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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

One for all, and all for one!

     Throughout my time in humanities, my class and I have have made a special picture slide every time a quarter ends. These slides are called, "cumulative slides." They represent our learning in mostly pictures and a small sentence. In my case, democracy. Representing your claim in one small sentence and images is not easy. Pushing you to pick thoughtful and high-quality pictures relating to your topic requires thinking and commitment. This slide is based on a question and I am trying to explain that question through images. My question was, "what are the challenges to creating and maintaining a democracy?" Creating a democracy isn't an easy thing to apply to government. This is because if a democracy is an oligarchy, dictatorship, tyranny or monarchy, most of the time these types of authorities are selfish and don't want to share money or power with the people. It is hard to create a democratic government because the authority doesn't want to change since it will affect their finance and power. If their mind is changed though, to accept democracy in their country, it will have to go through many changes. 
      These changes consist of giving the people in their society the right to have a voice, the right to a fair trial, and the right to vote. Giving the people the right to have voice does take power away if you were dictator or part of an oligarchy before, but the result is astronomical. The people of the society respect their authorities because they give them a voice that will be heard even if it's a negative comment. Their claim will taken into consideration if the government is democratic, and that is why I put the picture of a man screaming in a microphone. The man is sharing his opinion to the public without being harmed or arrested. There are governments that didn't apply this rule to every citizen and therefore only respecting certain citizens. This is demonstrated in the United States where negros were disrespected. To add on, Martin Luther King Jr protested against his government since he was negro too. His "I have a dream speech" proved that, and he make his voice be heard. Also, they citizens have the right to a fair trial if the live in a democratic society, as the sixth amendment states, "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense." The picture of the judge's hammer represents this because that symbolizes a judge, which is big part of democratic society. To conclude, the people of a society have the right to vote. Voting is part of the citizens having a voice, yet it's expressed differently. Voting gives the citizens the right to express their thoughts about their current leaders, and the right to change if they aren't happy with them. This vote is totally is personal and private and it can't be changed by anyone once it's confirmed. That is why I put a photo of people voting privity and peacefully. 
     If you have observed my slide correctly you can also see three arrows (from the mention pictures judges hammer, vote scene and man screaming in a microphone) pointing to two different pictures showcasing democracy. This is because I believe democracy is made from three things, people having a voice, the ability to vote and the right to fair trial.



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