Many people have seen and continue to see the government as a necessary evil

Many people have seen and continue to see the government as a necessary evil

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Many people have seen and continue to see the government as a necessary evil,  something that is not good in itself but is needed to protect people. James Madison,  writing in  Federalist Paper No. 51  (1787), stated that government is only needed  because people sometimes mistreat one another and act in their own self-interest to the  detriment of others. Since the 1960s, opinion of government has deteriorated even  further. Political cynicism has become common, and Americans generally no longer  believe in the government’s ability to effect change. Recent wars and governmental scandals have heightened American mistrust of  government. In the 1960s, many people became disillusioned with the government  during the Vietnam War. Likewise, in 1974, President Richard Nixon’s resignation in the  wake of the Watergate scandal only heightened Americans’ suspicion of government. In 
Background image of page 1
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course POSI 1310 taught by Professor Arnold during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

Ask a homework question - tutors are online