The US Constitution THE 6 PRINCIPLES: popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balance, judicial review, and federalism

The Constitution was written to ensure the citizens of the Untied States were safe. It was written May 25 to September 17, 1787. It is a document made up of fundamental beliefs.Limited government prevents government from becoming too powerful. That's why they created the 6 principles.

Popular Sovereignty- popular sovereignty is a "political policy that's permitted the residents of federal terrorists to decide on whether to enter the union as free or slave states" (p.326) Some examples are "This idea had wide appeal, since it seemed in keeping with the allowed Whigs and Democrats once again to focus on the personal exploits and triumphs of there candidates rather than on the issues."

Limited Government- limited government is a "principle stating that the government has only as much authority as the people give it and, therefore, its power is limited." (p.155) Examples of limited government are "Government leaders are not supposed to be above the law."

Separation of Powers- separation of powers is a "the principle that divides power among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government."(p.155) Examples of separation of powers is "The Constitution assigns certain specific powers to each of the three branches of the federal government."

Federalism- Federalism is a "political system in which power is shared between the national government and state government."(p.147) Some examples of federalism are "Federalism also reserves some powers to the state governments."

Checks and Balance- Checks and Balance is "designed to prevent the emergence of a single domineering center of power." (p.155) Examples of checks and balances are "While only Congress has the power to enact laws,the President may veto them."

Representative Government- Representative governments is where citizens vote to elect people. An example, of representative government is "the Constitution stipulated that the citizens would directly elect only the representatives to the House of Representatives."

  • Quick Quiz: which of the 6 principles involves citizens electing people?
  • A.checks and balance
  • B.representative government
  • C.federalism
  • True or false
  • ___ is popular sovereignty one of the 6 principles?
  • ___ is judicial review one of the 6 principles?
  • ___ is checks and balance where citizens vote?
  • ___is limited government actually limited?
  • ___is popular sovereignty same as federalism?


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