Dr. David Childs, Ph.D.
Northern Kentucky University
The upcoming presidential election of 2020 is a very important election, as it will determine the kind of country the citizens of the United States want to live in. Do the citizens want a government that is centered around a larger than life personality, in the person of our current president? Or do they want to move back to a balance of power, where all three branches of government have equal power? One of the things we must all remember is that our government was designed to be for the people and run by the people and that our participation in the governing process is key to our success. The US is not a communist government, an anarchy, a monarchy, plutocracy, oligarchy or military dictatorship or parliamentary government it is a democratic republic. Click here for a description of various forms of government.
Furthermore, the United States is not a direct democracy but is a representative democracy. That is, we elect officials who are supposed to operate on our behalf. In this way, if we elect officials who do not represent us, the way the system should work is that we vote those individuals out. Do we want that to change? Do we want something closer to a monarchy? The office of the president has become more and more powerful and autonomous and autocratic over the past few decades. The American people have to decide what kind of country we want to live in. See our previous article here on what a democratic republic is. Below I have offered some lesson plans and activities on understanding our democracy .
Types of Government Lesson Plan
Types of Government Lesson Plans and Activities
Create Your Own Type of Government
Who Rules: I-Civcs
Forms of Government Poster Sets
Presidential versus Parliamentary Government
Governments of the World Unit Plan
Parliamentary System Lesson Plan: Determining a Government for a New Country