Democracy is a form of government wherein duly elected representatives are trusted to forward ideas that are for the benefit of their constituents. The USA has always been the beacon of which democracy has been based upon. Given that they are the ones that the world looks to whenever the topic of democracy comes up, does it also follow that democratic countries should have an election process like the presidential primaries of the USA?
What are the Presidential Primaries?
The USA is a federal government which means that every state has its own set of laws and, incidentally, its own state-level elections. So how do many states choose a single person for the presidential office? What is weird about US politics is the fact that there is no particular set of rules which state how candidates are selected.
It just so happened that the ruling parties (democratic, republican, and even independent) eventually decided their rules and went along with it. While one would think that the general public would be choosing their candidates, you would be wrong. What happens is that a single person is chosen in the end following an unofficial election. In the 2016 US election, the Democratic Party chose between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.
In the end, it was Hillary Clinton that won that unofficial election and she was the one who was going to face the chosen representative of the Republican Party and if someone was chosen, an Independent runner.
Should Ever Democratic Country Follow This?
While the process seems to be thought out, it is generally problematic because of a few things:
It Limits Choices
When you do not like who wins, you generally fell like there is no choice to be made. This makes people very unlikely to vote in the coming election. This decision is one which can be echoed throughout the nation. Every vote lost is a dangerous thing. A lot of the people were very torn over the decision between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
While the Democratic Party tried very hard to push Hillary Clinton as the right choice—those who were very keen on following her political progress new that she wasn’t very squeaky clean. She had a lot to answer for and there wasn’t enough accountability coming from her camp. At the same vein, Donald Trump was spouting a lot of ideas which were quite polarizing and alienated a lot of his constituents in general.
In the end, we feel that while the US American primaries sort of streamlines the whole process of choice, it is that very same lack of choice which makes voter turnout very low—especially in the era of social media. We believe that while the US was once THE bastion for democracy, it no longer holds that title and other democratic countries should choose an election process that suits them best.
So there you have it! We’ve given you our answer to this particular question but we would really love to hear your thoughts. Do you believe that every democratic country out there should follow suit regarding their election process? What benefits would having a system like the US primaries have?