American Government Exam 1

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American Government Exam Questions 1. Has democracy in the United States evolved over time to become a “better” and “stronger” democracy? How have the competing tensions between order and freedom, elitism and populism, and equality of opportunity and equality of result influenced the institutions of U.S. democracy? In what ways have these 3 tensions affected the relationship between democratic structures and ordinary people? No, democracy in the United States has not evolved over time to become a better and stronger democracy. Over-time the changes that have been made to the government generally favor the government. Order and Freedom in context of today’s democracy: Right now America is in the midst of a war that the majority of the population does not agree with. Because of the terrorist threat Americans have been forced to surrender many freedoms we previously enjoyed. The government can now wiretap and perform searches without a warrant. Many people are being held in prison for being “enemy combatants” indefinitely, the suspension of habeas corpus. The government provides protection from the external threat at the price of freedom. Elitism and Populism: Election of 2000. Al Gore won the popular vote, but George Bush won the election because the Supreme Court intervened. Rather than letting the will of the people decide the next president, the government allowed the elites to make the decision based on the belief that they were better equipped to judge who should be president. Equality of opportunity and equality of result: There is still a huge gap between what a white man makes and what a minority or woman would make. Despite the somewhat futile attempts of the government these differences still exists and it causes many minorities to be distrustful of the governmental structure. These three tensions have affected the relationship between democratic structures and ordinary people in such a way that ordinary people feel disconnected from the democratic structure as a whole. Many ordinary people feel disenfranchised and as though their representatives and leaders do not have their interests at heart. There is a large gap between the governmental structure and the ordinary citizen.
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