What are three basic principles of American democracy?

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mkoren | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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In our Constitution, a democracy or a democratic republic was created. There are several principles of the American democracy. One principle is that our government is based on the concept of the consent of the governed. This means that our government gets its power from the people. Our government is here to protect our rights and serve the people.

Another principle of our democracy is that government won’t be too powerful. To prevent any part of the government from being too powerful, we utilized the concepts of separation of powers and checks and balances. Separation of powers means each part of government has a different job to do. No part of government can survive without the other parts. Checks and balances mean each branch can control the other branches. This also helps to prevent any part of the government from becoming too powerful.

A third principle of our democracy is that we elect leaders to represent us. We have regularly scheduled elections so people can choose their leaders.  The leaders listen to the people they represent, and then they make decisions based on the wishes of the majority of the people they represent. We have provisions for removing officials who aren’t doing their job or who are breaking laws. We expect our leaders to represent the people they serve.

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