Power to the People

Document 7.1: At first I thought this was somewhat undemocratic. It felt that by having a husband and wife run for president and vice-president, that it would not serve a country’s interest. Yet, this group of people of Argentina were so fully pressed for it, it seemed odd, but maybe a sign of the times. General Peron was the leader of a left-leaning political party, and this notion of undermining democracy which came to my mind, sort of escalated, however as the chapter is titled, “Power to the People,” the two leaders really did just give the power to the people.

Document 7.2 and 7.3: General Peron is viewed as a hero for the people in his own words but also from the views of the people. He as able to get rid of slavery, enhance education, etc. blah-blah-blah, and still manage to be contentful to a large group of people. To some extent it is the opposite of present-day USA. The president is not listening to the people of his country, yet only to the vanguard and his own associates. Trump is running a nation like a business, and pissing off a lot of people and a lot of people of his nation. The speech is extremely sarcastic, and has the same tone as some of the other documents and speeches that we have read. There is an arrogance, and a dramatizing of ideals that is entailed in this document, much alike what we have read before.

Document 7.4: This document outlines what the wife of General Peron had much to do with the running of presidency. She cries her attentions and to why she felt the power of the Argentinian people. This was a short document that just decries her intention because of her love for her husband and being a ‘Peronista.” All 4 documents include the term¬†descamisados¬†which is a Spanish term for “shirtless one” but also a term that the Peron’s used to call their followers. But a shirtless one, it is meant as one who is impoverished and struggling with their everyday life. Peron was a left leaning socialist and used this term to identify his followers, in a smart way, to group these people into one, and give them an identity, apart from being Argentinian.

Who actually asserts more power over the other one: people or the government?

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