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Principles of American Democracy
Transcript of Principles of American Democracy
Claimed independence from Great Britain.
Listed the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness which all people have from birth.
To vote you must be 18 years of age or older.
At age 18 all males must register for the Selective Service.
Only U.S. citizens may vote in federal and state elections.
Is the supreme law of the land.
lists the powers of the federal government.
Begins with the words "We the people."
We the people indicates self government.
An amendment is a change to the Constitution.
The Constitution has 27 amendments.
The first 10 amendments are called the Bill of Rights.
The U.S. has a mixed economic system.
Rule of Law
The U.S. follows the rule of law which means no one is above the law.
The first amendment protects freedoms of speech, religion and press.
Freedom of religion involves the right to practice any religion.
These rights are given to everyone living in the U.S.
As a U.S. citizen you:
are eligible to serve on a jury
pay taxes on April 15th.
When a person becomes a citizen they promise to obey the laws of the United States.
You can participate in democracy by joining a political party.
You can show loyalty to the United States when you say the Pledge of Allegiance.
Foundations of Government
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