However, is this low level of participation hurting our nation? In some respects, Americans are as ambivalent about political participation as they are about democratic values. On the one hand, large numbers of Americans believe that the "ordinary citizen" should play a part in public affairs. On the other hand, relatively few Americans actually take the initiative do so. Americans often hypocritically express the view that they are obligated as citizens to engage in politics, even though they are not involved in any real form of political activity.
There has been much speculation whether political parties have become too strong in American politics and if that is a good or bad thing. My belief is that political party power in the United States is just about right where I believe that there are some instances where political parties have been in situations where they have too much power and instances where it is moderate. First off, political parties are crucial to our democratic government because it is composed of a group of people that the constituents elect to represent their issues or achieve a common goal. Being part of a group that shares your common interests or goals is more powerful than tackling an issue by your self. It gives you more voice and power in government.
(?) that they can and coerce them into supporting their candidacy even if the voter's views don't agree with the candidate's. Politics is a land of half-truths and empty promises. I believe that our government could more truthfully be run “by the people” if we conducted nation-wide votes on all propositions, laws, etc. that would otherwise go through the legislative branch.
Collective suffrage is today considered an essential ingredient of democratic rule. But what about collective participation? Should the right to vote be accompanied with a legal duty to exercise it to guarantee this goal? Although voting is often said to be a norm of society in many places, many countries have failed to make it a priority and then wonder why the many different groups are not properly accounted for. If compulsory voting were to be established levels of voting would increase significantly which would most likely improve the validity of representation in government.
Further, anyone who has studied the government of a parliamentary democracy knows gerrymandering can have a powerful say in determining elections. Despite these and other flaws however, democracy still seems to work. In comparing the average citizen in a democratic nation, say the United States, to that of a non-democratic nation, for instance Egypt, it will be found that the citizen in the democratic nation is generally better off – free of persecution, free from fear of the authorities, and free to express his opinions on governmental matters. And while national conflicts occur everywhere, incidents like violent revolts have shown to be more prevalent in nations where citizens are not allowed to choose who governs them. It is slightly paradoxical that democracy, so inherently flawed in theory, can lead to such successful outcomes in practice.
Through analyzing the Framer’s intent behind creating the Electorate, along with the aspects of this institution that spark debate, a common sense alternative can be created, as opposed to absolute abolishment. America prides itself as being the world’s leading democracy, but to continue to use the Electoral College as it is today creates a misrepresentation of the will of the people in the election of what is perhaps the most important posting in the world, the American President. The Framers of our Constitution faced many ethical and philosophical questions as they were building up our nation’s foundation from the ashes of revolution. America had established its independence from British monarchy and the Founders were determined to create a free republic. In the wake of the first failed attempt at government, under the Articles of Confederation, the delegates of the states sought to construct an entirely new document.
The idea of an ideal democracy is not a particularly obtainable idea, considering the different in culture and history of countries this could be a dramatic change to previous authoritarian regimes. Although we can work towards this idea of an ideal democracy reaching this goal will be a much harder task. The attributes that contribute to having an ideal democracy are free and fair elections, their capability to implement policies, political participation of the masses and universal adult suffrage, and a multiple party political system. Holding free and fair elections is the first step to an ideal democracy. The concept that the people have some control over who is making decisions and effectively “ruling” over them is one that is crucial to full democratic ideologies.
Determining the citizens who vote in elections arms political campaigns with the ability to target their electoral mobilization efforts more carefully. Political campaigns, because they are situated in an environment with limited resources, utilize this knowledge to ensure a candidate’s success. However, participation in elections serves a greater purpose and has a greater stake in terms of American political history. As a nation founded on the ideal of ensuring equal right to participate in the political process, the proliferation of efforts to ensure more voters stands to create a representative democracy. Ensuring that citizens vote, I contend, serves as vital as any other governmental obligation.
When they are deferred, most voters wind up getting a winner that they did not support. Usually in this case, the people who voted for an independent candidate lose not only their preferred choice, but their secondary choice as well. This leads to many unhappy voters and the result is an election that could have gone very differently, if the voting process used a somewhat different method. This voting method article proposes the “Condorcet Method” in order to prevent independent votes from affecting the other candidates. Most people believe that this is not mathematically possible because of the logic of the displaced votes.
As we inform each other over the agendas of each candidate, we must explore which is committed to making this country into a better place, not only satisfy your own selfish reasons, which is considered a social responsibility. There so much that comes into factor, like what are the candidate’s thoughts, in the foreign policy, economic growth, health policy, etc. and it’s true that in politics, not everyone is going be pleased but we should try our best for our vote to be good cause and that could implement change many diverse laws we have today. Presidential elections should not be only big issue we have in the U.S, but local government elections play such big outcome in how everything is being in your state, like voting for the Governor that appeals to more to your ideals or that can fix the issues the state have been suffering through. Slowly I’ve started to see people involving themselves with more local government changes which is great, if we can change the power of state for the good then there’s high chances we will do for the whole country and for that to become a fact is for everyone to vote, stay informed with all issues and standings that each candidate wants to bring to the table, and be courteous of others and how your life and others can be affect by just a single