7 basic principles of constitution

The "need to knows" about the constitution

Popular Sovereignty

Definition-This principle states the a government gets its authority to govern from the people. It means that people have the right to alter or abolish their government.

Examples-people abolishing the gov if we turned into a bad country.

Non-Example- The people are not allowed to change the gov.

limited government

Definition- the government only has the powers that the constitution gives it.

Example- the government has limited power

non-example- government can do anything it wants

Seperation of Powers

Definition- divides the government into 3 branches; legislative, judicial, and executive.

Example- when your parents split things off

Non-example-when your team works with the whole team


Definition-The federal gov. and the state gov. share power. Powers not given to the federal gov. are given to the state.

example- A assitent coach and a head coach share power but one is over another.

Non-Example- One has no power and one has all the power.


Definition- means that citizens elect representatives to carry out their will rather than taking part directly in the gov.

Example- Someone saying do this, but i don't want anything to do with it.

Non-Example- Not letting people have a say in the gov.

Checks and Balances

Definition- a system where each branch limits (or checks) the power of the other branches. this helps to balance out the power of the branches.Example- a owner of a company checking the power of the CEO'sNon-Example- a dictatorship.

Individual Rights

Definition- The constitution will protect certain rights like freedom of religion, speech, and trail by jury.Example- I get to go to whatever church that I want.Non- Example- someone telling you that you have to be a certain relign.