In the United States, the word democracy is commonly associated with freedom. However, what most Americans don’t realize is that democracy should never be equated with slavery. In order for a society to truly be considered as democracy, it must provide a level of social justice, equality of opportunity, and an adequate system of public infrastructure and services. Those who are running these governments, as they are called, are bound by law to serve the people with a minimum level of competence.
Democracies, on the other hand, are systems where elected officials or representatives of the people make decisions based on their own preferences. They make these decisions based on the information that they receive and weigh, rather than basing their decisions on popular opinion. This form of self-rule is what separates democracy from autocracy. democracy is also a kind of constitution where the governed have the power to deliberate and determine laws, or to select governing leaders to perform this function. This system of self-rule is what is known as “checks and balances.”
The biggest democracy on Earth would have to be the United States of America, and that would be an indirect form of democracy. For instance, when there are two types of representatives in American government: the slave-holding states, and the free states, and their number is proportional to the number of slaves the free states have, and the number of people who live in the slave states. Therefore, the United States has one of the smallest proportions of slavery in the world. Interestingly enough, although slavery is the largest form of direct democracy in America, and probably in the history of the world as well, it is only a small sliver of a percentage of the entire population.
So why has democracy suddenly become such a hot topic these days? What’s going on? Well, consider how different our world would be if every single citizen actually had voting rights, instead of being ruled by an elite minority of one kind or another. With a truly democratic consolidation of political parties, which happen to be majority parties, we would end up with representatives that actually represented the will of the people, and not an elite minority party. That would make sense doesn’t it? Then, wouldn’t it be nice to have a president, prime minister, defense secretary, cabinet members, and even a comptroller that were all elected for that exact purpose?
One could make a lot of fun arguments for democracy, but in reality, what is really needed today is to return to a constitutional republic, with checks and balances, and allow voters to elect the leaders they want. This would solve the problem of an unbalanced democracy, where one party rules, and another party or another is in control of the constitution. After all, isn’t that what democracy is about? You elect the leaders you want, through voting, and they are then responsible to you for their actions. This system, rather than direct democracy, is much more fair.
So, isn’t it time for you to stand up for your freedoms and your Constitution? Say you don’t want a dictator, and you also don’t want a democracy, then what is the difference between these two systems? There are plenty of differences, but they are very subtle. The bottom line is, if you really value liberty and freedom, and you don’t wish to live in a society where the governed are afraid to throw away their vote, then you should be for proportional representation and voting in national, regional, and local races. That way, you can have your say, and have your vote, and enjoy the benefits of democracy in a true, constitutional republic.