Classical Republicanism: Not the modern “Fox News” Republican Party
“A theory that the best kind of society is one that promotes the common welfare instead of the interests of only one class of citizens. In a classical republic, citizens are supposed to work cooperatively to achieve the common welfare rather than their own personal or selfish interest.
The Roman Republic was thought to be one of the best examples of this type of society. Americans in the eighteenth century shared the view that citizens should work to promote the common welfare. They also believed that a republican government was the best type to serve the purpose.
They thought that for a republican government to work, a society had to have three main characteristics: civic virtue, moral education, and small uniform communities.” – wtpgeneral.weebly.com
None of what follows is the personal property, possession or platform of any political party. Furthermore, none of it is “owned” by any business, any corporation or free-market enterprise that seeks market advantage by attempts to redefine the original intent of the Constitution; or which attempts to have the Constitution altered to reflect a bias or special privilege to its own enterprise.
Powers are shared by the state and national government
In our system the national government has lots of power but states also have a major say in what happens.
Powers for national government are delegated powers
Powers for state government are reserved powers
Powers shared between national and state governments are concurrent powers
People vote for people to represent their own views
You can’t have the whole population vote on everything so you vote on people
Your similar beliefs are shared with the representers so you can be heard
Personal liberties and privileges that people are born with and cannot be taken away
The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments, was created to list out all the rights.
… so people are able to recognize when the government is trying to take them away
CHECK AND BALANCES
Each of the three branches of government has a little control, or check, on the other two branches
This balances power between the 3, ensuring that none of the branches get out of control.
Example: Federal Judges are nominated by the President but have to be approved by Congress
A government in which the people rule
Based on the idea of classical liberalism
This means they participate by voting
People can run for office, campaign for individuals who run and/or protest.
SEPARATION OF POWERS
Divides the role of government into three branches
Judicial (Supreme Court)
Why? So that one person or one group of people don’t control everything and become too powerful
Everybody has to follow the same laws, even the members of government
Example: Any citizen is liable for criminal prosecution regardless of who or what role that citizen fills in the government.
Thank you for the ideas from this source: Seven Principles of the Constitution