Every word has a meaning
Behind any word there is a meaning. However, meaning is not a “transparent” representation for a definition. Meaning varies from culture to culture and differs between individuals. It is constructed and is interpreted by many contrasting views. What one chooses as a definition of democracy can cause a discrepancy for another with a conflicting point of view.
As for me a democracy is a government that is run by people. However, there is no government that can be perfect. The democracy in which we live has many strengthens and weaknesses. Neither strength or weakness out weight one another, but it is necessary to have both due to the varying definition. The politicians that we elect to run our government are human and they are susceptible to mistakes based on their own strength and weakness. We live in a representative democracy that means “we the people” are given the right to elect those who represent our believes and values.
Like I said above that all human are having tendency to make mistakes. And our government is run by the people who also are making positive and sometimes negative decision. The negativity tends to stick in our minds more than the positive. It is a kind of relationship, that people tend to remember bad more than the good. Almost everyone is having different opinion about life and government. We think differently about one problem and we want to solve the same problem in different way. For example, today in America the big topic is about 87 billion dollars that president Bush and his administration are now asking to “finish the job”. Some people are agree and some are not. In my country we have proverb that says: “Every stick has two ends.” And I can apply this saying to the situation with 87 billions dollars. Some people are saying that they want to see the money spent on education, towards cleaning up environment and other needs. Second half are saying that America went with war on Iraq, did not find any weapons of mass destructive, destroyed the country, and now they need to rebuild Iraq. Moreover, after September 11 many Americans were so hot for the war that we hardly seemed to need a reason. I like the quote that Leonard Pitts said :”We can’t afford to rebuild Iraq. And we can’t afford not to.” The two big questions are: “Who is right and Who is wrong?”
William S. Livingston in his book “A Prospect of Liberal Democracy ” wrote: “In the developing nation the problem of democracy are more directly economic.”(page 14). And I can say it is truth. Money and economic status are playing a big role in the developing nation. When people are having good living they want to have it even better. It was this way and it always will be. And sometimes we are so concentrated about ourselves, about our own life that we are forgetting about others. In some countries people do not even have a half of quality life that we are having here in America. But since America was involved in war with Iraq, destroying the life of people who was innocent then I think America should help to rebuild Iraq.
Thomas Jefferson in the “declaration of Independence” states: “We hold these truth to be self evident: that all men are created equal-(page 324). In my opinion all men are not created equally. Human beings unequal is essence because they are unequal in most physical and psychological characteristics along with health, intelligence and emotional balance. Equality is said to be having the same rights and freedom as everyone else. Like for me the only thing equal about people is that we all born and eventually we all die. I believe that equality among people is nearly impossible. If people can’t be equal than country also can’t be equal. What is reasonable for one country maybe is not for another.
Harvey Wheeler in his book “Democracy in a Revolution Era” wrote: “The problem of world order is directly related to the second issue, that of democracy. We are accustomed to thinking of democracy as a problem that applies only to individual persons and only to the internal conditions of a nation. But nation are also persons. They are corporate, artificial, man-made persons, to be sure, but they are persons, nonetheless.”(page 11).So, as we can see nation are people. Iraq nation are persons who are having their own style of living, their culture and their government. I don’t think they like their regimes that was imposed by force, imposed on people who are too poor, too scared and too ignorant to choose their own government, or neither they support Hussein because they love him. They support him because they afraid of him. Iraqis people know that Saddam is bad, but they also can think that the dictator who comes after him can be worse. In my opinion democracy in Iraq cannot be imposed by fore. Iraqis people have to decide for themselves what government they want. America cannot go to another country and tell them what to do. These people won’t see America as liberators. They will see America as invader and who knows maybe they will be afraid of America more than Hussein.