What Makes A Decision On America 's Level Of Democracy Essay

1718 Words Jan 26th, 2015 7 Pages
Democracy. It is what gives Americans pride. It is why Americans say the pledge of allegiance, put their hands on their heart during the national anthem, and it is why the American flag is displayed proudly and deliberately by many Americans around the country. So it may come as a shock that in a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2007, 69% of Americans did not know the name of the vice president. The fact is that most people do not care about politics. This leads to a lack of knowledge, and that is what causes Americans to blindly advocate a democratic America when in fact America may not be as democratic as they think. To be precise, America for the most part follows a democratic process, but is not completely democratic, and this paper will show the several shortcomings in American democracy.
In order to make a decision on America’s level of democracy, one must first understand what democracy means. Throughout history people have debated on how democracy can best be understood, beginning as early with Plato and Aristotle, continuing through history to include people such as John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, and Montesquieu, all who inspired the writers of the American Constitution (Barr). Another important voice is Robert Dahl, an important player in the political debate who can apply his analysis of democracy to the modern American government system. To begin defining democracy, it would make sense to begin by looking at the word itself. Democracy, when broken down,…

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