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Posted by on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 8:53pm.

What does it mean when a question is asking about the fundamental elements of American democracy. I am to pick an element of American democracy that I would like to change and why but I am confused as to exactly what it is talking about. Could someone give me an example?

  • government - , Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 8:59pm

    A true democracy can exist only in a very small society. In a true democracy, each person would have a vote on every question that came up. Even ancient Athens didn't achieve this, however, because they excluded women, slaves, and others from voting!

    We have a representative democracy in the US. We elect people to represent us in the House and Senate and in the different parts of a state's legislature, etc.

    We don't even actually elect our president by each person's vote. When we vote for president, we are really voting for electors for the Electoral College. That's the mechanism for the formal election of our president.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_college

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&as_q=democracy+representative&as_epq=&as_oq=&as_eq=&num=10&lr=&as_filetype=&ft=i&as_sitesearch=&as_qdr=all&as_rights=&as_occt=any&cr=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&safe=images

    So ... what would you change?

  • government - , Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 9:16pm

    Oh ok, I guess it was the wording that I was confused on. I did address the Electoral College in my paper but didn't realize that fit into the fundamental elements... I don't know why I didn't understand that, I guess my brain is fried from all this homework LOL! Thank you so much for helping me out!

  • government - , Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 9:59pm

    You're welcome! =)

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