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Is America really a democracy?

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Started: 5/12/2018 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Gallup headlined on December 18th, "Americans View Government as Nation's Top Problem in 2017." Their report made it clear, though this finding was unprecedented, it's part of a long-term trend, towards Americans naming their own "government as the important problem facing the nation."
In a dictatorship, only the people who control the government are satisfied with the government; but in a democracy, the public is satisfied with the government - or else that government would be replaced in elections by people who control the government and who do provide government that the people approve of. In the United States, we're instead moving in the opposite direction: steadily going from one government to another, none of which wins the public's approval; and the present American government winning the public's approval even less than its predecessors did. This is not the situation that exists in authentic democracies. It's what one expects to find in a country that's ruled by a dictatorship. Dictators don't need to worry so much about the polls, because they don't represent the public; they exploit the public - they use the public.
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