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What are the 5 principles of American Democracy?

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sammyxml94 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 1, 2009 at 9:49 AM via web

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What are the 5 principles of American Democracy?

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veronicathepajamathief | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted July 15, 2011 at 5:06 PM (Answer #1)

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Personal liberty

Equal opportunity

Respect for the individual

Majority rule, with the rights of minorities protected being paramount

Democratic Values - separation of powr, checks and balances, rule of law, popular sovereignty, limited goverment, equal representation of all



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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted September 1, 2009 at 10:55 AM (Answer #2)

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Technically there are more than five principles of American Democracy. According to online research and my US Government textbook, one of the principles is that we have free elections which are used to select our representatives. The second principle, I would list, is that the powers of our government are based on the consent of the people who are governed. Thirdly, all of problems or questions of rule are decided by the will of the majority; through our representatives or general elections.

A fourth principle is a little more involved. The rules of our laws guarantee specific rights and freedoms. These freedoms are:

"the freedom to live or travel anywhere within the borders of the United States; the freedom to work at any job for which one is qualified and assuming the profession is legal; the freedom to marry and raise a family (if you are heterosexual); the freedom to receive a free education in a public school; and the freedom to join a political party, union, or some other legal group."

The fifth principle is the right of the people to change or abolish a government we, as a majority, believe to be destructive, and the right to form a new government. Another important principle of American Democracy is that all people are treated equally under the law if they are a citizen. This principle is debated constantly by minorities. However, the majority rule will prevail and continue to protect the rights of the minorities.

Finally, the organization of our government will always be based on the concept of “separation of powers” with appropriate checks and balances.

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philm96 | eNoter

Posted August 15, 2011 at 12:29 AM (Answer #3)

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Cannot assume majority rule in all cases will protect the rights of the underprivileged Ideally that is the case but majority rule doesn't always mean guraranteed rights

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hpus12 | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted August 17, 2011 at 11:20 PM (Answer #4)

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There are actually 8. 
1.Free elections are used to select representatives of the people 
2.The powers of government are based on the consent of the governed 
3.Public questions are decided by the will of the majority 
4.Rule of law guarantees rights and freedoms 
5.People retain the right to alter or abolish a government that becomes destructive and form a new government 
6.Equality under the law is promised for all citizens 
7.Majority rule will prevail with the rights of minorities protected 
8.The organization of government is based on the separation of powers, which includes the concept of checks and balances

Actually what you are looking for is this....... 
1. establish justice 
2. ensure domestic tranquility 
3. provide for the common defense 
4. promote general welfare 
5. secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our prosperity

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patelmilia98 | Student, Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted October 14, 2011 at 8:29 AM (Answer #5)

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1. Fundamental worth

2.Equalities of all people

3.Majority rule minority rights

4.necessity of compromise

5.individual freedom

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einoti | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 28, 2011 at 9:31 AM (Answer #7)

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Popular sovereignty Federalism Separation of powers with checks and balances Limited government Judicial review
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kurbybryant | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted December 13, 2011 at 11:42 AM (Answer #8)

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Limited Government--- government is NOT all powerful. There are certain things government may not do. Read the Bill of Rights for more information. Anyway, if you need any plumbing services have a visit at Plumber Virginia Beach VA.

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ricklaurence | Middle School Teacher | eNoter

Posted December 19, 2011 at 10:43 AM (Answer #9)

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In a democracy, every citizen has certain basic rights that the state cannot take away from them. These rights are internationally recognized and guaranteed. Everyone has the right to have their own beliefs, including their religious beliefs, and to say and write what they think. Anyway, have your heating and air-conditioning units installed or repaired? Visit us now HVAC Virginia Beach VA.

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trope | eNoter

Posted January 13, 2012 at 9:25 AM (Answer #10)

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I don't know what "American" Democracy means what the posts above are. However, I believe it follows that democracy is a system or process where people elect a leader or representative that supposedly listens to their constituents and those votes are interpreted or tabulated by a 3rd party system. I would stipulate that in America, majority rules the office, unlike, say Canada where you can have a minority government. That would be a major difference in democracy when comparing and contrasting US democracy to other countries that allow its citizens to vote their leaders.

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lnj100 | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted March 27, 2012 at 7:48 AM (Answer #11)

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There are actually 8.
1.Free elections are used to select representatives of the people
2.The powers of government are based on the consent of the governed
3.Public questions are decided by the will of the majority
4.Rule of law guarantees rights and freedoms
5.People retain the right to alter or abolish a government that becomes destructive and form a new government
6.Equality under the law is promised for all citizens
7.Majority rule will prevail with the rights of minorities protected
8.The organization of government is based on the separation of powers, which includes the concept of checks and balances

Actually what they are looking for is this.......
1. establish justice
2. ensure domestic tranquility
3. provide for the common defense
4. promote general welfare
5. secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our prosperity
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howieheim | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted June 15, 2012 at 1:55 AM (Answer #12)

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jjrichardson | Student, College Freshman | Valedictorian

Posted August 20, 2012 at 12:29 AM (Answer #13)

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This is where the people, as a whole, are the government, and where the people retain and exercise their governing authority on a perpetual basis.

In a Popular Democracy -- rather than a Representative Democracy -- the people retain and exercise the policy-making and law-making initiative, rather than being subject to it.

In a Popular Democracy, the government is the servant of the people, not their master. Its job is to listen, respond and deliver to that which is demanded by the people.

These is no suggestion however, that this concept, or any political concept, should be imposed upon other peoples or cultures, or that it is in any sense a morally "superior" system.

Freedom of speech; open, accountable mass media; economic democracy for people; and equality before the law.

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unrealown | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted November 7, 2012 at 5:53 AM (Answer #14)

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1. establish justice 
2. ensure domestic tranquility 
3. provide for the common defense 
4. promote general welfare 
5. secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our prosperity

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