No other democratic society in the world permits the privilege of personal freedoms to the degree of the United States of America. Within the last century, American courts, especially the Supreme Court, have developed a set of legal doctrines which includes the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and its? amendments, to thoroughly protect our rights as US citizens. Though we know this country was founded on the principles of representing its? citizens, and the idea of a nation for the people, by the people; it?s obvious that most Americans take their ?God-given rights? for granted. Individuals may feel it is irrelevant to voice their opinion on political issues and give various reasons as to why they cannot, or will not, actively participate (Loeb 175-185). If the majority of Americans do not politically participate, then the legitimacy of our nations? claim to be a democracy remains unanswered.
A truly democratic political system has certain characteristics, which prove its legitimacy with their existence. One essential characteristic of a legitimate democracy is that it allows people to freely make choices without government intervention. Another necessary characteristic that legitimates government is that every vote must count equally: one vote for every person. For this equality
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