For example, both the Republican and Democratic candidates for President present competing plans for solving a wide array of public issues.
People, then, link to their government by identifying themselves as "Democrats," "Republicans," or "Reform" party members, for example.
However, the American dream has never faltered for a moment; even in the face of sure failure, and sure destruction, the United States has triumphed.
The years 1805, 1905, and 2005 were no exception to this tradition; though at times in history Americans may have had doubts about the future of American democracy, unwavering patriotism has helped the country to succeed in the face of global adversity.
The media's power to shape the American mind has often been criticized, but it also allows people to give feedback to the government.
The United States is far too large a country to operate effectively as a direct democracy.
involve citizens by reminding them of their ultimate power — the vote.
Campaigns today are increasingly elaborate and long, costing millions of dollars, and attracting the public's attention in any way they can.
One of James Madison's many contributions to The Federalist Papers was an essay that outlined his vision of Congress as a body of chosen individuals that the public could submit their ideas to for debate, refinement, and, ultimately, implementation for the public good., it has so much territory that most Americans live a long way from the White House.
Sure, state and local governments allow many more opportunities to get in touch with government, but in some ways federalism just makes government all the more confusing and unapproachable.