Sociological Implication Of The American Presidency

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The American presidency has done a total three sixty from the time of George Washington’s reign to Barack Obama. This is due to how our society has evolved in good and bad ways. Our government has become much more democratic and voters are more involved then they have ever been. Our Country formed a democracy so that not one family or ruler could take over the United States. This decision was formed when the U.S. Constitution was formed. The president of the United States has the title of the chief executive office of the country. “In the United States the president is vested with great authority and is arguably the most powerful elected official in the world” (Britannica). The significance of the American Presidency comes in all shapes and…show more content…
Sociological implications are how what we do as citizen’s effects society as a whole. The first social implication is power. Power is defined as “The ability to influence or control the behavior of others despite opposition” (textbook 15). To be in a top government position you usually have to come from a line of wealth. This is due to the fact of all the campaigning expenses. Only the most powerful people get to make the nation’s important decisions without taking advice from the “people”. Yet, I thought we were in a nation run by democracy. The second component is conflict. Conflict theory, “Examines how and why groups disagree, struggle over power, and compete for scarce resources such as wealth and prestige” (textbook). Carl Marx views this theory as political oppression. The wealthy make use of their economic power and take control of political realms (Grinnell). Last, there is the problem of gender stratification. Over the course of history only fourteen women have run for the Presidential nomination (Rutgers). The first was Victoria Woodhull and currently Hilary Clinton is running for the Democratic nomination. Women do not feel qualified to run in Presidential elections for a number of reasons. The first is that women do not consider themselves qualified for the position. U.S. presidents appoint more men then women to important positions. Until in recent years women have…show more content…
A report by Pew Research last year showed, “The majority of Americans would be less likely to vote for a presidential candidate who doesn 't believe in God. Unsurprisingly, this is higher among Republicans – 70 per cent of whom would be less likely to vote for an atheist, in comparison with 42 per cent of Democrats” (Christian today). These statistics show that faith really does matter when voting for the next president. All of the individuals running in this year’s presidential election either identify with the Protestant or Catholic faith. These different faiths effect the presidential candidates’ views on abortion, taxes, gay marriage, etc. As the Christian Church and presidential election relate it is important to remember your standards and views, when considering who to vote for. The current presidential election will test the strength that the Christian Church still has in America. “America 's faith and culture leaders agree that what makes 2016 possibly the most important election in American history is not the severities of its socioeconomic problems, but rather the depth of spiritual decay into which the American people have fallen (Christian
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