Principles of the Constitution

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Principles and Articles of the U.S. Constitution
Bettina McCormick
Grand Canyon University
January 13, 2012

Principles of the Constitution
There are seven principles that make up our Constitution. These principles are the basis of our Constitution. When laws, petitions, and ideas are brought about our representatives, they must be in accordance with our principles of the Constitution. Below is a chart that names only three of our primary principles of the Constitution.

Principles of the Constitution
Separation of Powers| Checks and Balances| Self-Government| This principle is divided into three government branches. Three branches are: Congress-legislative branch that makes laws, President-executive branch which carries out the laws, and Courts-judicial branch that is to explain and interpret the laws. This principle was brought about by a French philosopher name Montesquieu. It was divided into three branches to provide a check against the tyrannical rule.| This is the principle where each branch of government has the power to check or limit the actions of the other two branches. This was to keep one branch from over powering another branch.| This is the key foundation of the Constitution. This principle is where the people are provided authority by the Constitution to vote and to delegate authority to elected their government representatives (Grand Canyon, (2012) Module 2 Reading). The people can also made changes to laws or the Constitution when changes are needed.|

The Checks and Balances Effectiveness
The checks and balances are very affected in the Federal government, because it stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful to another government branch. The checks and balances keep each branch in restrains from the others. One example is if our President veto a law that was passed by Congress, the veto can be overridden by Congress only if the vote is two-thirds by both houses. Another example is the Congress may be checked...
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