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DEFINING DEMOCRACY Democracy is defined as rule by the people It is the form of government that our country chooses to use There are five main parts to our democratic form of government individual rights freedom equality majority rules and limited government These five main parts are essential to keep our nation in balance Each one relates to the other by making the latter possible This essay will elaborate illustrate and exemplify each part it will also explain how they are interdependent Individual rights are the rights that every citizen is entitled to under the Bill of Rights Some of these rights are the right to bear arms the right to freedom of speech and press and the right to freedom of religion An example of how individual rights effects us is the right to free speech We have the ability to say anything we want about our government no matter if it is good or bad In some countries talking bad about their government is a crime punishable by death The individual rights give us freedom that other countries do not allow their citizens The freedom we have gives us the right to do anything we choose as long as our actions do no harm anyone or break the local laws We have the ability to choose any profession we like with out the government forcing us to be something they want Freedom gives us the ability to make our own choices in life This freedom we so value was not always available to everyone Slaves were deprived of there rights because they were not considered citizens It took a civil war to free the slaves and for the nation to view them as equals This equality ensures them the same rights under the law All men are created equal This is what the Constitution says Equality ensures us that we all have the same opportunity as the person next to
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