Democracy: The pendulum swings both ways

First and foremost, democracy is one the main pillars of the modern world. It is believed as a sign of progress and development, and as a way to make society the happiest. We can think of democracy as a system of government with four key elements. Firstly, it is a political system for choosing and replacing the government through free and fair elections. Secondly, it gives the opportunity for active participation of the people, as citizens, in politics and civic life. Thirdly, it implements the protections of the human rights of all citizens. Finally, democracy is a rule of law, in which the laws and procedures apply equally to all citizens. Thus, due to these four main keys, democracy has widely spread around the world and it became the only system that is practiced by majority of the world government systems.

To illustrate more on this, democracy is a means for the people to choose their leaders. From what I have understood about democracy is that, the people decide who will represent them in parliament, and who will head the government. They do so by choosing between competing parties in regular, free and fair elections. In democracy, the people are sovereign which means that they are the highest form of political authority. Additionally, the only thing that I support democracy is the belief of protecting minority because it protects the rights of minorities in various different ways.

In democracy, every citizen has certain basic rights that the government and the ruling people cannot take away from the civilians. According to democracy, these rights are guaranteed under international law. For example, in democracy, they say that you have the right to have your own religion, and to say and write whatever you like. Additionally, in democracy the rule of law protects the rights of citizens, maintains order, and limits the power of government. Thus, it is believed that the rule of law in democracy protects all the rights and places limits on the power of government and therefore, no government official may violate these limits.

Apart from the above general description of democracy in which many people believe that democracy upholds true freedom and reflects the majority, my point of view is different from all the above claims. I believe that democracy is a manmade ruling system in which many people use it to hide a lot of things. They claim that it gives power to the people, but the reality is different. Some countries believe they are democratic but they do not allow some people to do whatever they want. Sometimes, they claim that everything including public opinion is free, but when some people speak and say something about the government, they arrest and put them in to the court.

Though today we live an era in which the democratic, because of its progress, seems inevitable, I can conclude that it has positive and negative effects. At last, I can say that the pendulum swings both ways, and it can easily change the whole life of a community by simply applying this democracy which says people are free for their ideas and majority leads minority. Thus, as old saying goes, if a million people have a dump idea, it is still a dump idea.

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