Poli Sci Report #1.wps - In 1776, delegates from the...

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In 1776, delegates from the English colonies met in Philadelphia to compose a list of grievances against the King of England and declaring the colonists “unalienable rights“ cannot be denied them, a document known as the Declaration of Independence. The idea of democracy had united all these people who had different backgrounds. In the 1830’s, a Frenchman, Alexis De Tocqueville visited America and gave a first-hand account of what that idea had created. Although his words had been written down over a century ago, they, for the most part, are still true in today’s society. The people, excluding slaves, women and children, and indigents are those who govern the democracy. They choose the representatives of their state, whether directly or indirectly, and make the laws. However, in a democracy the majority would have the most influence on the government, in which case would be the uneducated, economically challenged. Tocqueville observed many problems associated with the lower class dominating the government. Tocqueville exclaimed, “The most remarkable men are rarely called to the direction of public affairs.” He stated that the lower classes have a common mistrust for the upper classes, yet the “distinguished” men also distance themselves from having a political career. Tocqueville quoted Chancellor Kent, which provides the best reason for this action. It is probable, in fact, that the most appropriate men to fill these places would have too much reserve in their manners and too much severity in their principles ever to be able to gather the majority of votes at an election that rested on universal suffrage. Also because the poor fixes the wages that the elected officials are to make those of secondary status make more than the higher officials. Those seeking office are not only seeking power but also wealth. Thus the poor are more likely to try to obtain these 1
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offices. The statesmen of Tocqueville’s time, and I believe also in today’s society, were
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This note was uploaded on 06/30/2011 for the course POL 261h taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Sam Houston State University.

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Poli Sci Report #1.wps - In 1776, delegates from the...

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