Many historical ideals have thrived through time and have provided foundations of American government today. Democracy, for example, is the most enduring and fair form of government, allowing the practices of liberty and individualism. As part of the democratic process, the populace must be educated in order to understand and participate in their rule, governmental process and anticipate outcomes. The American ideals of democracy, education and liberty have formed over time in empires to create a balanced society between the people and government that characterizes modern day America. Historical administrations have been observed, contemplated and analyzed heavily over the centuries, as mankind has sought an agreeable means of government. “Our constitution is called a democracy because power is in the hands not of the minority but of the whole people. When it is a question of settling private disputes everyone is equal before the law: … what counts is not the membership in a particular class, but the actual ability which the man possesses. No one, so long as he has it in him to be of service to the state, is kept in political obscurity because of poverty.”(Beck 135) spoke Pericles of Athens in the 400’s, B.C) Continuing the thought that mankind wants government for all peoples, Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, in the 1700’s said, “The love of democracy is that of equality.”(Montesquieu 1) Majority of the citizen have long sought for their just part in national administrations. Within the last few decades, Thomas Christiano, a Professor of Philosophy and Law at the University of Arizona, wrote, “After all, democracy implies commitments to equality, such as equality in voting power as well as equality of opportunity to participate in discussion. Egalitarian theories attempt to derive a conception of democracy from a principle of equality among persons. They acknowledge fundamental conflicts of interests and convictions in society and assert that because of this lack of consensus, each person may demand an equal share in political rule.”(Christiano 1) Democracy continues to be considered for the people and by the people. Education is foundational to an informed and capable populous. Roman politician and lawyer, Cicero expounded on the connections of truth, education and liberty. “Above all, the search after truth and its eager pursuit are peculiar to man. …we are eager to see, to hear, to learn something new, … To this passion for discovering truth there is added a hungering, as it were, for independence, so that a mind well-moulded by Nature is unwilling to be subject to anybody save one who gives rules of conduct or is a teacher of truth or who, for the general good, rules according to justice and law. From this attitude come greatness of soul and a sense of superiority to worldly conditions.”Esteeming his writing on education the “best and most important” of his works, Jean-Jacques Rousseau concluded, “All that we lack at birth; all that we need when we come to man’s estate, is the gift of education. This education comes to us from nature, from men or from things.”(Rousseau 1) So, from birth, the enlightening pursuit of acquiring truthful information and its application is overcoming deficiency. “Time and again, when we placed our bet for the future on education, we have prospered as a result — by tapping the incredible innovative and generative potential of a skilled American workforce,”(Barack 3) noted former President of the United States, Barack Obama as he announced further investment in education. The basis for a knowledgeable and fit citizenry is intellectual training.In Athens, Demosthenes told of how there were two parties in every Greek city, “the one desiring neither to rule others by force nor to be slaves to any man, but to enjoy liberty and equality under a free constitution; the other eager to rule their fellow country-men…”(Demosthenes 1) From ages old, man has desired to be free from outside coercion and to choose for himself. Later, John Locke, as an Enlightenment thinker, would say, “The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions…”(Locke 1) Still more recently, Nobel laureate, Bertrand Russell, was clear that the voice of the people must be heard for liberty to persist, “… there can be democracy without liberty, there can never be secure liberty without democracy.”(Russell 14) The right of the people to be self-determinate within society, able to choose for themselves with the ability to pursue their own preferences or interests is valued by an educated citizenry, especially in the United States of America where is it considered an “inalienable right.”(t )Operating as a democratic republic, for well over two centuries, the United States of America has upheld the historical foundations of the democratic vote, education and liberty. Decision making input for local laws and elected representatives empowers citizens with a vote. Individual development (such as in mental, moral, academic, professional and emotional training) remains strongly favored, in order to have an informed (and ideally voting) populous. The privileges, familiarity and risks of liberty are rights still not to be alienated for any American citizen. Greek, Roman and Enlightenment era thought has certainly contributed to the foundations of democracy, education and liberty which remains constant in America society today.