People all over the world look to the United States for the latest trends, fashions, and technology. The United States have set all these standards during the majority of the last century, by being a government that represents freedom. All over the world people who were trapped in Communist governments hope that one day they too can be as fortunate as the people living in America; to them this freedom is part of their American Dream.
The world during most of this and last century was ruled by two different political viewpoints. These points were portrayed in two different forms of government. Today, democratic governments are taking over most other forms of government. It is a race of countries and nations, trying to gain an edge onto each other.
Communism is a system that follows the roots of Marxism. It unites the people into one class and call for industrial power. All the people work, the people are all at the same social level. It creates a false sense of unity. Most of these communist governments are dictatorships; the government oppresses all opposing views. Communist polices deny people their basic rights and freedom. The people cannot even own their own private property. The methods of Communism have been varied slightly by each different government. Stalin and Lenin were the driving forces behind Russia's Socialist Workers party. Fidel Castro ran the party in Cuba. Mao Tung ran the Chinese Workers party.
Democratic governments support basic rights and freedoms. People in the United States can participate in government activities by voting and opposing their views. People are protected under the Constitution and Bill of Rights. These documents lay down the blueprint for freedom. As a man, women, or child, you are affected by these important documents they guarantee your basic rights like freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and economic freedom. Lincoln best put it in his Gettysburg address stating, " A government of the people, by the people, for the people". People can control and sway political parties by placing their vote to make a difference. It is based on the concept of one man, one vote. In theses democratic parties, there is a distinct difference of social classes. People of power commending prestige and money. Others not so fortunate live off of welfare.
The USA has been the status quo of places to live for a number of reasons. Everybody has his or her own reasons to appreciate the freedom that we have. We as the people have the power to change, impeach, and lobby for what we believe in. A democracy is a form of government in which substantial portion of the citizens directly or indirectly participates in ruling the state. Besides the United States, the Parliament of Great Britain represents similar viewpoints as our government. They gained power over the crown for a short time, but lost it when they couldn't decide on a constitution
Democratic and Communist governments do have a few basic similarities.
The both hold a vote to voice the opinion of the people. However, most modern communist dictatorship does not even use these votes for elections. They are just used to locate public resentment or opposing views, and then the secret police take care of these outlaws. Censorship is used in every form of government to hide secrets to cover up opposing opinions. The Soviets had complete control over all the media, by doing so people only hear politically correct information. It is a way to brainwash someone into believing his or her views. In the United States, the schools sometimes decide to ban media because of what it promotes. It is rare to have this event happen.
Communism and Democracy have more differences then similarities. A democratic government allows people to participate in public affairs. Democracy also can allow the people to rule. People who live in America have their basic freedoms (Speech, Religion, and Economic) they are free to choose what they say or do to a point. Communist governments do not approve of this, by controlling their freedom. The government can rule the people's daily lives. America is formed as a political state in which we as people give up our personal right to interpret the law (anarchy) for a guarantee that the community will protect their natural right of life, liberty, and property.
People living under communist rule have very few personal belongings; the government took most of theirs. The communists try to make everyone equal by not allowing personal property. They also state that everyone must work. Economic freedom allows people in democratic countries to get ahead in social status and wealth. The economic and social classes of the people in the US illustrate this point. Under communist rule, Nobody can cross the dictator or oppose his or her views it would certainly be considered treason and the consequences lethal.
Over the last few years, The crash of the Iron Curtain was inevitable, starting with the fall of the USSR, continuing with the Berlin Wall. It is signaling the failure of communist governments worldwide. Communism is in decline. Only a handful of Communist dictatorships remain in the world today. Cuba and China are the last two major communist governments in the world today. Together, They both suffer isolation and lag in technology because of the UN trade embargoes and bad diplomatic relations with democratic governments and leaders.