7 Priciples of Government

By: Mason Chirafis

Popular Sovereignty

Definition: Popular Sovereignty gives the power to the people by giving them the power to vote. People.

Ex: Voting to impeach president.

Quote: “We the People of the United States .... do ordain and establish this Constitution"

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Definition: People's right to elect representatives

Ex: We vote for the president and members of congress

Quote: "The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion;"

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Separation of Powers

Definition: Every branch of government has different jobs to do and things to oversee

Ex: The legislative branch makes the laws and the executive branch carries out the laws

Quote: "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."

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Checks and Balances

Definition: Each branch checks on the other branches to make sure they are doing what is needed to be done.

Ex: the executive branch can veto bills by the legislature, but the legislature can override the veto

Quote: "if he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the objections at large on their journal, and proceed to reconsider it."

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Limited Government

Definition: The government is not all powerful

Ex: the government is not allowed to form a states church

Quote: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;"

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Individual Rights

Definition: The rights people have as an American citizen

Ex: The right to bear arms, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, etc.

Quote: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

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