YOUNG VOICES: Democracy is an illusion officials want us to believe is real

2013-07-15T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: Democracy is an illusion officials want us to believe is realBy Raymond Anderson Jr.
July 15, 2013 12:00 am  • 

When I was in elementary school, I was taught that as an American I was blessed in a variety of ways. The most notable of these blessings bestowed upon my classmates and I was our government’s adherence to the principles of democracy.

I remember learning that in other lands, people did not have the right to make their own laws. Instead they had rulers who forced strange and immoral laws upon them.

I also remember being told that this was the reason we were in wars like the ones in Iraq and Afghanistan -- so that we could share with others our freedom. Now, years later, we’re sending arms to rebels in Syria with the same line as justification. We’re being told it’s to “share with them our democracy." Well, I have one important question: What democracy?

For starters, we never had a general vote on sending these arms to Syrian rebels, nor was Congress consulted. Apparently President Obama just decided that we should send arms to rebels, despite the fact that sending them is an act of war, which would merit congressional approval. That doesn’t sound very democratic to me, what about you?

Want another example? In California, the people spoke and declared that marriage is between one man and one woman. Did this mean that it was the law of the land? If we had the democracy we supposedly have in such an abundance, it should have been law. But the sad fact is that the only votes that now appear to count are the ones of the U.S. Supreme Court justices, who are appointed to indefinite terms.

Still don’t believe me? What about Edward Snowden, who warned us that government has been listening in on our cellphone conversations? Only 38 percent of Americans believe he was wrong for doing so, yet our government is spending millions of dollars that could be used to fight terrorism chasing him all across God’s green Earth. I didn’t know 38 percent constituted a majority, but then again I never really paid attention in math (sorry Ms. Feitshans).

You know what I truly think? We haven’t had a democracy in a very long time, and we won’t have one in an even longer time. Our government officials know this too, but they’ll never admit it. It’s much too profitable for them to keep feeding us a lie so that we’ll plop back down on the couch and continue to watch the Kardashians, leaving their actions unchecked.

This is how Rome received its emperor and how we’ll receive our dictatorship.

Raymond Anderson, of Hammond, is a junior at the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology. The opinions are the writer's.

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