Is American Democracy Flawed, Only the Rich can get Elected

Madan G Singh By Madan G Singh, 3rd Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/xchjgsj3/
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All US presidents have been rich. What happens to the poor or average American.

A Look at US Presidents

America is a democracy, but that is more in word than deed. The US president is arguably the most powerful man on this planet. There is no doubt on this score. But there is certainly a doubt as to whom the US president represents. Does he represent the common American citizen or the rich aristocracy ? Starting with the big daddy of all George Washington who owned 300 slaves and 60,000 acres right down to the present challanger Mitt Romney, I can't think of a man who became US President in the 20th century who came from an improvished household. The fact is a man cannot become the President of the USA,who is himself not rich and has no money bags to back him. In that respect democracy in the USA is a flawed democracy.

There are exceptions like Lincoln, but that was from a bygone age and not at all possible. The present challanger,being labelled as the great 'white hope' to take on Obama is perhaps the richest of all US presidents in the present age and time.. His wealth estimated between $ 190 to 250 million dollars makes him 50 times richer than Obama. Though Obama is certainly not a poor man wjth an estimated wealth between $ 2.2 to 7.5 million. As far as Mitt Romney is concerned, he is way ahead of the Bush's and Carter. Mind you Romney has only disclosed only the broad outlines of what is his worth. His real worth may be double or tripple of this disclosure.

Supposing Mitt does win, will he know what a average American feels? I wonder why the Americans cannot elect a man who is a commoner and lived with the common people. This presently is highly unlikely with the Presidency in the grip of the capitalists. Thus democracy in the USA is for the rich man. Can we see a poor man sit in the White House.That for me is the million dollar question.

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author avatar kaylar
3rd Feb 2012 (#)

Actually, Harry Truman had a very modest income. He was V.P. never expected to become President.

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author avatar kaylar
3rd Feb 2012 (#)

However, to run for Pres. means one is backed a few millionaires is one doesn't have $$$ and if one is backed by a few millionaires if one doesn't have the $$$ then those few Millionaires have a lot of power.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
3rd Feb 2012 (#)

Yes Kaylar, either you are rich or backed by the rich.

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author avatar Buzz
4th Feb 2012 (#)

I guess, in a democracy, only the rich dazzle the voters. Sad truth.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
4th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Buzz

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author avatar Sheila Newton
4th Feb 2012 (#)

Enjoyed this - enjoyed kaylar's comment too. Interesting stuff.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
5th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Sheila.

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author avatar NEERAJ BHATT
5th Feb 2012 (#)

I AGREE WITH YOU.democracy in the USA is for the rich man. A poor man cannot have a sit in the White House.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
5th Feb 2012 (#)

Yes Neeraj, This is a fact and I have noticed it on my visit to the USA

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Being an American.... I have been frustrated about this for a very long time. If we stopped big corporations from flooding huge amounts of money to these people and put a cap on the amount of money that can be spent in an election, we might see change. Unfortunately, the wealthy in the country do have all the power..

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author avatar Madan G Singh
13th Feb 2012 (#)

you have hit the nail on the head Carol

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
12th Apr 2012 (#)

Madan,
You can say the same thing about every democracy. In India, elections mean spending a lot of money. The party foots only a part of the bill. You think a poor man or even a middle class person can get elected? How many will vote for you and me?

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
12th Apr 2012 (#)

Madan,
You can say the same thing about every democracy. In India, elections mean spending a lot of money. The party foots only a part of the bill. You think a poor man or even a middle class person can get elected? How many will vote for you and me?

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
12th Apr 2012 (#)

Madan,
You can say the same thing about every democracy. In India, elections mean spending a lot of money. The party foots only a part of the bill. You think a poor man or even a middle class person can get elected? How many will vote for you and me?

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author avatar Madan G Singh
13th Apr 2012 (#)

You are right GV

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