The 7 Principles

By Nathan Rhodes

Popular Sovereignty

  • What is it?
  • Power given to the government from the people. A more known way to say is "Power by the people, for the people."
  • A person having the right to vote for a representative.
  • " We the people of the United States ... Do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America." From the constitution.
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Republicanism

  • What is it?
  • A person transferring their power to a representative by voting (electing).
  • A person voting for a representative to represent them.
  • The constitution has a time frame for each position in the government limiting an
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Federalism

  • What is it?
  • Power of national and state governments divided.
  • Collecting taxes for the government.
  • The articles of confederation.

Separation of powers

  • What is it?
  • Government power separated into three different branches which are the legislative, judicial, and executive.
  • Legislator vetoing a law.
  • The articles of confederation help give the legislative, executive, and judicial branches their duties.

Checks and balances

  • What does it mean?
  • The way that none of the three branches of government can over power each other because the powers and primal edges they have are all equal.
  • Congress has the power to impeach ( also known as convict) any person from office even if they are from the other two branches.
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Limited government

  • What is it?
  • Basically means that the government is not invincible because we the people are the ones that gave them that power and we can take it away just as easily.
  • The government cannot do something if it disagrees the constitution.
  • Says so in the constitution and the articles of the confederation.

Individual rights

  • What is it?
  • Unalienable rights that can't be destroyed. They consist of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
  • Someone has the right to try to achieve happiness
  • Says so in the Declaration of Independence.
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