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GS Free Sample Test Section II Writing Task A

GS Free Sample Test Section II Writing Task A

Postby Justice » Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:51 am

Here is my practice essay. I forgot to title the essay but I think it is still pretty good. Any feedback would be very helpful.

It was James Madison who said "In Republics, the great danger is that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority." In a system of government based around voting for policies, laws, and every other aspect of government where there is dispute, it is understandable that majority rule be used in order for a government to properly reflect its countries' wishes. However, the idea of a majority always houses a fear that those who do not benefit from the majority vote will be treated less than equal and have their rights stepped on. The majority may set the rules, but it must also ensure the protection of the rights of the minority as well.

There are various examples of a majority whose decisions came to the detriment of minority groups. An example being before the civil rights movement when the majority of the Caucasian population in America were not interested in providing individuals who were not Caucasian equal rights, such as using the same bathrooms or even drinking from the same water fountains. In this case the majority greatly failed the minority who were not heard and not represented appropriately. It was Ayn Rand who said "Individual rights are not subject to public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual." This quote works with the previous points made in that the inalienable rights of each individual should never be removed by the will of a majority and governments must ensure that these rights remain inalienable in order to protect all of its citizens no matter who ends in as a minority.

It can be argued that nothing can be properly accomplished if each and every decision was made meticulously in order to not offend a minority group, of which there may be many in relation to what is been voted on and approved. A government must deal with many issues on a day-to-day basis and simply does not have the time to think about every single individual in a country. It was Thomas Jefferson who said "If the measures which have been pursued are approved by the majority, it is the duty of the minority to acquiesce and conform." This represents a very common occurrence that is seen from time-to-time. During election years when an entire country is made to vote for a new president or system of government to be in power there is always a majority versus minority issue. The minority always feel cheated and disrespected while the majority always feel attacked and defensive. However, the government must continue from where it left off with dealing with international relations, policies, etc. It simply cannot worry about every trivial individual. At least, that is what those who would disagree that that is what a government is for believe.

It was Sir William Blackstone who said "The public good is in nothing more essentially interested, than in the protection of every individual's private rights." With this the point is firmly made that those in charge of entire countries and those who make large scale decisions must in fact consider all individuals on an individual basis in order to protect their rights as individuals, not as parts of a majority or minority. They may in fact be part of the majority, but their rights should also not be voted away in order to respect a minority and vice-versa. In the interest of the public, a government should look to individuals as individuals, and not on any other basis to ensure they are treated fairly and justly.

In closing, though the rule of majority is a popular tactic for making difficult decisions and must be respected, it does not give the majority the right to throw away the rights of any other group to ensure their own way of living is easier. Though many disagree and believe majority rule overrides every other aspect of human rights, it is clear that this premise alone is not enough to effectively manage a fair society and more effort must be made on the part of politicians and servants of the people to ensure that they serve all the people, and not just those who are seen the most. Though it is necessary, majority rule in no way justifies oppression of minority groups and that itself must never be a consequence of such a decision.
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