The importance of Parliamentary democracy: Democracy itself is a term neither straightforward nor simple, but rather relates essentially to the founding principles of a governing body acting in the best interest of the People by encouraging independent thinking and personal input. The ideal presented by democracy has provided many with the platform to express their beliefs and desires; actions which have had the result of changing history. Democracy has allowed for ever-changing freedoms based on consensus, rather than restricted by the ideas of a single individual.
It is through democracy that those elected by the People are able to express the ideas of the People, creating a nation with the freedom to think for itself. Eugene Ionesco once said, “Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together. ” This quote exemplifies the concept of democracy. Democracy allows for the freedom to voice our beliefs and ideologies, separating us into opposite sides of Parliament, but, no matter our beliefs, we all dream of a better future.
Through our shared desire of a better future for ourselves and those we care about, we do not object to nor loathe the views of others as democracy allows us to accept the beliefs and values of others as well as voice our own without fear of persecution, a practice commonplace in countries ruled by a single governing body. As Classical Greek philosopher, Plato, at one time wrote, “Democracy…is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike. ”
Perry Edward Smith once said, “I didn’t have anything against them, and they never did anything wrong to me, the way other people have all my life. Maybe they’re just the ones who have to pay for it. ” Abused until adolescents by the authority figures in his life, Smith went on to murder four members of an innocent family during a home invasion, a crime which saw him executed at age 36. This idea, presented by Smith, details the effects that the deprivation of his basic human rights had had on him. Democracy, having provided the platform upon which the idea of human rights was built, had failed in this young man.
Sent to new homes where he was repeatedly abused, government officials took no notice of this boy, until he returned to his abusive father, the result of this being the massacre of members of the Clutter family, by Smith, whilst they slept. This parallels the effects of s lack of democracy in government – as abuses of power go unnoticed and unchecked over a long period of time, no aspect of government able to halt these abuses, they continue to grow, leading to atrocities such as the Rwandan genocide of 1994, in which 800 000 people were massacred.
Without democracy’s encouragement of the mutual acceptance of various beliefs of the nation’s members, both in Parliament and in daily life, atrocities, such as that of Rwanda and the Clutter Family Massacre, are given the opportunity to grow. Democracy has allowed for freedoms unheard of in the many countries of the world lacking democracy, such as Eritrea, ruled by dictator, Isaias Afewerki. A country governed by a dictatorship, people with unsanctioned religious beliefs are imprisoned and tortured, as are journalists and activists. Those idealising democracy and the freedom-of-speech offered by democracy are jailed and tortured.
This is the same for Uzbekistan, led by Islam Karimov. Activitists, journalists, and anyone practicing a religion other than the accepted form of Islam are often jailed, with about 7,000 prisoners currently being held and tortured. Each autumn, university students, teachers, civil servants, and children as young as 9 are forced to live in barracks and harvest cotton under in-humane conditions. Those currently residing in these countries as well as countries like Turkmenistan are deprived of the basic freedoms taken for granted in many countries – freedoms provided by democratic government.
Parliamentary democracy allows for various political parties to operate, a freedom banned in Turkmenistan by President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammadov. Parliamentary democracy has been instrumental in preventing many of these dictatorships in many countries and will continue to do so, as long as the ideals of democracy remain adhered-to and appreciated for the freedom they entail. Parliamentary democracy faces many issues. There has arisen controversy due to decisions brought about by the democratic decisions of Parliament to pass legislature, such as that of the Carbon Tax, thought by many to undermine ur nation’s policies and the rights of the People through the further increase of taxes with the proposed benefit of reducing carbon emissions, although many studies hypothesise the reduction to be minute. Therefore, Parliamentary democracy, no matter its benefits, will forever result in at least group of people resentful for not having won the deliberations. Therefore, no matter who wins, there will be someone who lost. As Oscar Wilde once said, “Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people. ”
No matter the advantages and/or disadvantages of a representative body attempting to act in the best interests of their electorates through the application of Parliamentary democracy, there is no greater form of government allowing each of its members, no matter their age, race, or affiliated party, the equality and support with which to make the decisions believed to not only be beneficial for themselves, but for the country as a whole, now and in the future. As Freemason, Albert Pike, once wrote, “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal. ”