The last presidential election will most likely go down in history as one of .
the most fascinating events of the last 100 years. Because the election had .
issues in it that revolved around the majority of voters, and what was the .
will of the majority of voters, the political theories of Alexis de Tocqueville were brought up in many discussions. Tocquevilleâ€™s famous theory of â€œThe Tyranny of the Majorityâ€ is often quoted by both Democratic and Republican parties; and always to their advantage. Tocqueville did for Democratic government, what Aristotle did for drama (Dean). Tocquevilleâ€™s Democracy in America has become a standard text for understanding how this country, and government works.
Tocqueville said that three principles were necessary for Democracy; equality of conditions, sovereignty of the people and public opinion. He stated that public opinion drives democracy. It is the ideas, and opinions of the citizens .
that gives the sovereignty of the electorate itâ€™s meaning. Even though public .
opinion is vital to democracy, it can be the cause of Tyranny also. The theory .
of the Tyranny of the Majority, suggests that in a democracy, those who have .
the majority opinion may seek to control the minority. It creates a paradox .
because; the power of the majority is needed to sustain a democracy. This can be dangerous because the majority could become overbearing, and tyrannical. Equal rights can undermine democracy, and form a dictatorship. Tocqueville felt that only a series of checks and balances could protect a democracy from the .
Tyranny of the Majority.
The American people learned a lot from the last Presidential Election. The first being, that there are enough checks and balances in our democratic system to prevent a national crisis; like freedom and equality of all people to vote which allows them to voice their opinion. The last election was a test of our .