Politics is defined as the system where power or authority is used to manage social aspects of a given society. Such aspects are government based and institutional among others. In today’s world, politics has been widely viewed as a process through which people democratically elect a body to govern their affairs. People drive politics and politics drive people by putting governments into power that in turn run their affairs. Many people do not pay much attention to politics. These harbors the false believe that they have no business with politics. Unfortunately, this is not the case and the ignorance does not exempt such people from the effects of politics. It is recommendable that everyone who passes through a formal education institution learns about political issues since they affect them directly or indirectly.
Tocqueville & Goldhammer note that politics involve putting a particular body into power which thereafter runs the affairs of a state (2004). It is obvious that the actions and decisions of such a body will affect the community that put it in power. In a democratic setting, all legitimate voters have a right to participate in the election of a political party that will run the affairs of the state. Failure to participate in such an election means that the view of the voter who did not participate in the election is not represented (Heywood, 1997). The voter might not want a particular person handed power to run a state, but poor leadership is caused by good citizens who do not participate in polls.
The person that gets into power runs the affairs of everyone; whether they voted or not, whether an eligible voter or otherwise. This involves making of legislation, taxation implementation, the use of the state’s finances and many diversified actions (Koch & Rauch, 1985). The state controls highly personal aspects of a citizen, for example, personal rights such as right to abortion, right to same sex marriage, right to dual citizenship or otherwise. It is evident that even the unborn are affected by politics through such legislations as abortion one.
A government is the mandate by its people to achieve certain goals for them. These include access to food, shelter, health, education, infrastructure, justice and security. If the government underperforms, it jeopardizes the welfare and the lives of its people. Ignorance means no defense since those who give politics a blind eye risk to become victims of the bad politics.
It is the responsibility of every patriotic citizen to be aware of the state’s affairs. Otherwise, much progress cannot be made if the citizens of a country are not aware of the political state of a country. Failing to stand up and make critical decisions for a nation can haunt the citizens. This happens when the same citizens become victims of bad leadership. It is only through the active involvement in such matters that one can create the future of his country or state. In addition, one can know what party to hand power to and which one to deny the same. Some governments which have been involved in statist activities were put in power by citizens who were not diligent enough to foresee the repercussions.
In conclusion, people elect their government or place them into power through other ways not necessarily through a poll. The method is not of importance in this context, but it has to ensure that citizens put the right people into power. The people thereafter must keep the government on toes to deliver through checks and balances. Governments are not always aware of people’s needs and so it is the job of the people to keep the government on toes.