Newspapers are also a large method. There are many different ways for citizens to keep up with political news. Sometimes the opinion of specific anchors or channels can influence thousands to hold certain views or it can deter people from other views depending on what news source you get most of your information from. Public opinion is what all of politics hinges on, especially in America. Here the public is what elects you into office so if you don’t please the public, chances are you will have a short career in politics.
Aggressive efforts are used by lobbyist to provide administrators, legislators and committee members with facts pertinent to its interest groups issues and those who support them. Lobbying can influence the passage, defeat, rule-making and implementation of legislation. Access is an important technique used by interest groups as well. Having regular access to decision makers can be difficul... ... middle of paper ... ...otesting are all means to seek influence while mobilizing public opinion. The idea is that the more visibility of the issue and support by larger groups of people is an opportunity to bring it to the attention of persons in power that can have an effect on lawmaking and rulings on their interest.
Campaign Finance is out of control in today’s political races. Candidates are taking money from wherever and whoever they can get it. Soft money is flowing through elections without care or caution. People who make these contributions do not share the views of the average citizen, so politicians end up representing the wrong people. Money decides races, sometimes leaving the better man but lighter spender out of a position.
In today’s politics, interest groups play a large role in the government system. An interest Group is defined as 'an organized body of individuals who try to influence public policy.' This system is designed so that interest groups would be an instrument of public influence on politics to create changes, but would not threaten the government much. These organizations are either made up of people who represent a different organization or people who represent themselves. Interest groups represent the citizens’ interests and views, while expressing their own needs as well.
Americans focus on what the media frequently shows us rather than the little heard of issues of greater importance. A large nu... ... middle of paper ... ...what they are running for. However, the media has many bad influences on politics ranging from, ads that promote uninformed voting, all the way to only informing the public about what they believe to be important. I do believe that the media does exercise too much power in America. They should not be allowed to present biased news to the public and should let the people make up their own minds on what they want to believe.
I think that polls are just one more tool in a politician’s toolbox. Like Lindsay Rodgers I agree with Edmund Burke that politicians should use their best judgment to make decisions. While I do want the people who’s job it is to represent me to pay attention when I do make the effort to let them know my opinion on a particular issue, I try to trust them to watch out for the best interest of my community. Works Cited Erikson, Robert S., and Kent L. Tedin. American Public Opinion: Its Origins, Content, and Impact.
Care about the political issues surrounding In Berenson’s article, he claims it is important that everyone should speak out his voice about political issues. The first reason is that everyone has the freedom of speech to discuss political issues. Second, people with vary levels of governmental knowledges can provide multiple perspectives to solve one political issue. Apart to above, there are also some benefits if everyone joins in the discussion about political issues, what are that encouraging publics to put forward more colorful ideas, giving a sense of being valued to people, as well as providing new ways for politicians to consider issues. From my perspective, I highly inclined to author’s viewpoints.
Second, electioneering techniques are used by interest groups in order to influence elections. Interest groups influence elections in order to get officials who support their views to get elected and reelected, and this is done through giving money to candidates, endorsing individuals or issues and conducting grassroots activities such as making phone calls, writing letters and contacting policy makers. Interests groups work hard to educate all potential interest group members, and government officials. However, within the many interest groups is a slight division. For example, economic interest groups often take a stand on a wide selection of policies, and economic interest groups are usually very professional and well funded as a result of their direct economic ... ... middle of paper ... ...y make it easier to influence what policies are passed and who is elected into office.
Interest groups also keep way of how programs are functioning in the field and endeavor to influence government to take action when troubles become obvious when they monitor programs. The conventional interest groups have been organized around several form of economic origin, be it corporate interests, associates, or unions. The number of business-oriented lobbies has developed since the 1960s and continues to grow. Public-interest groups have as well grown extremely since the 1960s. Liberal groups started the trend, but traditional groups are now just as common, though some groups... ... middle of paper ... ...e Role of Local Government and Citizens in the Democratic Process," National Civic Review, vol.
Candidates who try to do so aren’t able to successfully spread their message and get their name out there and are also destroyed by negative campaigns of their opponents. Current Institution and Effects Campaign financing plays a large role in the success of a candidate under our current system. Campaign financing increases voter turnout at the poles and in turn increases the number of votes that a candidate receives. While financing is not the sole factor in determining the winner of an election, studies have shown that when all else... ... middle of paper ... ...ill become the norm in our country. In general most people are opposed to an increase in taxes; while a system could be established that wouldn’t require an increase in federal taxes, I still don’t think that it would sit well with the American public.