Democracy is…..
Political Cartoon #1 Title: democracy 
Artist: Petar Pismestrovic, Kleine Zeitung, Austria Date: February 2, 2005
Political Cartoon #2 Title: Meaning of Democracy 
Artist: Larry Wright, The Detroit News Date: February 1, 2005
Political Cartoon #3 Title: Democracy Shuttle 
Artist: Stephane Peray, Thailand Date: August 10, 2005
Characteristics of Democracy 
Majority 
Govt. rule 
by and for 
the people 
DEMOCRACY 
Rights of the 
individual 
protecte...
Democracy is …. 
a system ooff ggoovveerrnnmmeenntt iinn wwhhiicchh 
tthhee ppeeooppllee rruullee eeiitthheerr ddiirreecct...
Direct (Pure) Democracy 
A form of democracy in 
which the people as a 
whole make direct 
decisions, rather than 
having ...
Examples of Direct Democracy 
referendum - the 
practice of 
submitting a law to 
a popular vote at 
election time. The 
l...
Examples of Direct Democracy 
recall - A procedure 
whereby the voters 
can vote to remove 
an elected official 
from offi...
AAmmeerriiccaann DDeemmooccrraaccyy:: 
BBaassiicc IIddeeaallss && PPrriinncciipplleess 
 I: Popular Consent (popular 
sov...
AAmmeerriiccaann DDeemmooccrraaccyy:: 
BBaassiicc IIddeeaallss && PPrriinncciipplleess 
I: Popular Consent (popular 
sover...
AAmmeerriiccaann DDeemmooccrraaccyy:: 
BBaassiicc IIddeeaallss && PPrriinncciipplleess 
II: Respect for the Individual 
e...
AAmmeerriiccaann DDeemmooccrraaccyy:: 
BBaassiicc IIddeeaallss && PPrriinncciipplleess 
III: Equality of Opportunity 
“al...
AAmmeerriiccaann DDeemmooccrraaccyy:: 
BBaassiicc IIddeeaallss && PPrriinncciipplleess 
IV: Personal Liberty 
“life, libe...
AAmmeerriiccaann DDeemmooccrraaccyy:: 
BBaassiicc IIddeeaallss && PPrriinncciipplleess 
V: Rule of Law 
“a government of ...
MMuussiicc && DDeemmooccrraaccyy
FFoorrttuunnaattee SSoonn 
recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969) 
Some folks are born made to wave the 
flag, 
o...
DDaayylliigghhtt AAggaaiinn ((11998822))// 
FFiinndd tthhee CCoosstt ooff FFrreeeeddoomm ((11997711)) 
recorded by Crosby,...
GGoodd BBlleessss tthhee UUSSAA 
music & lyrics by Lee Greenwood (1984) 
If tomorrow all the things were gone 
I’d worked ...
Questions for Discussion 
1. What do you think this song is about i.e. what’s going 
on? (Hint: you may to consider the ye...
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What Is Democracy?

  1. 1. Democracy is…..
