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Democracy - a Needed Reset

The term democracy evokes feelings of freedom, human rights, government by the whole population and control of the state by the majority of the population. Yet, this term that holds out so much hope to many people, is also used, and very confusingly, in the official name of one of the most restricted lands on the globe - the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea. Thus, the irony of democracy.

While nations such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and others adorn their official names with the term "democratic", some are far cries from being democratic systems. Some are rife with direct and willful assaults upon human rights, spotty election processes and the curse of life-long rulers.

Even in the historically freedom haven of the United States(US), the term democracy is being given a second look ever since the winner of the popular vote by almost a three-million margin in the 2016 Presidential Election, will not be the person occupying the White House...try explaining this type of democracy to children based upon the majority rule principle.

Political Scientists should be hard at work over the next couple of years seeking to redefine "democracy" because with the exception of Canada, Ireland and some European nations, democracy apparently, only exists in raw theory, which is not sufficient to encourage its widespread practice and observance. Therefore, a "democracy" reset might be needed across the globe.