The Effects of Power on Responsibility Essay

1627 Words Apr 9th, 2008 7 Pages
The Effects of Power on Responsibility

Power and responsibility have a complex relationship that is connected by factors such as a person’s morals and ethics, personality, and under what conditions the person was raised. In a world where power can be found in many forms and in many places, the use and abuse of power can be seen regularly. Power is not just being the CEO of a fortune five-hundred company, or being an elected political representative, the manager of Taco Bell has power, as well as parents as they raise their children. These are the people who have the most influence on how power is used, and if it is used with responsibility. In the United states there are five-hundred and thirty-five congressmen, a president, and a
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Perhaps the lack of responsibility was on the side of the insurgents who detonated a bomb next to a convoy of marine Humvee’s in a civilian neighborhood, knowing that the probably response after killing a marine and firing on the marine convoy would be the marines trying to clear the area of hostiles. In the situation of clearing houses while being shot at and not knowing what or who could be lurking through any doorway or around any corner, what Wuterich did was not an abuse of his power, it was using his power responsibly for the wellbeing of his men, which was his priority. It would be irresponsible to charge an on duty marine, who was being fired upon, with murder when the retaliation was in self defense. Any responsibly military officer would have acted in the same manner, because their power was to be used for the wellbeing of those they were responsible for. An article from the Boston Globe says: “ ’My responsibility as a squad leader is to make sure that none of the rest of my guys died,’ Wuterich told CBS.
Wuterich said he was sorry women and children died, but he believes he was acting according to how he’d been trained.
‘Did we know that civilians were in there? No,’ Wuterich told CBS.”
Although Wuterich cannot be called entirely innocent or guilty, he did act responsibly in the situation he was thrown into. When Joseph Knecht goes before

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