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The ability of the Constitution to change over time through amendments, the elastic clause and.
Limited Government
Things the government cannot do such as put people in jail without a reason. Also known as the Denied Powers of the Constitution.
Popular Sovereignty
People power, people have a say in government through such things as voting.
The government's powers are divided between the national government and the state government. The national government's power is over the state government through the Supremacy Clause.
Separation of Powers
The national government is divided into 3 branches: Executive (president) enforces the law, Legislative (Congress) makes the laws and judicial (Supreme Court) interpets the laws.
Checks and Balances
Each of the 3 branches og government "checks" on each other so that no one branch will get too much power. Example: The Executive branch can veto a law made by Congress (executive checking legislative). Congress can override the veto (legislative checking executive).
Power to declare war.
Both houses of Congress.
Power to start a monetary (money) bill.
The House of Representatives only.
Why did the framers (writers) of the Constitution put the 6 principles into the Constitution.
To prevent tyranny, so that one person or branch of government would not get too puch power.
Power to appoint judges.
Executive branch
Power to make and enforce speed limits.
State governments only.
Power to tax and borrow money.
Both the state and federal governments.