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Does democracy really exist ? Or is it an illusion ?

  1. Ankit Dave profile image61
    Ankit Daveposted 2 years ago

    Does democracy really exist ? Or is it an illusion  ?

  2. bradmasterOCcal profile image29
    bradmasterOCcalposted 2 years ago

    It depends on what you define as Democracy. The US is a Democratic Republic, and that means you can vote for your elected officials. Beyond that it is all subjective, and a lot of smoke and mirrors, so I say illusion.

    1. Ankit Dave profile image61
      Ankit Daveposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Yes totally. I guess it majorly depends on the way you look at it.

  3. dashingscorpio profile image86
    dashingscorpioposted 2 years ago

    https://usercontent1.hubstatic.com/12771116_f260.jpg

    Clearly it does exist!
    If a country doesn't have a communist system, monarchy or dictator it usually means their citizens {get to vote} for their leaders.
    Nevertheless democracy can be manipulated in similar ways to how money is spent on marketing to sway consumers to buy products.
    When it comes to politics it's usually slanted/biased media reports, money spent by political action committees to place negative ads during a campaign, changing voting requirements, limiting hours, number of booths, gerrymandering certain districts, and last but not least in the U.S. we have the electoral college voting system.
    This means it's possible for a presidential candidate to win the popular vote made by it's citizens but lose the election because the candidate didn't collect 270 electoral college votes.
    The last time this happened was in 2000.
    Al Gore got 48.4% of the vote to George W. Bush 47.9%. However Bush got 271 electoral college votes to Gore's 266.
    Generally speaking either way about (half of the nation) is going to be disappointed after an election because (their candidate) didn't win.
    Nevertheless voting is better than having a war to change leadership.

    1. Ankit Dave profile image61
      Ankit Daveposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Democracy or no democracy, every country seems to be at war either internally or externally. We just cannot survive without war in today's world.

    2. dashingscorpio profile image86
      dashingscorpioposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Ankit Dave, I was referring to countries that have civil wars to topple their own leadership!
      With democracy citizens (vote) to replace their leaders.
      As for war in general there has never been a time when there were no wars going on anywhere.

    3. Ankit Dave profile image61
      Ankit Daveposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      yes I understood what you were saying, I was just making a generalized point.

  4. Jewels profile image84
    Jewelsposted 2 years ago

    Smoke and mirrors unfortunately.  The more I see in the political arena the more I am aggravated by the tactics used to fool the masses.  On the surface you have the ability to elect the party with the policies you agree with.  Unfortunately those policies are breakable.

    1. fpherj48 profile image75
      fpherj48posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      How do we agree or disagree with w/ policies when every word that spews from the Politicians are lies, games, trickery & manipulation??  It's become so SO discouraging & literally FRIGHTENING, Jewels!

    2. Jewels profile image84
      Jewelsposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      It is very discouraging and I'm fairly sure people will not put up with it for much longer.

    3. Ankit Dave profile image61
      Ankit Daveposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      People don't have much choice here. They have to vote one of the two represented candidate even if they don't trust either of them. If they don't vote, their vote can be misused, and if they do, they help win one of the two liar.

    4. Jewels profile image84
      Jewelsposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I've started voting with my dollar.  Big business/big brother/lobbyists.  The less money I can give them the better I feel.

 
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