The constitution of the United States of America
The Constitution is a written document, that contains the ideas of the founding fathers, this document has the laws and principles that the government uses and has been used for the past decades. This document is a few word is the rule book for America.
Popular Sovereignty: Government power come from the people, the government is like a machine that needs coal. The coal that keeps the government going is the people and the thing people do to keep it moving, like voting for new and best representatives (Rule by the people). -Article 1 Sec 1: All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a congress of the US, witch shall consists of a Senate and House of Representatives.
Limited Government: The law and the constitution restricts powers from others branches by law. This helps prevent power falling into one side and helps keep the balance between powers. -Aricle 1. Sec.1 "Power denied by states" No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts
Separations of powers: Power should never be put in one person or branch., the power should be distributed between all the branches of the government Legislative/Executive/Judicial. If the power is not balanced the government could fall into a dictatorship or a monarchy. -Article 3. Sec 2: The judicial shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, article under this constitution.
Federalism: Federal and State power must share power. Government is not wholly national or wholly federal. -Article 1. Sec 10: No state shall enter into any treaty, Alliance or confederation. Article 1. Sec 9: Powers prohibited to national government.
Checks and Balances: During the 4 years the president is in position the house of representatives could switch him for another representative if the situation is needed. Branches of the government have the power to limit the power of other branches. The power must be shared to keep peace and balance. -Article 1. Sec 2. Cl.5: The house of representatives can impeach the president.
Representative Government: The citizens have the right to elect representatives to represent them in political actions. During the elections we use this branch by voting for the best candidate that one personally thinks is best for our benefits. Art.1 Sec 1. Cl.1: He should hold his office during the term of 4 years.
What is the main idea of Popular Sovereignty?
What is the function of Limited Government?
What are the Pros and Cons of Representative Government?
What is your opinion on Federalism?
Do you think the Separation of Powers is a bad thing or a good thing? Why?
Do you think is really necessary to give the house of representatives the power to impeach the president? Why?