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Is the United States a Democracy?

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Started: 12/9/2018 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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jrardin12

Con

I believe the United States was and is a Constitutional Republic. The only Democratic part of our system is the House of Representatives. The Senate is also now Democratic, But that only happened since the 19th century. I believe that an amendment should be passed to get the Senate back to its original place in the State. Besides these two branches the rest of the government operates as the Constitution dictates. Unless the Left holds the Supreme Court, Then we go into an oligarchy for a while.
gameboy541

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Conetntion 1: Merriam Webster defines a democracy as "a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections"
Under this definition of having a Democratic society, The United States easily qualifies.
Contention 2. The United States my be sub-classified as a constitutional republic, But it having voting rights and elections makes it a democracy. A democracy is simply defined as a Democratic society with elections.
Contention 3. The argument that the United States isn't a democracy because it isn't a direct democracy doesn't stand. A direct democracy doesn't exist within the definition of a democracy given by Merriam Webster.
Contention 4. The United States is the defender of Democratic ideals and democracy around the world. It could not fulfill these duties without being a democracy.
Debate Round No. 1
jrardin12

Con

I would start with Webster's 1828 definition of Democracy, "Government by the people; a form of government, In which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of the people collectively, Or in which the people exercise the powers of legislation. Such was the government of Athens. "
This is the dictionary that came out under 50 years since the founding of our country. Democracy was known in that era among the Founding Father's as a nation where the people vote for the laws directly. Therefore, The US, According to the set up, Was not founded as a Democracy. In fact, The Founders' disliked Democracy for the nation.
The Founders' said that they founded a Republic.
gameboy541

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Debate Round No. 2
gameboy541

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by omar2345 3 years ago
omar2345
Nothing is fully socialism, Nothing is fully capitalism and nothing can also be fully democratic as a whole.

The question should be: is it more democratic then it isn't?

First define democracy then add evidence to state for/against and await responses to rebut.
Posted by hsteacher 3 years ago
hsteacher
P. S. It hurts being superior, Doesn't it.
Posted by hsteacher 3 years ago
hsteacher
P. S. Read what I said today about politicians. They can all even ADMIT on the evening national news, To being a bunch of liars, And it makes no difference - they just get re-elected anyways. It's because most of the human race is a bunch of vermin. This world is a hopeless case.
Posted by hsteacher 3 years ago
hsteacher
I know what you mean, I feel about the same. But, Really, There is fair voting. The fact is, If the majority would just hold the politicians to real high standards of integrity (which means can every one of those vermin, ) we could get great great people in there, So it would start to FEEL like there was democracy. The real problem is - most people are accepting of evil, Because they're evil themselves.
Posted by Thoht 3 years ago
Thoht
None of our branches are really a "democracy" at this point.
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