Essay on American Politics

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Every two to four years, politicians aspire to demonstrate their competency for political office. Political campaigns and organizations concentrate millions of dollars to undercut and outlast the opposition. They drag names through the mud, as if it were the next step on the political “corporate ladder.” The American people, caught in the middle, are torn between the need for elected officials and the heartbreak of countless shattered oaths. Consequently, they dissociate themselves from misused words like Democrat, Republican, and change. They have learned to bite their tongue, drink their beer and leave well enough alone. That’s exactly what the politicians want. In 1933, the political landscape attained a new twist: “No single …show more content…
Sinclair was the author of over forty fictional books. In those books were quotes, from fictional characters, that Campaigns, Inc. used as Sinclair’s own words in the L.A. Times. Campaigns, Inc. didn’t just omit a couple words to suit their needs. They forged a man’s beliefs (Lepore). This tradition of dishonesty carries through to today. Now, hiring a political consultant is a requirement and a warning: we will do whatever it takes to win (Cain 377). Ironically, Leone Baxter once voiced that political consulting “must be in the hands of the most ethical, principle[d] people . . . or else it will erode into the hands of people who have no regard for the world around them. It could be a very, very destructive thing” (Lepore 59). In America’s political history, there has never existed a person, who fits Baxter’s standards. The first five presidents, who helped instigate America’s freedom, were still trapped in monarchy’s glamour: They hated monarchial rule, yet desired the appearance of a king. Their periods of rule was marked with great ideologies, yet blotted with law that was quite contrary. With the election of the seventh president, Andrew Jackson, George Washington’s political party-free America was abandoned. Jackson “compared to . . . John Quincy Adams . . . was poorly educated, with rather limited experience as a public servant. Yet his popularity among voters had reached
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