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Democracy
Government by the people, either directly or indirectly, with free and frequent elections
Direct Democracy
Government in which citizens come together to discuss and pass laws and select rulers
Representative Democracy
Government that derives its power indirectly from the people, who elect those who will govern
Constitutional Democracy
A government in which those who exercise governmental powers do so as a result of winning free and relatively frequent elections and are subject to recognized enforced limits on the power of all government officials. It is the elections that make the government democratic; it is the recognized and enforced limits on powers that make it constitutional.
Constitutionalism
The set of arrangements such as checks an balances, federalism, seperation of powers, rule of law, due process, and the bill of rights that requires our leaders to listen, think, bargain, and explain before they make laws. We then hold them politically and legally accountable for how they exercise their powers.
Articles of Confederation
1st Constitution of the American state (1777)
Annapolis Convention
1786: Consider problems of trade and navigation