Final Paper Democracy in America

Final Paper Democracy in America - Democracy 1 Democracy in...

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Democracy 1 Democracy in America Today’s American Democracy Derek J. Belton POS/110 University of Phoenix Online John Day August 15, 2010 Democracy in America means allowing people to have rights, freedom and to have the ability to participate within the government. This is why political officials are elected into local, state and federal governments by the citizens of this country. As an individual, democracy means and represents freedom. This type of government allows all people to have the freedom of speech; it also gives people rights and presents them with many opportunities to become successful. Many criticize this type of government for being biased when raising taxes on
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Democracy 2 different entities. For example, in South Carolina some political leaders did not want to raise cigarette taxes to help support education (John Spratt, 2010). While other government officials thought it would benefit education and many others to bring back video poker. The majority of the citizens felt that education is the most important entity and wanted to raise taxes on cigarettes and bring back video poker to solve all the education budget problems for many years to come (Mark Sanford, 2010). That is just one example of democracy in America and how democracy works. American civic values are a part of democracy and are not really enforced in many parts of the country. The civic values are seen for the most part in small towns across the country, mainly in the southern states. In small towns everyone knows each other and have more personal relationships with the people they come in contact with on a daily basis. The bigger cities undermine civic values more so than the individual person. Those that live in big cities do not have the same interaction with people as those that live in small towns. The big cities are fast paced and no one really has time to be personal or do a simple good deed for a person that is struggling in some aspect of their life (Anton Gunn, 2010). Gunn also stats that civic values help the political and civic culture because it makes the leaders of this country have to be personal with people. The citizens are responsible for electing the right political figures and every citizen wants to know that who they elect whether it is the mayor, governor, president or county councilmen, they will be a personal leader that they can talk to and depend on at any time. There has never been an occurrence where there was a penalty for failing to adhere to civic values. Civic values have to be upheld by the people and not the local, state or federal government.
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