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Understanding Democracy

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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