One of my favorite things about AP Government is that everything we learn ties directly back to the current events. Even the colonial history of our government is so prevalent in modern political issues, which is something I really enjoy. I think that presently, one of the buzzing issues the U.S. government is facing is the aftermath of Obamacare. It was really interesting as an AP Government student to follow this issue, particularly during the government shutdown. Now, there are a lot of questions being asked. Did President Obama foresee the complications? Did Republicans understand the impact of Obamacare, warranting their refusal to vote in favor of funding? Are Democrats, in the long run, going to stand by their decision to fund Obamacare in light of these complications? I think that out of all of these questions, the most important one is where voter and government employees’ loyalties will lie?
This issue is not about choosing a common political enemy. Every day, there is opposition to our government, and these forces are united by the common enemy they believe to be the government. Instead, it is about deciding how far our elected officials will go to defend their beliefs, despite public backlash and failures. However, this decision does not make our officials more or less honorable. We change our views all the time, and our leaders have an obligation to change their minds as they see fit. At the end of the day, it’s about deciding what is best for the population, independent of personal feelings or agendas. If you put the conflict in a more personal context, you can begin to realize how difficult the decision at hand really is. Do you, empowered by your passion for you political ideologies, stand by what many call a failure or a disaster, or do you run the other way and hope no one notices?
It may not seem like a big deal, but with mid term elections coming up, the true colors of our political leaders will come out. We get the chance to see how far our elected officials will go to defend or condemn their actions in office in the name of victory. It would be nice to think that their actions during a campaign are selfless and utterly unmotivated by a ravenous appetite for glory and for power. But every great political mind possesses this, and we feed the great beast with endorsements, bumper stickers, and ultimately, votes. Underneath all of this is passion, but we are too often swept up in the glitz and glam of political campaigns to really see it. Maybe Obamacare wasn’t the success everyone was hoping for, but that doesn’t matter as much as how our government decides to move forward. How will they address their actions and work towards a better tomorrow? Where will their loyalties lie?