Politics produces winners and losers. It can best be understood as the struggle over who gets power and resources in society.

Americans who are treated unequally by law consequently have less power:
  • to use the democratic system to get what they need and want (like legislation to protect and further their interests)
  • to secure the resources available through the system (like education and other government benefits) 
  • to gain new resources (like jobs and material goods)
People who cannot claim their political rights have little if any standing in a democratic society.

Barbour, Christine, and Gerald C. Wright. Keeping the Republic: Power and Citizenship in American Politics. 2nd Brief ed. Washington, DC: CQ, 2006. Print.