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Democracy In America

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Democracy In America

  1. 1. Jose M Cantera History 141 Arguello 5/11/2009
  2. 2.  Society in the United States is an effect of circumstances and laws that exist within the land, also combination.  One essential feature that distinguishes culture in America is its democracy.  Its origins were born from the absence of aristocracy.  Instead democracy was born from aristocratic thinking and individual proprietor of land.  During the American Revolution was when democracy was heavily influenced into the minds of the people.  The people of New England were forced to come up with a government system once they won independence and became independent as the United States.  Several laws were created such as the law of inheritance. Once a land owner died their children would debate on who would receive what.  It was mentality like this that gave people pride in their land and a sense of individualism as a society.  This also gives rise to the mentality that a person is to focus on obtaining what benefits him at the present time.  People are also inclined to cooperate with the law to keep what they possess intact.
  3. 3.  A country as large and diverse as the United states is bound to have conflicting ideas between its people.  However, they all still follow the same form of government.  People with opposite ideas produce different political parties.  It is during times of argument that ideas are settled a time of prosperity follows.  During a time of settlement is when people believe that their social and government structures have reached an end and do not require remodeling.  People fail to look into the future and prepare for further debates.  It is ongoing debates that arise through time that keep the different political parties alive.  Rival parties are composed of different principles to solve the same obstacle.  Large parties are created by their extensive involvement in politics and acceptance by the people their ideals govern.  Small parties remain small because the majority of the population don’t accept or understand their ideals they want to put forward.  Smaller parties are even seen as corrupting rather than helpful because they strain away from popular opinion.
  4. 4.  According to De Tocqueville the United States has no interest in philosophy.  Instead Americans have a different philosophic method in which the people follow certain ideals and keep their minds set to similar goals.  Americans do not like to think as their behavior as systematic. Instead they tend to follow facts and information.  By this method Americans change their behavior based on facts that will make them live better.  This philosophic method is based on an individual pursuing their own advancement in society.  Different people with different interest are in charge of different task in the community.  People independently control their lives in different aspects and control their own judgments.  This leads to habits in their daily lives.  An American’s philosophy is that a person will control something individually while someone else controls something else.  In this sense society functions based on the idea that everyone cooperates towards the system that has risen.
  5. 5.  In a democratic nation wealth derived from heredity is not common. Every man earns his own income.  The concept of honest work is widespread and accepted and performed.  Work is not considered dishonorable but looked upon, those who do not work are not wanted.  Americans pursue a job in industrial or commercial positions and spend what they earn on living.  Equality for work is expected and people work to keep a good name.  In a democratic nation people work for their own interest but also for the advancement as a society.  People work for profit in order to enable their family and their children to begin from a higher position in society.  Everyone works for a salary and are not humiliated by their job.
  6. 6.  Social equality in democratic armies makes soldier independent from officers destroying the structure created through discipline.  Democratic soldiers are not shackled by constrains of social enslavement.  Society does not prepare soldiers for a state of obedience.  Obedience will be forced to grow as a situation becomes more critical. No room for personal decisions will be present.  Soldiers soon become silent and obey their superiors.  Military in a democratic nations gets rid of a person’s creative freedom. It is replaced by instinct and reason.