A pure Democracy is only practical in a perfect society.In a Democracy you are allowed only one vote and if you are wrong then you may not be able to change what has been allowed by vote ,even if it is unfair in some way.We are not perfect and change is not easy to reverse in many instances,especially if your in the minority.Even if your right. !
That's why our founding fathers created a Republic instead of a Democracy. In a democracy if the majority is wrong then there may be little if any recourse as you may be in the minority,and even if you are legaly or moraly right in taking a position that's in opposition to the majority you could not succeed without your individual right to be heard through participation in a jury.
In a Republic the idea is for the individual to be diligent in their responsablity to defend their individual rights while also defending the rights of all of the people.An injury to one is an injury to all.In a Republic we have at least two votes.One is when we elect our leaders,and another is when we defend our rights through the jury system.A third would be protecting the individual through the grand jury to prevent unjust prosecution by examing the evidence brought against a proposed criminal defendant to ensure that the court as well as the prosecutor is fair and just.
Democracy is being able to breathe fresh air in the morning as I say my prayer of thanksgiving to the Almighty God for the wonderful day ahead and it is going home to my family after a day's work with the vigor and enthusiasm to strengthen the family bonds by sharing the good things that each of us experience during the day. In short, democracy is living decently as an empowered person and having that good feeling of self-worth and dignity.
Democracy means having the right to vote and having that vote count, having the right to state my opinions without repercussions, having a right to believe in and openly practice my religion. It is very unfortunate that this democracy that we speak of is almost nonexistent any more.
What OUR Democracy is not: a system where all people are treated equally in every way; equal pay, equal health care, equal living quarters, equal diet rations, equal entertainment and much more. These things can sound very good if you do not examine them thoroughly. For example, the current "Health Care Reform" is aimed at providing everyone, literally everyone, with the "option" of a government run Health Care Plan. The truth? It will be cheaper, and easier to afford for everyone, the problem, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. With that plan, the US Government will have a "monopoly" on Health Care and private Health Care companies will die out in time, then the government option, will be the only option, and when that happens, they get to (And in other societies this has proven to be the case) determine your coverage and which medications you take, and they get to make all your medical decisions for you, Because they know what is best for you.
But that is not Freedom, and while America is a democratic nation, it is also a Republic, as stated by another answer to this question. No, we are not treated equal in some ways, but if I WANT better pay, I have the freedom to find a better job, get a better education as to be better qualified, and so on. IF by some chance I come up with an idea nobody has thought of, I get rich as a result. In that OTHER society, where everyone is treated equally, I get almost zero benefit from being creative and contributing to society, instead the government takes my idea and profits from it almost exclusively. I might get a $100 bonus that month. An "A for effort". I'd rather get rich!
Freedom to stand-up for what you believe in and not have to spend the winter in a Gulag because you did.
by SparklingJewel 8 years ago
regardless of where one stands on the abortion issue...how could any American citizen stand for allowing their tax dollars or be forced in their work ethic to be used for something that is against their deepest moral and ethical conscience...to them it is an ultimate abuse of their liberty...
by Kieron Walker 4 years ago
If you could tweak one thing about democracy in general, what would it be?
by sean kinn 7 years ago
Why does the definition of a democracy and republic matter?I know the basic difference between a democracy and a republic - so the question is: Why does it matter? Why do some people feel that it is important to point out that most Americans believe that they live in a democracy - whereas, most...
by Dan Harmon 5 years ago
I picked up a FaceBook post today that I find very interesting:In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh,had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist...
by Kathryn L Hill 2 years ago
Democrats expect people to pull together to help one another in a collective way. They do not realize this system removes a certain amount of individual freedom through raising taxes. Republicans want to empower the individual by keeping taxes low. They believe individuals, (through the self-effort...
by SwordofManticorE 5 years ago
Does a creator have the right to give and take from his creation?
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