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What is the worst part of the democracy?

  1. taw2012 profile image60
    taw2012posted 6 years ago

    What is the worst part of the democracy?

  2. Freeway Flyer profile image90
    Freeway Flyerposted 6 years ago

    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.

    1. swordsbane profile image60
      swordsbaneposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      It's better than the alternatives we have already tried.  It doesn't do the job though.  It only makes the public feel better about the choice.

  3. Khal Blogo profile image60
    Khal Blogoposted 6 years ago

    The voting part, i think:) still, the alternatives kinda suck too.

  4. profile image0
    alloporusposted 6 years ago

    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.

  5. swordsbane profile image60
    swordsbaneposted 6 years ago

    The idea that somehow a popularity contest can vet competency and integrity.

  6. Lions Den Media profile image60
    Lions Den Mediaposted 6 years ago

    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.

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    Gusserposted 6 years ago

    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.

    1. swordsbane profile image60
      swordsbaneposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Theoretically, that's why we have the Bill of Rights.  Unfortunately, a super-majority can change the Constitution too.

    2. profile image0
      Gusserposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      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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