The anti-democratic excesses

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Donald Trump will no doubt soon declare a state of national emergency. The objective of this maneuver is to allow him to bypass the Congress to fund the wall that he claims between the United States and Mexico.

Trump proclaims loud and clear that he has the right to declare a state of emergency. It’s just. However, it does not have the right to declare a state of emergency to circumvent the will of the majority of the elect, all the more that there is no emergency situation. This approach is undemocratic. Unfortunately, the United States is less democratic. It is this that also concludes the new annual report on the democracy in the world published by The Economist Intelligence Unit.

1 What is the rank of the United States ?

The authors of the report believe that the United States has slipped from the 21st to the 25th world ranking of 167 countries. The United States therefore belong to a group of countries in which the democratic system has serious shortcomings. We include in this group the Japan, France, Italy and Israel. All of these countries have received a note similar to that of the United States (between 7,79/10 and 7,99/10), so it’s nothing too dramatic. Except that four years ago, the United States was the 14th largest in the world. Where the fall will stop ?

2What countries get the best grades ?

According to the report, a score of countries can boast of having a full democracy. Their score is higher than 8/10. The first six countries are, in order, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand, Denmark and Canada, in which the note is from 9.15/10, same as last year.

3Why did the United States drop in ranking ?

The United States will lose a lot of points in the categories of the functioning of government and political participation. We expect that the extended closure of the government will help further reduce the score of the United States. Alas, something fundamental is changing in the minds of some Americans. It seems acceptable that the determination of the chair prevails over that of the elected representatives of the Congress, even under normal circumstances. It is easy to see that this mentality is twisted, is propagated by the elite republicans who do not accept to have lost the majority in the House of representatives. However, recognize his defeat and accept to be ruled by a party, the opposing party is at the heart of democracy. This rejection of the results of the elections by the republicans is at work since long in many american States. Trump does that ride this trend anti-democratic republican.

4What are the other results of the classification on the democracy in the world ?

It shows that 4.5% of the world’s population lives in full democracies. 43.2% of people, including Americans, are living in democracies imperfect. The rest of the world’s population lives under authoritarian regimes, the worst of all being that of North Korea. The report’s authors note a decline of democracy in the world since 2 years.

5How american democracy can it recover ?

It is difficult to see how american democracy is going to improve until that Trump will remain in power. In addition, the racism deep in a large portion of the population will exacerbate the non-democratic behaviour. A better distribution of wealth and a better education would help solve the problem. Fortunately, the democratic culture is still very strong in many american States.