Monday, April 24, 2017

Month 9 Week 2

Discuss the practices that are common in a democracy.


  1. Practices in democracy include leaders, war involvement, and conflicting ideologies. Leaders, Usually presidents or governments are in charge of most if not all of the country and it’s decisions. Democratic countries try to stray from war, looking for a more peaceful way out of a shortcoming with other countries. But, even Democratic countries have their enemies, being communism and fascism. Without democracy, freedom would be a rarity.

  2. Some of the common practices in democracy are that the majority rules because all the people are allowed to vote on things and whatever gets the most votes is what is used. The voting is also open to any citizen that is old enough and has not committed a felony, which is another practice of democracy that is different than other types of governments. And lastly, the people that do not make up the majority are still protected.

  3. Jessica Wills-PliskoApril 29, 2017 at 1:47 PM

    Democracy consists of four basic elements: 1) A political system for choosing and replacing the government through free and fair elections. 2) The active participation of the people, as citizens, in politics and civic life. 3) Protection of the human rights of all citizens. 4) A rule of law, in which the laws and procedures apply equally to all citizens.

    Democracy is a way for people to choose their leaders and to hold them accountable for their policies and conduct in office. The government is based on the consent of the governed. Power flows from the people to the leaders in government who hold power temporarily. As Spencer mentioned, voting is a large practice of democracy. Elections have to occur at regular intervals, as prescribed by law. Those in power cannot extend their terms in office without asking for the consent of the people again in an election.Voters must be able to vote in secret, free of intimidation and violence.

    The key role of citizens in a democracy is to participate in public life. Citizens have an obligation to become informed about public issues, to watch carefully how their political leaders and representatives use their powers, and to express their own opinions and interests. A vital form of participation comes through active membership in independent, non-governmental organizations, what we call “civil society.” These organizations represent a variety of interests and beliefs: farmers, workers, doctors, teachers, business owners, religious believers, women, students, and human rights activists. Democracy depends on citizen participation in all these ways. But participation must be peaceful, respectful of the law, and tolerant of the different views of other groups and individuals.

    In a democracy, every citizen has certain basic rights that the state cannot take away from them. You have the right to have your own beliefs, and to say and write what you think. No one can tell you what you must think, believe, and say or not say. There is freedom of religion. Everyone is free to choose their own religion and to worship and practice their religion as they see fit. Every individual has the right to enjoy their own culture, along with other members of their group, even if their group is a minority. You can choose between different sources of news and opinion to read in the newspapers, to hear on the radio, and to watch on television. You are free to move about the country, and if you wish, to leave the country. You have the right to assemble freely, and to protest government actions. However, everyone has an obligation to exercise these rights peacefully, with respect for the law and for the rights of others.

    Democracy is a system of rule by laws, not by individuals. In a democracy, the rule of law protects the rights of citizens, maintains order, and limits the power of government. All citizens are equal under the law. No one may be discriminated against on the basis of their race, religion, ethnic group, or gender. No one may be arrested, imprisoned, or exiled arbitrarily.
    If you are detained, you have the right to know the charges against you, and to be assumed innocent until proven guilty according to the law. Anyone charged with a crime has the right to a fair and speedy trail by an impartial court. No one is above the law, including an elected president. Torture and cruel and inhumane treatment are absolutely forbidden. The rule of law places limits on the power of government. No government official may violate these limits. Office holders cannot use their power to enrich themselves. Independent courts and commissions punish corruption, no matter who is guilty.

    Works Cited:

    "Democracy ." What is Democracy? N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2017. .

  4. Some of the most common practices in democracy are rule by laws, right to a trial, and voting by citizens.

  5. Common practices in democracy include a system of rule by laws, the ability of any of-age citizen to vote, and that nobody is above the law.

  6. There are four common practices in democracy 1)free election 2)citizen participation 3) majority rule 4) minority rights.

    These are all very important in voting and the laws of our county.

  7. According to political sociologist Larry Diamond, democracy hinges on four crucial elements: a) A political system for choosing and replacing the government through free and fair elections; (b) The active participation of the people, as citizens, in politics and civic life; (c) Protection of the human rights of all citizens, and (d) A rule of law, in which the laws and procedures apply equally to all citizens. In true democracy, the government must be controlled primarily by the common people. All citizens must be equal in the eyes of the law and must qualify for the same unbiased treatment and protection provided by it. The people must be granted freedom of all practices of expression, namely speech, the press, and assembly. Democratic governments typically abide by constitutions that guide government practices. The government is often divided into a head of state and a number of other branches, houses, councils, etc. in order to separate power through checks and balances. In Western society, democracy is commonly accompanied by free market capitalism as its economic system. Some Western governments, however, have veered away from that pairing, with the development and spread of such alternative principles as socialism.

  8. Common practices in Democracy include free and fair elections, participations from citizens in politics and civic life, protection of human rights of all citizens, laws and procedures equal to all citizens.

  9. 1.)Free elections- for all eligible men and women to vote
    2.)Citizen participation- process which lets individuals influence public decisions
    3.)Majority rule- greater number should have greater power
    4.)Minority rights- individual rights

  10. Common practices of democracy include free and fair elections, the participation of the citizens, individual rights, and majority rule with input from the citizens.

  11. There are four common practices of a democracy: free elections, citizen participation, majority rule with minority rights, and constitutional government. In order for free elections to truly take place, a country must have more than one political party and universal suffrage (so that all adult citizens can vote). In order for citizen participation to take place, there must be economic security; high levels of education and literacy; and freedoms of press, assembly, and speech. For better participation, it also helps to have a strong middle class and opportunities of advancement, so the citizens are given a stake in their future nation by taking part in government. In order for majority rule with minority rights to take place, there must be equality for all citizens, protection of individual rights such as freedoms of religion, a shared national identity, and representative elected by the citizens to carry out their will. Lastly, in order for a constitutional government to take place, there must be a clear body of traditions and laws on which the government is based, widespread education about how the government works, a shared belief that no one is above the law, and national acceptance of majority decisions. Although it is nearly impossible for all of these conditions to be present in the same country at the same time, having most of them will foster the common democratic practices and ultimately bring about & strengthen democracy in a given country.

  12. Democracy is a political system of governing carried out by the people directly or by elected representatives. Democracy is based on the principle of equality and freedom. This implies that all individuals are entitled to their rights. In addition, citizens have certain liberties and freedoms, which are protected by the constitution.