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The Democratic Ideal Over one hundred years ago Alexis de Tocqueville expressed what would become the American standard when he observed Americans were born equal without having to become so This ideology is also known of as the democratic wish the participation of a united people pursuing a shared communal interest In modern-day America people do not always believe that this ideal is upheld and some think it unrealistic I will examine this perspective by focusing on thoughts of authorities on the subject of democracy and a political-science graduate student Many people think that nations are either democratic or not - like a light switch that can only be on or off There are different levels like a dimmer switch According to the writer of The Democratic Wish James A Monroe these levels can be defined as direct democracy power of the people without direct representation indirect democracy power of the people where there is an elect public representation and anarchism a society so democratic there is no need for authority He concludes that Americans fear public power as a threat to liberty Their government is weak and fragmented designed to prevent action more easily to produce it In the recurring quest for the people Americans redesign the political institution and rewrite political rules According to political scientist Michael Nelson a great irony propels American political development the search for a more direct democracy builds up the bureaucracy a form of government where the elected officials follow rules blindly or without thinking Monroe believes that the fear of public power has been perpetuated ever since the first American constitutions avoided ministerial power altogether But early democracy does not have a clean record of equality The founding fathers realized that if a government couldnt oppress people directly it could still take political dissidents property from them This is what happened to Loyalist who fled to Canada after the revolution In fact the White House
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