What is Democracy?
According to Abraham Lincoln’s theory, democracy means a government by the people, of the people and for the people.
It does not matter how a government is setup, as long as it is governing people it is a government of the people. Any country’s government is a government of the people. In the United States, that government takes the form of Congress, the President and the courts. The British have a government that consists of parliament, the prime minister and the queen.
A government by the people is one in which the people are the ones who have the ultimate authority to make decisions. There is more than one way to do this. The United States government is set up as a republic, so the people send representatives to Washington D. C. They are responsible for making our wishes known there. They have a great deal of power, but they must be elected and the people have the right to change the Constitution while they lack that authority.
A government that is for the people will do what it can to protect the people from the things that may harm them. A government that is for the people will do things that are beneficial to the people rather than just those things that are good for those in power. In the United States, we see this government “for the people” in things like the roads that are built, the programs that are funded, the law enforcement, agencies like the FDA and the DEA who have the responsibility of helping to protect us from things we may know little about.