Final Project Democracy in America

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Running head: FINAL PROJECT: DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA 1 Final Project: Democracy in America April Arnold University of Phoenix American National Government POS 110 John F. Day August 09, 2010
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Final Project: Democracy in America Democracy has many meanings, for most Americans it means freedom and equality. Webster’s dictionary defines democracy as “government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or their elected agents under a free electoral system.” A more simple definition is “a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.” Nothing says it better than “a government for the people, by the people” (Lincoln, 1863) Personally, democracy means the freedom of choice. Americans have the right to choose to vote or not to vote. Democracy gives the people the opportunity to decide which freedoms are necessary, or not to have to choose. This means that everyone, from the richest to the poorest, and the most educated to the least educated, has the opportunity to make a difference. Equality and freedom are the two most important principle of democracy. Even the founding fathers did not completely believe that this system would work. They expressed concerns about how informed the average American would be when it came time to vote. This is the most prominent issue with democracy; a large portion of the voting population is never completely informed. Especially the least educated. A very good example of this is the outcome of the recent election in South Carolina. An unemployed veteran, living in his father’s basement with no staff won the election and is the Democratic candidate for Senator of South Carolina. Some speculate that even though he did not advertise, he won because his name was first on the ballot. The downside of democracy is that for every three people who get what they want there is at least one or two that do not. Another downside is that even though Americans have the right to choose an official representative to speak for us, this representative may have a
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different opinion on the most important issues. We can petition this representative to do as we ask, but in the end the true choice is out of our hands. Many members of society enforce civic values by working together as one for the common good of the community, for example, Los Angeles, California, has laws in place that prevent major corporate stores from building in certain areas. This limits competition that would take business away from the local business owners. As in, there is only one Wal-Mart that is on the outskirts of town. Another example occurs when low income families need a serious surgery; the convenience store will set up a donation box on the counter to help. Recently New York has passed an ordinance preventing restaurants from using Trans-fat
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