``Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote`` Benjamin Franklin
In contemporary society, where in almost every country every person have a right to vote and choose a candidate who will represent him and his like-minded people, are increasingly coming to the low percentage turnout at elections. In the past,thepeopleon the planetfor decadesand sometimescenturiesfoughtfor their rights,for democracy, and now,when theyfoughtfor it,seems to havegiven upthe idea. Whether itis a human ‘curse’ (manis neversatisfied with what hehas, as far ashe foughtfor somethinghe willget boredquickly), orthereason is something completely different?
Government and Politicsof the United Statesisbased on the Constitutionof the United States, written1787th year. The Constitutionof 1787th isamendedto datewith several amendments.The first ten were adoptedshortlyafter thefounding of the Constitution.Collectivelyreferred to as"List of Rights"(BillofRights), concerningthe basic rights ofU.S. citizens,such as the rightto freedomof speechand religion.
Contrary tothe oldcontinent,in whichgroundfor centuriespeoplefoughtfor their rightsin the U.S.from thebeginning democracy has beenimplanted inthe human brain. Each of itspresidentsAmericans were celebratedandthey are certainlyoneofthe fewnationsthat does no tend tohate his ownpresident. Simply,U.S.leadersthroughout historyhave createdthe ideaof unityandthepeople areledby that idea. People in the USA have always been satisfied with their leaders as much as possible and did not complain too much because in large case they had a solid life. And why is, despiteall this, in thelasttime`trend' notto vote?
`` Throughout history, whenever citizens assembled to demand reforms of corrupt governments and institutions, the powers that be have done everything to distract the public from the actual problems and grievances.``-said one US citizen on the web forum. Manyothers sharehisopinion. Alexandre Debsand H.E. Goemans, professors at the Department of Political Science ,told in their research paper :``Compared to nondemocratic leaders, the tenure of democratic leaders depends relatively little on the war outcome, and democratic leaders fare relatively well after losing office. Thus, democratic leaders should be more willing and able to avoid war, especially with other democrats. ``
It seemsthat after thehappiness and prosperityto whichthey are accustomed, peoplefall intodepressionafter 10years of greatdepression .Theyhave started recovering and World War II begins. People arelooking forward toreturningtroopsfrom CubaandHaiti, and they hadto battle one more war. But, America is becominga major supplierof money, and people are happy. Thenfollowsa newwar andpeopledo not evenfeelthem,until they realizehow manyof theirsoldiers were killed. The American people havebecomeverydissatisfied.
The middle classthat waspreviouslyalmost donot exist anymore and people areangrythatmillionsof dollarswent to thearms. Leo Tolstoy: "The good cannot seize power, nor retain it; to do this man must love power. And the love of power is inconsistent with goodness; but quite consistent with the very opposite qualities — pride, cunning, cruelty."
Comesa new election, andpeople no longer haveconfidence in thecandidates. They just do notbelieve thatanyonecan help them. Part of well-off peoplewho are happyare voting fortheir candidateswhich previously put them in that high-class position,and the other part of wealthy people don`t even care about elections. There are also busy ones, who don`t have time to go and give their vote to anyone.
One vote can decide of their future, and they should know it by know, but people seem not to believe that the electionsare legitimate at all and that their votecan change something.
Withall this,of course,goesboringcampaignin whichcandidatesalwayspromise impossible,fulfill theunnecessary pullingall the citizens energy remainingfrom the alreadygivenpromises thatwent unfulfilled. There are also mass-media whichcandidates areskillfullyusingtobestpromotetheir campaign and their successesduring thepast mandate. Abraham Lincoln: ``With public sentiment nothing can fail: without it, nothing can succeed. Consequently, he who molds public sentiment does deeper than who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions. `` - Douglas debate, July 31. 1858.
The people havebecomepoliticallynumbed, full of empathy forthe voting. Many victims, the moneyspenton warinstead of thepeople,rising crime,all this has affectedpeopleto not trustanybody anymore. Peopledo not carewhocomes to power anymore.In the pastwhen theybelievedtheir leaders, when they lived well, they couldn`t know that good lifewillhaunt them now. Andif the elections arelegitimate and if their vote really means something in today modern democracy, to whomentrusttheir future andthe future of their children, they wonder. Whom to believethat they will notsendtheir childrento a newwar,that their children will not starveforlack ofmoneyspent onweapons. Whocan reallyguaranteea betterfuturefor their children, notcreate a greatpresentfora badfuture. Those are questions that every non-voting citizen of USA is questioning before elections. And as they don`t have a right answer, they prefer not-to vote.