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The United States is NOT a Democracy. It never HAS been a Democracy and it just grates to hear the utter ignorance of people I know have taken their PLS requirements to know better, still calling it something it is not.
Democracy would be direct voting for leaders and laws by the people ...and we'd be a nation ruled almost entirely from the leading 13-15 metro areas by population and amassed political power among those areas alone.
What we have is a representative Republic, which sounds like a distinction without a difference to some, but it's a DRAMATIC difference. So, the points the OP article points to as weakness are what I think actually give the system it's strength. It's a messy thing at times, but then, England has had far worse history for what happens when Monarchy goes sideways and the King turns out to be a Sadist.
And how can a system be anywere near fair if only 2 partys can dominate the senate and lock out other partys. Why bother voteing? Why dont just give senators there positions for life and let there children take over from there jobs? (which seems to happen in some areas anyway).
[y. Can you say that about your country? Nope.
Exactly. The USA population seem to be like sheep at the mercy of thier huge faceless bureaucratic goverment with little hope of voteing change.
The whole developed could reform but if the USA doesnt its useless.
Maybe it time to get those guns out?edit on 15-11-2013 by crazyewok because: (no reason given)
The gerrymandering of House districts and the lack of a really viable third (or more) parties is grating, but our Senate - with its career politicos - seems to be like the House of Lords. Granted, that's from my extremely simplistic point of view and base of knowledge, so forgive me if I have that misconstrued.
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I read your link and that OPINION piece was so simplistic and full of half truths I don't even know where to begin. I don't start threads complaining about British politics for a couple of reasons.
1. I don't care
2. It's none of my business and
3. I clean up my own yard before looking over my neighbor's fence.
Why don't you try giving any/all three of those a whirl?edit on 15-11-2013 by Carreau because: (no reason given)
The rot exists at all three levels of government. I could go on at length about specific details, but I'd rather not bore anyone with the turbulent details of corruption in high places here.
I know its a comedy site but wanted to check?
This artical seems to point out how rigid and set in stone your system seems to be. By the look of it voteing is everything but rigged in the states
Is it really this bad? If so WTF! I you guess you guys are doomed. There doesnt seem to be any point of voteing.
Should the USA really be trumpeting to the world how its the "home" of Democracy and the "Land of the free" when ut people seem to be little better off politcally than if it was a single party system?
By the way I know the USA is not a deomcracy. But your politicans seem to like to call it that.
But even as a republic it seem to be a broken system were voting wont make a inch of diffrence.edit on 15-11-2013 by crazyewok because: (no reason given)edit on 15-11-2013 by crazyewok because: (no reason given)
Well all I can say is I will take my flawed democracy over anything out there, especially a bunch of drunk old rich royal farts standing around a pit yelling obscenities at each other lol.
I mean your not seriously gonna set here and complain about our democracy lol.
Yes we have flaws but it is not as bad as everyone makes it to be. It still works we just have to elect the right people.
We can change things, we need strong third party with enough votes in Congress to force the other two to compromise. It is no where near as bad as you make it.
For all you haters your more than welcome to go live with the OP in UK, you can bow to the new king soon lol.