Changes in Politics and Ideologies Throughout Time

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Politics and Ideologies
In the beginning politics was a way to discussion situations and shape the path of the country. Think of the Pilgrims and the founding fathers, their use of politics started this country on a course not taken by many other nations. The understanding and realization that politics can be more than just a bill or law to establish order led many to intermingle ideological perceptions with politics. This change in politics can be both a positive and a negative change. Holding ideological perspectives, while important to have, can cause a hindrance in the political process. Take a look at the recent news, Arizona’s State Senate and House passed a bill, and is now headed to Arizona’s governor, allowing business owners to refuse service to gays and lesbians. This bill was presented because of an ideological view and not a political understanding of the possible repercussions such a law might bring.
The use of politics has changed over the years since the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock and the Declaration of Independence was pinned in 1776. Politics has become more about serving a personal ideological agenda, rather than serving the needs of the country as a whole. Often commentary is made by reporters and talk show hosts that political campaigns are different now than they used to be, however, since early on in politics, political campaigns have housed a policy of “anything goes.” In 1864 when Abraham Lincoln ran for re-election, the political ads that ran during the campaign degraded Lincoln’s character, including ads run by his own political party. According to Larry Tagg (2009) as reported in the Richmond Examiner, “The obscene ape of Illinois is about to be deposed from the Washington purple, and...

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...w the an importance of avoiding inappropriate language, gender biased terms, racially charged terminology, and other generally offensive language should be a number one priority. When an editor has been able to accomplish this task then a political story can be published with the knowledge that anyone will be able to read and discuss the story.

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