We know little about democracy

Friday , March 28, 2014 - 12:58 PM

Kim Shinkoskey


How can the U.S. bring democracy to nations abroad, like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and the Ukraine, when we have no idea what it is at home? Is democracy just the simple act of voting?

Democracy is respect for the basic democratic organization of government. That means a legislature that asserts its duty to do the legislating and a chief executive that confines itself to doing the administrating. And all three branches of government know how to be sensitive to states’ rights and local home rule.

Democracy is the rich looking out for the poor and paying their fair share of the public freight.

Democracy is equal justice for all, not special consideration for those who can pay for it.

Democracy is limited taxes, limited government, limited debt, and limited foreign war.

Democracy is citizens going to public meetings, speaking out and exercising oversight of what is going on in government at all levels.

Democracy is business and financial leaders who are exposed to more than a one hour lecture on ethics while in business school.

Democracy is an education system that gives all voters a broad knowledge of basic democratic law rather than just watching them be swayed by smooth-sounding, vote-buying slogans every four years.

Democracy is many strong, vital political parties electing people who represent a rainbow’s worth of diversity in political opinion rather than just the drab red and blue propaganda of two political parties.

Kim Shinkoskey

Woods Cross

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