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Democracy & Gerrymandering

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Started: 2/25/2014 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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No, America is not a democracy. In order to adequately answer this question, it is important to understand the terms "democracy" and "gerrymandering." Here are those definitions according to

government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
2. a state having such a form of government: The United States and Canada are democracies.
3. a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.
4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.
5. the common people of a community as distinguished from any privileged class; the common people with respect to their political power.

U.S. politics. the dividing of a state, county, etc., into election districts so as to give one political party a majority in many districts while concentrating the voting strength of the other party into as few districts as possible.

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Before officially starting anything, I would like to thank the Con for posting this debate and wish the best of luck to you. Now onto my side...

I believe that America is, in fact, a democracy. There are certain garunteed freedoms, liberties, and equal rights that all American citizens have. These can all be seen through our Constitution and Bill of Rights. These are key features in any successful democracy. There are two forms of democracy...

1) Direct Democracy: In which all eligible citizens have direct and active participation in the decision making of the government.
2) Representative Democracy: In most modern democracies you see today, the whole body of all eligible citizens remain the sovereign power but political power is exercised indirectly through elected representatives.

I believe that America is not a direct democracy, but a representative democracy. Citizens with the power to vote(exceptions include but are not limited to: minors, certain convicts, and persons residing in the U.S. illegally.) elect certain qualifying individuals to office to make the important decisions for the country in the name of the people.
Debate Round No. 1


NiaASC forfeited this round.


This round since there has been no new information provided by Con I will rebuttal the little information she provided on Gerrymandering.

According to Con, gerrymandering is the dividing of a state, or county into electoral districts that give one party a majority over the other in as many cases as possible.

This helps to elect as many of one party's candidates into office as possible. However, according to Wikipedia, several states have taken different measures to prevent gerrymandering.
1) Using fixed districts: this stops future redistricting and instead uses existing political boundaries such as state country or provincial lines.
2)Objective rules to create districts: creating objective, precise criteria to which any district map must comply is another way that has been successful in reducing gerrymandering. Courts in the United States, for instance, have ruled that congressional districts must be contiguous in order to be constitutional. Contiguous as in sharing a common border, touching. This rules out the possibility of not including a county that a majority of opposing party and sticking them with a county that is 50 miles away and shares no common border.

As you can see with the two examples provided above, gerrymandering is declining in the U.S. I will not say that it doesn't occur, because it does.

Now, in our representative democracy, our nations people have to elect representatives to an office of higher power to make the important political decisions for the people. In any representative democracy, gerrymandering is going to occur, but it is under control. The U.S. has a Bill of rights that guarantee certain liberties, some are:
1) Freedom of speech
2)Freedom of press
3) Right to bear arms
4) Right to a fair trial

These are just 4 of the first 10 Amendments in the United States Bill of Rights. These are guaranteed freedoms and liberties that are essential to our successful representative democracy.
Debate Round No. 2


NiaASC forfeited this round.


As Con has failed to provide any new information to support his claim that America is more Gerrymandering than Democratic, I restate my previous arguments...

Why to vote Con...
Gave definitions on Gerrymandering and Democracy(definition of democracy included U.S. in it)

Why to vote Pro...
I have provided many examples on how the United States stands as a representative democracy today and has stood this way for hundreds of years.
I have also succeeded in responding every round with a respective claim where as Con has forfeited the previous two rounds.
Debate Round No. 3
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro's arguments were good, and I think adequately addressed Con's. The arguments about the U.S constitution, and State Law, were strong enough to win Pro the debate. It would have been better if they were properly sourced, instead of simply off-handedly referencing Wikipedia. Conduct to Pro for Con's forfeits.