"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut and current American politics.

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Madelyn Marquez

ENG*102 – Prof. Denbaum


Harrison Bergeron – ESSAY PAPER – 1ST FINAL

        The trumpets play a familiar beat that we all know, "Hail to the Chief" to announce the President of the United States, here we are facing an election year again.  Only this time the people of our country don’t seem to be interested in the standing issues about the presidential state that this country is facing.  We as a country have not seem to figure out that we have more at stake to lose then can be seen.  Our future can be changed completely with the next presidential term, if a new one is elected or if our current one stays on.  We have already seen drastic changes and are sure to expect more to come.  The very meaning of what made this country exists may be at risk.  If this country were to lose any other Constitutional Amendments or have any other Constitutional Amendments change, the people of the United States will be headed toward a dictatorship and be forced to forget the very American Democratic that created this country.  One example that shows that our government is heading towards a total socialist society is the Obama Heath Care Plan, which mandates all Americans to purchase health care insurance.  If any Americans has not met the necessary requirement they will be found with charged a misdemeanor offense and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will impose fines that will be automatically added to their tax bill. ( 1  )  This is just the start, we may be heading to a society much describe in the short story written by Kurt Vonnegut, a society of absolute uniformity among humanity due to a socialized government.

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        “Harrison Bergeron” is a story when Constitutional Amendments have made everyone equal.  They were made equal to each other with these laws.  “All this equality was due to the…Amendments to the Constitution, and…vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.” (Vonnegut 234)  The agents of the Handicapper General enforce the equality laws.  People are made equal by devices which bring them down to the normalcy level in the story, which was describe as below average in intelligence, strength, and ability in any other talent.  These devices include weights to stunt speed and strength, masks, red rubber clown noses, or ...

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