Principles of the Constitution
By: Savanna Cox - 2nd Period
Limited government is a system in which self-governing people give their government leaders only certain specific powers. Within this system, powers are distributed so a leader or leaders may not become too powerful. Our national government only has powers specifically granted to it by the constitution. Everyone, including the president, must obey the laws.
Separation of Powers
This principle refers to how the power of the government is divided among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Our legislative branch has the power to make laws, the executive branch has the power to carry out laws, and the judicial branch has the power to interpret laws.
Checks and Balances
Under a system of checks and balances, each branch of government can check the powers of the other branches to prevent any one branch of government from becoming too powerful. For example, our president (executive branch) can veto a law passed by Congress (legislative branch) and can appoint federal judges (judicial branch).