Democracyis a relatively old system of government which has been around in the UnitedStates for over the last two centuries. The United States is recognized to bethe first country in the modern history of the world to adopt a democraticconstitution. The unique democratic aspects about the American constitution wasin regard to its enormous empowerment of all American citizens regardless oftheir social, ethnic or racial background in having a say on the direction ofthe country as well as the choice of their leaders from the federal to locallevel. Since the emergence of democratic constitution and institutions as asystem of governance in the United States, many other countries, especially inthe western world, have adopted it. The economic success of the countries thatadopted this system of government has also helped in convincing countries inother parts of the world to embrace democratic forms of government. Democracyis a system of government whereby all the eligible citizens of a given countryare all given an equal opportunity to have a say in decisions that affect theirlives.
Participation of citizens in a democracy can either be directly orindirectly through elected representatives on various issues such as theproposal, development, and creation of laws. The United States has for a longtime been at the forefront of advocating for the spread and adoption ofdemocracy in many countries around the world through various interventions.Despite the role of America in the development and spread of democracy acrossthe world, there have been heated debates at home over the nature of theAmerican democracy.
The debates have arisen over various issues in America’spolitical and institutional systems including inconsistencies, andnon-democratic practices and outcomes. This paper is an argument on why theUnited States is not a full democracy in its full sense based on variousaspects of the country political system.