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The United States was able to maintain a stable democracy in the past decades while other countries found this so difficult to achieve due greatly to various main factors such as the absence of any significant military threat, no history of religion wars, no history of aristocratic past needing to overthrown by conflictual violence and rather bigger land, resourceful and less population comparing to those cities in London and Paris. Geographically, the U.S. is surrounded by two peaceful neighboring countries which are significantly weak in terms of politics, economics and military. More, the other sides of the U.S. border are two big oceans, Pacific and Atlantic, which allow the U.S. to navigate freely and without any threats from outside world. As a lot of migrations, the U.S. was a very newly states comparing to other civilized empire and kingdoms. It has no history of wars between the rulers (kings) and the followers (citizens). It has no history divine war as well as intractable conflicts. Those who come to live in the U.S. were business person, investors, resource finders, job finders and political refugees etc. They came together as one, regardless of backgrounds. No one dared to own everything since most of them were all new comers. For these reasons, more and more culture of compromise took place and that peaceful society happened to them most of the times.
Important than that, as the founders of the U.S. constitution knew exactly that they were all migrants from different races, beliefs, culture, status, background and identity they designed a political system that may carry out everything together and that it was the Presidential liberal democracy. Since very often fractions between groups of people would arise, the constitution has served as a symbol as well as real Leviathan to keep Americans united. And it was true for hundreds of years, though went through many big, small or fragile crises, the U.S. kept stable and even leads the world. Truth is told. It precisely exists in the U.S. political system, where controversies more than alignments happened between the top three institutions or intra-institution such as a divided congress. As argued earlier, these divisions sound good to the founders and voters since they hold that easily mobilization between institutions will highly likely result in dictatorship or tyranny. Consequently, culture of compromise exists, but not culture of monopolization.
Again, is there governance crisis in the U.S. political system largely and in the Congress specifically? Till dates, my findings are greatly divided. On the one hand, the Congress produces less and less bills/laws and receives low trust from the general American; on the other hand, individual congressmen and women remain possess popular supports from their constituencies. While some commentators say low performance in terms of law adoption, American citizens and the founders are cheering for these few in amount since more laws will lessen their rights and freedoms. Now we can see that there are two distinctive claims whether there is a governance crisis or not in the U.S. political system. As a researcher, I really wanted to have a consolidated answer to verify my hypothesis in early section but I cannot ignore another part of the responses I found, too. I, therefore, draw my answer as in the following.
According to the findings, there have been ideological polarizations since the past in the U.S. Congress as well as among American public. People in the House and Senate are lined up into two main ideologies–liberal and conservative. The proportion of this polarization went up and down in accordance with confronting issues. When it comes to internal issues such as tax-raising/cut or adopting public health care, Congressman tends to side in one way more fractious and when it comes to international issues such as war on terror, the Congress tends to persuasively stand unified. So far, the research suggests that even though there are polarizations, they are not deadly different. They finally found ways to re-embrace team spirits, after all.
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