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The Nature of Democracy To act with entire honesty and self-respect one should always live in a pure atmosphere and the atmosphere of politics is impureAdams 44 And with such words the essence of Democracy by Henry Adams is captured through the words of character Senator Silas Ratcliffe For Ratcliffe democracy represents a political playground that excludes human emotion and morals and abides by Machiavellis notion of the end justifying the means Democracy is a unique system in American politics that manifests power and powers ability to corrupt However for Mrs Madeline Ross Lee democracy and political life in general is a dirty business Her disgust with politics culminates until she realizes that until there is a better alternative to democracy she must live in this institution while trying to maintain her virtues of morality and honesty As Winston Churchill effectively stated Many forms of Government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time The story begins with a 30-year-old widow Madeline Lee who after seeing much of the world becomes bored with her cosmopolitan lifestyle and yearns to fill that void with a trip to Washington DC to learn about politics Washington being the political hot spot Madeline knows that above everything she wants to learn what she really wanted was POWER Adams Thus situating herself in the midst of activity she along with her sister quickly become popular among the Capitals senators lobbyists foreign diplomats and politicians And it is through their courting rituals that Madeline becomes exposed to the nature of politics Wasting
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