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Sunday, December 03, 2006


Ideology in politics

We all know that in the recent November election the Democrats won control of the House of Representatives. This transition of power was due to a change in voters’ ideals about how the war in Iraq is going. Author Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. states in the article Ideology Still Matters that “elections come down to contests between two groups,” Republicans and Democrats. Each party promises to meet the interests of those groups to which they think will get them elected to office. Usually the party that does a better job of promising to protect interest groups will win. Groups benefit on behalf of all of the people of the country. It is believed that for this election voters’ interests were broader rather than that of the usual self-interested beliefs. I am not sure if more of the votes were for the Democrats or against the way Republicans were running the government. Either way, a transition in power has occurred. The author talks about the thought of ideology and how we should see the recent transition as a sign of hope. The change that occurred should be seen as a win for liberty. The ideas that people have for themselves and the government that oversees them should determine the future of the country, not special interests.

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