Notes of Constitution

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Self-government | Self-government is a democracy and simply means that the government is for the people and by the people. As citizens we have the right to vote for our leaders and with our leaders on important issues within our community and country. | Separation of Powers | The primary principle is to ensure that no one branch of government can have an unequal amount of authority and be allowed to throw off the balance of the democracy. Because there are 3 branches none of them can hold all the power over the other and each one is monitored by another. | Checks and Balances | Its primary principle is to monitor the 3 branches (legislative, executive, judicial) and each branch checks what the other branch does and in doing so balances the system so that no one branch is superior over the other. Each branch has an effect on the other. For example*Legislative Branch-makes a law*Executive Branch-executes the law*Judicial Branch-interprets ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Self government is the foundation of a democracy. It means a government for the people, by the people. Citizens vote for their leaders, and also vote along with their leaders on important issues in the community and country. An alternative to this is communism, where one leader takes power and makes the decisions for the masses (i.e. Mussolini, Hitler, Che Guevara).

Separation of Powers ensures that no one branch of government can have an unequal amount of authority and so might be able to throw off the balance of the democracy. The three branches are the Legislative (House and Senate), Executive (President and Vice, etc), and Judicial (Federal and Supreme Courts). None has all the power and each of them is...
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