Power Is The Capability Or Influence? Essay

726 Words Dec 13th, 2016 3 Pages
“Power is the capability or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events.” (Dictionary, Webster) The misuse of power can depend on how high in society a person is to obtain an amount of power. Too much power can be a negative thing for some people to have. Power can be negative when it’s abused by an individual for retaliation, personal gain, or control. Fa Zheng, an advisor or by Liu Bei, “General Who Spreads Martial Might”(Revolvery), from the Eastern Han Dynasty, 206 BC to 220 AD , and more recently, Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa, Arizona in 2010, are two examples of people that took advantage of their power. Fa Zheng abused his power by taking revenge on the people who insulted him prior to his position of becoming an advisor and had them executed for no justifiable reason. Arpaio exploited his power by targeting and arresting members of the Board of Supervisors without any charges against the members. “Arpaio was investigated for politically motivated and bogus prosecutions, which a former US Attorney called utterly unacceptable”. Arpaio 's “long list of questionable prosecutions were seen as a reign of terror.”(Revolvery) Power can not only be used for revenge or personal gain, but also be used by dictators for control. Dictatorship is a form of government in which absolute power is exercised by an individual for the sake of control. A major point to show that power can be negative is the usage of power to take over a…

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