Tag Archive: democracy

Apr 25 2016

Background of the Electoral College

Bashing the Electoral College has become popular, using the rationale that it is an outdated and un-democratic means for electing a president. The Electoral College is an intermediary between the vote of the people and the election of the President of the United States. A population proportionate number of electoral delegates (just like the House …

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Mar 18 2016

Democratic Socialism Doesn’t Exist

The phrase “Democratic Socialism” is a term trying to describe something that doesn’t exist and is never likely to exist. Democracy is the idea of ruling a group by following the will of the majority of the group. Socialism is the idea of centralized planning of the economy of a group. Democratic Socialism is supposed …

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Mar 02 2016

Responsibility of the Electorate

When we vote in elections, we have a responsibility to vote well, based on good knowledge of the choices available to us. The word “FIDUCIARY” describes a state of legal or ethical trust between people or groups of people. We consider that our elected representatives have a fiduciary responsibility to fulfill our expectations that they …

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Feb 16 2016

How Democracy Fails

Despite popular opinion and language, the form of government in the United States is a republic, not a democracy. While it is correct to label it a democratic republic, because democratic representation is an important component, it certainly is not a pure democracy. A pure democracy is rule by majority will. The majority of ordinary …

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Jan 22 2016

Republic vs Democracy

Our system of government was never intended to be a democracy. Although many believe that we live in one, they have never been asked to vote on the decisions made by said government. Yet they believe that they are empowered just the same. We are not. Toward the middle of the political spectrum can be …

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Jan 27 2015

Laws of Reform by Solon

Solon was a Greek poet, writer and lawmaker who lived in Athens around 600 BC. Because of his reputation for fairness and wisdom, he was given authority to re-write the constitution and laws of Athens. Many of his reformed laws inspired similar laws later in the Roman Empire and some of his basic concepts still …

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Dec 26 2014

Republic vs Democracy

A democracy involves representation by the people and intends to preserve the sovereign power of the people. But in a pure democracy, decisions are reached by majority opinion, creating a tyranny of the majority which suppresses the will of the minority. This principle generally applies to both direct democracy (where the people vote on every …

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