SOCI 200: Conflict Theory And The Government Shutdown

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Conflict Theory and the Government Shutdown Eugene Peter Lewis, Jr. SOCI 200- D01 LUO Mrs. Susan Deneen November 24, 2013 One of the biggest news stories of 2013 as we near its close is the shutdown of the United States government. The legislative branch of the government has a task enumerated by the Constitution- agree on spending so that the government may be funded. When this does not happen, most of the rudimentary processes of the government fail to function. The Republican members of the House of Representatives desired to fund the government with the obvious exemption of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. The Democrats in the United States Senate insisted on funding the entire federal government, including…show more content…
Marx opined that conflict holds society in order by a wealthy and powerful few that dominates and control the poorer and weaker masses. There is a clear cut parallel to Conflict Theory and the government shutdown that happened this October. 536 people- the 100 senators, the 435 congressmen and resident in the White House controlled the lives of millions of furloughed employees, the military and many more civilians because they had a visceral disagreement about the funding of the uninsured citizenry. A shutdown that happened because of Obamacare that did not even shutdown Obamacare, a crisis where millions of the poor and disenfranchised were used as pawns in a chess game of politics. No matter what one’s ideology is, some will blame a chamber of Congress, the other will blame the White House. It is clear that both used the proletariat masses as hostages to make the other side to capitulate because of their unnecessary suffering because of their willingness to throw a wrench in the cogs of the federal Government. In this day and age, partisan politics is just as much as a societal scourge as racism, sexism and other types of prejudicial strife. It is seemingly that the Founding Fathers intended to use a form of conflict theory that would keep American society in check. What has been called, “Checks and Balances” is indeed a form of conflict theory. Government is indeed powerful to the…show more content…
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