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Brian Cazzola Legitimacy and Stability Any institution such as a government must be legitimate in the eyes of the people or else it is destined to fail Throughout the contemporary history of the past two centuries the question of whether the ruling government was legitimate has played an integral part of the political structures of the United States and that of the Soviet Union These republics both were born out of bloodshed and revolution but have differed in the way that they have governed and the ways that they have dealt with power and dissent The founding fathers of the American Revolution and Constitution believed that every person had the right to be free to live work and believe what they wished They instilled these ideals into the government that still holds firm over the United States to this day On the other hand the philosophy of the leaders of the Russian revolution was almost a total reversal of their American counterparts Lenin and Trotsky believed in the Marxist ideas of communism and of workers uniting in a worldwide revolution After the triumph of the Bolsheviks in the Civil War these ideas were put into place as state policy until the collapse of 1991 After the collapse the Russian Federation began and Yeltsins whole mindset was to reverse communist policies and to make Russia better by implementing a market economy In general all the people approved the legitimacy and the claims of these governments because they were all born out of revolutions that were inspired by the dream of ending tyranny The problems in dealing with legitimacy begin with the source of each sovereignties power From the ideals of the Constitution and the founding fathers belief in equality and liberty they achieved this by setting up a representative democracy that is free for all The main reason why the legitimacy of the government of the United States of America has never been
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