You may die anyway. You—or the leader of your party—may make it into the cockpit and not know how to fly or land the plane. There are no guarantees.
I want to begin with an overview of what democracy is. A political system for choosing and replacing the government through free and fair elections. I want to talk about each of these four elements of what democracy is.
The people decide who will represent them in parliament, and who will head the government at the national and local levels.
Government is based on the consent of the governed. Power flows from the people to the leaders of government, who hold power only temporarily. Laws and policies require majority support in parliament, but the rights of minorities are protected in various ways.
The people are free to criticize their elected leaders and representatives, and to observe how they conduct the business of government. Elected representatives at the national and local levels should listen to the people and respond to their needs and suggestions.
Elections have to occur at regular intervals, as prescribed by law. For elections to be free and fair, they have to be administered by a neutral, fair, and professional body that treats all political parties and candidates equally.
All parties and candidates must have the right to campaign freely, to present their proposals to the voters both directly and through the mass media.
Voters must be able to vote in secret, free of intimidation and violence. There needs to be some impartial and independent tribunal to resolve any disputes about the election results.
This is why it takes a lot of time to organize a good, democratic election. Any country can hold an election, but for an election to be free and fair requires a lot of organization, preparation, and training of political parties, electoral officials, and civil society organizations who monitor the process.
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.
Voting in elections is another important civic duty of all citizens. Participation can also involve campaigning for a political party or candidate, standing as a candidate for political office, debating public issues, attending community meetingsand membership civic meetings, bably best placed in Article 5 on the Judicial Authority.
This requires efforts by civil society organizations to educate women about their democratic rights and responsibilities, improve their political skills, represent their common interests, and involve them in political life.
In a democracy, participation in civic groups should be voluntary. Political parties are vital organizations in a democracy, and democracy is stronger when citizens become active members of political parties.
However, no one should support a political party because he is pressured or threatened by others. Democracy depends on citizen participation in all these ways. You have the right to have your own beliefs, and to say and write what you think. There is freedom of religion. Every individual has the right to enjoy their own culture, along with other members of their group, even if their group is a minority.
There is freedom and pluralism in the mass media.
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 have the right to associate with other people, and to form and join organizations of your own choice, including trade unions.
You have the right to assemble freely, and to protest government actions. No one may be taxed or prosecuted except by a law established in advance. The rule of law places limits on the power of government.I was born in India, the world's largest democracy, and when I was four, my family moved to Belize, the world's smallest democracy perhaps.
The United States of America is not, in fact, a true democracy. In a democracy, the people are the government. Today, we elect people to run the government for us.
However 'democracy' is not an absolute category, whereby if a country has an election it can be regarded as 'democratic'. Instead, a state's democratic credentials involve assessing many, if not all, aspects of governance and the political system.
On today's BradCast, I'm in for Brad today Angie Coiro, host of In Deep with Angie Coiro.. Quite the contrast between all the news Brad and Desi had to fit in yesterday, and the relatively quiet developments today; everyone's hitting the road. 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. The presidential election of was a rematch between President John Adams and Vice President Thomas Jefferson.
An electoral tie between Jefferson and his running mate forced the House of.