Liberal Democracy And The Constitutional System

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Liberal democracy is a form of government that operates under a constitutional system and is ruled by the electorate. The government is representative of the people and regular elections are held. It calls for the freedoms that are stated in America’s first amendment-freedom of press, speech, religion, and assembly. This political ideology has been apart of history. Patriots, such as our founding fathers and Patrick Henry, were willing to risk their lives in order to achieve freedom from an oppressive monarchial government. They risked everything in order to have a shot at individual freedoms and basic human rights such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The most important claims of liberal democracy are a representative government, a limited government, the separation of powers, and property rights. These claims will be assessed from a biblical perspective (and further expounded upon). A representative government is a key aspect of liberal democracy. Since the power to elect a leader to a political office rests with the people, those in office have an obligation to honor those voices accurately. An active and responsive government body can be very productive. Not only will it create a strong nation, but citizens have the potential to be highly satisfied with their work. Anarchy is less likely to occur. The Bible discusses the process of starting a representative government in Deuteronomy 1. In Deuteronomy 1:13-17 (NRSV) it says, “ ‘Choose for each of your
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