Essays On American Government

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Final Reflection/Position Paper
American Government
March 10, 2013

Final Reflection/Position Paper

The purpose of this paper is intended to summarize my views on what has influenced my understanding of politics and government prior to taking this class, and how my understanding is now since completing this course.
Pre Reflection/Position My understanding of politics and government prior to taking American Government came from my family and their beliefs. It was influenced by the schools I attended, which influenced my respect for this country, and my respect for our flag. They ingrained a sense of patriotism with their teachings. Television and newspapers had a big influence on me in my younger…show more content…

If we keep allowing certain officials to change or take away our amendments, or changing them so it takes away more of our freedoms, we will one day wake up and we will no longer be free. The understanding of Democratic values and tradition changes my views of the American political system in the fact that the current administration is not following the Constitution in many ways.
To be frank, the administration in place scares me if Congress and the House don’t wake up we are all going to be in serious trouble. Maybe it should be mandatory for politicians to have to take American Government every 2 years, it seems as though they need a refresher course on the Constitution and what it means. I now know the ways that you have go through to get issues noticed if you are ever going to get anyone to hear you. Now that I have a better understanding of how government is supposed to work, I have the tools to make myself better informed on important issues. Understanding how the various interest groups, political parties and elections work makes me feel in some aspects less empowered to make a difference, as in the election of the President, but more empowered to make a difference in some aspects, such as who I vote for in the House and Senate can make a difference as to what I value. The key issue on the top of my list is gun control. I am totally against gun

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