The United States Is Not a True Democracy: An Argumentative Essay

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In all actuality, the United States is not a true democracy. This is largely due to the fact that many of the people in the country do not take part in its political process, choosing instead to merely function as spectators and consumers. There is a very finite number of people who actually do take part in this process certainly no more than 50 percent (in a liberal estimate) and probably limited to approximately 25 percent most of the time. When one considers this aspect of the extremely limited form of U.S. democracy due to the circumscribed involvement of the majority of its citizens, it means that essentially the country's future, and that for the rest of the world, will be determined by a small, select group of individuals typically the ones financing campaigns and ensuring that measures representing their interests are enacted. In essence, then, an oligarchy will determine the future of the country and that of the rest of the world. The issues that framed the 1992 election were concerns about the economy, the rapidly shrinking middle class, and a growing sense of frustration that Americans felt about the effectiveness of the big political parties and the government in general. Bush lost this election because of the intervention of third-party candidate Ross Perot, who took some key votes, and due to the fact that the economy was still recovering from Reaganomics and was not as good as people wanted it to be. The effects of the Cold War on U.S. foreign policy were

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