The true values of democracy, equality, openness and the rule of law are slowly being twisted and undone, suggests James Traub of Foreign Policy. Mutual tolerance and cooperation, in particular, have been eroded over recent years. Politicians have used identity politics to attack the other side. This has created a deep cultural division, which has made cooperation a dirty word in Congress. Minority parties now routinely resist as much as they can. The rejection of Obama’s Supreme Court nominee and Democratic opposition to Trump stand out. This animosity and finger-pointing undermines the democratic process and hurts the whole country.
Democracy is not dying, some of its recent issues have always been there, in one form or another, holds Ken Moak of Asia Times. To go back in history one can recognize that it was never perfect or truly representative of all citizens. Its origins in Ancient Greece or 12th century Britain, while idealistic, clearly marginalized many people. Similarly today interest groups hold much sway over the democratic process, influencing minds and votes. For example the NRA has long held back tougher gun laws, even though most Americans want them. The majority of people have never had a true say in what their country does. True democracy has always been a dream.