Six Basic Principles of the Constitution
the people hold ultimate power in the government.
No government is all powerful. Government must obey the law.
Separation of Powers
No one component of the government holds too much power Powers are distributed among 3 different branches.
Checks and Balances
Designed to prevent abuse of power in the government
power is shared between the central/national government and the states.
the power of the courts to declare a law constitutional and unconstitutional