To Abandon Democracy In America?
It only takes one, if the one is the President of the United States
The American political system relies on the personal qualities of the man or woman who wields the awesome powers of the presidency. But congress can protect the American system from an overbearing president. The current political administration of America has been authoritarian rule. it seems less like a democracy and more like a dictatorship. In today’s U. S. politics, Checks and balances is a metaphor, not a mechanism (James Russell Lowell). What excites this president is his approval rating, his wealth, his power. He is ignoring our democratic values of equality, diversity, truth and common good. Today’s democracy is not of the people, by the people and for the people. Today’s politics is of the president, by the president and for the president. ‘“I alone can fix it.”
HOW MANY POLITICIANS DOES IT TAKE
To Reestablish Democracy In America?
It only takes a majority, but the majority has to want to.
Democracy doesn’t seem to be happening. Or maybe it never did. Democracy is when the common people are considered as the primary source of political power, when the majority rules, and when social equality and individual rights are the guiding principles. Some dictionary definitions of democracy:
- A system of government in which power is vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.
- The people can criticize and replace their elected leaders and representatives if they do not perform well. The people are sovereign—they are the highest authority—and government is based on the will of the people.
- Elected representatives at the national and local levels must listen to the people and be responsive to their needs.
Is this true in America today? Has it ever been true in America? People are mentioned frequently in democracy definitions; Yet it seems today that the government is beginning to take over from the people. And there are signs that now the common people are taking action in order to regain the majority rule and the principles of social equality and individual rights — a government based on the will of the people.
How many politicians are assisting this movement by the common people and how many are resisting? Resisting seems to be the majority. It doesn’t make sense that a government elected by the people are resisting the will of the people. I think it would be interesting to have an accounting of which politicians are assisting and which politicians are resisting. The time may have come when it needs to be the will of the people, not the desires of the politicians, that will lead to recovery of “our” democracy.