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Government Vocabulary

a set of established rules or accepted norms of conduct in people's relationships with other individuals, organizations, and institutions.
the idea that every person has the same rights and responsibilities under the law.
the idea that citizens should have the ability to directly participate in their own government by voting and running for public office.
the idea that people can vote, and even vote to replace their lawmakers, was not a new idea except in the American colonies.
ideal that the law applies not only to governed, but to the government. This core value gave authority to the justice system which grants citizens protection from the government by requiring that any accusation of a crime be proved by the government before the person is punished.
the idea that people should be free to pursue their own paths, even to the extent of making their own mistakes.
the refusal to obey certain laws, regulations, or requirements of a government because one believes those laws to be detrimental to the freedom or right of the people to obey the law.
ensures that any accused person has an opportunity to confront his/her accusers and provide a defense.
derives from 2 Greek words- Demos = common people and Kratos = rule; therefore fundamentally democracy mean the rule of the common people. In Abraham Lincoln terms is government "for the people by the people and of the people."