Who gives the government power?

During the discussion of the Russian Revolution, it seems as if after the civil war there were always two different government bodies that were in power. One of the groups would be the official leader, while the other group would have the masses behind them. An example of this is the Provisional Government and the Petrograd Soviet. Even though, the Provisional Government held the official power because the Petrograd Soviet had the masses of workers and soldiers they as well had power over Russia. This similar scenario happened again during the reign of Stalin, New Economic Policy (NEP) and the Communist Part of the Soviet Union (CPSU). Although, during this time there was a president who held the official power Stalin was really the one running the country, the President was just a figure without true power.

This began to make me wonder if what would happen if dual powers happened in the US. For example, imagine that all the masses of people no longer wanted to follow the president, so they come together and make the People’s Unit of United States, taking away all of the power for the president even though, legally the president still holds the power.

Is government only a illusion and it is really just people willingly listening to set off laws?

And if people wanted, how easily could they change the government they have?

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2 Responses to Who gives the government power?

  1. Ross M. says:

    This is a very interesting question as I was wondering the same thing during our discussion in class. I think that government is not just an illusion. Our government does the best it can to incorporate the people’s views into the way they run the country, but more importantly, they provide the much needed organization that the country needs. If the people were to just gather and create their own laws, it would be very difficult to keep everybody in order. Without a government, the nation would have no direction and no structure. To answer your other question, it is not that easy for the people to change the government. The government already takes into account everybody’s political view and incorporates them all pretty evenly in the government, which I don’t think the people can do. I think the people have too many different views for them all to gather and agree on one way to run the government.

  2. Will says:

    In the United States the government is not an illusion. The government is a very concrete and important foundation that allows for stability in our nation. Because our government is a democracy, there really never will be a situation in which an overwhelming majority of people would like to revolt against the government. On the other hand, if there is a corrupt/poor president, and it is unlikely that such a candidate would ever be elected in the first place, then he/she could be impeached and a more suitable candidate who would reflect the ideas of the people (as all officials in a democratic governmental system should) would be appointed. Thus, because of democracy, where a majority is needed to accomplish anything, the government in the United States is an important backbone to the functionality and prosperity of the nation.

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