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What was the point of the sudarth-webb story?
the power of INDIVIDUALS and self-governance in American government
What is the way citizens can "transform the system"?
via elections
Name 4 ways citizens can influence the government?
elections, protest marches, courts, and constitutional amendments
Name the successes of American democracy.
1)stability
2) peaceful transitions of power
3) free speech
4) freedom and human rights
5) good economy (high SOL)
6) citizen civic duty GOOD
7) tolerance
What are some problems in American democracy?
1)inequality
2) government lag
3)racial tensions
4) low voter turnout
What was the point of the sudarth-webb story?
the power of INDIVIDUALS and self-governance in American government
What is the way citizens can "transform the system"?
via elections
Name 4 ways citizens can influence the government?
elections, protest marches, courts, and constitutional amendments
Name the successes of American democracy.
1)stability
2) peaceful transitions of power
3) free speech
4) freedom and human rights
5) good economy (high SOL)
6) citizen civic duty GOOD
7) tolerance
What are some problems in American democracy?
1)inequality
2) government lag
3)racial tensions
4) low voter turnout
5) distrust of muslims
6) political fighting in Congress
7) USA policeman responsibility (ex. Iraq)
Define democracy.
rule by the people
What is the goal of democracy?
self government, avg ppl control govt
Who holds political authority in the government?
the people
Define majority rule (MR)?
numerical majority holds power over the whole group
True or False:
Before American independence, majority rule had little appeal,
True
Define mob rule.
govt by a mass or unruly niggers
True or False: Mobs though violent would not engage in activities such as tarring and feathering, destruction of private prop, and burning of effigies?
False, they did all of those things
Did John Adams participate in mob rule like activity?
NO, he actually defended british soldiers involved in the boston massacre and called it one of the best things he had done for the country
Define liberty.
political value that values freedom over limitation of indv choice
What prevents mob rule?
rule of law
What is rule of law?
legal system with known rules that are enforced equallly against all people (saved Casey Anthony)
What does the rule of law state?
-all people are equal before the law ex. Obama=Me
-all are subject to law
-no one is above the law
What would be the main problem if mob rule broke out?
trampling of minority rights
Define constitutional system.
system of gov. in which people set up and agree on basic rules and procedures that will govern them
What are the glue of American democracy?
constitution and rule of law
True or False:
American constitutional system protects liberty and political parties.
False, liberty and ORDER
Briefly state what the constitution accomplishes.
1) checks of power
2) chances for influence
3) ways of fixing things (amendments)
What was a goal of the founders of the constitution?
A government that was strong enough to rule, but not strong enough to dominate the country
Define social contract and state its importance.
-theory that govt only has power if people say so
-significance is that the Founders used this as a template for the constitution
What is a state of nature?
majority destroys the weak
What are examples of natural and unalienable rights?
life, liberty and property (government can't take these rights away from ANYBODY)
Define direct democracy.
citizens DIRECTLY control govt
ex. ancient Athens, Greece
What type of democracy is the USA, a rep. democracy or dir. democracy?
rep. democracy
Define rep. democracy?
govt where citizens elect political officials to represent them and make laws and decisions and other shit