Presentation on theme: "Ms. Zamora Civics. Abraham Lincoln - "gov. of the people, by the people, for the people" a. power of gov. comes from the people b. Americans themselves,"— Presentation transcript:
Abraham Lincoln - "gov. of the people, by the people, for the people" a. power of gov. comes from the people b. Americans themselves, acting through their representatives, run the gov. c. the purpose of gov. is to make the U.S. a better place for those who live here.
3 Levels of Government National/Federal State Local The National Government is the most important level. A state government cannot take actions that go against the laws and authority of the National Government
Elections b/c democratic governments exist by the people, we need free, fair, and competitive elections Everyone’s vote has the same weight “one person one vote”
Elections Candidates have the right to express their views freely to the public Citizens are free to support candidates or issues
Elections The legal requirements for voting must be kept to a minimum For example, our voting laws center on age, residence, and citizenship While other factors like race and ethnic and religious background cannot be used to restrict voting
Elections Citizens may vote freely by secret ballot, without fearing punishment for their voting decisions No open ballots
Principles of American Democracy: 1. Rule of Law 2. Limited Government 3. Consent of the Governed 4. Individual Rights 5. Representative Gov. 6. Majority Rule
Principles of American Democracy: 1) Rule of Law ~~~ All people including those who govern, are bound by the law 2) Limited Government ~~~ Government is not all powerful – it may do only those things that people have given it the power to do
Principles of American Democracy: 3) Consent of the Governed ~~~ American citizens are the source of all governmental power 4) Individual Rights ~~~ In the American democracy, individual rights are protected by government
Principles of American Democracy: 5) Representative Government ~~~ People elect government leaders to make the laws and govern for them 6) Majority Rule ~~~ Citizens agree that when differences of opinion arise, we will abide by what most of the people want.
What does it mean to be a “Good Citizen” of a Country? Which of the following actions do you think demonstrate being a good citizen? Hanging a flag outside the home or on the car Speaking out against the government Giving money to people in need Paying taxes on time Speaking English Voting Not criticizing the government during time of war Serving on a jury or testifying as a witness at a trial Swearing an oath of allegiance to the U.S. Serving one year of national service, either military or community service
What you will do……… For each action provided on your paper write if you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree Within your groups share and discuss your priorities Identify the group’s five top qualities of good citizens Then as a class we will vote on our top five qualities of a good citizen