Utilitarianism and Deontology have influenced the way many things in the modern world work. I view politics to be very similar to Utilitarianism. A lot of times in politics, politicians do things purely to get the most support from the public, which is very similar to trying to attain the greatest total happiness. Many politicians do things to get the public’s approval as well, for example, when Paul Ryan went to a soup kitchen before the most recent election to help clean dishes. It was fairly obvious that he was doing this for publicity, since he was surrounded by cameras, instead of making it just a nice thing to do. I feel that from a Utilitarian perspective, the act Ryan did would be seen as a good act, regardless of his motives. Kant, on the other hand, would have been very disappointed with him because his motives were to just get public approval, not to help out at a soup kitchen. Almost all political campaigns have examples like this, and I think Kant would not be happy with today’s politics.
On the other hand, Kant would be very impressed the military in our country. Since there is no draft in America, almost everyone who joins does so out of duty, and their motives are to help protect their country. This is exactly the goal of Deontology, and having a volunteer system as massive as the US military means that Deontology has had much influence in the way it is run. There is always the fact that people join for money, but there are so many other less demanding jobs that pay similarly that it isn’t much of an argument to say that they don’t join to fight for their country.