Citizens Ability To Create Laws

Society over ruled by government

Thesis Statement

Since the early days of our Nation, citizens have been involved in the decision making process to put a government in place that benefits society as a whole; citizens should continue to have the ability to create laws based on their needs and to protect their interest and not the government’s.

“Harrison Bergeron” by Richard Connell and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson

In “Harrison Bergeron” and “The Lottery”, both show how the government enforces laws to citizens or harsh consequences. In “Harrison Bergeron”, the government imposed laws were citizens have to be equal while “The Lottery”, Citizens have to follow a tradition every year to keep the population from growing.

Quote Analysis

Quote: "’I am the Emperor!" cried Harrison. "Do you hear? I am the Emperor! Everybody must do what I say at once!" He stamped his foot and the studio shook. "Even as I stand here" he bellowed, "crippled, hobbled, sickened - I am a greater ruler than any man who ever lived! Now watch me become what I can become’” (Vonnegut 4).

Analysis: citizens under a constant rule of a harsh government, who punished them for trying to be independent will eventually fight back. Harrison would not accept being under government control any longer, his unfair treatment led him to revolt against their form of government. This passage shows that citizens and their interests should be taken in for account when creating laws.

Quote: "’I think we ought to start over,’" Mrs. Hutchinson said, as quietly as she could. "’I tell you it wasn't fair. You didn't give him time enough to choose. Everybody saw that’" (Jacksons 6).

Analysis: The quote points out how the society is only concerned about what is good for them. Citizen’s needs are being put less or not being considered at all. The process did not benefit Mrs. Hutchinson; Laws should be made with citizens needs in mind.


Citizens should be able to contribute to law making. It will be better for the society as a whole, citizens will respect the fact that we have the ability to take action on making laws. There would be less problems around the world because citizens will have what they want already and a government that supports their idea and needs. In this election whats important to me is a candidate that would truly put citizens first, who can respect the fact that they are elected by the citizens and work for there citizens . What i'm mostly scared of is a candidate who has little idea on how to run a country, who disrespects citizens and encourages violence.