Is The U.S. A Democracy After All?


de·moc·ra·cy  [dih-mok-ruh-see] – government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.

In the modern democratization of information, public opinion is a very powerful force for change – at least in the markets – and that is not only a good thing, it is the very essence of free market behavior.  Being either duped or the one duping others is never sustained in truly free social constructs.  Why then, do we, the people of the United States, allow ourselves to be marginalized by those we elect to lead us? Why are we much less responsive to ill-made decisions in our government? Do we feel powerless? Are we apathetic? Have we given up caring or thinking we can do anything about it?  Can we do anything about it? Does government truly see people as a constituent? Or, are the only groups truly effecting policy the special interests with hard-lined agendas?

Other than voting for candidates who are dutifully put on the ticket by the real chess masters, do we feel there is nothing else we can do other than complain about everything?  Where then, has true democracy gone?  The games played in Washington are (I hope) not the desires of the people?  Or are they?  Do we feel so foolishly invincible that the drama is appreciated for all the lively conversation it brings. Do we really care? If we do, we don’t seem to be doing anything about.  Do we feel powerless? Are we powerless? If so, I ask then, where has true democracy gone?

As always, shared thoughts and comments are always welcome.

Thanks for reading. Have a Great Day and Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

Matt

About Matt Gorman

Life-long learner. Collaboration enthusiast. Avid cyclist.
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2 Responses to Is The U.S. A Democracy After All?

  1. Congressional gerrymandering by both parties has left few swing districts. Both GOP and Democrats fear primary challenges more than they do general voters. Professor Amy is a potentially good solution called proportional representation.

    https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/polit/damy/articles/redistricting.htm

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