Politicians must cater to voters who are often uninformed and/or motivated by self-interest rather than the interests of the nation as a whole. Politicians must also constantly think about the next election, which leads them to focus on what is good for the short-term rather than the long-term. In a democracy, politics become a popularity contest, and what is popular is often not the same thing as what is wise.
But in spite of its weaknesses, most of us probably figure that it is better than the alternatives.
The voting part, i think:) still, the alternatives kinda suck too.
The tyranny of the majority. It can be as stifling to innovation and change as the tyranny of dictators. It can be avoided if voters are well informed and engaged with the issues.... when we get home from the mall.
The idea that somehow a popularity contest can vet competency and integrity.
Human beings that want to run my life and who view life as some sterile endeavor that should be devoid of risk. However, that is why I prefer a Republic in which we hire allegedly competent humans to engage in all the messy issues of protecting societies in an attempt to keeping them free. And at such a time that these individuals encroach upon liberty they are fired.
Unfortunately, in America we have the hiring part down really well...we just haven't yet figured out how fire people.
The fact that it won't work. THIS is why the United States is NOT a democracy. A Constitutional Republic on the other hand provides Rights to the people and limits the government. Majority rule (democracy) would allow minorities to be out voted and controled.
Theoretically, that's why we have the Bill of Rights. Unfortunately, a super-majority can change the Constitution too.
Super majority in both the Senate and the House PLUS 2/3 of the States. Democracy offers no such protections or limits on the government.
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