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U.S. Constitution
Extra credit opportunity
Perform this Consitution rap with some love
Six Basic Principles of the U.S. Constitution

Popular Sovereignty

          •The people hold the ultimate authority (power)

•A representative democracy lets the people elect leaders to make decisions for them.


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

           Government officials have to operate within the laws.


Separations of Powers

  • Congress makes the laws

  • The Presidents (executive branch) executes or carries out the law.

  • Supreme Court (Judiciary) interprets the law.
  • Extra Credit - Three Branches Rap - (You - Tube - Smart Songs)

Checks and Balances

System designed to prevent anyone branch from becoming too strong.

•Prevents the abuse of power in government

•Each branch can check each other branch


 Judicial Review
Supreme Court determines if a law or preceeding is/was constitutional