Principles of the Constitution

By: Tyler Rothenberger

Popular Sovereignty

Popular Sovereignty is when the citizens give the power to the government.

Example from the constitution


We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Republicanism

Republicanism is when we vote and give our opinions to the government, and tell them who we want for President, Governor, etc.

Example from the constitution

Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other

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Federalism /in action

Federalism is dividing the national government and the state government.


Federalism is like when we give the national government a curtain amount of power we have to give the state government the same amount of power.

Example from the constitution

To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;

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Separation of powers/ in action

Separating the three branches of government (legislative, judicial, executive).


It is separated into three branches so that each one gets equal power, no one is over another.

Example from the constitution

Article 1- Legislative branch

Article 2- Executive branch

Article 3- Judicial branch

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Checks and balances/ in action

Checks and balances is when each branch checks on one another.


It is when the three branches check on each other and make sure that they are doing there part and doing it correctly.

Example from the constitution

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.

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Limited government / in action

The governments power is limited by the rules and laws of the constitution


Limited government is saying that they can do many many things but not everything.

Example from the constitution

No State shall, without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing its inspection Laws: and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and Control of the Congress.

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Individual rights /in action

Rights that everyone needs because we are human.


Individual rights is like the right to eat and use the restroom and walk.

Example from the constitution

Bill of rights, right to bear arms, freedom of speech, press, religion... ect.
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