Position Paper on Why Democracy Kicks ASS

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Democracy has long been considered by many the most desirable form of government that mankind has been able to achieve. Many nations of the world actively practice it, while some pursue it, while others claim to use it. Whether it is used in its fullest sense, or in only some aspects, democracy is the pinnacle of human political evolution. Every person has an equal voice in legislative affairs. The people of a democracy are presented with an issue and are able to decide on its outcome. In a true democracy the people are directly responsible for the decisions made. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines the word democracy as "a : government by the people; especially : rule of the majority b : 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."

Democracy is a "rule by the people" system. That is the basic principle and fundamental qualities of democracy. Opponents to democracy have often attacked it as a rule by the mediocre or unqualified.

Democracy, however, is not the rule of the feeble minded, or of the unqualified. Democracy is the rule of the people. It is the apex of political theory and practice. Not only has it proven to work for many diverse and different cultures, but it has worked for substantially long amounts of time with positive reactions from all those involved. In the days of monarchs and demagogues, people accepted it, but did not embrace it. To change these things the people revolted. The people all wanted a say. They did want a leader, but not a tyrant. That is why democracy is so effective. It gives everyone a voice. No populace has...