DEMOCRACY SHORN

The United States was founded as a Republic and not a true democracy. The men who created the government were certainly aware of the limitations they placed on representative government since they went to lengths to limit the franchise.

File:U.s. capitol.jpg

What am I bid for this institution?

The limitations placed on democracy exist today and are emphatically apparent in the make up of the Senate, a decidedly undemocratic body. Consider, for example, that the 500,000 or so people who live in Wyoming have two representatives in the Senate while the more than 36 million citizens of California are represented by the same number. Given this unbalanced situation small, conservative states with a minority of the population can dominate the government, a condtion that is unlikely ever to be remedied.

And now with the growing influence of a powerful, monied elite – a veritable new American aristocracy – whose conquest of the government is all but complete, the claim to democracy, weak as it has always been, is banished for good.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s