Respect means holding someone or something in high regard and not interfering with it.

A society dedicated to self-government requires that individuals respect the rights of others. The Founders created a limited government with the goal of protecting rights. For example, the First Amendment’s protection of free exercise of religion, speech, and press requires that citizens be respectful in their own expression and respect the rights of others to express themselves.

James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 10: “In republics, the great danger is that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.” Citizens can show respect for themselves and each other by being quiet when others are speaking, practicing good manners,  being on time and prepared for school or jobs, presenting themselves appropriately (e.g. removing hats inside buildings, wearing black or subdued colors to a funeral,) showing good sportsmanship, being truthful in relationships, and accepting others’ varying beliefs.

American individuals who have demonstrated respect include John Dickinson, Carrie Chapman Catt, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mary Beth Tinker.