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The Impact of the U.S. Constitution. Basic Principles 1. Authority comes from the people  The people formed the U.S. government First line of the Constitution:

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1 The Impact of the U.S. Constitution

2 Basic Principles 1. Authority comes from the people  The people formed the U.S. government First line of the Constitution: First line of the Constitution: “We the people of the United States...do ordain and establish this constitution... “

3 Basic Principles 2. The Social Contract  The Constitution is an agreement between the people and their government.  The main purpose of government is to protect individual rights

4 Basic Principles 3. Individual Rights  Every person has natural rights.  A person cannot be deprived of life, liberty or property without a trial

5 Basic Principles 4. Rule of Law  No one is above the law, not even the king  The Constitution is the supreme law of the land

6 Basic Principles 5. Limited Government  The government’s power is limited by law

7 Basic Principles 6. Consent of the Governed  Leaders represent the people

8 Basic Principles 7. Separation of Powers  Power is divided among three branches  Congress makes laws, President enforces the law, Supreme Court interprets the law

9 Basic Principles 8. Balance of Power  Each branch checks the power of the other two  No branch becomes too powerful


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