The "blueprint" for America's government that is amendable or changeable.
A government in which the people rule.
("We the people" elect the representatives who make the laws.)
The idea that the people exercise their power by voting for representatives.
Everyone, citizens and powerful leaders alike, must obey the law.
A system which power is divided between a national government and state governments.
A power in which both state and national government can both possess.
Separation of Powers
Government power is divided into three branches. (Legislative, Executive, and the Judicial Branches)
Checks and Balances
Each branch of government can exercise checks, or control the other branches.
Personal liberties [freedoms] and privileges that the government can't take away.