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Where Is Democracy

Updated on April 4, 2016

United States is the most democratic country in the world. In its short but glorious short history of 230 plus years, United States has become the envy of the world and set an example as to how a nation shall be run. Today, United States has not only the material wealth but also the military might to protect and preach its democracy to the rest of the world. Now, let us examine what makes the United States democracy so special on this Earth.


United States is a country populated with immigrants and their descendants. Since its founding in 1776, United States has kept a loose open-door policy and created an ideal environment to attract and nourish people from around the globe to help it build the nation it is today. With the promise of a decent, free, and fair livelihood and the reward that anyone who is willing to work hard would be able to realize his or her potentials, people with dreams and aspirations from all walks of life flood to this land of aplenty. The immigrants bring not only their desire to succeed but also their cultures, religions, and ways of life. The result is a melting pot of diversity, visions, and races of all kind. It also incubates an atmosphere of tolerance, embracement, and appreciation. In the course of time, United States has become a nation of the world where relatives or friends of the people from every corners of the Earth can be found.


United States has the most laws in the world. They are created mainly to protect its people against themselves. In a democratic society, people are free to do whatever they want as long as they do not violate the well beings of other people. There are:

1) Traffic laws preventing people from driving recklessly, thus, reducing accidents,

2) Criminal laws preventing people from harming the others,

3) Business laws preventing people from cheating the consumers, etc.

To enforce these laws without prejudice, United States has bred an army of lawyers and built a judicial court systems and infrastructures that have no peers in the world. The cost of hiring lawyers and maintaining the whole judicial processes is astronomical and only a wealthy nation like the United States can afford it.


Media encompass newspaper, magazine, books, and TV and radio broadcasts. United States has the fullest spectrum of uncensored media in the world. They not only inform, educate, and entertain but also safeguard democracy against unchecked power in the government that can threaten its existence. The media are created by individuals or groups of individuals who want to:

1) Express their views of the world,

2) Expose the injustice and corruption around them,

3) Serenade the goodness and beauty they uncover, etc.

Of course, not all media contents are wholesome and beneficial. But, under democracy, all that is good or bad will be under magnifying glass for everyone to examine.


The quality of human life is improved by innovations. United States can boast the most innovations in the world. The reason is straightforward because United States provides educational environment that encourages innovation and offers huge rewards to people who does. There are innovations in:

1) Medicine where new drugs are constantly developed to fight cancers and diseases,

2) Auto industry where better mileage but less polluted cars are built,

3) Information technology where faster Internet access, more versatile hand-held phone, smaller and faster PC are emerging, etc.

Only when people are free from the shackles of worrying about the basic necessities of livelihoods, can they have time to think about a better life. Only then, can they dare to daydream, imagine, and innovate.


It is by no accident that United States happens to be the most democratic nation on Earth. Some 230 plus years ago, a group of people drawing their experiences from their ancestral lands, crafted a constitution that guarantees freedom of speech, freedom of press, and due process of the law for everyone. They laid the foundation for a democracy that future generations along with the believers and dreamers influxed from every corner of the globe, have protected and followed with zeal. Today, as United States tries its best to spread democracy to places where tyranny, injustice, and human right violation still exit, its people find themselves very fortunate to possess something that they have taken for granted while countless people in the world can only dream about.


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      Linda 5 years ago

      Well I hope article was written as sarcasm.... because if it was's jst the normal propaganda stuff we see plastered all over the net

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      Danny 6 years ago

      In my last comment I miss spelled lucky as ludky. Sorry.

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      Susan 6 years ago

      This great nation, the United States of America, used to be the most desirable place to live. Unfortunately it has fallen into the path of many of the European conutries. The path of union rules. Just look at the problems with our education and competibility, and we know why we are on the downward spiral path. Don't we all know somebody who does not need to put in 100 percent of effort at work and takes sick leave as vacation time. No one could or wants to do anything about that because it is perfectly okay under the union rules.

      Our laws are so made to protect the union privileges way above the the odinary average citizens because the politicians are supported by the powerful unions. We all know what it means by an endorsement of a union to a politician.

      In my opinion, It is the Unions to blame for most of the problems we have in the United States.

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      Danny 6 years ago

      We are so ludky to be part of this great democretic nation. I was born in China. I came to the United States as a student. I work hard in this country and built a good financial fundation for myself. To those sour grapes I say " work hard and be smart in this Land of Opportunaty. You, too, can be successful as well." It is up to each and every one to build his or her castle around him or her. Sky is the limit. Stop feeling sorry for yourself.

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      Josak 6 years ago from variable

      Failing economy, increasing cynicism towards government, increasing poverty, lack of unity and rapidly being overtaken as a dominant power, the American experiment is rapidly trending towards an eventual failure, it was interesting while it lasted. I guess historians in the future will argue over how much of its success was attributable to the factors you mention and how many were related to luck and favorable conditions.

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      Sherry Hewins 6 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      We're all still damned lucky to live here. Count your blessings people.

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      Chimmy White 6 years ago from Trenton, NJ

      Democracy and capitalism can not truly coexist. What this country is about now is a bunch of rich Elitests controling all of us, while we try to hold on to the image of America as we were taught in school. Its not the same place anymore. Our rights are slowly being stripped from us by our crooked government and we continue to believe that democrats are somehow different from the republicans and that they both haven't failed us. Freedom of speech still allows me to profess that I'm glad Timothy McVeigh took a shot at those bastards, but I won't be allowed to say this for long. Armed police demanding Identification from citizens in Florida now, the Bill of Rights killed with a stroke of the presidents pen. We approve of this shit through our inaction. Even this ignorant and apathetic generation is approaching critical mass. Anarchy is inevitable and I say so be it. This government doesn't represent what it used to and it sure as shit doesn't represent you or me.

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      Deforest 6 years ago from USA

      Most democratic or so we thought!