The Caine Mutiny
Evaluating the Performance of a Government
Governments are an essential and important part to our everyday life, and without, there would be no control or leadership. Governments are sanctioned to constitute and systemize the interrelationships of the people with their divisional bounds, the relations of the people of the community as a whole, and the arrangements of the community with other political entities. In the movie, "The Caine Mutiny", a form of government plays an important role to everybody aboard the ship. There were certain hardships with the configuration of the government, and in this case, the government was the captain. Although the captain didn't go directly against the Naval Regulations, the crew thought that he was incapable of holding this position as captain. With all of this happening, it was hard for the sailors aboard the ship to appreciate the form of government and their leader.
The constitution for many countries, hold the rules (may be written, or not written) to which a government must obey. In this scenario, the Naval Regulations were intended to be followed upon and consented to. If a government is fulfilling its basic functions, then it is properly following the constitution, but if it isn't ensuing the constitution, then the fundamental purposes aren't being achieved. Within the constitution, there is power granted to impeach the leader if he/she is not implementing their primary services. In the movie, we see captain Queeg as one who is incompetent of achieving his job as the leader. Captain Queeg can be easily compared with Charles III-king of England during the Revolutionary War. He was old, and powerful, and with authority, but also wrong. Captain's new position angered many sailors aboard the old battle ship with his strict and reserved mannerisms, and the way he handled many situations gave the sailors fair reason to be easily infuriated. Overall Queeg portrayed a very futile leader as head of the government on the ship.
There are many possible risks that one can come upon if they decide to change governments. There is always the risk of a failed government which could be at the worst disadvantage to anyone and everyone. Once a government fails, it can easily be trampled over and picked upon by another country. The power can be lost by everyone in their country and can be difficult to gain back. The change in governments can also effect the people of the country, because it will most likely be at a disadvantage to some people because not everyone is easily satisfied. The support of people in a country can readily be lost and gone forever.
One of the sailors, Stillwell, was faced with a difficult situation when he was given contradicting orders by captain Queeg and officer Maryk. Stillwell opted to choose Maryk's orders, because he obviously thought that he was more of an effective leader. Officer Maryk thought that Queeg was not following the Naval Regulations and felt that he had the power as stated in the constitution to overtake captain Queeg's position. Even when taken to court, officer Maryk was found not guilty of what he had done.
In today's world, we see countries establishing new governments. They can be either at an advantage or disadvantage to their country, depending upon the change. An example of one that has had positive results would be that of East Germany. Before their change, they were holding a communist government, but presently with West Germany they now hold a federal republic government. This has helped begin the diminishing of the communist governments and a definite advantage. Also in Russia, although they aren't completely non-communist, they are becoming more of a democratic society. The Cuban Prime Minister, Fidel Castro, has shown how a change in government can give negative results. Castro seized power when the government of Fulgencio Batista collapsed, and he openly embraced communism. His dictatorship has shown no evidence of a successful government and in turn has shown poor consequences.
Governments of all withhold many and various types. What may work for one country, may never work for another. There is really no one to say what type of government is right and what type is wrong, it's what works best for each country. However, it's unfortunate that there are countries that have to deal with immoral leaders who make the wrong choices and decisions. As learned in "The Caine Mutiny", there is power given to make a change. Although it may not always be the right thing to do, it will definitely give a learning experience and may help mold the government to a more successful type.