Political Ignorance And Its Impact On Politics

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“A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” A quote by James Madison, the author of the bills of rights, in a letter he wrote to W.T. Barry. Even James Madison was talking about ignorance in his day. However, that is not altogether surprising considering people were less informed and less educated in his era. Today citizens have arrived at a dangerous place of ignorance, and that political ignorance seems to be growing and flourishing. I will admit, I myself, have been found guilty of this very…show more content…
Political corruption is one major challenge Mr. Smith comes across. There is a saying in the Bible, which says, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” Sadly, Mr. Smith encounters that evil when he realizes that Senator Paine, one of his role models, is under the grip and control of Mr. Taylor’s manipulation, so much so that they lie when a special committee reviews Mr. Smith’s motives for trying to pass the bill to build the boy’s camp. After seeing all of the deceit and darkness Mr. Smith says, "Well, I 'm gettin ' out of this town so fast, away from all the words and all the monuments and the whole rotten show." Mr. Smith, recognizes and calls out the wicked trickery as a game that is being played. Unfortunately, history is overflowing with examples of corruption such as this, as many politicians have been swayed by the promise of wealth, fortune, and even one might comment, seduction. There is corruption, bribery, and deceit found throughout history. Simply search corruption in politics and articles upon articles pull up referencing scandals and lies committed by those in Senate or any other branch of government. Take President Bill Clinton, for example, and his many lies denying the fact that he had unhealthy relations with another woman besides his wife. Another example would be Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. who was accused, around 2012, of using money provided by donors to spruce up his home. So, how do these circumstances
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