The US Constitution: Lack Of Democracy

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Lack of democracy In many ways the US Constitution is an undemocratic document. Many of the founders were scared of democracy because they believed in bad human nature: people are both virtue and self-interest, so simple democracy can’t work (Federalist #55). In general, the constitution was created to protect the minority from the majority. In order to prevent over use of power, faction (#10) and tyranny a separation of power complex structure (also known as “checks and balances” #51) was built (based upon the philosophy of Montesquieu), under which the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government are kept distinct. Philosophers, such as John Locke, supported the principle in their writings, whereas others, such as…show more content…
Each member of Congress is elected by the people of his or her state. The House of Representatives have membership based on state populations and elected for two years, while the Senate has two members from each state regardless of population and Senators are elected for six-year terms. This was incorporated into the Constitution to secure the continued participation of the smaller states. Because the legislative branch is the most danger (# 48) and have to be democratic The Electoral College system was established. The system gives each state a number of electors proportional to its representation in Congress. The smaller and less populated states are given greater weight in presidential elections when applied on a national scale, such as the election of a country's leader, the popular vote can on occasion run counter to the Electoral College’s vote, and for this reason, there are some who feel that the system is a distortion of true democracy. The Congress came from the desire of the Founders to create a House "of the people" that would represent public opinion, balanced by a more deliberative Senate which would represent the governments of the individual states, and would be less susceptible to variations of mass…show more content…
10, which discusses the means of preventing faction and advocates for a large republic (and warns of the dangers of a democracy), No. 10 addresses the question of how to guard against "factions," Democracy: “the people” (human nature?) Majority rule (tyranny?) Minority right (faction?) Federalist No. 51 is an essay by James Madison; the title is "The Structure of the Government Must Furnish the Proper Checks and Balances between the Different Departments." One of the most famous of the Federalist Papers, No. 51 addresses means by which appropriate checks and balances can be created in government and also advocates a separation of powers within the national government According to Locke, people formed governments to protect their rights, which he called a "social contract." People agreed to obey the government and in return, government had the responsibility to protect peoples' natural

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