Interest Groups Sociology

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The ideology that the United States was build on was and still is applauded and appreciated by its citizens. America is about the freedom and liberation of the people, and if the nation wants to live up to what its founding fathers imagined centuries ago, interest groups must be acknowledged. The only power they have is the power to stand up for the people. The diverse interests and needs of the citizens have to be heard. Interest groups and unions are so crucial to our country because they reflect the changing times and issues we may face. Without interest groups, there’s a possibility that the government could come to have too much power, furthering corruption. Interest groups are a part of the check and balance system in their own way, inserting …show more content…

Though it was gradual, eventually, state by state, the women were heard and in the early 1970’s, legal abortion became a constitutional right. Due to the demographic of political leaders, a lot of whom are straight, white, conservative men (though the diversity is growing), it may be difficult for them to recognise the problems of women, the LGBTQ+ community, and people of other races. This isn 't their fault, but their perspective could be relatively narrow and it’s completely possible that they have no idea about the problems faced by people in communities and circles other than their own. People need to stand up and form large groups to gain some sort of power or influence in order to catch the attention of politicians and bring the problems they face to light, otherwise there would be no way to fix the …show more content…

Through persistence, interest groups are able to keep the government not only updated on what’s going on in the country, but they make sure that the people still have a say in what goes on. For democracy to actually work, the people must play their part in the system and the government must listen, some order and balance must be maintained and the interest group’s power to influence the government makes sure the government system really is democratic. A great example is the women’s suffrage movement. Women, as human beings and equal citizens, deserved the ability to vote from the beginning, but due to the strictly racist, classist and sexist mindset of the original leaders, they were unfairly treated and were given no say in what went on politically. Over time women gathered the courage to fight for their rights. Eventually, in the early twentieth century, white women were granted the right to vote, African Americans and other women of colour soon followed. This was what made democracy what it is today, each citizen having an equal vote and the people having some sort of leverage when it comes to the decisions of the country’s

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