7 Principles of The Constitution

By: Jesus Hernandez

Popular Sovereignty

Definition:

This principle states that a government gets its authority to govern from the people. It means that people have the right to alter or abolish their government.

Example:


  • Democracy
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Bill of Rights


Non-Example:


  • King George 3rd
  • Monarchy
  • Communism



Limited Government

Definition:

This Principle means that the government only has the powers that the Constitution gives it.

Example:

  • Power to Draft an Army
  • Able to create laws but have to be approved by Congress and Senate.
  • Limited Monarchy
Non-Example

  • Communism
  • Unlimited power
  • Tyranny

Separation of Powers

Definition:

This principle of the Constitution divides the government into 3 main branches: Legislative, Judicial, Executive.

Examples:

  • Judicial Branch
  • Checks and Balance

Non-Examples

  • King
  • One ruler
  • Leader


Federalism

Definition:

This principle of the Constitution means that the Federal government and state government share power. Powers not given to the Federal government belong to the states.

Example:

  • State Government (Federal)
  • National Government (State)
Non-Example:

  • County Gov.

Right arm(Federal Gov.) + Left ( State Gov.) =Nation

Republicanism

Definition:

This principle of the Constitution means that citizens elect representatives to carry out their will rather than taking part directly on government.

Example:

  • House of Representatives
  • State Representatives

Non-Example:

  • Governor
  • Judge

House of Representatives represent the ideas of their State's citizen's.

Checks and Balances

Definition:

This principle of the Constitution establishes system where each branch limits( or checks) the power of the other branches. This helps to balance out the power of the branches(Legislative, Executive, etc.).

Example:

  • Having multiple leader to limit having too much power.

Non-Example:

  • having one king.
  • Tyranny

Individual Rights

Definition:

This principle states that the Constitution will protect certain rights like freedom of religion, speech, and trial by jury.

Examples

  • Bill of Rights
  • Freedom

Non-Examples

  • Tyranny
  • No Say
  • Slave

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