Essay about American Values : Democracy And Equality

817 Words Jan 25th, 2015 4 Pages
American Values
Democracy and equality are two American core values which, according to Henslin (2014), are shared by most of the groups that make up U.S. society (p.51). Living in a democracy gives a citizen an equal right to vote the leaders of his or her government, in fact the White House (2015) stated that “today’s citizens over the age of 18 cannot be denied the right to vote, regardless of race, religion, sex, disability, or sexual orientation” (para. 1). The equality each person has, consequently, does not allow each the same privileges. Those who live the life of a wealthy person have more access and means to privileges such as health care and education than those who are poor.
In America and other democratic countries, the right to vote the leaders into government is a valuable freedom given to the citizens of a nation, in fact Henslin (2014) stated that democracy is a term which means “power to the people” (p. 427). American democracy started off as a direct democracy in that the cities were small enough to gather all or the majority of the citizens in one area. Henslin (2014) went on to state the people in these small groups could speak his or her opinions and vote publicly on the spot.
Voting, in America, was not always a privilege held by all American equally, in fact the United States Department of Justice (2015) stated that before the Civil War the United States Constitution did not provide specific protections for voting, therefore not every…

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