  2. 2. Political Cartoon #1 Title: democracy Artist: Petar Pismestrovic, Kleine Zeitung, Austria Date: February 2, 2005
  3. 3. Political Cartoon #2 Title: Meaning of Democracy Artist: Larry Wright, The Detroit News Date: February 1, 2005
  4. 4. Political Cartoon #3 Title: Democracy Shuttle Artist: Stephane Peray, Thailand Date: August 10, 2005
  5. 5. Characteristics of Democracy Majority Govt. rule by and for the people DEMOCRACY Rights of the individual protected Everyone equal under the law Elected representatives carry out the Freedom people’s will
  6. 6. Democracy is …. a system ooff ggoovveerrnnmmeenntt iinn wwhhiicchh tthhee ppeeooppllee rruullee eeiitthheerr ddiirreeccttllyy oorr tthhrroouugghh eelleecctteedd rreepprreesseennttaattiivveess
  7. 7. Direct (Pure) Democracy A form of democracy in which the people as a whole make direct decisions, rather than having those decisions made for them by elected representatives
  8. 8. Examples of Direct Democracy referendum - the practice of submitting a law to a popular vote at election time. The law may be proposed by a voter's initiative or by the legislature
  9. 9. Examples of Direct Democracy recall - A procedure whereby the voters can vote to remove an elected official from office
  10. 10. AAmmeerriiccaann DDeemmooccrraaccyy:: BBaassiicc IIddeeaallss && PPrriinncciipplleess  I: Popular Consent (popular sovereignty)  II: Respect for the Individual  III: Equality of Opportunity  IV: Personal Liberty  V: Rule of Law
  11. 11. AAmmeerriiccaann DDeemmooccrraaccyy:: BBaassiicc IIddeeaallss && PPrriinncciipplleess I: Popular Consent (popular sovereignty) government derives its power from the consent of the people
  12. 12. AAmmeerriiccaann DDeemmooccrraaccyy:: BBaassiicc IIddeeaallss && PPrriinncciipplleess II: Respect for the Individual each person has the right to reach their own potential all entitled to “certain unalienable rights”
  13. 13. AAmmeerriiccaann DDeemmooccrraaccyy:: BBaassiicc IIddeeaallss && PPrriinncciipplleess III: Equality of Opportunity “all men are created equal” What kinds of equality should the government guarantee? Political? Economic? Social?
  14. 14. AAmmeerriiccaann DDeemmooccrraaccyy:: BBaassiicc IIddeeaallss && PPrriinncciipplleess IV: Personal Liberty “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” self-determination
  15. 15. AAmmeerriiccaann DDeemmooccrraaccyy:: BBaassiicc IIddeeaallss && PPrriinncciipplleess V: Rule of Law “a government of laws and not of men” safeguard of liberty
  16. 16. MMuussiicc && DDeemmooccrraaccyy
  17. 17. FFoorrttuunnaattee SSoonn recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969) Some folks are born made to wave the flag, ooh, they're red, white and blue. And when the band plays "Hail To Th Chief", oh, they point the cannon at you, Lord, It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no senator's son, It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate one, no, Some folks are born silver spoon in hand, Lord, don't they help themselves, oh. But when the taxman come to the door, Lord, the house look a like a rummage sale, yes, It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no millionaire's son. It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate one, no. Yeh, some folks inherit star spangled eyes, ooh, they send you down to war, Lord, And when you ask them, how much should we give, oh, they only answer, more, more, more, yoh, It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no military son, It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate one, It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate one, no no no, It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate son, no no no,
  18. 18. DDaayylliigghhtt AAggaaiinn ((11998822))// FFiinndd tthhee CCoosstt ooff FFrreeeeddoomm ((11997711)) recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Daylight again Following me to bed I think about a hundred years ago How my father's bled I think I see a valley Covered with bones in blue All the brave soldiers that cannot get older Been asking after you Hear the past a' calling From Armageddon's side When everyone's talking and no one is listening How can we decide Do we find the cost of freedom Buried in the ground Mother Earth will swallow you Lay your body down
  19. 19. GGoodd BBlleessss tthhee UUSSAA music & lyrics by Lee Greenwood (1984) If tomorrow all the things were gone I’d worked for all my life, And I had to start again with just my children and my wife. I’d thank my lucky stars to be living here today, ‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away. And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today. ‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A. From the lakes of Minnesota, to the hills of Tennessee, across the plains of Texas, from sea to shining sea, From Detroit down to Houston and New York to LA, Well, there’s pride in every American heart, and it’s time to stand and say: I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today. ‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.
  20. 20. Questions for Discussion 1. What do you think this song is about i.e. what’s going on? (Hint: you may to consider the year each song was recorded and put it in historical context). 2. Analyze each stanza of the song, and discuss how it relates to democracy. 3. What do you think is the overall message of the songwriter of each song? 4. Identify how the songs are different and how they are similar in terms of their perspectives on American democracy.
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