Is American democracy sustained by life?

the January 6th the looting of the United States Capitol, continued denial of 2020 results of the presidential elections and actions of some state legislatures controlling how elections are conducted has left many Americans questioning whether our democracy is at risk. In fact, this condition is not unique to the United States. And unfortunately the story of dying democracies it goes back to the first democracies, in Greece and Rome.

It is important to understand what “democracy” means and how best to define it. After all, the United States is not a pure democracy. It is a republic in which the people do not directly elect the president. Its system of checks and balances often allows the minority to dominate the majority. Republicans are in the minority in the Senate, yet recently blocked debate on the John lewisJohn Lewis The United States Navy launches a boat to commemorate gay rights activist Harvey Milk To counter racial politics, Congress must protect the federal voting rights of all Democrats struggling to advance after setbacks electoral MORE Voting rights law.

A democracy can be defined as a “pluralistic, free and open society under a rule of law in which the governed elect their leaders.” But that system works only when the public has faith and trust in the law and its leaders.

Furthermore, democracy requires that its citizens ultimately put the welfare of the state before individual interests. Today, this is backwards. Winning individual problems dominates politics regardless of cost. Previous President TrumpDonald Trump Former Goldman Sachs Chief On Infrastructure Vote: ‘Progressives Blinked’ FIXED: Guardian op-ed says Trump is probably ‘Biden’s best hope for re-election’ Trump punches Senate Republicans , McConnell on the MORE infrastructure billThe continued insistence that he won a “equipped” The election is a scathing example of yourself about the country. And many americans I still believe he won.

Democracy works best with few political parties. In countries where sometimes more than dozens of political parties fight for leadership, establishing a stable government becomes impossible. France in the interwar years; later Italy; more recently Israel; and actually Romania show how too many parties damage democracy and government.

In America today, the two-party system no longer exists. Both the Democratic and Republican parties are deeply divided, each between two factions. With the democrats, moderates and progressives form the two wings. So far, it is not clear that it is reconcilable with governing. With Republicans, Trump’s much larger wing dwarfs traditional Republicans, now branded RINO, or Republicans in name only. In essence, there are now four main parties.

Worse still, when the major American engagement in the Vietnam War began in 1964, about 80 percent of Americans trusted the government (and virtually all institutions). Today, about 80 percent no have confidence in the government. One way to paralyze democracy is for citizens to lose faith in the government and its institutions without any self-correcting mechanism. None are present today.

Citizenship and respect for other citizens are prerequisites for a healthy democratic society. Clearly, hostility towards immigrants It has been around since the founding of the nation. But the divisions by race, sexual preferences, gender, and home of origin have possibly never been greater or broader. These differences are intensified by orders of magnitude through social media and the fact that many do not accept the existence of truth and basic facts in the face of fake news and alternative facts.

To be fair, by helping win WWII and then emerging as the sole superpower afterward, perhaps unknowingly, the Americans took on an indispensable role that would be unsustainable in the long run. As dominance deteriorated into arrogance, arrogance and belief in the superiority of all things American, a sort of Pax Americana, for decades other powers would emerge and the aura of the United States would tarnish and, in some cases, become shattered by missteps and bad decisions, for example. in Afghanistan and the second Iraq war. Recent Pew polls show how much the United States’ position has declined internationally.

Where is the United States and its democracy headed? The answers to this question form the Rosetta Stone for the future and the future of democracy. In my next book listed below, I ask whether a constitution written by the best minds of the 18th century is fit for the purpose of the 21st century.

The inability of the government, no matter which party is in charge, to respond in a timely manner to the needs of the nation and the public is generating anger, hostility, resentment and cynicism that spills over into daily life. Violent behavior in passenger airplanes; threats of death to those with different or political views of the other party; massive purchases of firearms for self-defense; and a general crudeness in interpersonal relationships are unmissable symptoms of a political cancer that is eating away at our democracy.

But who is listening? And who of us will have the right material to lead and reverse these evils? These are the questions on which the future of American democracy rests.

Harlan Ullman, Ph.D, is the Arnaud deBorchgrave Distinguished Columnist for United Press International. His latest book, to be published this year, is “The Fifth Horseman and the New MAD: The Tragic Story of How Massive Disruption Attacks Endangered, Infected, Engulfed and Disunited a 51% Nation and the Rest of the World. “.

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