POLITICS | OPINION

America Is Not Democratic

Yasmin Rodriguez
4 min readAug 7, 2020

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I am from Middle East, where most of the leaders are agents to either USA or Russia. Our countries suffer from political injustice and crimes for the last century. America always tell us we need to be more democratic, and its foreign policy fund our countries with this claim, but the question is “is America democratic?”.

Democracy (Greek: δημοκρατία, dēmokratiā, from dēmos ‘people’ and kratos ‘rule’) is the belief in freedom and equality between people, or a system of government based on this belief, in which power is either held by elected representatives or directly by the people themselves. ~ Oxford Dictionary

Based on this definition, America is not democratic. let me explain why in this article.

Trump vs. Biden

Everyone believe he has the power and choice in a democratic country, but watching the current political talk about the next elections you can state that there is no freedom. Trump is an existential threat to many countries not just America, but who said Biden is a better option?. Americans believe they have the freedom to choose by how competitive the media makes the elections sound, but believe me there is no freedom in choosing between two bad options, even if one of them is worse. You will hear many people choosing Biden just assuming that he can’t be as bad as Trump. It’s okay, but this is not freedom of choice, you are forced.

Money runs the elections

We all know how Trump is ruling USA now, it is all about money. Millions of dollars are raised and spent with every election. The competition is on who spend more for this campaigns. It’s not people’s choice that let the candidate win, it is just money in USA.

In 2016 elections, FEC report shows Donald Trump laid out $94m in last push for White House while Hillary Clinton spent $132m and cemented herself as biggest fundraiser. In total at least $226m is…

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