This becomes especially true when the country is experiencing strained economic circumstances, and it subsequently becomes even more of a challenge to balance the requirements of the individual against the community. For instance, the recent public sector working rights dispute emerged from proposed government cuts to health benefit contributions and a restriction to collective bargaining rights, which was itself a response to the $1.5 trillion budget deficit that needs to be cut drastically over the next 12 -18 months.
There is arguably no wrong or wronged party in this instance, just a difficult situation where separate groups are attempting to serve their own interests without due consideration for each other’s predicament. This is not a criticism of either the US government or society, but more an inevitable consequence of a federal regime that currently cannot satisfy individual and collective demands without serious detriment to the nations well being. As we can see, if the US was currently experiencing economic prosperity, such action would not be necessary and the functions of democracy would continue to work without issue.
After all, the cost of military operations and defense programs account for a sizeable amount of the nation’s wealth, which of course diverts funding from other areas of domestic and civil interest. So as global disputes continue to dominate world news, the US find themselves where they are being forced to commit more troops and funding to international causes, with the result that civil interests are bound to suffer to some degree. Quite simply, there is genuine concern once a nations interests expand as their breadth of resources continue to diminish.
Finding a Suitable Balance
For democracy to be ultimately successful, balance is a significant factor for consideration. The key is to find a suitable equilibrium between individual and communal needs, as well as one which regulates the volume of domestic and international interests in accordance with a countries existing resources. Of course this is an ideal, and far easier to achieve if a nation is benefiting from a generative economy and the practice of harmonious social interaction. Otherwise, the values of democracy can create individual conflicts and consequences which do a disservice to its overall purpose.
There is an element of the US needing to cut its considerable cloth according to resource, by implementing considered and discussed spending cuts alongside a reduced role in international mediation. This does not mean hidden cuts that damage the potential for the long term growth of the economy, or removing itself from global interactions. Ultimately, it equates to the government attempting to sustain its policies and democratic values across a more stringent application, tightening expenditure and activity in the process. Whether this would simply serve to dilute the ideal of democracy is valid question, but an adjusted model of rule may help the US to consolidate and ultimately recover from its current light.