It’s nice to talk Democracy, but do you even know what it is? Words mean nothing if you do not know the basis.
True democracy must be willing to invite everyone to join in government. It must respect the rule of law so strongly that even the government is not above the law. True democracy must be mature enough to accept changes that come from the people. And it must be willing to pay the price of education for thoughtful citizenship. If we learn anything from the story of Athens, it should be this–never lose sight of the ideals of democracy.
The person who first introduced democracy to the world was a man named Cleisthenes, in the year of 507 B.C. He had been watching all of the other trials and errors of the other rulers. In the beginning of his life Athens was ruled by an Oligarchy, he was born into the Aristocratic class system so he was at the top of the “Food Chain”, throughout his life he watch Peisistratos take over power and became a Tyrant, he then watched Hippias, Peisistratos son take over power and become a greedy ruler, finally he had had enough, He took over power, he but he cared about the people, and wanted them to have a say in the decisions of the city-state of Athens, so he invented the first stage of Democracy. This stage included the simple vote, all citizens, (men born in athens) could put a rock into a pot, Yes is a white stone, No is a black stone. Then all of the people would add up the votes, and make the decision.
The United States “Pretends to be” a Democracy
In fact, (at best) the United States is a “Democratic Republic”.
The key difference between a democracy and a republic lies in the limits placed on government by the law, which has implications for minority rights. Both forms of government tend to use a representational system — i.e., citizens vote to elect politicians to represent their interests and form the government. In a republic, a constitution or charter of rights protects certain inalienable rights that cannot be taken away by the government, even if it has been elected by a majority of voters. In a “pure democracy,” the majority is not restrained in this way and can impose its will on the minority.
Most modern nations are democratic republics with a constitution, which can be amended by a popularly elected government. This comparison therefore contrasts the form of government in most countries today with a theoretical construct of a “pure democracy”, mainly to highlight the features of a republic.
A Constitution is only worthwhile if it stands
The US Constitution has been “torn to shreds” as per its outline, and misrepresented as it stands. Many “Amendments” had to be made to it, and those had to be “Ratified” by a majority of the States, but the basis of the Amendments cannot be adhered to if you morph the meaning of them.
In fact, from the First Amendment, and it’s guarantee of Free Speech, it is severely outdated when it comes to the Internet, and the control over it from Social Media Outlets like Facebook that suppress free speech.
The 2nd Amendment was purposely morphed from its outline. Originally (taken from the State Constitutions) it was put in place to deny the Federal Government a “Standing Army” and the ability to start or contribute in Wars, without the consent of the people. The “Standing Army” part of the “State Constitutions” in reference to the outline of what became the 2nd Amendment was negated, which allowed the Amendment to be promoted as “all about guns”, when in fact it was in clear reference to the promise not to allow the Federal Government that “Standing Army”. A Militia, armed, and run by the Citizens. This morphing has been promoted, and pushed in every institution from Schools to Media to Government Promotions since the passing of the “Dick Act” which subsequently destroyed the 2nd Amendment, allowing the Federal and State Governments to form, and fund “Standing Armies”.
Those are just 2 examples, and the first two in fact. I could go on and on with other examples on how the Constitution has been torn to shreds in the United States.
In this day and age (with the Internet), it is a different World than anything even imagined in the past. The key to any kind of “Said Democracy” has to lie with the people, and the only way such a people can promote and protect Democracy is by educating.
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