DEMOCRACY IS GONE
Firstly, what is a democracy? There is a lot of confusion about what democracy is, but according to whatisdemocracy.net, democracy is a ‘government by the people.’ This implies that all people should have a say in what affects them and in who represents them in the government, which is another democratic trait. There are two types of democracies: direct democracy - where citizens vote for public issues and straight through polling stations - and representative democracy - where a group of people can chose a few representatives that will think about the people’s views before voting. Although direct democracy includes everyone’s voice, this method of voting is only effective for a small amount of people. If a large number of people are present, representative democracy is ideal. American politics fits in representative democracy, but the way representatives - Supreme Court, President etc.- get elected isn’t as democratic as prefered.
Infographic: Whose Votes Count?
LOOK WHERE WE ARE
Next, what is the reality of American politics. There are a few parts of American politics that can be seen as not fully democratic. First, according to usa.gov the process of creating a law isn’t fully democratic. The House of Representatives, a group of elected officials, are entrusted with the law and can diminish it if they are biased towards a certain cause. For example, currently a majority of the representatives in the HOR are republicans, which could influence their thinking on if the law would be a useful one or if it would affect people negatively. Another example of a not fully democratic American political routine is, according to usa.gov, the election of a president. When a president is elected in November, people from all around America vote for what is called the popular vote. However, the popular vote isn’t a major factor when determining who the president will be. Instead, the votes in the House of Representatives and the Senate are the ones that count, which is extremely undemocratic.
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WHAT we can do
Thirdly, we need to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard. In order to that, we need to change some of ways politics isn’t democratic. In an article by governmentisgood.com , "How to Fix the American Democracy and Revive Democracy”, Government is Good says that we can change this in three ways: by adopting a more representative voting system, by erecting barriers that prevent power turning into political advantage, and a good economy so there won’t be an advantage for more fortunate people. But economic inequality is a very big problem in the US, mostly because of the lack of jobs and the poverty that follows. The Washington Post wrote an article on if America is a democracy or a republic, and came up with the conclusion that America was more of a republic. This means that power is mostly with the elected representatives, which is controversial because too much power with one person isn’t ideal in a democracy.