Freedom, Political Liberty, And Political Equality In The United States

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From its founding, the United States has been a republic intent on meeting certain standards of liberty. After the grievances against the United States by the British government, the new republic was(is) determined in maintaining a form of government in which its citizens are guaranteed a trifecta of political ideals crucial to the success of a democracy. Working side by side to ensure freedom, political sovereignty, political liberty, and political equality are ideals ingrained, though not very effectively at first, in the founding of our nation.

Through the use of a federalist system, the United States tried to implement the first value as efficiently as they could. Despite their well-meaning intentions, initially they failed. The United
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As citizens, we have the right and duty to vote for our senators and representatives. Since senators and representatives are elected by either districts or states, the people directly elect those who follow their political ideals to office. By ensuring that each persons’ voice is taken into account through the use of a direct democratic vote, each individual plays a part in government, furthering the idea of popular…show more content…
Political equality guarantees that, in a democracy at least, each person is guaranteed the same voting rights, regardless of socioeconomic standing or other factors. As a republic, we would love to be proud and say that, “Yes! We have always been free. Everyone matters.” Sadly, the truth is not so sweet. At the time of the United States’ founding, the United States constitution did not clearly state who had the right to vote. In fact, in the beginning voting had heavy restrictions that allowed only white men with property to own in a majority of states. Because of this system, the level of representation in government was severely flawed. Since only white men who owned property could vote, their agendas were advanced and the interests of everyone else––including women, men without property, and slaves––were never taken into account when electing representatives to
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