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Core Democratic Values

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Core Democratic Values

  1. 1. Core Democratic Values By: Heather Bommarito
  2. 2. Common Good & Individual Rights <ul><li>Common good means that people work for the benefit of all. </li></ul><ul><li>Individual rights is the right that all individuals each have the right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Life & Representative Government <ul><li>A person’s right to life cannot be violated unless yours or another’s life is threatened. </li></ul><ul><li>A representative government is the principle that you have the right to vote for whoever you want in government. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Liberty <ul><li>This is the right to gather and share beliefs, ideas, and opinions. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Freedom : you can think and act without government control. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Political Freedom : you can participate in the political process. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic Freedom : you can buy, sell, and trade property and have the right to employment. </li></ul></ul>*o2fRkRqSESFBEoyZNnyUsKnnpUeuKYBvaVV-VZcuSmy95B/statue_of_liberty.jpg
  5. 5. Pursuit of Happiness & Popular Sovereignty <ul><li>The pursuit of happiness is the idea that you can seek happiness in what ever way you’d like as long as it doesn’t interfere with others. </li></ul><ul><li>Popular sovereignty is the idea that civilians have power over the government. People control the government. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Separation of Powers & Checks and Balances <ul><li>Separation of powers means that the 3 branches of government – executive, legislative, and judicial – are separated so no branch has all power. </li></ul><ul><li>Checks and balances ensure that the 3 branches of government should be balanced. Each branch has powers to check each of the others. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Federalism & Patriotism <ul><li>Federalism is the value that the federal and state governments share powers. There are guidelines to this in the constitution. </li></ul><ul><li>Patriotism is what we do to show love for our country, either by words or actions. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Diversity & Freedom of Religion <ul><li>Diversity is the right to a different culture, style, language, heritage, or religion that is not just tolerated, but embraced. </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom of religion is our right to practice, or not practice, religion without being punished by the government. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Truth & Rule of Law <ul><li>Truth literally means truth. Our government is expected and demanded not to lie. The information they disclose should be valid and honest. </li></ul><ul><li>Rule of law is the idea that everyone, including government officials (i.e. the president), must obey all laws. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Justice <ul><li>Justice means that everyone has the right to be treated equally and fairly. No race, gender, culture, or religion should be favored. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Equality & Civilian Control of Military <ul><li>Equality is the right each individual has to political, legal, social, and economic equality no matter what their race, sex, religion, heritage, or economic status is. </li></ul><ul><li>Civilian control of the military guarantees that no president can be elected that is currently in the military. The people control this to preserve our democracy. </li></ul>

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    Apr. 26, 2010


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