Jacksonian Democracy

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Jacksonian Democracy

The United States of America was founded by its people, for its people in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness, by attempting to provide freedom and equality. The way of life back when the government set down its foundation was quite different than it is now.

Some things were just considered natural law and were left out of law making and the Constitution because they were morally

accepted as right and wrong. For instance, I highly doubt that the government would have allowed Nazi party privileges to exist under

freedom of speech. The idea of "My rights end where yours begin" states that an individual has freedom until the freedom interferes

with the rights given to another. To create and maintain a quality form of government, one where privileges are not abused and

equality is taken seriously, we must decide how large a role we want the government to play in the maintaining of morals and natural

law. The use of all nine roles of government is needed to maximize the quality of democracy because it promotes the equality of

each individual. (Godwin&Wahlke 15-30) The four minimal roles of the government (protection and order, collective goods and

dilemmas, negative externalities and rights and duties) are generally accepted as a basis of what a government should

provide its people. The government must protect the safety of its people and protect itself from internal revolutions and external

invasions. Also, it attempts to improve the general welfare of its people by resolving collective dilemmas, minimizing negative

externalities and providing collective goods wherever possible. To do this, the government must specify and enforce the rights and

duties of its people. The four roles are...

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attempting to maintain the greatest form of democracy known to the world today. The application of the nine roles of the government

needs to be conserved for the benefit of democracy in America.

The quality of the democracy is dependent on the moral foundations created by the people and accepted by the government. From

there, the foundation of Social Justices is determined, and the basis of providing economic efficiencies can be established. With an

understanding of the society's set beliefs, government intervention carries out and applies its views. The highest quality democracy

allows the greatest happiness for the greatest amount of people. By effectively applying all nine roles of government within society,

the quality of democracy will have an opportunity to reach its zenith.
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