The Seven Principals of Government

Principals of Power

By Joshua Bruno and Jacob Watts

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Definition: Where the people give power to the government, the government doesn't have more power than them.

How it is it used in the Constitution: allows the people to change the government by not doing what runs the government.


Definition: Is based on this belief: The people exercise their power by voting for their political representatives.

How it is used in the Constitution: Gives the Right to the people to exercise their power.


Definition: A system of government in which power is divided between a central government.

How it is used in the Constitution: Assigns certain powers to national government.

Separation of Powers

Definition: Divides certain powers of government into government roles or Branches

How it is used in the constitution: The power of the government is divided into equal powers among the the Three Branches, The Legislative, The Judicial, and The Executive Branch

Checks and Balences

Definition: Allows each Branch of the government to "Check" each other Branch, to prevent the Branches from getting too powerful, and to rely on the other Branches for more government.

How it is used in the Constitution: Allows the government Branches to cancel out other Branches from getting powerful, and to rely each of the Branches to get things done.

Limited Government

Definition: is very closely related to the Rule Of Law: the American government everyone, citizens and powerful leaders alike, must obey the law. Individuals or groups cannot twist or bypass the law to serve their own interests.

How it is used in the Constitution: prevents the government from getting to much power.

Individual Rights

Definition: The Bill of Rights: Government cannot control what people write or say. People also have the right to meet peacefully and to ask the government to correct a problem.

How it is used in the Constitution: Gives People the right to alter the government, or meet peacefully.

Date Started: 10/30/12

Date Ended: 11/1/12