We hear and read that the USA is the most democratic nation on earth – but what about a few facts?
As you can see on the right hand side of this blog is a statement about how to get registered to vote in the US.
If you look at the top of this blog you will see ‘An Englishman in Canada’ – that is because, 1, I am English 2, I live in Canada and 3, I want the USA to be as democratic as it possibly can! Being a federal republic can, and often does, complicate matters for US citizens. Why you may ask?
Well it leaves a lot of things down to the individual States to do with the oversight of the Federal government. It works for the most part for Americans – they like it the way it is – but elections do seem to be a problem when it comes to that four year repeat – the presidential election.
The strive for power can be all consuming – so consuming that you will and would disenfranchise your fellow citizens of a right I see so high that if I was asked I would say it was number 1 on my list of rights. Not so many Republicans. The right to vote.
Under the guise of having legal votes, which isn’t a bad thing at all, they [Republicans] will steal and stop Democrats from voting or their votes being counted. I must add that this could be some Democrats, too – but I just doubt it.
In this article you can see what I mean, which in itself leads us to think about how truly democratic is the USA?
If you truly do believe in freedom, then you do believe that people should have the legal right to vote. Republicans, Democrats and all in between should be shouting from the roof tops, no matter who is in power, that everyone’s vote should be cast and counted – no matter who wins! This should not be a partisan matter – it should be a constitutional matter. If one Democratic or Republican vote is cast aside because of a simple yearn for power, that is not democracy, that is a flawed system that is akin to something a dictatorship would engage in.
Please read the full article I have linked to – you will be astounded at what hoops people have to go through to register to vote in some places in the USA.
Make sure that they count your vote – as long as you are registered to vote, of course! On the right hand side of this blog is how you can register to vote. It links to Barack Obama’s ‘Vote for Change’ page but anyone can use it to register.
Thank you to Muse for bringing this to my attention.