This principal prevents the government from becoming too powerful. It also describes and explains what the government can and cannot do. It is used to ensure that government leaders are not above the law.
Article one, section nine, clause seven.
- This limits the distribution of currency from the treasury to prevent inflation.
Article one, section six, clause two
- In this, it is said that any person can hold only one position in office at the same time. This helps prevent a conflict of interest.
Seperation of Powers
This principal divides the government into branches. There are three branches of government. These include the executive branch, the legislative branch, and the judicial branch. First, the executive branch carries out laws, negotiates treaties, and commands armed forces. Next, the legislative branch enacts laws. Finally, the judicial branch interprets the Constitution, and enforces the law.
Article one, section seven, clause one
- Only the House of Representatives can impose taxes.
Article three, section one, clause one
- The supreme court holds all judicial power.
This principal keeps state and federal powers separate. It also helps reserve powers to the states.
Article one, section ten, clause one
- Individual states do not have the same powers as the federal government. The states cannot make treaties or distribute their own currency.
- Any power that is not given to the federal government, is reserved to the states.
Checks and Balances
Through this principal, each branch of government has the power to overrule another branch's decision. This stops there from being a single domineering power. It ensure that no one person will have more power than allowed.
Article one, section seven, clause two
- The president can veto any law enacted by Congress.
Article two, section four, clause one
- Any president or vice president can be impeached by Congress.
This principal allows each state to have representatives in Congress. The voters elect someone to represent their wants and needs. This is what makes our nation a republic.
Article one, section two, clause three
- The people are to elect their representatives.
- This describes the electoral college, which each state is represented by when electing a President and Vice President.