Democracy And The United States

1753 WordsMay 2, 20168 Pages
In a democracy, the people are supposed to rule via representatives. Using a system by, of, and for the people, everyone is equal and rights are guaranteed. Democracy is vital to uphold basic human rights such as freedom of expression or liberty. For this reason, democracy is the cornerstone of nearly all developed nations today, including the United States. Yet in many places, that cornerstone is weak. The Oxford English Dictionary defines a democracy as “a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives” (Definition). To be an effective democracy, all the members of a state must be properly represented, and elections should favor public opinion. Yet this is not always the case - in fact, the democracies that represent the most people, such as in the UK, the US, and India are quite weak. This is because First Past the Post is the electoral system used in these nations. One might think that this electoral system proliferated due to its strength and fairness, but this is not the case. First Past the Post may be the system that affects the most electors, but it is far from the best. First Past the Post promotes a two party system via such effects as vote splitting and the spoiler effect, resulting in unrepresented citizens and a weakened democracy. Any third parties running under First Past the Post also result in unfair elections. The most suitable candidate for replacement is the Alternative Vote
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