The Gov't Should Have Less Power

The government can abuse this power

Thesis statement

Government should have less control over it's people and focus more on their well being.


In "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut and "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, both texts state their societies are under no control, which is a good thing because if the government has too much power the people running the government may start to abuse said power.

Quote/Analysis "Harrison Bergeron"

Quote: “It was then that Diana Moon Glampers, the Handicapper General, came into the studio with a double-barreled ten-gauge shotgun. She fired twice, and the Emperor and the Empress were dead before they hit the floor. Diana Moon Glampers loaded the gun again. She aimed it at the musicians and told them they had ten seconds to get their handicaps back on” (Vonnegut 5).

Analysis: This quote supports my viewpoint because it shows when Harrison stood up to the government. He was trying to overthrow the Government because he did not like what they were doing. All the other people refused to do anything but they did whatever they told them to do. If the people did something the general wouldn’t have to kill him. No one ever tried to stand up, the all followed directions without questioning it. If they did stand up they would all be free and be who they really are.

Quote/Analysis "The Lottery"

Quote: "The children had stones already. And someone gave little Davy Hutchinson few pebbles. Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of a cleared space by now, and she held her hands out desperately as the villagers moved in on her. 'It isn't fair,' she said. A stone hit her on the side of the head" (Jackson 7).

Analysis: This quote supports my viewpoint because it shows that people don't like certain rules and the way things are done. When they try to stand up and say something they can't because no one is willing to cooperate. If everyone in the village would have taken a stance and demanded they stop the tradition it probably would have ended. Tessie would not have been stoned to death like she did if everyone joined forces.


These two articles relate to my thesis statement because they refer to the government having too much power.


These communities would be better off without having the government say what they can and can't do. Everything would be more peaceful if the government and the people work together to find middle ground. Looking towards the coming, what matters to me the most is protection our constitution, working together with other countries to avoid conflict, and defending the homeland against enemies. What I am most scared of is someone that thinks being a president is a joke will get elected and chaos will ensue.