The 7 Principles of Government

and how they lead to each other

Principle One: Popular Sovereignty

Popular Sovereignty, two words that most people find hard to understand is actually fairly simple. Just break it down. When you see {Pop}ular think POPulation or People. Sovereignty isn't too bad either just look at the middle the word {reign} helps us think of ruling or rules to follow. So with breaking down those two words we get People Ruling. Popular Sovereignity is government RULED by the PEOPLE! We (the people) gave up all the power and handed some to the government which leads us to the next principle.

Principle Two: Republicanism

How do we still have some power? We elect REPresentatives to use our voices or opinions in making decisions. This one is easy to remember, because of its wording! How do we get to still have some freedoms? The next two Principles kind of connect with this one in showing how we (Americans) still have freedom.

Principle Three: Individual Rights

This one is pretty self explanatory, being that thedefinition is the name of this principle. With the Individual Rights listed in the Constitution and the Ammendments we still have the right to do many things without getting permission from the government or being stopped by law. For example, the first Ammendment; our freedoms.

Amendment Four: Limited Government

Limited Government puts LIMITS to what our government can or cannot do. It gives them rules, regulations, or guidelines to how they rule the country so that it does not become like monarchy.

Principle Five: Federalism

Federlalism. It's the rights that the state and federal government have or don't have and the rights that they share when making decisions for our country and states. We have this principle to help with fair judgment for what's best for different regions, economical systems, and individuals. We found that some things were okay for some states but not others so to be fair the Federal(National) government shouldn't have the right to choose what's best... That power goes to individual states, but with things like war we would need the whole country to help! That power goes to the National Government.

Principle Six: Separation of Powers

This principle separates the government into three different branches so that the power is not all in the hands of one such person or place in government. It's easy to remember, because you are just separating powers throughout the government.

Principle Seven: Checks and Balances

This one isn't to tricky either. Basically, each branch of government either the judicial, the executive, or the legislative can CHECK up on each other and make sure that the power is BALANCED, so that the government is working as fairly as possible to make everyone happy and not turn into any type of rule like monarchy.

Graphic Representations of the 7 Principles

And last but not least... Checks and Balances

Example from Society:

When Congress creates a law the President can look at it and decide wether he thinks its a good law. He can veto or approve the law, but either way it goes back to Congress and they can override either decision. If a law gets brought to the Supreme Court and they don't think it's right they can declare it unconstitutional and take the law away.

Example from Constitution:

Articles 1-3, where each branch receives their powers.

"Every bill shall have passed the House of Rep.... Congress shall have Power To Lay and collect Taxes...The executive power shall be vested in the hands of the President of the United States."

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