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[The government of the United States is] a government limited…by the authority of a paramount Constitution. James Madison (1788) 1 Limited and unlimited governments Students should be able to explain the basic differences between limited and unlimited governments. To achieve this standard, students should be able to explain that in a limited government everyone, including all the people in positions of authority, must obey the laws. This even includes the president of the United States give examples of laws that limit the power of people in government, e.g., laws that prohibit a teacher from releasing personal information about students to people other than their parents or guardians laws that prohibit governments from dis- criminating against people because of their religious or political beliefs explain that an unlimited government is one in which there are no effective controls over the powers of its rulers, who cannot be easily removed from office by peaceful, legal means, e.g., governments run by dictators CONTENT STANDARDS 48 K—4 CONTENT STANDARDS
Wherever Law ends, Tyranny begins. John Locke (1690) H Why is it important to limit the power of government? In the United States, the powers of government are limited to insure that people in positions of authority fulfill the responsibilities they have been assigned, serve the major purposes of government, and do not misuse or abuse the power they have been given. Limited government thus is seen as essential to the protection of the rights of individuals. An understanding of the reasons for and the necessity of limited government is essential if citizens are to control their government and make sure it fulfills its purposes. CONTENT SUMMARY AND RATIONALE 49 K—4 CONTENT STANDARDS
Limited government is… essential to the protection of individual rights. 1 Importance of limited government Students should be able to explain why limiting the power of government is important to their own lives. To achieve this standard, students should be able to explain why limited government is important for the protection of individual rights such as personal rights to choose their own friends believe what they wish enjoy the privacy of their homes practice the religion of their choice political rights to express their opinions vote meet or associate with others ask government to change laws they think are unfair economic rights to choose the kind of work they please own property CONTENT STANDARDS 50 K—4 CONTENT STANDARDS
The Spirit that prevails among Men of all degrees, all ages and sexes is the Spirit of Liberty. Abigail Adams (1775) II WHAT ARE THE BASIC VALUES AND PRINCIPLES OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY? A What are the most important values and principles of American democracy?
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