Essay on Democracy: A Unique Form of People Power

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The word democracy is derived from the Greek words of “demos”, referring to people and “Kratos”, meaning power . The Greeks are credited with developing the earliest forms of democracy around 2,500 years ago. India, Russia, Japan and many other nations have only recently become democratic. Therefore, despite its lengthy history as a concept, democracy has only really become a global reality during the latter half of the 20th century. Democracy means many things to many different people. Winston Churchill has the belief that “…democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” Democracy is certainly a form of government, whereby the people rule through their elected …show more content…
It matters not what your ethnicity is, which religion you adhere to, your race, or gender, or even age. There is of course a voting age in Canada. However it is part of the beauty of democracy that, even those not of age are welcome to write to their local Member of Parliament or to have their voices heard by other means. Government must not be overly restrictive, as it is only the free man and woman who may unlock their full, unbridled potential. To that effect, we the people have the freedom to decide who shall govern on our behalf, to convey our voices and our wishes, both as a whole and as individuals.

Rights are a core component to any democracy. They guarantee all citizens a set of standards and values to call their own. A prime example of the embodiment of right is, The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms . ‘The Charter’ as it is also known as, ensures certain political rights to Canadian citizens and civil rights of everyone in Canada from the procedures and policies of every level of government. By far the most famous rights initiative ever formed was the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights stipulates 30 articles that cover every aspect of human rights and freedoms. Freedom of speech is a prominent right for the basic reason that without it, we would be unable to voice or fight for any other right. It is however a relative right, meaning it may