It is rather for us, the living,
to stand here, we here be dedica-ted to the great task remaining before us -- that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
On July 4th 1776 the Second Continental Congress, representing the 13states unanimously issued the Declaration of Independence. This documentwas the official notice given to the King of England that the 13 stateswere separating themselves from the Crown in order to form a governmentof the People. The Declaration of Independence is an important documentand in many ways is as important as the Constitution. The Constitutionis the document that establishes a government of the People by thePeople, and for the People. The Declaration of Independence is thedocument that establishes the supremacy of the People over theGovernment and establishes the Right and the Duty of the People "tothrow off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their futureSecurity."
This is the beginning, the first time we could pronounce the word Democracy and use it to describe a form of government, "The government of the People by the People," from the Greek roots, Demos = People and Kratas = rule or government.