The Norms of Democracy

This Election Has Offended Me

because many politicians violate the norms of democracy, something I had thought all Americans believed it. In an effort to say not just what I’m against but what I’m for, I’ve come up with a nonpartisan list of what these norms are. It may not be complete but is a good summary.


  • Based on objective facts
  • Arrived at by valid arguments
  • The goal is fairness and to do the best for everyone.

Norms of Democracy

  • Freedom of speech, religion, and assembly
  • Free press
  • Right to a fair trial
  • Freedom from cruel and unusual punishment
  • Government by the will of the people
  • Equal opportunity for all (but not necessarily equal outcome)

In Conclusion

Isn’t this how we’re supposed to do things in America? This stuff shouldn’t be controversial yet I hear many people advocating positions that fly in the face of these basic values. It is deeply disturbing. If we lose this we’re lost.

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