A Unique Political Culture
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This paper first explains that the framers of the U.S. Constitution took for granted the presumption that human nature is essentially selfish, self-serving and less than noble; therefore, they created a structure for government to govern itself. Next, the author enumerates several ways in which the U.S. political culture differs from other cultures and the ways that the American people may joke about their government. The paper concludes that, while Americans may distrust their leaders and while their government has been at various times in history held captive by special interests, faith in the governmental system itself has never wavered.
From the Paper:"Whereas other industrialized nations attempt to govern by consensus, strive for social harmony and focus on obligations, U.S. Americans are, on the whole, a contentious lot. Government is by the majority -- in theory, "We the People" -- who can be fiercely protective of their rights. The very nature of this arrangement makes conflict inevitable. Yet this same diversity that causes conflict, ironically, has so far protected the rights of the minority. Because there are so many groups in the U.S., and because political power and authority is divided among so many branches and sub-branches each with their own agenda, it is rare that anyone can agree on whose rights should be denied."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Hartmann, Thom. What Would Jefferson Do? (New York: Harmony Books, 2004)
- Wilson, James Q. and John J. DiIulio. American Government: The Essentials, 6th ed. (Lexington: DeHeath & Co., 1995)
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