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Is Democracy, Hypocrisy?
Democracy, Socialism or Dictator?
Democracy is supposed to be, what the majority want, however is this really the case.
This is not aimed at any one particular country, as we find similar statistics around the world. In the United States, over the last 60 years, in the Presidential elections, we see that on average there used to be a 60% turnout. More recently, it has become a 50% turnout. With these turnouts, the President is lucky to get 50% of the votes cast. This means that any President is elected by only 25% of the eligible voters. Some dictators have this much support.
What else is there? Well, there is socialism. Although this is good in theory, as so far as a country is supposed to work together for the benefit of all, it does not seem to work in practice. There is also dictatorship, or a Monarchy system. This can work, depending on the leadership. However, when a bad leader comes into power, it proves hard to change.
So, over all, democracy seems the best option but we should not leave it there. We could change the democratic process. It would take a smarter person than me to come up with a better system. However, there are a couple of points that I feel should be included in any change.
First, there should be a vote, to see if the people want a change in leader. If 50%, or more, do not want a change, then leave things as they are for another couple of years. If 50% or more want a change, then have an election but the current leader cannot run.
Secondly, to ensure more people vote, I would suggest this: On a tax return you should have to state your preference for party, president or whatever. The same should apply before a welfare check could be issued. Students, over the voting age, should have to put it on their college entrance forms.
Thirdly, on voting day, people only have to go to the poles, if they wish to change their vote submitted on one of the above or if they have not filled in one of the above.
This should ensure that a higher percentage get a vote. A high percentage of those that currently vote are strong followers of one party or another. Most of the people that do not vote are either confused by all the expensive campaigning or feel that it will make no difference to them whichever way the vote goes. The latter part may be true but they should at least vote one way or the other, if only in respect for the people who may have died to ensure they had a vote. If they do get confused with the campaigning, it is probably just as well that they go with their long term thoughts.
I am all for democracy but lets try and make it more democratic.
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