United States of America–Champion of Democracy Worldwide

Note: The title is satirical. I have personal bias in favor of Bernie Sanders.

Promoting democracy is a central component of the American foreign policy. According to the State Department, “democracy is the one national interest that helps to secure all the others.” The United States of America invaded Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and several other countries in names of promoting democracy, and regimes that American government installed successfully promoted democracies of one person or ten persons.

 

No, this article is not promoting American idealism; no, this article is not promoting American foreign policy. There is no doubt that the United States of America is a champion of democracy worldwide, the champion that hands out instructional ballots to tell people to vote for Hillary Clinton, the champion that only has one polling places for every one hundred-thousand people, the champion that deny people’s registration on the voter roll, the champion that holds primary election but have one-fifth of all the delegates party-controlled. If the Republican and the Democratic party want to be more “democratic” and “people-hearing”, they should hold open primaries throughout the country and make every general-election eligible person eligible to vote in the primaries.

 

However, the hard truth does not happen ideally. Put gerrymandering aside right now, take a look at this example that voters are blatantly suppressed if he or she wants to vote for Bernie Sanders, instead of committee endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton. https://www.instagram.com/p/BErsvSiMVg6/?taken-by=voteforbernie

 

So why can we vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton freely, but voting for Bernie Sanders generates much trouble? Why are people’s names pulled off the voter roll? Why are people’s partisan affiliation changed suddenly before primaries? Why are people barred from voting because they are not “affiliated by the party”? If United States truly has a democracy, what is the notion that all these actions are happening? What happened to the American idealism that people, not big campaign contributions, control the government?

 

Put electoral roll suppression aside right now, voter ID laws greatly impact the ability for the people to vote. There are voter ID laws elsewhere in the world, but photo IDs are relatively easy to obtain in those countries. For instance, in Canada, voters are required to show one piece of their photo ID  (or swear their oath), to register to vote. Obviously, voter ID laws are not voter suppression if every eligible voter has an ID that they can show, but the problem is that they are very difficult to obtain, especially in socially disadvantaged and racially minor places.

 

In Alabama, the Republican-controlled legislature introduced H.B. 19 requiring the demonstration of government-issued photo ID in order to vote. Following the enactment of H.B. 19, the state shuts down 2/3 of its DMV offices. Many people cite the law disenfranchises mostly black population in the state, but some argue that the law disenfranchises more poor white than it does black. Yet, what these people don’t know is that they only see that suppressing black voters is bad, but suppressing white voters is not bad. Voter disenfranchisement is equally bad, whether the one bared to vote is white or black.

 

Voting is a right, and it should not be abused by citing absurd reasons like “one doesn’t have a photo ID”.

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