Essay on The United States Is A Democracy

1016 Words Sep 3rd, 2015 5 Pages
The term democracy, as defined by dictionary.com, is a “government by the people; a form of government 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.” The United States is a democracy, according to official sources, but is it really a true democracy anymore? No. In fact, as time has gone on, the United States has shown a decline in democratic traits. The USA does not have all of its citizens actively voting, it has a charter which holds most of the power, and worst of all, it makes executive decisions without any consent of the people. The first major reason that the USA is not a democracy is that not everyone votes, therefore the “elected” government officials are not truly elected by popular vote among everyone living in the country, but only by those few who vote. According to a poll on the huffington post, the amount of people voting has begun to decline yet again. The data was collected years 1948 to 2012, the year of Obama’s reelection. The highest year for voting was the 1960 election, with 64% of the eligible voting population actually voting. As of 2012, the voting rate had gone down to about 58% of the population. These are astounding numbers especially considering that they are, in some elections, just barely over half. In fact, in 1996, the percentage of people voting for president was only at 52. This is absolute proof that even though the majority of votes determines…

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