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What are the Worst Characteristics of Politics?

Opinions about politics are polarized and often relative, a liberal person would consider a conservative as strict or harsh in their views. A conservative person would view a liberal as loose and possibly lacking scruples. No matter our view of politics and its effects on us the truth is that we cannot live without politics, it seeps into virtually everything we do, even our day to day interactions.

Politics has a lot of characteristics: the good, the ugly, the bad, and even the worst. In this article, we are going to explore some of the worst characteristics of politics according to our assessment through the instrumentality of politicians.

Worst Characteristics of Politics

In many ways, politics is a dirty game that you cannot play and come out clean; it must stain you in some way, no matter how small, but as we are political animals we cannot escape the hands of politics. No matter how little, we must touch politics and it must touch us, sometimes the best characteristics of politics are its worst characteristics, they drive the conversations forward and stimulate the needed change.

Some of the worst characteristics of politics are:

The disagreement of views: Different people have divergent views when it comes to the issue of politics, views can be so divergent they would seem like opposites. This is exemplified in the Democrat vs. Republican positions, the liberals vs. the conservatives. For centuries political views might be in disagreement and as much as this could ordinarily lead to political development, it can greatly stunt the development of a country because they would keep going back and forth on the same issues over and over, never making progress. This is one of the worst characteristics of politics, because it can lead to stagnation, and as politics affects everyone this stagnation could invariably halt the progress of everyone.

Excessive desire for power: We have all heard the saying that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. One of the main aims of engaging in politics is to gain power, to use the power for good or bad. A politician that gains this power and decides to abuse can do real damage to the lives of everyone within the sphere of that power. The attainment of political power is not in itself satisfactory as the more power you get the more you would desire power and could possibly do anything possible to hold on to said power for as long as possible; this alone can turn men into monsters, although, it could also turn men into angels. The excessive desire for power is one of the hunger that politics can stir up in almost anyone therefore it is one of its worst characteristics.

·                 Attempt to control everything and everyone: The likelihood of trying to control everything and everyone when a person is in power is very high, this is invariably abuse of power but in a bid to hold on to power or use power politicians often do this. The world is replete with examples of this. They manipulate and do everything possible to do this.

Our Views on Public Opinion and Politics

You may have heard people comment about public opinion and politics with statements like this: “The current government is much worse than the previous one.” “If all our leaders could be as good as this one, our country would have achieved greater things.” “Why is the price for healthcare and electricity going up?” 

The above statements are just a few compared to all the ideas people have about public opinion and politics. This is especially the case with countries that operate on a democratic system of government, such as the U.S. And with the 2020 presidential election looming, the differences between public opinion and politics are gaining greater ground now than ever.

What is Public Opinion?                                                                

The way the majority of the people feel toward a particular subject is deemed public opinion. Public opinion on a matter also involves what the majority of people think and say about it. Additionally, public opinion is concerned with the wants, needs, and even the desires of a majority of the people in a given region. 

So, simply put, public opinion is the collective or joint opinion of the people in a society or state concerning a given subject or issue.

How Public Opinion and Politics are Related

Public opinion is so closely intertwined with politics that it is impossible to separate them in a proper democratic government. Public opinion has a role to play in just about any system of governmental rule. The public opinion is the voice of the people. Public opinion is so important in a society that it cannot be ignored.

How exactly do public opinion and politics work? Well, the answer to this question can be found in a literary work by John Locke called “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.” 

According to that essay, man is subject to three laws which are the divine laws, the civil laws, and finally the law of opinion (also known as the law of reputation). The law of opinion, in one way or another, indirectly affects the other laws. Take the divine laws for instance. These laws are in religious books. But as time goes on, public opinion would decide what law to follow to the letter, as well as what law needs to be amended or relaxed a little bit.

This power of public opinion is also applicable in politics. Most systems of government today (an example that of democracy) is a relatively social system. The ruling government gets to remain in power as long as they do not excessively violate the “social contract” between them and the citizens. If they do, public opinion turns against them and an impeachment or a coup d’état (in a military system) is no longer an impossibility.

So you see, public opinion and politics are an inseparable pair. Public opinion determines media content and governmental actions (to an extent).

How do you feel about public opinion and politics?