The US Constitution By cade linehan

The Constitution

The constitution is a document that was written on September 17, 1787. This document was written based on six principles that are supposed to ensure that the government does not have all the power in our nation.

Popular Sovereignty

Popular sovereignty is the idea that all government power comes from the people. First, we start the constitution by stating The Preamble "we the people." Second, we want to spread the idea of people are the source of government.

Separation of powers

The separation of powers divides the government into three branches. First, the three branches consist of the Legislative (congress), Executive (president), and Judicial (courts). Section 1 clause 1 states that all legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a congress. Second, Article 2, section 1, clause 1 states that the president has all the Executive power.

Limited government

The constitution gives the government the only power it can have. First, Article 1 section 9 clause 7 states, "no money shall be taken from the treasury ." Similarly, Article 1 section 9 clause 6 says, "No tax or duty shall be laid on articles exported from the state."


Federalism is when state governments and federal governments share power. Federalism divides the power between states and the nation. First, Article 1 section 2 clause 1 states that "A house of representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by representatives of the states." Second, Article 4 section 4 says that " The United States guarantees to protect each state against invasion and domestic violence."

Checks and balances

Checks and balances is when each branch has the power to limit the actions or powers of the other branches. First, Article 1 sec.2 clause 5 states that the house of representatives can impeach the president. Second, Article 2 section 3 says that "the president shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed."

Representative Government

Representative government is when the citizens elect representatives to government to make laws. To start, Article 1, Sec. 3, clause 1 "the Senate of the United States shall be composed of two senators from each state for six years; and each senator shall have one vote." Finally, Article 2, section 2. says "Each state shall appoint a number of electors, equal to the whole number of Senators and representatives."

Take the quiz

Q. Which Principal gives all the executive power to the President?


Q2. Do you believe that federal government and state government should share power?


Q3. Is it true that the states are protected from the Government?


Q4. Give an example of Representative Government?


Q5. When was the constitution written?


Q6. What changes would you recommend to any of the principals if any?



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