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Voices of a People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

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Zinn gave an example of the troubling inappropriateness in the civilization when the electoral politics dominated television screens and showing the doings of the presidents, congress members, court justices and other public officials as if they constituted the whole country instead of focusing on the lives of the citizens to see the problems they were encountering (160). Zinn noted something artificial in the way the politicians were carrying out their activities to convince the citizens to trust them but they were not inspiring enough since behind the promises, the rhetoric, the bombast, their major concern was protecting their own political power (165).

Public television was supposed to be uncontrolled by the corporate interest but political forums where individuals could express themselves were uninvited and only accepted endless parades of the senators, congressmen, and government bureaucrats. Citizens in America hoped that President Carter would stop the rushing dissatisfaction of the people with the economic system, government, and the catastrophic military schemes abroad but he ended up in the historical boundaries in the already existing American system. Zinn illustrated how Carter introduced policies towards the governments that led to the oppression of his own people when he convinced Andrew Young the United Nations Ambassador to ensure goodwill for the U. S.

among the black nations and recommended that South Africa should liberalize their policies towards the black races (175). Welchel noted that administration of Carter had promised to stop the selling of arms to the repressive regimes but when he was elected, the sale of arms was continued (100). This shows that the leaders do not practice what they say as they are only interested in wealth.

The examples portrayed in the case written by Zinn show that American politics and the presidency are focused on satisfying their own interests (180). Presidents in America ensure peaceful negotiations with other countries since it is necessary for their strategic reasons.  

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  • Pages: 5 (1360 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Politics
  • Level: Masters
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