Introduction: What is the Constitution? The constitution is an establishment of America's National government and fundamental laws. The 6 guided principles of the US constitution are Federalism, Checks & Balances, Popular Sovereignty, Separation of Power, Limited government, and Representative government. All of the principles help the government in different ways, some help make laws and control and others help make rules and what we should do to follow them. Some say our rights and what we are able to do in our free country.
The federal government divides power between states and the Federal Government.The government then helps maintain and balance power. In Act.1, Sec.10, Cl.1, it says that power denied states, so that states cant print their own money. Lastly, Act.1, Sec.9, Cl.5, states that powers denied congress, the federal government cant create states taxes. In conclusion, The federal Government divides the power between the states equally.
Checks and Balances
Checks and balances help prevent power through all the branches of government. Checks and balances help with the election of the judges, in Art.1,Sec.2,Cl.5, it states that the house of representatives can impeach the president. Overall, checks and balances helps control the powers in the government. Mostly the branches of Government.
Popular sovereignty is where the government power comes from the people. The preamble states that it brings all the people together, "We the People" in the first line in the constitution and it explains it perfectly, all the power comes from the people, but overall the government has a say. In the end the government makes the laws, but the people do have a say because we vote. They don't have the power though to tell us what to say and think.
Separation of Power
Separation of power means legislative, executive, and judicial branches, it also helps with the making of laws. Art.1, Sec.3, Cl.4 says that the power of the president and the senate are being divided, divided by different powers. In conclusion, the separation of power helps make up all the laws and votes on them. All of these powers in the government have a say in the laws, they all have different powers in the government.
Limited Government ensures that powers are restricted, limited power ensures that the power is restricted, and example of this is in the first amendment in the Bill of Rights, it states that government has restricted power because they don't have the rights to tell what to do or what to think, its our own right because of our freedom.
The representative government consists of the house of representatives and the electoral college. In Art. 1, Sec.2, Cl.1, people vote every 2 years for the house of representatives. Representative Government helps make all the decisions with the voting and who is elected who. They take control over the electoral voting.
Remember: When was the Constitution written?
Understand: What was the point of the Constitution?
Apply: What would happen if we didn't have the Constitution?
Analyze: In your opinion what was the most important part of the Constitution?
Evaluate: What do you think is the most important principle, and why?
Create: Create your own guided principle.