In ancient Athens, democracy was a radical idea. The people would make the decisions for the state and no one had any say in who could or couldn’t participate. Today, most democracies are representative but have many of the same principles as Athenian democracy such as popular sovereignty and rule of law.
The word “democracy” is derived from two Greek words meaning power to the people: demos (people) + kratos (power). Democratic societies can take on different forms depending on how much power citizens hold over their leaders. A republic is representative democracy where elected officials represent voters and use them to create laws that govern society while an authoritarian regime has very little if any participation by ordinary citizens in government decision-making process. Unfortunately, there’s not just one type of democracy.
The United States is a republic with democratic values and principles such as popular sovereignty, rule of law and equality under the law. The country has a presidential system where citizens vote for their preferred candidate to be president who then appoints members of his or her cabinet from among fellow politicians depending on what party they represent in Congress.
In order to become president, you must be at least 35 years old, born an American citizen and served two consecutive terms as vice-president before becoming eligible for nomination by political parties competing in national elections every four years. You cannot serve more than two full terms but can continue serving until your successor assumes office after which time he/she serves out his remaining term only if it is for a partial term.
The president is the head of state and government, but Congress has the power to impeach them if they break any laws or violate their oath of office as intended in Article II Section IV: “The President shall be Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States.” The president may sign treaties with other countries on behalf of America when authorized by two thirds vote from Senate; however it requires a majority vote for approval without amendments before passing. He can also appoint Supreme Court justices with consent from three fourths (currently 60) members present in Senate which are subject to ratification by House then confirmed by full body vote unanimously among Senators not belonging to same party caucus as nominee. Additionally he/she must be a natural-born citizen of the United States.
Impeachment is used to remove the president from office if impeached by House and found guilty in Senate as commanded in Article II Section IV: “The President shall be Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States.” If they break any laws or violate their oath, they can then be removed from power by impeachment. The president may sign treaties with other countries on behalf of America when authorized by two thirds vote from senate; however it requires a majority vote for approval without amendments before passing. He/she also appoints Supreme Court justices with consent from three fourth (currently 60) members present in Senate which are subject to ratification by House then confirmed by full senate.
The president also has the duty to veto any legislation that is unconstitutional. He/she may call Congress into session when there’s a need for national security, or if two thirds in both houses vote by law to reconvene.
He/She can grant reprieves and pardons but only after conviction of someone other than themselves except with consent from Senate as commander-in-chief; however he must have approval from House before declaring war on another country unless it’s self defense.
They should help represent America around the world and negotiate treaties on behalf of us all, not let their own interests get in the way like Donald Trump has done so many times before–especially since refusing to release his tax returns leaves no.
The President of the United States should be a role model for all Americans, not someone who lies about and bullies anyone they disagree with.
Donald Trump is an embarrassment to me as president and if I could go back in time and vote again, my allegiance would still be ultimately to the republic–but it would also have been to democracy because that’s what makes us so special. He/she may call Congress into session when there’s a need for national security, or if two thirds in both houses vote by law to reconvene. He/She can grant reprieves and pardons but only after conviction of someone other than themselves except with consent from Senate as commander-in-chief.