This crash course video highlights the three main aspects of our lives that affect our political ideologies. These aspects being interest groups, media, and our government. Being surrounded by these ever-changing institutions shifts what we deem important or even a not pressing issue. This is done through select coverage, how active or inactive the government is, and how much effort the interest groups are putting forth. Because of this, it changes how the government is viewed and changed. Thus, the shaping of public opinion is a crucial aspect to understand how the government has changed through time through a social lense.
America just endured an ugly and divisive presidential election, and now many are saying that our country is more divided than ever. America, in fact, is more divided than ever, but are we divided in the political aspect or is it more? It is more, rather than being divided politically, evidence has shown that we are more divided socially. This is proven through evidence showing that many constituents are fed up with the political party systems, thus having a weak political ideology. Rather, socially we become isolated to our ideals and begin to associate others who have differing ideologies as a threat, thus becoming divided. Years ago, many individuals could vote left or right, and no one would really think twice, how could a person's ideologies really threaten us? but today, no evidence has been present to showcase this same ideal. This is becoming a major issue in America, how can we really be an efficient country, if we cannot even function socially.
America once seen as one of the most dominating countries, now having major disapproving rates by other countries. How have we declined at such an enormous rate? Americans are not only disliked, Kohut says, we are hated because of our policies. Many other countries disagree with our policies and how we handle our business. We steadily increase the same way of our policies which directly correlates to the decline of respect from other nations.