The U.S. Constitution has many principles, but there are seven major or core principles that are reflected within the Constitution. The government decided to base the Constitution on the seven principles of government, including the following, Limited Government, Republicanism, Checks and Balances, Federalism, Separation of Powers, Popular Sovereignty, and Individual Rights. The Constitution includes a Bill of Rights and many amendments that include these seven principles of government.
Limited Government is defined as the government has only the power the Constitution gives it. One example would be that a police officer cannot search your house without a warrant. Just like in the 4th amendment which states that everyone has protection from unlawful searches and seizures. A second example would be checks and balances because when an individual right is listed in the Constitution it is a limit on the government’s power over the individual.
Republicanism is when citizens elect representatives to carry out their will. One example would be when citizens elect congressmen to carry out the laws of the Constitution or elect city council members to run the city. We have too many people to have a direct democracy, so we have to elect people to represent us in the government. Just like in the first written document of self- government in America, the Mayflower Compact.
Checks and Balances is where each branch of government has some power to check, or limit the power of the other two branches. This protects against abuse of power for all branches. When congress passes a law, the president could choose to carry it out or veto it- this is an example of checks and balances. The three branches each have their own jobs, the legislative branch makes the laws, the executive branch has the power to veto or carry it out and the judicial branch has the power to declare a law unconstitutional or interpret it.
Federalism is the power shared by the national and state...