Representative Democracy: Flawed?

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  1. Aaron Babb profile image59
    Aaron Babbposted 7 years ago

    I feel that  what our form of government promotes isn't the best candidate willing to make tough, unpopular decisions, but rather to elect the most charismatic likable person that would die before they purposely do something unpopular without being compensated. The people we elect into congress today seem to just fall into groups of people that put us at ease, we elect young, attractive people, or older, grandpa/grandma looking people, and of course to get elected, they have to completely model all of their likes and dislikes after the party they're in, even if they don't support it. So what are we left with? A handsome government, no doubt, but are these people really the ones we can trust for any major or lasting change?

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      Brenda Durhamposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      It's not our entire form of government that's flawed, it's the vetting process within that framework that has become flawed. 
      And...I think we're a Republic, not a democracy anyway.

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      C.J. Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Is it realy the "form" of government that pomotes this? Isn't it more likely that media promotes this?

  2. Aaron Babb profile image59
    Aaron Babbposted 7 years ago

    you both make good points that it's not the government itself that's flawed, it's the execution, but that's the same as the argument that communism is good in theory and is only ruined by greed. What really matters is what happens during the execution, and even if the reason that our voting system is flawed is because of the media putting an unfair tint towards those that are good on camera, then that must be taken into account and considered as a flaw in the system, even if it wasn't an issue when the government was adopted, it has recently become one with the growth of tv and constantly monitoring government officials; it makes the politicians scared to make the real decisions we need, and so instead they do little and use their charisma to pacify us.

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      C.J. Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Don't forget, a candidates chances of winning are often couched in terms of how much money they have raised. It's not just looks, it's the appearance of popularity and success.

      1. Aaron Babb profile image59
        Aaron Babbposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Oh no doubt that money is heavily involved. There needs to be some reform to get the real patriots into office, but how can reform happen with people like this in charge?

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          C.J. Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Read more, watch less. Believe it or not, the truth about candidates/politicians is out there. Most published and/or acknowleged by themselves. Most people are simply too lazy to actively participate in our government.


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