Americ The Land Of The Free

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The United States of America is known as the “land of the free”. But as most know “free” always comes with a price. Luckily, the price is worth a lifetime of opportunities and freedoms that other countries will never get to experience. America has immigrants naturalized every year. People from these countries come to America to pursue the “land of the free”. In fact, in 2014, “654,949 people were naturalized.”1 America is also known around the world as the country that practices democracy. The word democracy originates from the two Greek words “demos” meaning “the people” and “Cratos” meaning “power.”2 Democracy allows the people to have the power in electing the most important leaders in the country, to agree or disagree on new ideas and changing of laws. This allows a country to continue to change and prosper from generation to generation. America practices a representative democracy. A representative democracy is where the citizens vote for representatives from their state to represent them through electoral votes. Electoral votes are based on the population from each state. Some states have larger populations so they have more electoral votes than other states. For instance, the state of California has 55 electoral votes while Alabama only has nine.3 Usually in a democracy the majority of the people’s votes win but through this system the majority of electoral votes win. America’s founding fathers were apprehensive about having a democracy because they

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