what American government and politics mean to you.what American government and politics mean to you.

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clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To me, the idea behind American government means protection, freedom, and priveleges not experienced by the world at large.

But like the first post suggests, the reality of American politics and government, in my opinion, is that it is too large and it is trying to control too much.  Individuals in politics, generally speaking, have proven themselves to be very selfish and greedy.  Of course, most media news is bad news, but it seems today we are hearing more and more about Senators and Congressmen cheating on wives, laundering money, or generally acting out of personal self interest over the interest of their respective states/cities.  I think it is sad that we are living in a time when the majority of our nation would probably admit that they do not trust our government.

On the other hand, when I look at the corruption of other countries and the way many innocent people (especially women) are treated in various places throughout the world, in the big picture, I guess I'd take America's problems over someone else's.  It seems the world is a fairly corrupt place - and when comparing the United States to anywhere else - well, it could be worse.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You would surely get better answers if you asked more specific questions... as it is, I am not sure what you are asking.

Are you asking how we feel about US government and politics?  If so, my feeling is that it is way too hateful and spiteful and filled with people who care more about having "their side" win than about having our country get ahead.  I guess that this is a problem that goes with being a democracy (they need to get votes and so they are most concerned with that), but it is really bothersome.  Both parties are unwilling to compromise with one another.  Both parties say such horrible things about the other that it drives us apart and makes the two sides hate each other instead of wanting to work together to improve the country.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Well, if I take your topic literally, to mean politics and government as opposed to values and principle, etc., then I have a fairly dim view of both.  Government is often paralyzed and overly partisan, and the politics that are played by everyone involved in the process are often vicious, unprincipled or unrepresentative.  I wouldn't say I'm jaded or bitter about either, I'm merely disappointed that democracy could not be better practiced by those charged with leading it.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I admit thaf I am tired of nonstop political commercials and endless buck-passing. The 2000 election was the point when I began getting disenchaned with politics. I always knew politics was a dirty business, but lately it seems like we are never going to get past this partisan politics.