Political Science Discussion

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 11
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook)

Initial Post Instructions
Agenda setting can be a difficult task in government. Why? Who do you consider an important agenda setter in government? How does this participant help set the agenda? Give an example of an attempt at agenda setting in government. Was it successful? Why or why not? Consider how factors such as culture, political positions, etc. might impact your own, or the agenda setters’ priorities.

Use evidence (cite sources) to support your response from assigned readings or online lessons, and at least one outside scholarly source.

Follow-Up Post Instructions
Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification. Minimum of 1 scholarly source, which can include your textbook or assigned readings or may be from your additional scholarly research.

Writing Requirements

  • Minimum of 3 posts (1 initial & 2 follow-up)
  • Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and an outside scholarly source)
  • APA format for in-text citations and list of references


Hello Professor and Class,

     Agenda setting is the most difficult because first and foremost the problem must make it to the agenda for those in power to review, (Whitman Cobb, 2019). One way to get an issue noticed is by using the media.  The media has enormous power to influence the public on topics of politics, economy, culture, etc. The public and media’s response to a situation may gain elite or government attention.  Interest groups also have an impact on agenda setting by influencing political process or by blocking the agenda, (Owens and Lamm, n.d.).

     The president is most powerful agenda setter. When a president focuses on a topic, this alerts congress to the significance of the issue. Presidents also use the State of the Union address to let the public know policies they feel are most important and want to focus on, (Whitman Cobb, 2019).

     The most current political agenda was the effort to impeachment former President Trump. Several impeachment attempts were made during his term, with the last one being after the Capital riot on January 6, 2021.  On January 7, 2021, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for Trumps removal under the 25th Amendment or prepare for impeachment, (Johnson, 2021). Trump was not removed from office, so the impeachment process began.  Agenda setters include the Senate, House of Representatives, and the media who played an instrumental part in this.

     New York Post reports former President Trump was acquitted, vote was 57 (guilty) to 43; 67 votes were needed for a conviction. U.S.A., (Moore, M, 2021).

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