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2 The Seven Principles of the United States Constitution

3 I. Popular Sovereignty  The people hold the ultimate authority  A representative democracy lets the people elect leaders to make decisions for them.  Richard Durbin, Jesse Jackson, Jr., and Barack Obama are our elected officials in Congress and the White House

4 II. Republicanism  People elect representatives and give them the responsibility to make laws and conduct government.  We call that a representative democracy.

5 III. Limited Government  Framers wanted to guard against tyranny  Government is limited to the power given them in the Constitution.  The Constitution tells how leaders who overstep their power can be removed.

6 IV. Federalism  The division of power between State and National Governments.  Some powers are shared.  The National Government has the “supreme power”

7 V. Separation of Powers  No one holds “too much” power.  Legislative branch makes the laws.  Executive branch carries out the laws.  Judicial branch interprets the laws.

8 VI. Checks and Balances  Prevents the abuse of power in government  Each branch can check or limit the power of the other branches.

9 VII. Individual Rights  The Constitution protects individual rights such as freedom of speech, freedom religion, the right to a trial by jury, etc.  These are rights of citizenship and the government can not take them away.

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