11 terms

Foundations of American Government

Vocabulary for Unit 1.
the ability to make someone do something
the right to use power
a person or group of people who have the power to create and enforce laws for a country or small area
State of Nature
when there is an absence of government, civilization, laws, or anyone telling you how to live
Natural Rights
rights that all people are born with and that a government should protect (ex-life and liberty)
Absolute Power
power without limits
agree (ex- In a Republic people consent, or agree, to be governed)
Social Contract
an agreement among people to make a government to make laws for them in order to protect their natural rights
republican government
form of government in which people elect others to represent them and serve their interest in government
common welfare
the good of the entire community
civic virtue
The willingness of a person to put the common welfare before their own personal fame, wealth or other success