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Power Essay

  • Submitted by: Jpruitt2
  • on October 4, 2012
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 369 words

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In America, power is an illusion (or is it?). In a letter to Baroness von Suttner in 1898, Mark Twain wrote, “...nations have no command over their governments, and in fact no influence over them, except of a fleeting and rather ineffectual sort” (“Government). However, the population is assured that they are an integral part of the government, a government “of the people, by the people, for the people” (“Gettsyburg”) The right for people to be able to vote and participate in America’s government makes it the most successful democracy in the world, however, people still seem to be disheartened at the lack of their impact on the direction of this country. The people are given the power to vote, yet in the large view of things, one person does not alter the course of an election (except on very rare occasions). Young adults under the age of 18 have no say in elections or the direction of the nation,   these are the people who will make up America in the future; the population is drawn into participation of government with promises that they can change the future. However, the power they believe is in their hands is in fact out of reach. This “power” is just an illusion. The President of the United States does not actually have as much power as the public presumes, and he is still blamed with all the shortcomings of their presidency. However, is this power all an illusion, or is there any sliver of truth in it? Presidents are always looking for the public’s approval, therefore the public can manipulate the government. If power could be defined as the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events, then the public do have power. However, this power is unpredictable, and not necessarily beneficial to the country. When Twain wrote that nations have no command over the government, and no influence over it, is partially false. However, he was right in the effect that this influence is fleeting, because power is an illusion....

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