The Pros And Cons Of Democracy

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America is the land of the free; we are reminded of this every Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Veteran’s Day, and every time we hear the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Citizens of some other countries would give anything to have our freedom, but are we truly free? Being put on a “freedom pedestal’ by the rest of the world may have done nothing but internally disguise the fact that in many ways we are not as free as we like to imagine. It may be true that we sometimes take our freedom for granted, but it is equally true that we are remaining blind to the fact that we are coming precariously close to losing that freedom. The continual crumbling of the facades of freedom and democracy have exposed the atrocious lack of equality and citizenship within our country. Moreover, the situation will only continue to worsen as the struggle between capitalism and democracy persists, with capitalism coming out on top.
From the very founding of our country, America was not a democracy. In fact, the Founding Fathers had nothing but contempt and disdain for pure democracy, which is why the United States Constitution established not a democracy, but a republic. The Founders, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison in particular, sought to reduce factions and domestic insurrections such as Shay’s Rebellion of 1786-1787. In Federal #10, Madison wrote, “Hence it is that such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the

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