The framers of American democracy would be happy to know that the
Constitution continues to be the basis for what the United States
stands for and believes in. It has also become a beacon of light to
other countries striving to break the chains of oppression and
obtain the inalienable rights of freedom and justice.
The Constitution embraces the principles of democracy and freedom, a
process that allows the citizens of the United States to live in
peace, free from intolerance and injustice. This freedom is
facilitated by the core values of democracy—a set of principles
within the Constitution and our democratic system of government.
We are taught such core values as majority rule and federalism
throughout our early education. Studies show, however, that students
take these concepts for granted without truly grasping how
critical they are to
the continuance of our democratic nation and as examples for
emerging democracies worldwide.
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