Essay Civil Liberties And Violations Of Human Rights

1573 Words Feb 17th, 2016 7 Pages
The United States has been associated with priding itself on its democratic principles and working to influence its neighboring states with those ideals. The United States did not develop democracy, because of this, one must challenge the common held belief that the United States is a completely democratic state. Acceptance of a democratic identity without proper investigation is what causes infringement on civil liberties and violations of human rights. After close analysis of the promotion and violation of democratic principles, it can be observed that the United States is minimally democratic. While the United States works to uphold some democratic principles, it is not democratic because it violation of basic principles tarnishes the authenticity of the governmental form.
In order to fully analyze the degree at which the United States is democratic, one must first establish the definition of democracy and the basic principles states must uphold to maintain this definition. Democracy can be defined, as "government by the people in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system. " This definition can be deduced to a governmental system that is either governed by the people or by elected officials chosen by the people or entrusted to represent their opinions and advocate for their rights. Further more some basic some principles of democracy as described by Mary Larkin are, separation…

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