A political landscape is the current environment of politics in the country.
It consists of what our leaders are doing about the issues facing the country currently. The Political landscape not only involves what our leaders and the breed of politicians are saying and talking about, but it also involves public opinion. This landscape is very important for a nation because it enables it to gauge the direction of the country in terms of policy implementation, public opinion, and the current breed of leader.
One of the main issues in the political landscape of today ids the government shutdown. The congress recently refused to expand the debt ceiling. The democrats led by President Obama want the debt ceiling expanded but their opponents; the Republicans will hear none of it. This is because the debt ceiling is already too much. While the democrats argue that this has to occur so that the budget gets prepared, the republicans insist that the debt ceiling is already enough. Therefore, this is one of the issues in the current political landscape. Public opinion is of course against Obama’s administration.
Another issue in the political landscape is the Devon shooting. Currently, racism is still ripe in the country. Even after civil rights movements and the constitution amendments that have sought to end racism in the country, it is inconceivable that the country is still facing racism challenges. A completely white police officer shooting a helpless black teenager is nothing short of disheartening. However, the saddest part of it all is that the court made a ruling that shocked the nation. The judge found the culprit innocent. The two personal questions that I want to pose are these. Does the political landscape of the United States dictate the direction of the country? Do our leaders dictate the political landscape?
In conclusion, professional political scientists’ best answer the answers to the above questions. In conclusion, the political landscape of a country is about the current affairs and how the American public is affected them. The ones discussed above are the shutdown and racism fears.
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