Concepts of Democracy & Duties of Citizens

What did Malala Yousafzai mean when she stated that pens and books are the weapons that defeat terrorism? American Government Analyze and identify the five basic concepts that democracy relies upon.

Democracy exists in this country because the American people believe in it. Democracies existence rests upon five basic concepts: 1. 2. 3.

4. 5. Worth of the individual Equality of all persons Majority rule, minority rights Necessity of compromise Individual freedom Human beings must be considered a separate and distinct person, no matter what their station in

life. All people have value and deserve to be treated with dignity. Example: Americans with Disabilities Act This does not

mean that all people are guaranteed the same condition or amount of wealth. Equality before the law and equality of opportunity. The will of the people must guide

public policy. However, the majority must be willing to listen and compromise with a minority that is acting within legal means. Many a times a problem has more

than one solution and both sides must be heard. A lot of times compromise is needed in order to protect majority rights. There must be a proper balance

between individual freedom and the rights of society as a whole. The right to swing my fist ends when the other mans nose begins. DUTIES

Jury Duty Serving as a witness when called Attending school Paying taxes Registering for the draft (men only) Obey the law Respecting the rights of others

RESPONSIBILITY Voting Volunteering Participating in civic life Understanding the workings of our government Your

group is going to be assigned two duties or responsibilities. Your assignment is to come up with a skit that mimics the action. There is no talking allowed during the skit. The job of the class will be to guess the action and then declare whether it is a duty or a responsibility.

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