By Lenox, K. Executive Editor-In-Chief
On November 8, the American electorate, voted to shift the distribution of power–returning control of the Senate and House of Representative to the Republican Party, but also a Republican President elect to “keep democracy alive,” according to Cable News Network (CNN.)
President Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg address discussed that the whole point of democracy is to make it easy to replace bad governing or ineffective leaders with good ones, but drew a sharp contrast that, a democratic governing compared to the monarchical system can also be slow, complicated and legalistic.
According to Democracy Index and the Corruption Perceptions Index, the United States of America remains the world’s oldest surviving federation—a process made possible because of the majority rule being tempered by minority rights protected by law, adding that “…This is why perhaps the United States of America is still the number one destination for immigrants all over the world—risking all that they have; their assets, families and friends for the very principle of democracy.”
From the tenets of The Constitution of the United States of America, its founding principles is still at work according to a press released from president Obama; “The United States is still a stable and prosperous democracy with freedom of association and of the press, and a way of life in which no single party is entitled to rule; a democratic government that allows citizens to speak their minds and shape their lives.”
John F. Kennedy said, “Life in freedom is not easy, and democracy is not perfect– for a democracy to be effective, one has to be able to eliminate the concept of majoritarianism—where the majority makes the ruling on governing issues.”
Americans United issued a statement in the aftermath of the election saying, “The United States of America has struggled with the issue of balancing the powers exerted by various branches of the government, and elected leaders who do not work for the common good of the citizens may not be reelected or yet recalled from office”
The New York Times reported on November 9th saying, “The American electorate has spoken, the Republican Party will have full control of the three branches of the government for the next four years, and the rest of the world should respect the American voters’ choices.”
Alexis de Tocqueville said in his article “Democracy in America,” “Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder than to learn how to use that freedom.”
The governance of The United States of America is not a rule by fear or intimidation, but by the principles set by the founding fathers that “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth,” (President Abraham Lincoln–Gettysburg Address).