Making Democracy Work in America

This last election was dramatic proof that democracy is not working in America. And that it needs to be fixed. Americans should be up in arms about this, but they seem to be apathetic – not interested in protecting one of their fundamental rights.

There is a movement to eliminate the Electoral College – and no doubt this would be a help. But I don’t think that would be enough. This would open the door to further changes – and Americans have become very conservative – even reactionary.

American politics has always been a two-party system – third parties have never worked. The first step would be to eliminate the parties. But Americans would reject this outright, without even giving it a hearing. They would say “That’s not right!”And insist that the present system is good enough (with a few tweeks) – not perfect, certainly – but good enough.

Americans will not support a new party, or radical changes to either of the existing ones. Why? This question cannot be answered, all we can say is “Because that’s the way it is!”

This means Americans will have to get along with the system they have now (whatever it is) – that is clearly not working.


One thought on “Making Democracy Work in America

  1. Hal, I do not know the basis for your assertion that democracy is not working in America based upon Trump’s election. If it is based on the fact that you did not like the outcome, that hardly seems adequate. If it is based on the existence of the existence of the Electoral College, I assume you realize that the US was never a pure democracy, but rather a representative democracy. The Electoral College was one of the compromises that made the unification of the colonies possible, and I would submit that it demonstrates the genius of our Constitution–that the checks and balances that were built into the system still address modern day issues. The original compromise was between the big urban colonies and the more rural, less populated colonies and, like the congressional system, balances the urban and non-urban cultures into a unified whole. There are major philosophical differences between the urban and the rural cultures–lots of discussion about why–but it is a fact. The Electoral College prevents the domination/tyranny of the urban culture over the rural culture. That division is evident in the red/blue division of the country and the areas dominated by the two parties respectively. Here it also prevented the tyranny of the elitism over the common folk–and it worked as intended.

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