws the president makes within the constitution.

Popular Sovereignty

A government in which the people rule. We the people vote on the president of the United States.


    Republicanism is one possible ideology of governing a society or state as a republic. The key point is that the people hold popular sovereignty, rather than the people being subjects of a monarch. People are allowed to vote.

Individual Rights

Individual Rights is where the people have rights to do or be what they want. You can own a gun if you want to.


A system in which the power is divided between the Federal and State governments. Both Texas and the Federal Government the right to tax people.