Principles of the Constitution

By Maelynn May

Popular Sovereignty

Popular sovereignty is were the government is ruled by the people.


Quote from constitution:

We the people....establish this constitution for the United States of America

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Republicanism

Republicanism is were they get elected leader not a ruler.


Quote from constitution:

Article 4, section 4 calls for every state to have a "republican form of government"


In action:

The people exercise their power by electing representatives to govern.

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Limited Government

Limited government is were they give citizens more control on how they shape their local environment and policy.


Quote from constitution:

Amendment 10 reserves for the states and people all powers not given to the national government nor denied to the state governments.


In action:

Rights guaranteed to individual citizens limit the power of the government

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Separation of Powers

Separation of powers the division of basic government role into 3 branches


Quote from constitution:

Articles 1,2 and 3 of the constitution tells how powers are split among the 3 branches

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Checks and Balances

Checks and balances each branch of government can exercise checks, or controls over the branches


Quote from Consitution: Article 1- congress has power to impeach, try, convict, & remove from office.


In action:

A presidential veto of a proposed law is an example of checks and balances in action

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Federalism

Federalism a system of government which the power is divided between state and national government.


Quote from Consitution: Article 1, Section 8- lengthy list of powers of congress (federal)


In action: Medicade Expanision is wrong for Utah

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Individual Rights

Individual Rights gives personal liberties or privileges


Quote from constitution:

Article 1 freedom of speech, religion, press, petition and assembly


In action: The press can be at a presidents speech.

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