Throughout time the debate upon which is the best system of governmenthas been an ongoing debate.
Somewhere between the realms of democracy,socialism, fascism, communism, and monarchism lies the answer to the perfectsystem. Traditionally speaking, North America has always tried to remaindemocratic in ruling. The democratic system, unlike it’s alternatives,encourages equality and liberty among the people which in modern society, makesit the most attractive system of government today.Arguably, equality is the goal of many governments today. But what onemust realize is that equality cannot be reached without giving someone elseinequality.
While democracy influences equality, communism and socialism frownupon the very idea that all people should be treated equal. The very ideathat all men are created equally is very misleading. All men are not createdequally. Human beings are unequal in essence because they are unequal in mostphysical and psychological characteristics along with health, intelligence, andemotional balance. For most of us, living amidst inequality is common. Equality is said to be having the same rights and freedoms as everyone else. Inmodern society this is very true to a certain extent. The only thing equalabout people is that we are all born and eventually we all die.
In NorthAmerica, I believe that equality among people is nearly impossible. Theeducation is the main source of the problem. Education itself createdinequality between children at an early age. Since no two persons are createdequally, they will not have the same opportunities, nor will they make use ofopportunities offered to all people like the education system.One of the most important things to a person living in North America isliberty. LibertyLiberty can be defined as limited only be lawsestablished on behalf of the community . To a certain extent, this enablespeople to be in control of their own lives.
The individual has the right tochoose how they conduct their lives. In the U.S. people rely on the Bill ofRights to protect themselves from government and other people. This bill ofrights includes freedom of speech, press, and assembly. Among these freedoms isalso the freedom of religion and freedom from unreasonable searches by the law. In Canada we have a similar system called the Bill of Rights and Freedoms thatis made up with similar beliefs of it’s counterpart. Liberty is possibly themost important attribute in American and Canadian society.
What people want isthe ability to make their own decisions and go about life with the freedom to doso.In a democratic society, people are able to voice their opinions togovernment and ultimately play an important role in the make up and organizationof society. To a new nation, these attributes of our society are quiteattractive. Many new nations today are making the switch to democraticgovernment. The problem with this is that most of these nations have never beendemocratic before. Therefore, new nations are having great difficulty becausesuch a switch is not easily accomplished.
To develop a democratic society ithas taken some more more than an entire century. These new nations tend to rushthe change and in the end they become frustrated because such a switch is not aseasily accomplished as thought. The features of a modern democratic state arefirstly a society dedicated to the preservation of rights and freedoms. Fromthat, a government system must adhere to developing a form of government whichencompasses the values of a working society. In other words, a government forthe people, run by the people, and a system into which they have invested.An excellent example of a nation that comprises the rights and freedomsof its people is Canada.
As a nation we live by our rights and freedoms and usethem as a guide to act accordingly. We the people, as part of Canadian society,are able to participate in the workings of our country. This is represented inour political cycle. I call our political system “the feedback cycle”. In thiscycle, demands and supports are inputted into the administration, voted on, andeventually outputted into society and the cycle continues.
Our political systemenables us to have our say through representation of an elected official ingovernment. Ultimately, the power is not solely in the hands of government. When people are unsatisfied with government they take the necessary steps toreplace the person or people that are not doing their job properly.Affirmative action