United States Constitution

Introduction

The Constitution is written based on principles such as Federalism and Separation of Power. The Constitution was created to protect the rights of the people and to stop Corruption. The Constitution stops people from becoming dicators or tyrants, and stops goverment officials from going against people's rights.

Popular Sovereignty

One of the Constitutional principles is Popular Sovereignty where the government power comes from the people. In the Constitution, the Preamble states "We the People. It means people wrote the Constitution. Giving the government the powers that are explained in the Constitution.

Checks and Balances

Another Constitutional concept is Checks and Balance , that is made to prevent the emergence of a single domineering center of power. Artical 1, Section 2, Clasuse 5 of the Constitutuon reads the House of Representatives can impeach the President. As a result, the House of Representatives can stop a President from becoming a dictator or tyrant. In the Constitution, Article 1, Section 7, Clause 3 says the President is able to veto a law made by the House of Representatives and the Senate. And only a 2/3 vote can deny a President veto. The section tells how law created by the House of Representatives and the Senate can be vetoed by the President. Also, the veto of a law can only be denied by a 2/3 vote by the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Representative Government

A third Constitution ideal is Representative Government, which is the people do not vote on every matter, bu elect representatives to govern. In the Constitution, Artical, Section 2, Clause 1 says that the House of Representatives is to be made up of people chosen every two years by the people of all the states. The section shown explains that the people will create the House of Representatives by voting on the members. Artical 1, Section 7, Clause 3, tells how the President can veto a law, but the veto can be cancled by a 2/3 vote of the House of Representatives and the Senate. This shows that almost any law can be vetoed by the President, and the veto can be denied.

Federalism

Another Constitutional principle is Federalism. Federalism divides power between the sates and the nation. This makes sure one part of government or one person does not have to much power. For example, Artical 1, Section 10, Clause 1 of the Constitution explains how any state cannot enter into any treaty, alliance, confederation, make any of their own money and more. Therefore, no state has the power to enter into any treaty or alliance and can not create their own money. Also in Artical 1, Section 8, Clause 11, the Constitution tells how only Congress can declare war. As a result of only the Congress being able to declare war, it seperates the power of Congress from other powers of government.

Separation of Powers

The Constitution also includes Separation of Powers, which is defined distinct legislative executive and judicial branches with different responsibilities to prevent mis use of power by any of the three branches. In addition, Artical 1, Section 6, Clause 2 of the Constitution explains that any senator or representative will not be given a ciurl office and any person in office will not be a representative during their terms. Most important, the Artical here describes how one person cannot be in office and be a representative at the same time\. This is an expample of a separation of power for the people in the government. A secound example is Artical 1, Section 1, that says how the Legistlative power given to US Congress, which is the House of Representatives. Meaning the Legislative power is given up equally to the U.S. Congress, between the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Limited Government

The Constitution talks about limited government, telling what powers the government has. Making sure the government is not above the law. Limited government is insured by Popular Sovereignty. For example Artical 1, Section 9, Clause 5 is no tax or duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any state. To sum up this section, it means that the states can not create any kind of taxes on its own. Artical 1, Section 8, all Clauses lists all the powers of Congress. This part of the Constitution is a detatiled description of what the Congress's powers are.

United States Constitution Quiz

1. What are 6 principles of the U.S. Constitution?

2. What does the Constitution stand for and what are some examples?

3. Do you think that many goverment leaders follow the concepts of the Constitution and how?

4. What are some corrupt events that the Constitution stops from happening?

5. Do you think the Constitution protects all people?

6. Can you find a way to stop people from using 'loop holes' they find in the Constitution that under mind people's rightes for their own gain?

Credits:

Created with images by Free Grunge Textures - www.freestock.ca - "US Grunge Flag" • Rockspindeln - "New York" • winnifredxoxo - "balance scale" • davidmesaaz - "US House of Representatives" • MotionStudios - "united states capitol politics government" • dbking - "US Supreme Court" • Andrew Choy - "White House"

Made with Adobe Slate

Make your words and images move.

Get Slate

Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the Terms of Use.