In the United States, where a population of hundreds of millions deems their version of democracy adequate and proper, there are three branches of government. First, there is the legislative, congress, which makes laws. Second, there is the judicial, supreme court, which interprets the laws. Thrice, there is the executive, the president, who executes laws. Each are defined by ordinary people to protect people so that they may do the same, this process and our freedom to do so can be altered by one vote, that more often than not, makes all the difference. To avoid catastrophe, democracy and its voters depend on the choice to defend the logical superior future, from ourselves.
Without the process of democracy come civil wars between servants and conservatives, a neutral outcome with tolerant thresholds, without undermining the other in a delicate balance without offense to your caucus or constituency. It is an order of common rule held together “of the people, by the people, for the people,” (Lincoln, 1863), to ensure supervision of the system of government and education by its events and outcomes, to maintain a doctrine, which fits into the conformity of society. The members of the governing politic who, when viewed, are uniquely suited to uphold the truths of a democratic nation’s articles of law, e.g. The Constitution, The Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights, treaties etc., are composed and elected in such the very same democratic process, in order to maintain society. Within the ethical parameters of equality, every person involved has an equal vote to name a person to responsibility and power for a predefined time, or term limit. Cultures are finding that democracy shows the promise of reducing or stopping the growth of fascism.
Such roles require unbiased patronage and careful consideration of judgments, for each decision will affect all equally in a united nation of peers. These decisions include approvals or rejections of organizations, safety/risks, financial systems and financial allocations and suitable recipients and the laws of justice and mercy. Their participation improves its ability to execute their duties, votes need not be unanimous, but more importantly logical, ethical and moral decisions are impassive without approval before legitimacy. Corruption may be recognized, accused, tried and punished according to vulnerable laws written by the government, and such changes are purportedly the wish of the people, to be enacted by new Representatives, Senators, and our Commander in Chief if deemed necessary by the corresponding citizen voters of a republic or their elected officials. Of common law in harrowing times, are the issues of monetary policy, child labor, union labor (adults), conditions of acceptability of varying tasks that one may withstand, trading conditions and embargoes, medical related trauma, illicit and/or controlled substances and the act of war.
The failure of governments threatens the stability and survival of the commonwealth and its economy of a society beyond pilgrimage and crusade, requires a position of solidarity known as the president and if voting, the citizens may choose this person required to surmise the situation as does the representative of your community. The vote made of this position, much as any citizen vote provides a stopping point by means of checks and balances to decisions made by our government that effect the populace in a system of strong central and majority federal government (Madison, 1788).
Through political history, governments have come and gone, some for many a good reason and those that thrive must be subject to strong, consolidated supervision. Vigilance can be maintained over our officials and of they to their cohorts, and though not perfect at inception the modern democratic politics is an ultimatum for fear, aggression, intimidation and subterfuge to be improved and maintain in the constant conflict with monarchy and dictatorships, as a deterrent to fascism and oppression.
To protect ourselves from slavery and subversion by means of misinformation, one has the ability to protect people and programs, by a choice, to elect the leadership of today who will still be the heroes of tomorrow. Success requires those who may lead with conviction and character favoring honesty and legitimate debate. No other pariah can replicate the depth and scope of relevant government for the truth will set you free, and with democracy, we all have a voice, our silence only serves to make our concerns oblivious to the politics of the day. These perfected systems of checks and balances have been the byproduct of time, or taken from structurally flawed societies of yesteryear. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, which is an excessive risk to democracy, because the less that vote, the weaker it becomes.
Morality supports a move to reform, but logic gives the initiative to those who deserve change and progress. If the issue is irrelevant, the freedom of a democratic regime allows ambivalence, one vote can sway the prolific interruption and radical upheaval of society, relying on a logical regard to law and order, in a living democracy often the people hold more responsibilities than their government does. In the modern era, to invoke equivocation is a mistake for the nation is our strength and our pride is its power and if per say one wishes to vote in opposition, save treason, votes can be made for anti-conformist, dangerous and extreme movements in a society of structure designed by truncating successive votes to allow the freedom of choice.
This idea of being free as of the absence of necessity, coercion or constraint in choice or action is an ancient aspiration. Politicians of ancient glory held this seemingly modern idea, one of which is Caiaphas, the High Priest mentioned in The Gospel of John it says,
"And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, ‘Ye know nothing at all, nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one many should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not (John, 11:49-50)."
From this came the colloquialism – the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few – and from this, I believe democracy was born. Of events to which the ends do not justify the means you may stand against, systems may emulate others, by means of scrutiny experts may leave, rogue radical and ideologue movements may seize power and taxes built on empty promises can be voted against as utopian and egalitarian efforts can be put forth, but only if we vote. If one is sick of spoiled children taking and giving to others out of ignorance or instinct, vote against them.
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Lincoln, A. (1863, November 19). The Gettysburg Address. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.: http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/speeches/gettysburg.htm.
Madison, J. (1788, February 6). The Structure of the Government Must Furnish the Proper Checks and Balances Between the Different Departments. The Federalist (51), p. 1.