How much do you really trust our government?

Olivia Sykes: October 27, 2015

Current day America is struggling within itself to stay afloat. The growing of polarization and partisanship is creating a clear divide between parties, forcing them to rely on different methods to gain the support of voters.

A normal citizen’s mistrust in government is only growing as was stated in an Op Ed, written by Thomas B. Edsall, a political demographic expert. “Nearly everyone in America agrees that there is too much influence-seeking money in politics, except for the people who benefit from it.” Politicians are spending enormous amounts of money on campaigns and have been walking a fine legal line for decades. Billions of dollars are being given by donors to support a certain candidate, the other half being that they get something in return. Many might ask why this is a problem, since donating money is a form of free speech. When companies and interest groups can buy elections, it causes severe controversy and can lead to the wrong person holding office. This has been an issue for nearly one hundred years as shown by one of Mahatma Ghandi’s famous social sins…

Politics without Principle

Politicians can not possibly run a country properly while scamming the system and using economic gains to make their way to the top. If the basis of a country’s politics is not based on morality, how can it trust its people to entrust in it? Written in a Wall Street Journal article entitled, “The Politics of Mistrust,” it states, “In 1964, the American National Election Study found an impressive 77% of Americans trusting government to do the right thing most of the time or even all of the time. But lately, that number has been in free fall, with just 22% trusting government in 2012.” Of corse many things have happened since then including the Water Gate scandal and the Vietnam War but this is still a large percent that has dropped. The core of a country is its government and as Gandhi states on October 27th, 1921, “The economics that disregard moral and sentimental considerations are like wax works that being life-like still lack the life of the living flesh. At every crucial moment these new-fangled economic laws have broken down in practice. And nations or individuals who accept them as guiding maxims must perish.” He was calling an end to all of this immorality occurring within governemt. It does not matter that Gandhi was most likely talking about India when he stated this but that this lesson is applied to all areas of the world. That being that economics might get a person somewhere in the short term but, it is so distant from living flesh and has dark, cold outcomes. This can be fixed by a more informed society because with this comes so much more opportunity to become a stronger nation.

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