"Opinion" Is our democracy in danger?

Jennifer Bonn

Jen Bonn

I have to admit that I have always taken it for granted that our country will always be a democracy, but recently I have realized that we need to be vigilant to make sure that democracy doesn’t slip through our fingers.

What does democracy mean? The dictionary defines it as government by the people, a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation involving periodically held free elections. A Democrat is one who practices social equality. Within that definition, is the unwritten statement that we have to trust that the elections were fair even if it is someone we didn’t vote for. We also need to accept the truth about an election, not just the truth we want to believe. We also have to be aware of the way the media often manipulates our emotions. We are intelligent enough to see through that.

One of the things I love about this country is our freedom, and that includes our right to free speech and to have different views. I would love to see us do a better job of being more tolerant of each other’s views. We have some of the best intellects in the world in our country, and discussion can stimulate and grow those intellects leading to ideas to make our country even greater. Hatred and anger dowse the fire of unity and inspiration.

I love the way our country comes together in times of need, and that is one of the things that makes us great. We are resilient, strong, and capable of solving anything, but we will be stronger together not divided.

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I am passionate about running, parenting, education, and self-help information. I enjoy writing articles that will offer readers the information needed to help them in some way. I recently retired from teaching French and Spanish for forty years. I run every day and have done all kinds of races from 5ks to ultra-marathons. I have three children and three grandchildren. I write for several magazines in my area, I am a contributor and in charge of the Pinterest board for a parenting magazine called Screamin Mamas, and I have a second book about to be released through Loving, Healing Press called 101 Tips to Ease Your Burdens.

Kennesaw, GA

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