“I think democracy is the best form of government,” says Alan. In reply Beth says, “You must be crazy to believe that the so-called democratic government in this country is the best we can have! Why I don’t even think it’s much of a democracy!” While Alan is speaking about the ideal of a democracy, Beth speaks of democracy as a form of government (pg 26). The ideals of democracy and the actuality of democracy as a form of government are at opposite ends of the spectrum. The ideal of democracy is devoted to the thought that people have enough intelligence and moral standards to create a set of rules and follow them while voting accordingly and controlling and/or governing themselves instead of living under a dictatorship. While democracy as a government does not always follow this same path, it does share some of the same characteristics and ideals, but in a normal situation in present day society there are too many different factors and complications that disallow a democratic government from working in the perfect manner that ideal democracy would function under. “Democracy was more of a subject for philosophers to theorize about than an actual political system for people to adopt and practice” (pg 3). Democracy, like everything in life, has endured change and evolved over the past centuries. Although the exact origin and creation of Democracy cannot be traced back to one exact person, century, or country, there are multiple groups that have their own ideals or version of a democracy. Democracy has always seemed like the best ideal or governmental choice for most people, but that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t had its own battles with other anti-democratic groups such as communists, fascists, and Nazis (pg 1).
In all actuality, Democracy has been discussed for over twenty-five hundred years and has only made its plunge onto U.S. soil within the past two-hundred years. Although it is hard to pinpoint the exact origin of democracy,... [continues]
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