The Constitution is written on different principles that define our country, The United States of America. These six principles include: Popular Sovereignty; Limited Government; Separation of Powers; Checks and Balances; Judicial Review; Federalism. These principles are based on rules, ideas, beliefs, fundamentals, basics, assumptions, and theory. The Constitution was written because America needed to establish a government and fundamental laws for it. It also guaranteed rights for its citizens. The Constitution was written on September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Popular sovereignty is very important because it states that the people are the only source of government. So, the first key event is the government power comes from the people. What this means is that the people are picking to who they want in office. The second key event is the people are creating a government by electing and establishing a Constitution to structure it. What this means is by voting, the people are picking the government officials. A final key event is the government derives its political authority from the people. What this means is the government doesn't share everything with the people.
Limited Government is very important because it gives government limited power over the people. The first key event is the government has limited power on what its elected and appointed officials can do to the country while they are in office. The second key event is the government cannot be above the law. What this means is the government cannot be above any law they pass and act as though it does not apply to them. The final key event is it limits the distribution of currency. What this means is that if the government printed too much money, the money would be worthless. As such, it means the country has a limit of how much money its prints each year.
Separation of Powers
Separation of Powers is very important because the three branches of government -- The Executive, The Legislative, The Judicial -- have a lot of different responsibilities. The first key event is that the three branches have certain, specific powers. What this means is that every branch does its job or there would be a big, chaotic mess. The second event is the government has limits on how far they can take laws on work and improving certain terms of the country. What this means is the government can't overpower a certain specific law. The final event is the division of government is in three branches. This allows for work to be done of efficiently.
Federalism is very important because it talks about the government and its powers. The first event is the government can't create taxes on exported or imported goods. The second event is the delegated powers belong exclusively to the federal government. What this means is the government can only work with the delegated powers, while the states have its own set of powers. The final event is the power is divided among three branches of government. This means is the power is equally divided.
Checks and Balances
Checks and Balances is very important because it limits the government on different things. The first key event is the checks and balances limits the government's power. What this means is the government is limited so they don't consume and wield too much power over the people. The second key event is the Senate must approve all the laws. This means that serious and important laws only gets passed, and not silly and bad laws. The final event is the people and Congress can impeach government officials, including the President. If government officials or the President commits a crime, they can be immediately be removed from office.
The Representative Government is important because it shows how the country is run. The first event is the electoral college. What this means is that electoral college counts the people's votes for the presidential election. The second key event is that all citizens over the age of 18 can vote. This means that the people voices are actually heard in this country. The final event is the direct democracy. What this means is everything in this county is based off a direct democracy.
1) Where was the Constitution written?
2) Clarify what limited Government is?
3) Tell what would happen if we didn't have Checks and Balances as a principle?
4) Describe the values of each principles
5) What would happen if we didn't have the six principles in place?
6) If you had to create a 7th principle what would it be and why?