US Constitution 6 Guiding principals

The U.S Constitution is a written document made on September 17, 1778. In the constitution there are 6 guiding. The constitution was written shortly after the United States won there independence over from England and it was supposed to be a guideline for writing laws.

Federalism: One of the guiding principals of the US Constitution is Federalism. Federalism is the sharing of power among the federal and state government. Federalism is important because it maintains the balance of power. An example of federalism in the constitution is in article 1 section 10 clause 1 is says states can't print their own money. Another example of federalism in the constitution is in article 1 section 9 clause 5, it states the federal government can't create state taxes.

Representative Government: Another one of the guiding principals of the constitution is Representative Government. This is when citizens elect representatives to represent their state. An example of representative government is in article 2 section 1 clause 2, it says each state has a number of representatives that get voted in by the people. Another example of Representative Government is in article 1 section 2 clause 5 it states that the people of america have power as well as congress to impeach the president over the ruling the executive power.

Checks and Balances: Checks and Balances are also one of the 6 guiding principals of the constitution. Checks and Balances is the way government makes sure power is maintained in the 3 branches of government. For example in article 1 section 2 clause 5 the House of Representatives can impeach the president. Another example of checks and balances in the constitution is in article 1 section 3 clause 6, it says the senate has the power to try all impeachments.

Popular Sovereignty: Popular Sovereignty are also one of the 6 guiding principals of the constitution is the concept that the people of the U.S are the source of the government's power. An example of popular sovereignty in the constitution is in the preamble, it says " We the People". This signifies that the people of the U.S wrote the constitution.

Limited Government: Limited Government is another guiding principal of the constitution. This makes sure that the government only has the power that the constitution gives it. An example of limited government is in the bill of rights. In the first Amendment it says " No law shall prohibit speech, religion, or the right to peacefully assemble." Another example of limited government is in the second amendment . It says that the people have the right to bear arms.

Separation of Powers: Separation of powers is power divided into three government branches. The government did this to prevent the misuse of power. In article one, section three, clause two it says that each of the branches have their own powers. Another example from the is in article two, section one, clause six it states that the powers of the President pass on to the Vice President if the President leaves office.

Quiz

1. How did the government keep power balanced throughout the three branches of government?

2. How does the Federal Government and State Government balance power due to federalism?

3. How do representatives and senators get into positions in congress?

4. What would happen if the president left office?

5. Who makes the decision of impeaching the president?

6. Who has the power to try all impeachments?

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