To Abandon Democracy In America?

 It only takes one, but the one has to be 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 the 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 governmentin 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? Today there are signs that 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.

One Politician Today: Is Causing Other Politicians To Practice Democracy.

And to listen to the people.

 How many politicians are assisting this action by the common people and how many are resisting? This movement seems to be growing. It doesn’t make sense that a government elected by the people should be assisting the will of the president and  resisting the will of the people. Maybe we need an accounting of where politicians are resisting or assisting. The time may have come when democracy needs to be a system of government in which power is vested in the people.

Standing up to bullies is the hallmark of a civilized society. Robert Reich




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  1. Eugene Unger says:

    Sorry you have taken a sip of the koolaid. The reports we choose to read represent whom?? Is it all bad? All good? We choose to imagine your future.



  2. Marianne says:

    You have written an important, thoughtful overview of our democracy. We are in trouble, I think, when the people are lied to and are therefore unable to make a clear decision. Trump’s base can be so riled up by the rhetoric heard from this president. Many of that base are going to be badly hurt by these tariffs. Our constitution didn’t take into consideration having a leader who lies and threatens people so that politicians are afraid to speak up because their careers are likely to be destroyed by the bully in the White House.

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