My last blog post touched on the subject of why America has not always been successful in exporting its brand of ‘democracy’ to other countries. One of the things I mentioned in passing in that blog post is the fact that America is actually not regarded as a model democracy. This is to say, in other words, that there are many manifest imperfections in American democracy. The focus of my blog today, then, will be on how the said imperfections can be gotten rid of: so as to make America to be truly a model democracy.
In my view, one way in which the imperfections in American democracy can be gotten rid of is by making the nomination processes for various positions more transparent. The presidency is a case in point here. That is where there would surely be an argument for adopting a system where the process by which a person rises through the ranks of a party, to ultimately become a presidential nominee, can be made more transparent.
True, once the potential Republican (or Democratic) Party nominees are on the table, we vote for them through the caucuses and other means to come up with the one who then flies the party’s flag in the elections. But how are the potential nominees (the likes of Carson, Trump and Jeb Bush for the Republican Party in this election cycle) identified in the first place? How are they identified, before they can battle it out in the primaries: is it by a central committee or is it self-selection or what? Whatever it is, you will agree with me that there is room for improvement in the process.
Another way in which the imperfections in American democracy can be gotten rid of is by eventually creating a scheme where a candidate who is not sponsored by one of the two major political parties (the Democratic Party and the Republic Party) can realistically win high office. As it is at the moment, it is very hard for you to win any high office if you don’t belong to either party: which makes many people term the USA as being a two-party hegemony (which, in some people’s opinion, is only slightly better than the one party behemoth in China, when you come to think of it).
Further, to remove the imperfections in American democracy, it is important that the politics of the nation be generally ‘cleaned up’. That way, decent people will find politics attractive. Taken to its proper conclusion, vying for a political position in the USA should be as straightforward a matter as applying for a postal job through www.usps.com/employment. As it is at the moment, thanks to what some people refer to as ‘dirty politics’, vying for a position is not so straightforward, which keeps many decent people from vying.