Greetings, my name is Michael Konovalov and I am writing to you with concerns pertaining campaign financing in present day United States. It is of great interest to my constituents and to me that the past several decades have brought up a trend that is worrisome. The amount of money being spent to fund campaigns has skyrocketed. For a democratic system where power to the people is greatly preached the increasing influence of money on politics is unacceptable. As yet another presidential election is around the corner, there are no signs that these trends will halt.
The third Republican Debate is now in the books, after the top 10 leading GOP candidates debated for more than two hours. There are now less than 100 days until the first ballots are cast. This debate was a very important for many of the candidates campaigns because they are now approaching the “make-or-break point” of their campaigns (Diamond). Only a few candidates rose to the occasion and gave a strong performance that could boost their standings in the polls. Other candidates did not leave very happy from the debate.
The presidential primary process can be more complex than it appears. The primary process is a way for the two main parties, the Republican Party and the Democratic Party, to select their official nominee for the general presidential election from a group of candidates. Each party has their own way of selecting their presidential nominee and their own convention, where the official nominee is announced. Each year states are holding these primary elections and caucuses sooner and sooner in hope of increasing influence in the nomination process; this has created problems and less known candidates are less likely to be nominated. All states and U.S territories hold either a primary election or caucus for both the Democratic Party and the GOP.
During the 2010 midterm elections AFP funded the bus tours, voter registration recruits, and workshops for Tea Party members to organize and recruit more voters for their side. As a result the Republican Party became the majority of the House of Representatives. Essentially the AFP help put conservative opposition to Obama’s liberal executive branch.The group or more specifically the Koch brothers spends millions in advertisements against Democrats each year during the elections, they also donate to many Republicans
Kept in the loop and consulted on policy. But, they will have another role as well. Once a year after the election the American public will be given an opportunity to vote on how the president is doing with a simple up or down vote. If less than 45% of America gives the president a thumbs up, they are bumped out of office (good-bye have a nice life) and the vice-president becomes president and the third most popular candidate becomes vice-president. And this happens every year, giving the president motivation to give it their all, for all six years if they want to keep their job.
It isn’t actually that frequent, about once a modern lifetime, but seems to have gotten more frequent the closer we get to now. In the last twenty years, we have had two times when the system has given a winner that wasn’t supported by the majority of voters, yet we didn’t have any in all of the 20th century. This could mean that it is getting more and more likely that the electoral college will have someone that the majority of voters didn’t vote for. All of this contributes to the idea that one vote is worthless, which is why the electoral college is antithetical to a democracy. Congressmen aren’t elected through a slate of people voted by citizens to vote for citizens, so why is the president?
In this essay, I will analyze the very relevant issue of voter turnout. In fact, in the last few years, there have been a very small number of people involved in politics and citizens have behaved in an increasingly passive and apathetic way toward political matters. This demonstrates the weakness in the working process of modern democracies. If we look at the history, for example going back in the Athenian democracy, where all citizens, included the lower classes, participated actively in the politics, or if we think about the fight for universal suffrage, it is very shocking to realize that people of our century seem not really to use their right to vote. Hence, this clearly makes us question the causes of this apathy.
During Edwin Edwards first two consecutive terms in office, he accomplished much that directly impacted the people, which proved his high potential to become governor in 1983. For example, when he was governor during his 1972 term, personal taxes had gone down. This led to industrial expansion and personal income growth. He also started massive construction projects while in office like a North-South highway for the state, a Mississippi River bridge, and a second downtown bridge for New Orleans. According to Maginnis, Edwards was able to “leave office more popular than when he came in.” Furthermore, Edwards enacted several government reforms.
This is true for some vice presidents throughout history and John Adams is accurate in portraying the duties of the vice president; however, John Adams is shown making a tie breaker vote in the movie; “In reality, his vote was never required as the Senate passed the resolution by 20-10. Furthermore, the vice president would never be required to cast a vote in a treaty ratification because Article II of the Constitution requires that treaties receive a two-thirds vote[,]” (“John Adams (miniseries)”). This inaccuracy serves the purpose of giving the audience an event that represents John Adams’ life turning around. After this vote, John Adams depicts John Adams feeling much more useful as a vice president, mending his marriage, and later becoming president. John Adams’ misrepresentation of the vote does not change the course of the film entirely, but it does portray the role of the vice president to the viewer in a false manner.
According to (“Commentary: Apathy in America is a growing plague”,2013)’’,there only 58 percent of qualified voters to vote in 2012 presidential election, when comparing to the 2004 and 2008, the percentage has dropped from above 60% to 58%. One of the reason that causing this phenomenon can be the social emotionless, because they don’t concern who will be the president and the consequence of effects. On the contrary, they focus on the income and entertainment of
While having electors in each state, it makes the voting process easier for the government. Most of the time, unless the vote counts are very close, there will not need to be a recount. Using electors to vote for the popular choice of the state, keeps it simple and easy with fewer people to account for. In an article that agrees with the College, they express, “The Electoral College guarantees certainty to the outcome of the presidential election” (The Electoral College: Top 3 Pros and Cons). This is very important to understand because there is no debate over electoral votes.
Furthermore, there are no big, world-class, cities in small states. Small states are just generally not as populated as bigger states are. The Electoral College was also made because the Fathers thought that many of the citizens in the U.S. were poorly educated and would not make the smart decision to vote for the more qualified president. However, today, people have radios, television, the Internet, phones, newspapers, and many other tools of technology. It is incredibly easy to obtain information about different political candidates and
Political endorsements and get-out-the-vote campaigns are valuable to candidates. Union members vote more often in general elections than do nonmembers (or their own family members), and they vote for endorsed candidates about 15 to 20 percent more often than nonmembers do. But union members do not vote
The Electoral College is a crucial component of how the President of The United States is elected. The votes cast by the Electoral College can outweigh the popular vote of the American public, so it would be consequential for the American public to be aware of the Electoral College and have at least a basic understanding of how it works. This, however, is sadly not the case. Even some of today’s elected officials are not up to date on how the government works. The Intercollegiate Studies Institute ran a poll of twenty-five hundred randomly selected Americans, out of the members of that poll that were elected officials only fifty-three percent of them answered correctly when asked if they knew what the Electoral College’s function was.
Different Demographics Politicians often focus on older generations and do not pay much attention to the needs of youths. Many politicians who run in elections advertise incentives for older citizens to vote such as promises of better pay, lower taxes, family aid, and more. Little is offered to youths to get them