One democratic feature of colonial America was citizen participation. This is shown in how citizens were involved in the community and had a voice in the government. Back in colonial America, the government was, “...made up of representatives chosen by popular vote.”(Document 6: Engraving of Virginia's House of Burgesses). Which basically means that the colonist elected their own officials to rule them. This is a definite and crucial feature of
Foremost among them was the practice of voting itself. Flawed and unequal the system may have been, but one can argue that such is true also of most modern-day democracies and besides, the practical flaws in the system do not change the fact that the system was a democratic one in theory. The introduction of the secret ballot in 139 B.C. and 130 B.C. (for elections and legislation respectively) was doubtless effective in lessening the influence of the elite over their clients (Yakobson 1995, 427) and was itself another aspect of democracy that was introduced in Rome -the Greek system they had adapted not including the anonymous vote - that is now so much considered core to the entire notion of a “free and fair election” that it is listed as the seventh point on the IPU’s list of Voting and Election Rights (Goodwin-Gill
So, the branches check one another and the people elect the members other than in the judicial branch, whose members are chosen by the executive branch. Madison brings up that it isn’t possible to divide power absolutely equally and “In republican government, the legislative authority necessarily predominates.” (2). And so, the legislative branch will be divided even more to try and combat the unbalance of power. Madison thought this system was a good method because he believed that it was part of human nature to have conflicting ideas and wants, and so each branch could keep the others in line and therefor no one power is above the others. Furthermore, Madison believes a bigger government with multiple branches is better because then it becomes difficult for one
3. Compare and contrast the idea of democracy in Ancient Greece and Rome. Which system was more democratic and why? Democracy is the modern day standard for governmental systems. However up until 500 BCE, the concept of Democracy was a foreign concept, and the great civilizations of that era were run by monarchs, aristocrats, and religious leaders of sorts.
Current day, it has little relevancy since it was originally included to address also issues that do not exist anymore, including not trusting the decision to be made by the American people. When originally founded, they wanted to ensure the President was decided by electors who had the knowledge to make what they felt was informed decisions. Now, many people feel as though too much power is given to the electoral votes, and that their vote does not mean as much as someone in a different state. As it stands, many feel that small states are largely misrepresented and given too much power since the votes are not divided equally among the population. In fact, if the Electoral College system was not in the Constitution, it would undoubtedly be removed due to it being unconstitutional, because using the electoral votes violates the principle of one-person, one-vote.
From a non-subjective viewpoint, a democracy is allowing the people to have power and some control over the country. A Republic — which the Roman Republic was — on the other hand, is similar to what a democracy is except it protects the minority rights from the majorities. So, from the viewpoint of Roman Republic, a democracy is allowing the people in the Assemblies to grant office to those that deserve it, having the final say in passing or repealing laws, and making the final decision on peace or war. The Roman Republic did give evidence that they are a democracy such as allowing people the ability to vote and letting the people choose, however, there's also evidence on the Roman Republic not being democratic. Either side of the argument the claim is the Roman Republic was democratic.
The Founding Fathers and the public felt that the constitution didn’t set up enough boundaries for the government, they felt that the government would assume too much power and take away the “Natural Rights” of the human. The Bill of Rights was set up to make sure the public felt safe and to make sure the government couldn’t abuse their power and turn it into a communist state or a dictatorship. America and our Founding Fathers based our Bill of Rights off the English Bill of Rights, so naturally there will be a lot of similarities between the two. Much like the Amendments in the English Bill of
Some helped to expand democratic ideals, such as those which advocated the just treatment of criminals, equality for females, and the importance of the ‘humble, working-class man’. However, some also hindered the expansion of democratic ideals, such as the formation of the Know-Nothing Party. Though these reform movements are not the first ones America had experienced since its birth as a new nation, they did pioneer the societal reform of democratic ideals. In the early foundation of America, the ideologies laid out in the Constitution were often contradicted by America’s own treatment of its citizens––ranging from all different races, genders and social classes. One issue that was especially debated for its contradictory stance in regards to the Constitution was the issue concerning slavery.
Senator Mitch McConnell states that the electoral voting system is, “Designed to promote good government and legislation that forwards the common good of a large and diverse nation.” He believes that just because the electoral voting system does not please many people and sometimes may not elect the president that everyone thinks should be the president does not make the system have enough flaws to just cast it out. It exists for many reasons, but mainly for choose the right person for the job. It is the system that keeps the government and its people together like a “linchpin,” as he states. If it were to be removed, the nation could collapse. The electoral college voting system is that exists today to keep the nation going, without having to battle the wrong decisions made by uneducated people.
The founding fathers having a bad experience with monarchy wanted to give the people of the United States a say. The founders wanted a balance between complete freedom and extreme monarchy. The concept of a republican government was still fairly new at the time. By implementing a republican structure into the constitution, the founders were able to promote their republican ideals. Although Monarchy was out of the question, there was still the decision between direct democracy and republican.