Youssef 1Kyremina YoussefProfessor WienerSection: Tuesday: 9:30AMPOLI SCI 12American Government: The Truth. The percentage of Americans who stated that they trusted the federal government to do what is right most of the time today would be around nineteen while the percentage that would have said this in 1958 would have been seventy-three. (p. 101, Morone & Kersh 2018)This is due to the loss of trust in the government because the United States of America is turning into an oligarchic government meaning a small group exercises control such as wall street members, wealthy donors, and big corporations. A democracy, by textbook definition, means a form of government involving power held by the people who may rule directly or indirectly through elected representatives. (p.3, Morone & Kersh 2018) To me, a democracy gives every citizen of the U.S an equivalent opportunity to partake in the government and elect representatives who represent/ come from the majority of the underrepresented. While the people do indeed elect our representatives, the wrong people do as we are not close to a democracy due to the different types of inequality engraved in our political systems, economic systems, and social systems. In Pericles Funeral Oration (431 BC), he stated, “…power is in the hands not of a minority but of the whole people” when talking about a democracy which is the top reason that democracy is not prevalent in our country. In modern times, when talking about social and economic inequality, the ‘minority’ is the top 1% while the mass of the people lay under the standard of wealth that the minority holds. A frightening statistic for this would be that the top
Youssef 2one percent of America owns more than five times the other ninety percent. Let that sink in. The top one percent have so much money that they can affect government officials’ campaigns, different organizations, and can put money where THEY want it. They can easily run for any federal office position and have campaign advantages that other people running might not have. This is a problem since the underrepresented Americans, lower class, can’t campaign as greatly as the richer. This means the elite part of society can control our elected representatives to sway their way in political party also. There is only one elected official to six hundred people. How can one elected official who isn’t really elected by the popular vote run for office and stand for us? A democracy would change that in a way that money wouldn’t be a big contributor to the campaigns and allow people from different economic statuses to run and have a chance.