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American Democracy

Matthew Banks

ENGL 111 – English Composition

Professor Amy E. Johnson

March 31, 2010

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American Democracy

In the United States, where a population of hundreds of millions deems their version of

democracy adequate and proper, there are three branches of government. First, there is the

legislative, congress, which makes laws. Second, there is the judicial, supreme court, which

interprets the laws. Thrice, there is the executive, the president, who executes laws. Each are

defined by ordinary people to protect people so that they may do the same, this process and our

freedom to do so can be altered by one vote, that more often than not, makes all the difference.

To avoid catastrophe, democracy and its voters depend on the choice to defend the logical

superior future, from ourselves.

Without the process of democracy come civil wars between servants and conservatives, a

neutral outcome with tolerant thresholds, without undermining the other in a delicate balance

without offense to your caucus or constituency. It is an order of common rule held together “of

the people, by the people, for the people,” (Lincoln, 1863), to ensure supervision of the system of

government and education by its events and outcomes, to maintain a doctrine, which fits into the

conformity of society. The members of the governing politic who, when viewed, are uniquely

suited to uphold the truths of a democratic nation‟s articles of law, e.g. The Constitution, The

Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights, treaties etc., are composed and elected in such

the very same democratic process, in order to maintain society. Within the ethical parameters of

equality, every person involved has an equal vote to name a person to responsibility and power

for a predefined time, or term limit. Cultures are finding that democracy shows the promise of

reducing or stopping the growth of fascism.

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Such roles require unbiased patronage and careful consideration of judgments, for each

decision will affect all equally in a united nation of peers. These decisions include approvals or

rejections of organizations, safety/risks, financial systems and financial allocations and suitable

recipients and the laws of justice and mercy. Their participation improves its ability to execute

their duties, votes need not be unanimous, but more importantly logical, ethical and moral

decisions are impassive without approval before legitimacy. Corruption may be recognized,

accused, tried and punished according to vulnerable laws written by the government, and such

changes are purportedly the wish of the people, to be enacted by new Representatives, Senators,

and our Commander in Chief if deemed necessary by the corresponding citizen voters of a

republic or their elected officials. Of common law in harrowing times, are the issues of monetary

policy, child labor, union labor (adults), conditions of acceptability of varying tasks that one may

withstand, trading conditions and embargoes, medical related trauma, illicit and/or controlled

substances and the act of war.

The failure of governments threatens the stability and survival of the commonwealth and

its economy of a society beyond pilgrimage and crusade, requires a position of solidarity known

as the president and if voting, the citizens may choose this person required to surmise the

situation as does the representative of your community. The vote made of this position, much as

any citizen vote provides a stopping point by means of checks and balances to decisions made by

our government that effect the populace in a system of strong central and majority federal

government (Madison, 1788).

Through political history, governments have come and gone, some for many a good

reason and those that thrive must be subject to strong, consolidated supervision. Vigilance can be

maintained over our officials and of they to their cohorts, and though not perfect at inception the
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modern democratic politics is an ultimatum for fear, aggression, intimidation and subterfuge to

be improved and maintain in the constant conflict with monarchy and dictatorships, as a

deterrent to fascism and oppression.

To protect ourselves from slavery and subversion by means of misinformation, one has

the ability to protect people and programs, by a choice, to elect the leadership of today who will

still be the heroes of tomorrow. Success requires those who may lead with conviction and

character favoring honesty and legitimate debate. No other pariah can replicate the depth and

scope of relevant government for the truth will set you free, and with democracy, we all have a

voice, our silence only serves to make our concerns oblivious to the politics of the day. These

perfected systems of checks and balances have been the byproduct of time, or taken from

structurally flawed societies of yesteryear. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, which is

an excessive risk to democracy, because the less that vote, the weaker it becomes.

Morality supports a move to reform, but logic gives the initiative to those who deserve

change and progress. If the issue is irrelevant, the freedom of a democratic regime allows

ambivalence, one vote can sway the prolific interruption and radical upheaval of society, relying

on a logical regard to law and order, in a living democracy often the people hold more

responsibilities than their government does. In the modern era, to invoke equivocation is a

mistake for the nation is our strength and our pride is its power and if per say one wishes to vote

in opposition, save treason, votes can be made for anti-conformist, dangerous and extreme

movements in a society of structure designed by truncating successive votes to allow the freedom

of choice.
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This idea of being free as of the absence of necessity, coercion or constraint in choice or

action is an ancient aspiration. Politicians of ancient glory held this seemingly modern idea, one

of which is Caiaphas, the High Priest mentioned in The Gospel of John it says,

And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them,

„Ye know nothing at all, nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one many should die

for the people, and that the whole nation perish not (John, 11:49-50).

From this came the colloquialism – the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few

– and from this, I believe democracy was born. Of events to which the ends do not justify the

means you may stand against, systems may emulate others, by means of scrutiny experts may

leave, rogue radical and ideologue movements may seize power and taxes built on empty

promises can be voted against as utopian and egalitarian efforts can be put forth, but only if we

vote. If one is sick of spoiled children taking and giving to others out of ignorance or instinct,

vote against them.

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Works Cited

About.com : American History. (n.d.). Checks and Balances: Defining Governmental Authority. Retrieved
March 31, 2010, from About.com:

John. (11:49-50). John 11:49-50. In Bible, Bible.


Lincoln, A. (1863, November 19). The Gettysburg Address. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.:

Madison, J. (1788, February 6). The Structure of the Government Must Furnish the Proper Checks and
Balances Between the Different Departments. The Federalist (51), p. 1.