Personal Opinion: Democracy

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Through education and the news across America, there are so many times where a person can learn about our U.S. governmental systems. Democracy describes a small number of related forms of government. Invented in 510 B.C. its name comes from the ancient Greek for “rule of the people.” A common feature of democracy and currently understood and practiced is competitive elections. There are several forms of democracy, representation democracy involves the selection of governmental officials by the people being represented. The most common mechanism involves election of the candidate with a majority or a plurality of the votes. Parliamentary democracy is government appointed by parliament representatives as opposed to “presidential rule” by dictatorship. Lastly direct democracy is the political system where citizens participate in the decision making personally, contrary to relying on intermediaries or representatives. The Webster’s dictionary defines democracy as government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system. I understand that meaning of the term democracy is rule by the people. Although when so many people want to rule together, we face chaos. I feel that democracy is best represented in a person or party with power invested in that person or party by the people, that we vote for. But according to the definition of democracy poses a paradox. The government of the people? Does that mean a government is elected by everyone without any conflict? What about for the people? Is government truly for everybody? For those who voted and those who don’t, equally Since the idea of democracy, if these questions were address and put into practice in a form of government, then I feel America would not have any political dilemma with a democratic form of government. As I am learning and starting to understand democracy I feel that democracy...
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