posted on Feb, 20 2004 @ 05:23 AM
First, I want to say thank you for letting me participate and I want to send best wishes to my worthy opponent. Now…TOE THE LINE!
First off I need to clarify our topic: In proving that “democracy” has been ruined, I am assuming that this is U.S.-centered, OR that it is an
argument that if even ONE country that exercises democracy can be proven to have had that process ruined by special interest, I am on track.
Main Entry: de·moc·ra·cy
Inflected Form(s): plural -cies
Etymology: Middle French democratie, from Late Latin democratia, from Greek dEmokratia, from dEmos + -kratia -cracy
1 a : government by the people; especially : rule of the majority
b : a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation
usually involving periodically held free elections
2 : a political unit that has a democratic government
3 capitalized : the principles and policies of the Democratic party in the U.S.
4 : the common people especially when constituting the source of political authority
5 : the absence of hereditary or arbitrary class distinctions or privileges
Now, since we are debating whether special interest groups have ruined democracy – that’s with a little d – I’ll be ignoring definition 3 (except when
I implicate the DNC).
Main Entry: special interest
: a person or group seeking to influence legislative or government policy to further often narrowly defined interests; especially : LOBBY
As can be seen by this second definition, special interest groups are not necessarily representative of a minority view, just a specific
narrowly-defined view (which can be held by a majority). But I will show that there are special interest groups who do NOT represent the majority
that have learned new tactics other than lobbying to effectively disempower the majority of “common people” in the United States.
The United States is not, and never has been, a Democracy. It is a constitutionalized Republic that practices democracy (as most applicably stated in
definition 1a above). It is this practice of democracy that is under attack by special interest groups; the ability for the U.S. government to be a
government by the people and especially: rule of the majority.
My argument is that special interest groups that do NOT represent a majority of the U.S. population have, in fact, destroyed the ability of the
majority of the U.S. citizens from practicing democracy via their representatives and their votes. I will prove this by discussing
issues/rights/freedoms that have been brought to vote resulting in a voice by the majority of voters in one direction, that have then been either
violated without repercussion, OR have been placed into law by legislators against the voice of the people, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, have been placed
into action via the judicial system which isn’t even supposed to make law.
It is my contention that the greatest attacks against the democratic process have come via the new tool of the minority special interest groups –
litigation. It is the litigious nature of society promulgated by these special interest groups, and the repeated encroachment on the legislative arm
by the judicial branch that has taken the majority of the powers stolen from the masses. Couple these bad habits and dangerous trends with the
“political correctness” ideology created and promoted by these small, vocal groups, that has created a mindset within the general population that is
based on fear of speaking out against some one else’s actions – and you have the makings of a machine that can decimate the powers of the greatest
mass of free people on the face of the Earth.
That concludes my opening statement.
I will be leaving for my trip shortly and will not return until late Sunday night. If it is alright with the judges I would like to give my opponent
all of that time to respond as I will not be able to rebut until Monday.
Thank you – and good luck to you Phoenix!