People ask me, "Does it have to be this way?" The answer is, "No, it doesn't HAVE TO be this way."
Today as the WORLD watches the chaotic display in the United States many citizens feel tired, confused, and even disgusted. The on-going political dysfunction has resulted in many questions about the how & why it got this bad.
More importantly, people in the United States want to know what can be done to make the elections every four years less chaotic and more democratic.
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Citizen leaders - you. In a democracy we are all leaders. But being a leader in a democracy is not about dominating others, it is about being the example. Without the participation of a robust citizenry the likelihood of a functioning democracy diminishes. And that is what we are witnessing today. A diminished democracy. It's time to change that as you live as an informed, engaged, and empowered citizen.
What is democracy? And why is democracy in the 21st century weakened? Do people in the west REALLY want authoritarian or populist leaders? What is driving this current time in democracy? Who is responsible for democracy in the United States? What is the role of the political party? Today, many citizens are uninformed of the foundations of democracy, which is a contributing factor of the weakened condition of democracy in the United States at this time in history.
Election security is now the most important issue for the future of democracy. The elections in 2016 and 2020 revealed the deep fractions within both the social and political structures as legal challenges dominate election results. UNQUESTIONABLY, the battle over the 2024 election will define the future of democracy.
RELIGION & POLITICS
The Constitutional standard for 'separation of church & state' has undergone a profound alteration as religious leaders cozy up to politicians seeking to utilize access to power for brazen attempts to shift the norms away from tolerance so as to favor religious persuasions. This is contrary to the objectives of the Frames to secure a clear separation between 'church & state". Religious tolerance is American. But an incursion of religion into the political system has contorted the separation of church & state.
The United States has a reputation for upholding human rights. But as social tensions continue to flare in cities around the country, how is the nation able to stand for human rights? And how do other nations view the norms of the U.S. when leaders exhibit corruption without accountability? At the start of the nation, the United States affirmed the belief in 'natural law', limited government, and 'rule of law' for all. Today, even with all of the challenges of a globalized world, human rights must remain the foundation for the democracy of the American people.
INTL. RELATIONS & FOREIGN POLICY
Understanding the world today as a globalized aggregate requires information, knowledge, and understanding. Today tensions arise as geo-political and geo-economic competition stirs nationalist agendas. In a world where populist leaders seek to capitalize on the challenges of globalism, it is important for you to fully equipped to lead, instead of follow.
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