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ANALYZING THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTIONAmber TaylorGOVT 421- D01August 8, 20161
The United States Constitution lies at the heart of both America’s historical greatness and its uniqueness. Beginning with the substantial movement in Western civilization, the writing and ratification of the United States constitution initiated its significance. The U.S. Constitution established America’s national government and fundamental laws by guarantying certain and specific basic rights for each citizen residing within the nation. The foundation of the United States Constitution focuses on six main principles that relate to one another and, together, share acommon goal to unite the citizens of the states together; the six main principles are popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, federalism, and judicial review. The first main principle to be addressed is focused on the area of popular sovereignty. Popular sovereignty, also known as the sovereignty of the people’s rule, is the principle of focus that the authority of one state and its own government is created and sustained by the consent of its people, through the representatives in which they elected, who serve as the main source of all political power. In the principle of popular sovereignty, the main goal is for the people of the United States hold the ultimate power in the government. The second main principle focuses on limited government. The basic definition of a limited government is termed as a constitutionalized system of government that is bound to

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