7 Principles of the Constitution

Jameson Shaw

Popular Sovereignty

The government gets its authority to govern from the people. The people have the right to change the government.

The president can be impeached, also the people can change how they want to elect representitives.

The people cannot change the form of government, and the people cannot make the government a tyrany.

Limited Government

Government only has the powers that the constitution gives it.

Example: The judicial branch can interprit laws. They can also hold courts.

Non-Example: The judicial branch cannot make laws. They also cannot declalre war.

Seperation of Powers

Divides the government into three branches; legislative, judicial, and executive.

Example: Each branch can only do certain things.

Non-Example: The president interpreting laws.


The federal government and the state gorernments share power. Powers given to one are also given to the other.

Example: They can both make laws.

Non-Example: The federal government taking out a law that the state gorvernment made.


Citizens elect representatives to carry out what they want rather than taking part in government directly.

Example: People over eighteen vote for a president.

Non-Example: People of all ages taking part in congress.

Checks and Balances

Each branch limits or balances out the other.

Example: The judicial branch cannot make laws.

Non-Example: The executive branch can hold trials.

Individual Rights

The constitution protects rights such as freedom of religion, speech, and trial by jury.

Example: The group of people are speaking bad about the president.

Non-Example: The group of people are going to kill some guy who was rude to them.