Limited Government is a government that only has the powers that the constitution states, or gives it. In Art. II, Sec. 1, Cl. 1 it states that the president is chosen, or elected, for a set term in office. Also in Art. II, Sec. 1, Cl. 2, it states that each state appoints a number of electors according to senators and representatives but no person, in office of Trust or Profit, can be appointed an elector.
Separation of Powers
The power is divided into 3 branches; executive, judicial, and legislature. In Art. I, Sec. 1 it shows that all legislative power is vested in Congress of the United States. It consists of a senate and the House of Representatives. Another example in Art. II, Sec. 1, Cl. 1 shows that the executive power is vested in the President of the United States.
The principle of Federalism divides power between states and the federal government. It keeps and maintains the Balance of Power. An example of Federalism is in Art. I, Sec. 10, Cl. 1, the powers are denied of states. Another is in Art. I, Sec. 9, Cl. 5, the powers are denied of congress which means federal government can't create state taxes.
Checks and Balances
Checks and Balances proves that each branch of government can limit power of others. In Art. I, Sec. 2, Cl. 5 it shows that the House of Representatives can impeach the president. Another example is in Art. I, Sec. 3, Cl. 6, the senate has the sole power to try all impeachments.
The citizens of the United States elect representatives to make laws. An example of this principle is in Art. I, Sec. 2, Cl. 2 where the senator of representatives is an elector in the United States Court of Law. Another is in Art. I, Sec. 2, Cl. 1 shows that the House of Representatives is composed of members chosen every second year by the people.
1. When was the US Constitution written?
2. Does every US Citizen think the way that the writers of the Constitution thought?
3. What do you think would happen if the US Constitution wasn't written?
4. What is the point of view of the delegates who signed and wrote the US Constitution?
5. Do you believe in all the Principles of the Constitution? If not, which one(s) and why?
6. What is your interpretation of the Constitution?