The Constitution Of The United States

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The type of government the United States has in the year 2016 can be characterized as a representative democracy. A representative democracy, also known as an indirect democracy, is a type of democracy founded on the principle of elected officials representing the people. This type of government is structured upon citizens electing representatives to serve on their behalf. There are many people who simply do not have the time to educate themselves about every particular issue involved in government; therefore, the people do not govern directly. In a representative democracy, the people elect representatives to act on their behalf and to represent them in governing the political society; therefore, power originates with the people. In order for a representative democracy to work effectively, there must be open communication between the representatives and the citizens. The elected officials need to represent the citizens in the best interest of the majority of the people. Overall, the goal of a representative democracy is to protect the rights and interests of the citizens by giving the citizens a voice within the government.
The Constitution of the United States of America is the basis of the representative democracy. The Founding Fathers chose to begin the Constitution with “We the People of the United States...” (https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/preamble). The beginning of the Preamble exemplifies that the Constitution derives its power from the…
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