The 7 Principles of Government

By Sierra Montgomery

Republicanism

The people exsirsise their power by voting for thier political reprensentatives. The constitutuon calls for every state to have a "republican from of govenment". Today people who are 18+ vote for teir president.

Separation of Powers

Division of basic government roles into 3 branches, and no branch is given all the power. Legislature, Executive and Judicial are the 3 branch names.

Limited Government

In American government everyone, citizens and powerful leaders alike, must obey the law. The constitution lists powers denied to congress

Popular Sovereignty

A government in which people rule. The Constitutuon rests on the idea of Popular Sovereignty. We use popular sovereighnty when voting because the people rule.

Federalism

A system of government in which power is divided between a central government and smaller political units, such as states. The Constitutioon assigns certain powers to the national government.

Checks and Balences

Each branch of government can exsirsise checks, or controlls, over the other branchs. It is  used in the Constitution to make sure the branches work together fairly.

Individual Rights

Personal liberties and privileges. It is used in the Constitution to helps sheild people from an overly-powered government.