Thomas Paine said, “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” Thomas Jefferson wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed that whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it and to institute new government.”Is our current form of government “a necessary evil” or should we “institute” a new form of government – something other than a democracy?This is how four individuals answered the question, “Is a representative type of government the best choice for Americans?”
Colorado SpringsIt is the best intent for government.
Colorado SpringsI think at first, as a government as a whole, it is not too bad. As far as laws that are put into place, a few changes could be put into place. But the people in office (on a federal level) are not great right now. I’m hoping that will change. They haven’t done anything to improve our economy or done much to help us. I believe in our country, but it is not being upheld properly.
FalconWhat we have is the right type of government; we just have the wrong people (in office). I grew up in Singapore where there is a parliamentary government and for the most part it works, but not as well as a democracy. If we get the right people in the right places, it works.
EllicottOur form of government is the right form in that it is “for the people” and “by the people.” However, the current group of representatives has made it a profession, which allows them into being bought and sold by special interests. What needs to happen is term limits where the senators or true House of Representatives each can serve a maximum of two terms.