Principles of the Constitution

Victoria Cash

Popular sovereignty

- giving power to the people

- electing a representative

- "we the people of the United States.... Do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

Checks & Balances

- each branch over government has power over one another, so that not one branch has to much power

- a president vetoing a law

- " all legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives"

Separation of Powers

- not having all the power in one place

- executive branch, judicial branch, legislative branch

- " The executive power shall be vested in a president of the United States of America. He shall hold his office during the Term of four years..."

Individual Rights

- rights that you are born with

- " Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness"

- " The privilege of the Write of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of Rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it."

Limited Government

- the government's power is limited

- the government can not tell you what to do

- " The migration or Importation of such persons as any of the states now existing shall think proper to admit..."

Federalism

- where the power is separated between the national government and the state government

- state test (staar)/ laws for the whole country

" The Congress shall have Power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States, but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States."

Republicanism

- the people electing a representative

- say someone wants to ass an amendment to the constitution, your state must elect a representative to go and vote

- "The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature."

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Popular Sovereignty

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Checks & Balances

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Separation of Powers

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Individual Rights

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Limited Government

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Federalism

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Republicanism