Gabriel Laurencin Jr
April 17, 2015
The last three months of college have offered me opportunity to learn and understand the science that is involved in politics. Politics can be simplified into smaller components and an easier understanding by studying how it works and the systems of which they operate. This is what we call a social science. According to Britannica Encyclopedia Political science is a social science discipline that deals with systems of government and the analysis of political activity and political behavior. It deals extensively with the theory and practice of politics which is commonly thought of as the determining of the distribution ...view middle of the document...
The behavior of an individual in charge of a government or country has major impact across the world. Some leaders behave differently, for example the ex-president of Cuba, Fidel Castro, was a very different thinker. Mr. Castro himself still sees the most popular government system (Democracy) as an unfair and negative way to operate a country. By Mr. Castro making Cuba a communist Country, he brought lots of negative attention to himself. Years into his Presidency many world leaders disagreed with his policies and tried to force a change. In most recent years the Venezuelan President also tried to do the same as Castro and ran into the same problems.
Political Science has helped me understand why a country like America gets involved in almost every political issue across the world. Due to our great military power and assets across the world the failure of another country could heavily impact our economy in a negative way. For example Iraq, operation Iraqi freedom was a war set forward by the United States to free the people from Al-Qaida’s cruelty. The United States had much to gain as Iraq is the country that supplied roughly 20 percent of its oil.
In the past I would ignore political events, today I see and understand the reason of why every citizen should be involved. Today I understand why most citizens are not involved. We especially in America tend to be more lax about politics when everything is going well with the country.
My interest in politics over the last few months has grown. I have paid little attention in the past to what political issues we have currently in the Virgin Islands. Today I am attentively listening and reading the papers to see what our elected officials are doing and not doing. I know not everyone is as interested as I am but the influence I can have on other people by simply paying attention to politics can change the outcome of an upcoming election. I am a 22 year old college student that is almost ready to hit the job market. Meaning that I should be interested on who my political leader is. My political leader can have a great impact on how many jobs are available and what opportunities are out there for me and the generations to come.
Personally I feel that for decades the Virgin Islands particularly on St Croix began to care less and less about politics. Hovensa was open and a private company was bringing lots of money to the island. Today the refinery has closed manly...