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Democracy is a fundamental idea that the framers of the Constitution wanted to be sure to include in the government they were molding The people wanted to be freed from ties with the tyrannical British Empire and wanted to move to establish a government for the people by the people The main characteristics of a democracy according to our textbook are liberty and equality individualism popular consent and sovereignty and religious freedom Liberty and equality refers to ensuring the basic fundamental human rights are given to each and every person within the country which are the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness Democracy according to the book places a heavy importance on the individual The American government wants to protect the rights of all of its citizens Personal liberty is a key part of a successful democracy because not only does democracy allow its people the freedom to participate as much as the people may want but it also allows people the right to have freedom from engaging in governmental practices they may not want to be a part of Personal liberty also includes the right for citizens to practice religion and cultural practices as long as they do not infringe upon the rights of another citizen A citizens person rights end where someone elses personal rights beginThe word democracy is said to come from Greek roots according to our textbook democracy derives from the Greek words demos the people and kratia power or authority The citizens of a country who practices a democratic style of government get the privilege to take apart in the political process of their country whether it is directly or indirectly Directly refers to the citizens being able to vote on an issue without a third party being involved For example the people of the city of Rockwall coming together to vote on whether money should be used to build a new school in the area
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