Roots of Democracy

John and Tarun

Individual Rights

Individual rights are rights held by individual people; even if they are group-differentiated, what most rights are, they remain individual rights if the right-holders are the individuals themselves.

Rule of Law

The rule of law generally refers to the influence and authority of law within society, especially as a constraint upon behavior, including behavior of government officials.

Consent Of the Governed

The consent of the governed is basically the people that are satisfied by what the government is doing.

Checks and Balances

The system of checks and balances is an important part of the Constitution. With checks and balances, each of the three branches of government can limit the powers of the others. This way, no one branch becomes too powerful. Each branch “checks” the power of the other branches to make sure that the power is balanced between them.

Representative govt.

A representative government is one that allows a country with many, many citizens, to be represented by a smaller group, which are the governmental representatives. This allows the business of government to be conducted by "fewer" people, those government representatives, so that things can get done.

By having groups of citizens (divided usually by geographic boundaries) to be represented by on person for those he represents, a variety of opinions and ideas can be brought to issue without the burden of having to poll every single citizen on every single point of issue to move forward with ideas and government action.

System of government in which public policies are made by officials selected by voters and held accountable in periodic elections.