How to destroy a democracy

By Coby

 

Many governments feed into the public’s fear, exploit people’s opinions, and create its own veiled tyranny. 

Many well respected populations are struggling under this oppression. England and America are both redefining its government by replacing it with twisted tyrants destroying any democratic values once practiced. Both countries are dealing with nationalism and pride in the same way. Simply through separation. Even though they are both heavily reliant on the countries surrounding them. 

America is physically bordering itself off from Mexico, even though this makes no sense whatsoever. There are roughly 4 million Mexican employees in the US that work regular jobs just trying to earn a living. Mexicans make up a fair share of the labor force and that number is starting to slow as immigration becomes harder and harder. 

This wall has sunken the country into a “national crisis” when evidence tests the validity of Trump’s declaration. In the last 4 years, the amount of illegal immigrants has decreased by 50 thousand people. Trump insists that he is trying to protect the nation from a threat, but it seems as if the threat isn’t really as apparent as he is making it seem.

Furthermore, Trump has used the “national crisis” in order to repurpose up to 5.7 billion dollars in steel to go to the construction of this wall. The wall that has no real value to most American citizens, it’s just terrorising asylum seeking Mexicans. Along with being wasteful and ineffective, Trump is destroying democracy through money apprehension and falsely advertising the immigration issues that exist. He is instilling fear into South Americans. 

Similarly, Britain is leaving the European Union as of October 31, 2019 because the people want to, a vote has shown that 51.9% out of 71.8% percent of the population want to leave the European Union. 45% of leavers say that the main reason why they want to leave is due to the issues surrounding sovereignty and 26% of leavers chose to leave because of immigration.

Members of parliament such as Boris Johnson feed the public with false information to persuade the public to agree with his viewpoint. He promised that the economy would increase and public facilities would have an extra 350 million pounds to use weekly. This news that can be proved to be wrong can and has persuaded many people towards Brexit. 

Screen Shot 2019-07-15 at 3.11.17 PMBritain is one of, if not the most important country to the EU. Leaving would cause immense problems with the rest of the united countries. This is what happens when you can’t trust that the people can vote with their heads and not their hate. You get Brexit. “Walls” and fear are bad for democratic decision making. 

Also, many British people are complaining about the amount of foreign migrants occupying jobs in their country. When over half of the migrants are coming from countries outside of the EU. The split is very even between this controversial exit. 48.1% of British people want to remain in the European Union. Is it really worth leaving the European Union if it will tear the countries ideology apart? 

Both countries populations have fallen victim to political rhetoric, more specifically both of the governments high ranking representatives enforce ideals that leave a democratic platform that might be used in the American Federal Government or the British Constitutional Monarchy in the wind. 

Twitter has been the main platform that spreads these ideas around. It’s easy and convenient, 280 letters or less. Along with the hundreds of thousands of followers. One click and half a million people know. The followers believe everything they read when a lot of what was typed has been opinionated and tainted with bias. 

People in this world should have rights when it comes to politics, they should be able to vote for whoever or whatever they want. But if our opinions are tainted with fear, bigotry or “walls” then we aren’t really living in a democratic society. We think we have rights because of freedom. But politicians are constantly finding new ways to instill fear or a “wall” in people to destroy governments democratic foundation. 

 

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