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1 5 BASIC PRINCIPLES of the U.S. Constitution Unit 1-A

2 popular sovereignty Definition A government designed with the legitimate power resting in the people. The people are the “sovereign” instead of the monarch or other individual. Historical Context J efferson approved of this in the Declaration of Independence with his statement “government derives its powers from the consent of the governed” Federalist #39 14th, 15th, 19th, 26th Amendments Popular Sovereignty is a theory; it does not describe or reflect political reality. A democratic, republican system needed to be created to allow for popular sovereignty to become a reality.

3 popular sovereignty Importance in Our Government Serves as the “voice of the people” Popular sovereignty was used to create our state constitutions, and ultimately our local government system Allows for many local issues to be addressed at the local level Examples of the Principle in Action Varying examples of state changes to the public worker system. Ohio repealed SB5; Wisconsin failed to recall Governor.

4 limited government Definition S ince the power is in the hands of the “sovereign”, the people, the government is only allowed to do what the people give it the power to do. The Constitution was written to make clear what these limits were to government power Historical Context Jefferson describes “just powers” in the Declaration of Independence within his statement about the government’s power being derived from the consent of the governed. Federalist #44 1st & 11th Amendments “We the People” in the Preamble makes it clear the government exists because the people say it does; therefore all power, and the limits to it, come from the people. THE PEOPLE GIVE THE GOVERNMENT TO RIGHT TO DO WHAT IT DOES

5 limited government Importance in our Government A limited government allows for individual liberties. One slogan even states “Limited for Liberty”. This idea expands on popular sovereignty, allowing maximum “voice of the people”, with support of a limited government Example of the Principle in Action Eminent Domain Cases

6 Separation of powers Definition Creation of a government with different levels, each holding different powers. The ultimate goal: create a government where the majority could not rule with absolute authority Historical Context Based on the writings of Montesquieu Articles I, II & II of the Constitution establish the 3 branches Federalist #47 Created to maximize freedoms, not efficiency

7 separation of powers Importance in our Government Forces a complementary system where all parts must work together to get things done for the whole. Also allows for the adversary model to emerge, allowing an agreeable compromise to emerge. It also prevents any one branch of assuming absolute control or power within the government. Example of the Principle in Action National budget approvals, Supreme Court nominations

8 Checks and balances Definition A system of checks and balances require cooperation from 2 branches to see action taken on certain issues. Some of those are appointments, declaration of war, budget creation and approval. Yet another safeguard against one party taking total control of the government. Historical Context Based on the writings of Montesquieu Federalist #51 Articles I, II & II of the Constitution establishes the powers, including checks & balances, between the 3 branches Created out of fears of tyranny and absolute rule

9 checks and balances Importance in our Government Allows for freedom of domination by any one party or ideology. It requires our government to work together and forge a compromise to some of societies toughest issues. Example of the Principle in Action Recent national budget issues

10 federalism Definition A system with power divided between the national and state governments. While the separation of powers divides the government powers laterally, federalism divides the powers vertically. Supremacy clause states the Constitution, and Federal Law, are the supreme law of the land; and all laws made at the state and local level must conform. Historical Context 10th amendment Federalist #45 Again, fear of a government with total control

11 federalism Importance in our Government Provides for checks and balances between the Federal and State levels. It also allows for the extension of popular sovereignty by allowing local governments to retain control over their affairs Example of the Principle in Action Medical marijuana laws

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