The Abuse of Power

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The Abuse of Power
By Colin Roth
Thesis
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“Politicians who abuse their absolute power as
leaders end up hurting their country instead of
helping it.”
Power and Rationality
-Power and Rationality are
very important when
dealing with power.
-Definitions of both words.
- Why do people lust after
power?
- What is the influence of
power?
- With power comes
responsibility, and the
need to think rationally
about how you use it.
Political Cartoon
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People naturally use
power to their
advantage.
Cause: Coming
to/obtaining political
power
Effect: How one chooses
to use this extreme
power.
Quote
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“ I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach
us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.” Thomas Jefferson
When someone comes to power
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Obtain an immense amount of power and control.
With control comes responsibility.
Makes decisions on laws, and decides what is
acceptable and what isn’t.
Known, respected, or feared by nation.
Political decisions must be made to benefit country not
their own status.
Must make rational decisions
Abuse of political power can be devastating.
Bush
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Post 9/11 reaction.
Retaliation bombing.
Showed world how we tough we think we are, and how we believe
we can push other countries around.
Global negative effect on country. -->
Troops in Iraq--> losing too many soldiers/troops
Fuel War
Hurting our country. Killing our soldiers and wasting our money.
“If the world gets marching orders from America and not a
common vision, it will be less inclined to follow them…Carrying a
big stick and speaking loudly at the same time only turns one into
a schoolyard bully.”-Michael Hirsch(Senior Editor for Newsweek)
Hitler
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Leader of Nazi Germany
Little man with too much power
Believed Germany should be the center of the world.
Clever, but horrible man who lost sight of what his job
as a politician should be.
Abused power to exemplify his ideas and status.
His power put him in charge of Germany.
Ironically same power turned the world against him.
His abuse of power has made him historically known
as a murderer, not a leader.
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts
absolutely.” -Lord Acton of England.
Absolute Power
Counter Argument
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One could argue that abuse of power is good
because it makes other countries afraid and
shows them how powerful a nation can be.
Conclusion
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Why does it matter?
Politicians run our country.
When will the abuse of political power cease? Will it
ever?
Since talking doesn’t solve anything these days, war
might be the only means of resolution in the future.
(hypothetical)
“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.
We have guided missles and misguided men.” Martin
Luther King Jr.
Reaction
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