U.S. Democracy After a long time of being the colony of the European countries, the Americans decided that they need to get rid of the British government and, instead, established their own. As Thomas Jefferson wrote in “Declaration of Independence”, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” (1776), these words not only inspired the Americans fighting for their equalities and freedoms but also became the standards and definitions of the typical American Democracy that they were pursuing. Except the Declaration if Independence, there are many other documents which explain the ideal American Democracy, such as the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. First of all, through the publishment of the Declaration and the Civil War, American people gained the democracy that they want and succeed in their revolution for freedom. The American revolution can be considered as an important event in the history of democracy. As in the Declaration of Independence was published, Jefferson brought out the idea of “the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”(1776). From 1878, the farmers and those people who wanted to improve their living conditions and the circumstances they were in tried to forming the People’s Party in order to engage in the politics and express their needs to the government (web), this is also one of the practices that shows the people of America were trying hard to reach the democracy that they want. In order to reached the democracy that would satisfied the people and balanced the power of the governments, the U.S. government is divided to three branches, Executive, Legislative and Judicial, this was announced in the Constitution in 1787. The legislative Branch is consisted of the House of Representatives and the Senate, they are responsible of writing, discussing and voting laws. The Executive Branch is leaded by the President and its responsibility is to sign the laws and make them become official, the President was elected by whole country through voting, just as it’s promised, people all have the right to vote. The Judicial Branch stands for the U.S. court system, which put the laws that the Legislative and Executive Branches passed into practice. None of these three branches has absolute power, instead, they limit and restrict each other and create a system called checks and balances which protect and achieve the democracy of the U.S. Though the American Government was founded and the American Democracy was defined, they kept evolving in order to keep up with the current situation of the whole nation and meet the changing needs of the people. As Katznelson, Kesselman and Draper wrote in 2011 the democracy in American was limited when the country was just founded, there are lots of restrictions and the majority people in the U.S. were not allowed to participate in politics (p. 13). The black slaves and the women almost have no power and influence in politics, they even can’t participant in politics. However, with the development and improving of the democratic system, citizens have more and more power in the political events, for example, the equalities of voting changed from only land-owners can vote and slaves were considered one-third of person, to every citizens can vote for the candidates that they support. However, in the U.S., democracy and capitalism always go hand in hand though the entire history since the country is founded, and it’s obvious that they can’t exist without each other. Or to say, the U.S. Democracy is not that democratic and idealize as they promised to be in several documents. Thus, there is procedural and substantive democracy, the procedural democracy are those
One of the leading and most well known historians involved with the Civil Rights Movement is Martin Luther King Jr. King was a Baptist minister and social activist born in the South during the 1930’s. His dream was to achieve equality for African Americans and sought his inspiration from other non-violet activists such as Mahatma Gandhi (Martin). MLK was the perfect example of one of Mahatma Gandhi’s most powerful quotes, “You must be the change you want to see in the world” (Mahatma).
Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens are meant to participate equally either directly (through votes) or indirectly (through elected representatives).
So basically in a democracy:
-Elections are free and fair.
-People have civil rights that vary depending on eligibility. (Civil right are Personal liberties that belong to an individual, owing to his or her status as a citizen or resident of a particular country or community.)
-Eligible citizens elect their leaders. (Eligible…
Public Service Fusion in an American Democracy
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Throughout history, we have many examples of how our bureaucracies have come to be and their strengths and weaknesses. It is with this knowledge I propose a hybrid bureaucracy be formed using the strengths of past reforms.
In the Jacksonian reform they eliminated the privileged position of the elites by requiring long lists of public officials to be elected, an institution known as the “long ballot” (Knott &…
Who or What influenced American Democratic System the Most?
American Democratic System developed by several ideas. American Democratic System influenced by ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, and the Enlightenment period philosophers. However, I believe that John Locke influenced the American Democratic System the most. He was born on August 29, 1632, in Warington, a village in Somerset, England. He began by studying medicine science. He exile to Holland because he wrote book that challenged kings…
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Where Democracy Comes From
The way the United States of America is governed today is by a democracy. Democracy comes from many different time periods and different thinkers that thought that monarchy is wrong and not the right way to handle a government. The four main reasons democracy was developed was from the key episodes in history that include the Magna Carta, Parliament in England, the American Revolution, and the French Revolution.
The signing of the Magna Carta in England was one of the…
The “Myth” of Democracy
Upon leaving the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked what form of government the United States was going to have. Franklin answered: "A Republic, if you can keep it.". He did not say that Americans were given a pure democracy, yet people today have always assumed that the United states is, and always has been, a pure democracy. A democracy does not simply mean the right to vote, freedom of speech, or equality under the law; it is…
In a democracy the quintessential citizen performs responsibilities and receives rights not offered in other forms of government. Rights given to citizens can be exercised in steps. When participating in a democracy, you have to the right to voice opinions and become a catalyst for any necessary change in the country. Citizenry is in fact the active participation of the people, as citizens, in politics and civic life.
The first step to exercising citizenship in a democracy is becoming educated…
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The Start of a New Government
On July 4, 1776, the Americans took tremendous strides in their freedom from Great Britain’s restraints and remarkably declared their independence, however this forced them to take on the task of creating an overall new government that cherished their values. In our world today, most Americans don’t realize that when the government was first established the main focus was on state governments individually…
Democracy has universal appeal. The principle that people should have a say about how they are being governed is one of the few stable features in a rapidly changing world.‟ Do you think this statement is accurate? Your answer must be supported by a clear and well researched justification.
As a governing principle democracy encompasses the right to vote with that of an elective government, a vote by the people for the people. This thinking that a society can determine the way in which its governed…