Political Commentary

Political Commentary is Everywhere

Political are those views that relate specifically to or are relevant to politics, including policies, politicians, political parties, elections, and types of government. There is a tremendous amount of controversy over the relevance and importance of political commentary in civilizations, particularly democratic societies such as ours. There are those who believe that it is critical to assert that political discussion creates and promotes the variety of opinions necessary for a true democracy. The Constitution of the United States is often pointed to as support for the belief, ensuring for all peoples under its administration such maxims as free speech.

Political commentary creators affirm instead that the general public (and your average citizen) lacks the resources and capability to derive opinions that are educated enough to be thought of on a serious level. Thus, the abundance and fervent promotion of such criticisms merely confuse and complicate political matters that, given an appropriate amount of factual education, are either easily understood or should be discussed only by those with the right amount of intelligence to do the matter justice.

There are several ways that we can see political commentary in our society. Throughout history one of the most influential ways(arguably the most influential of all) of promoting political opinions has been through written word. This peculiar pattern of books influencing the thinking of the masses, reinstated with such books as the Bible, Uncle Tom's Cabin, the Koran, The Diary of Anne Frank, 1984 and many others, has been attributed to many of the characteristics of writing. While it has been proven that a well-written book can indeed appeal to one's intellect with reasoning and ideas sprung from common sense, the drive of literature and writing is most commonly considered to be derivative of the emotional impact of the text, guiding people to think a certain way by making them feel a certain way. This often has great political consequences, most particularly when the subject of the emotional reaction is a plea for moral justice, as can be seen (to use America as an example once more) in the aftermath of the publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin concerning American views about slavery. It is from this correlation between books and politics that the phrase, "the pen is mightier than the sword", derives.

Although the literary world might be the most popular method of promoting political commentary, the most used and read version of such is now the Internet. What the Internet has done in recent years is allow every citizen the right avenue to get their voices heard. No matter how small or how large the person believes their opinions are, they now have the avenue to get their political commentary out in the open.

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