Reading Post 4 Politics Then and Now

This reading post was kind of interesting to see how things hundreds of years ago were progressing in politics and comparing that to today’s and also apologia. Apologia can be summed up pretty quickly as candidates having to apologize publicly or disassociate themselves from someone in their campaign or someone they are connected to for misspeaking. It was ironic that this was part of our reading because when I went on Twitter the night I read this post, I saw where Hillary Clinton had quoted Donald Trump’s tweet reading, “While Hillary said horrible things about my supporters, and while many of her supporters will never vote for me, I still respect them all!” She responded, “Except for African Americans, Americans, Muslims, Latinos, immigrants, women, veterans—and any so-called ‘losers’ or ‘dummies.’” It seems with these two candidates, it’s not so much that anyone close to them is misspeaking, but they themselves keep word-vomiting. It’s also very unlikely for Trump to apologize for anything he says, but Clinton seems to recognize when she missteps.


What I found really interesting though was the look into politics back in the 1800s. People were taking surveys on the public opinion of the government and whether having a third party was a good idea or not. Today, we do have a third party so, obviously they deemed it a good idea. But also similarly back then, these surveys revealed that the people weren’t too happy with how the government was running things. Also similarly, the vast majority couldn’t really pinpoint who was doing the most damage, Republicans or Democrats or even specific officials, but they knew they weren’t happy with how things were going. Today, it’s very much the same story except people today I believe are more informed and more involved with government policies, what bills are passed, and who is making these decisions.


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