Sunday, March 16, 2014

Addressing Democracy in the United States: A Brief Reflection

Towards the end of a UTSA College of Architecture "Dialogue in Urban Planning" session, president and founder of imagine San Antonio Bob Wise called for more citizen-oriented democracy in the planning process for the benefit of the future of San Antonio.

After taking an evening and a workday of harnessing creative momentum in exercising my writing skills, I drafted a poem on the lines of yellow legal pad and soon committed it to memory. The rest is as follows...

I write this as a concerned American citizen, concerned with the existing implementation of democratic practices - or lack thereof - in our institutions such as the classroom, the workplace, electoral politics, and so on. Though our nation portrays itself as an outstanding model of democracy on the world stage, I feel there remains a need to examine representative vs. direct democracy pertaining to the development of these environments, specifically in determining policy and economics.


Enamored with the eloquence of poetry and the liability of the social contract, the poem I've written is a reflection – a reflection expressing my perspective of the current state of democracy in the U.S.


Addressing Democracy
O democracy
O democracy
how my heart bleeds for thee
O democracy
O democracy
how you cradle the cry of liberty

They slander your name at every step, every twist, every turn

My ears cringe, my heart aches
but for your promise I still yearn

O democracy

O democracy
harboring equality in a day's work
O democracy
O democracy
in the face of your doubters I smirk

In the town halls, in the courtrooms

In the streets, on the block
"They all shall have a voice," you say,
your utter profoundness leaving many in shock


O democracy

O democracy
with no pecuniary motives to be found
O democracy
O democracy
your simple grace perseveres to astound

With each passing insurrection
your potential increases tenfold
I revel in the rapture of your ethos,
a truly glorious site to behold

O democracy

O democracy
how my weary heart bleeds for thee
O democracy
O democracy
your self-evident truths shall set us free


Recommended reading:

Social Contract Theory from the International Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Democracy in Corporate America by John C. Bogle
Capitalist Democracy: Elective Affinity or Beguiling Illusion? by John Dunn
Public Policy and Community: Activism and Governance in Texas by Robert H. Wilson, et al.