Seven Principles

Of the Constition

Popular Soveriegnty

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.
It is like a team finding a better coach to coach them.
It is unlike a coach kicking a player out of the team.


Limited Government

This principle that the government only has the powers that the Constitution gives it.
It is like a a teacher teaching her students based on the school rules.
It is unlike King George the III.

Separation of Powers

This principle of the Constitution divides the government into 3 branches: legislative, judicial, and executive.
It is like actors having a specific role to play.
It is unlike a solo singer.

Federalism

This principle of the Constitution means that the federal government and the state governments share power. Powers not given to the federal government belong to the state.
It is like a partner project.
It is unlike a test took by one person.

Checks and Balances

This principle of the Constitution establishes a system where each branch limits or checks the power of the other branches. This helps to balance out the power of the other branches.

It is like is like the president and vice president.

It is unlike a monarchy.


Republicanism

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

It is like having a team leader speak for the group.

It is unlike a harmonious choir singing in unison.

Individual Rights

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

It is like a child having the right to live.

It is unlike illegal immigrants.