Political Sciences - Democracy in USA

Political Sciences - Pundit Originally from the Hindi pandit meaning learned man Now considered a learned man expert or authority Some of their

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Pundit . Originally, from the Hindi pandit, meaning learned man. Now considered a learned man, expert or authority. Some of their statements are the perfect thing for a study of many areas of the U.S. Government and the three constitutional powers that exist and the bureaucracy that has grown around them. They provide little bites of information that relate to the areas of study and in some ways resonant for or against individual opinion, in either case making them memorable. Challenges of Democracy “Creative semantics is the key to contemporary government; it consists of talking in strange tongues lest the public learn the inevitable inconveniently early” --George Will We are constantly asked about our “democracy” in the United States. We do not have a democracy, we have a republic. Our forefathers knew a democracy would not work; they were especially knowledgeable men. In an era when only one man in a thousand at best attended college, over one-third of the framers of the Constitution had their degrees. You had a highly educated group of men who understood the basics of government as practiced by all the other countries through history. They knew direct democracy would not work, that “Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob” (IMPRIMUS 2008) and were already well set on their way toward a representational democracy. Moreover, we have our problems in this modern era, even with the improved system they devised. An increase in the desire for individuality removes from the concept of working together for the greater good that the Framers had in mind with the constitution. “Individualism, viewed by many Americans as a heroic quality, is a positive quality, but too much of it can be destructive in a democratic environment. Many times individualism leads to selfishness, which is incompatible with democracy, a government "of the people." (Barr, Rankin, and Baird) People must work together in such a government to accomplish mutual goals and better the collective state of society (Tocqueville 192-194). This individualism, linked in tandem to a lower citizen participation in the electoral process, results in a less than effective government. And voting is only part of the political participation. While voting rates have dropped over time, we have also seen participation in different sorts of political involvement increase. “[P]olitical participation can promote disorder as well as order” according to Janda, and we see that, when participation is viewed this way, the United States public is more political than any other nation in the world. For a democracy, as the world envisions it, will never be anything more than an ideal, just as communism was seen as a great way to make everyone equal until it was actually observed in action. “[Y]ou too are merely approaching democracy. But you have one great advantage: you have been approaching democracy uninterruptedly for more than 200 years, and your journey toward the horizon has never been disrupted by a
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totalitarian system.” (Havel)
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This note was uploaded on 08/29/2010 for the course ENGINEERIN 305 taught by Professor Martincandell during the Spring '10 term at Rio Hondo College.

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Political Sciences - Pundit Originally from the Hindi pandit meaning learned man Now considered a learned man expert or authority Some of their

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