The Negative Effects Of Factions

Good Essays
Government was created because men; whether they be rich or poor, cannot govern themselves. As James Madison said, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.1 However, the government is designed to rule in favor of the people. If enough people want something to be changed, they will fight for it; and with persistence, they can achieve their goal. In the Federalist Paper #10, Madison states that factions can cause problems because they can promote violence and there is political instability associated with factions.3 However, people do not have the same opinions. Factions are going to happen and although there can be negative associations with factions; there are positive effects as well. Madison also brings up another great point, …show more content…
Madison brought many valid points into the equation. Factions need to be regulated by the government. A point that I find very important is that Madison stated that we cannot remove the causes of factions because differing opinions will always occur.2 This is very true, but Madison also brought up another point and that is: not everyone’s prayers can be answered. If every faction achieved their goal, there would be nothing but utter chaos. It is the government’s job to keep policies in action that support the public as a whole, rather than meet the needs of the few. This may be hard, but it can be done. Lately, it has been noticed that the government may be setting policies to benefit themselves, or the few. But I like Madison’s view that the government should help the needs of the …show more content…
An idea that is very important is that no branch of government can be completely independent. As Madison said, if that were to happen, then the people would have to vote for every office position. The normal American cannot make those informed choices because they don’t understand all of the experience needed for certain government jobs. Also, while the government must govern the people, they must govern themselves as well.2 That statement is one of the biggest problems we are facing in today’s society. Corrupted elected officials are all we see on the news today. Whether that be they are having an affair with someone, and their cover is blown; or they are trying to enact policies to only benefit themselves and take down other branches or parties.2 It is however a good thing that the Constitution does place certain restrictions on the government. Because in today’s time, if it were not; there would be nothing but

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    Governments are most likely to look out for themselves and their special interests when they are challenged by the people, as proven in the election for President of the United States in 2016. The fact of the matter is that people want to be able to trust their government, and a government wants to be able to trust its people. When trust is lost on either side, a country is more apt to become corrupt and try to save itself before the wall of excessive pride and its ramifications come tumbling down. The bridge of trust must be repaired from both ends. The government certainly does not help any situation regarding trust when spying on citizens is part of their mantra.…

    • 1188 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Although we have many rights, we unknowingly give many of them up to our political society; our government. One government, however, cannot guarantee safety and self-preservation to all its subjects through the “social contract” Hobbes adheres to. They must pick and choose who is worthy of this even if everyone has innate rights. This judgment is not dictated by one’s loyalty to the government, instead, it is motivated by self-interest and prejudice that constantly fluctuates from leader to leader who decides what group or individual has freedom. Therefore, even if Hobbes hoped for a more submissive constituent that only questions government in result to a direct threat of life, this cannot be the case in our current political time.…

    • 1147 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Without the support of other countries, the fight to end it would be at a standstill. The conservative aspect of this is every man for themselves, and that would only grow the issue. This is why I believe that Schneider was wrong about how problems should only be solved by the ones directly affected. Big, influential, social and economic issues should be a national issue. There are many examples along the lines, like terrorism, on how a majority of problems can be noticed by the government as a whole.…

    • 719 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    When the power lies fully in the general will there is no true order or direction. I believe people should definitely have a huge say in government and how it affects their life, but I firmly believe that there should be at least one authoritative figure who can make final decisions. Even Rousseau acknowledges that mistakes can come from not having a specific idea of what sovereign authority is (71). There should be someone who makes the final call, if not one individual then a small group of representatives that people vote into office. Rousseau wanted the people to be able to govern themselves because of the negative way he saw the King govern his citizens.…

    • 1580 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    American Greed Analysis

    • 1498 Words
    • 6 Pages

    Governments are always existing with some sort of hierarchical power, as Huntington insists. The nature of bureaucratic government is a counter to the American Creed. As Huntington states, “The Government can never, however, reflect those principles perfectly (American Creed), and is therefore illegitimate to the extent to which people take seriously the principles of the American Creed.” One thing that really strikes me and leaves an imprint in my head is when we enter these times of “Creedal Passion”, the citizens of society usually implement a coping mechanism of some sort like moralism to try and bring the two sides of the gap closer together. If this is the case, and the sides become closer, how much do they actually fluctuate? Does it actually get dangerously close to the gap becoming closed, or do we just think we are doing something helpful and the government plays it off but is still being secretive in reality?…

    • 1498 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The most power is always control by the wealthy who can dominate the weak. Also, it was a mixture of lies to brainwash the poor having a stronger army. “ When economic interest is seen behind the political clauses of the Constitution, then the document...not simply the work of wise men trying to establish a decent and orderly society, but the work… groups trying to maintain their privileges while giving just enough rights and liberties to enough of the people to ensure popular support,” said Zinn. The support of the people to join a revolution is important for a victory. Zinn believes “ A Kind of Revolution” because there is a limit to give people a small portion of rights and the injustice will always be present.…

    • 743 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    This is why the people vote who they deem fit to make life impacting decisions about the country. "The government itself, which is only the mode which people have chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can ask through it” (Thoreau). If the candidates that the people voted for change their views or were pretending to have certain viewpoints on different matters, then the people have every right to go against the government. The government overall, as a whole is only a small percentage of the population; furthermore, what they say that they will stand for should not be able to change once…

    • 1591 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Extended Republic

    • 1812 Words
    • 8 Pages

    While it is true that the first few leaders tended to be those who were prominent for their role in shaping the country, it was a largely unfounded fear. The representatives, who were elected in their own districts, were also held responsible for their actions. Their limited tenure meant that it was unlikely that they would disobey the will of the people, allowing that part of government to remain under the consent of the governed. This did not pacify the Anti-Federalists, as they believed that rotating the legislators made it easier to pass the blame to the predecessor, making it difficult for the people to recognize whose incompetency led to the mistake. Now, this is no longer…

    • 1812 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Right now a small group of individuals have so much power, and if someone’s ideas don’t match with that small group of people then they just have to forget their thoughts, since they are not nearly as important. Americans are too scared to do anything about the government because they think it is too powerful, but they should have no fear because the governments power builds off fear. Wilson believed, “You only need about 24 men to bring down the government” (103). Wilson felt like the government was made up of imposters trying to run the…

    • 1770 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Electoral College Abolish

    • 1518 Words
    • 6 Pages

    By getting rid of the Electoral College would bring the problems of those that with money could run and win even though they may not be the best candidate to run the country. It is a scary thought of some millionaire taking control of the country and just causing so many problems because they have only a single thing they want to do and no guidelines to stop them from causing those problems. It would be nice to have Independents represented better in the system it is a known system that keeps the crazies out. Most people know about who Reagan was and Carter was but not really Anderson. Anderson was Independent who got very little support compared to the others (Document B).…

    • 1518 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays