Seven principles

By Seth dumphy

Popular soverneignty

It means to rule by the people.


Quote: "In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?"

Republicanism

A form of government n witch people elect representatives to create and enforce laws


Quote: "True republicanism is the sovereignty of the people. There are natural and imprescriptible rights which an entire nation has no right to violate."

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Federalism

Division of power between national and state governments


Quote: "Crucial to understanding federalism in modern day America is the concept of mobility, or 'the ability to vote with your feet.' If you don't support the death penalty and citizens packing a pistol - don't come to Texas. If you don't like medicinal marijuana and gay marriage, don't move to California."

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Separation of powers

Dividing the powers of government among the legislative,judicial,and executive branches


Quote: "The basic premise of the Constitution was a separation of powers and a system of checks and balances because man was perceived as a fallen creature and would always yearn for more power."

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Checks and balances

A system that allows each branch of government to limit the powers of the other branches in order to prevent abuse of power


Quote: "This used to be a government of checks and balances. Now it's all checks and no balances."

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Limited government

Groups/individuals cannot bypass the law to serve their own interests


Quote: "Americans chose a limited government that exists to protect our rights, not to grant them."

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Individual rights

people have the right to peacefully ask the gov't to change a problem or to make a new law


Quote: "Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual)."

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