Is Gerrymandering a Controversial Topic? Gerrymandering is a process where the ruling political party uses the map of their state to draw lines that create voting districts in favor of their party. The result of this is that it doesn’t reflect the voters political views. For about 200 years the government has used gerrymandering during political elections and it continues to be used today (King, Elizabeth) . But recently gerrymandering has become more controversial because people feel that it has taken away their rights as a voter and it swings the votes to one side by a big percentage.
Without the influence of money in our elections and the donations from corporations and sponsors, then our political campaign system would be chaotic, full of illegal funding, and secrecy. According to The Atlantic, if restrictions were put on the amount of campaign money spent then wealthy donors, corporations, and unions would be able to spend unlimited amounts of money and may do it in secrecy. Secret donations would make the government and politicians seem less trustworthy because it would be harder to track who and where the money is coming from. Along with spending money in secret, there is the possibility of super pacs coming together outside of a candidate's campaign and spending unlimited amounts of money. According to Opensecrets, super pacs are independent expenditure-only committees that raise money from donors outside of a campaign in order to advocate for or against any specific political candidate.
First, Political Parties from the state chose potential electors, and then the people of the state vote on which electors they see fit (Electoral College Fast). Since its creation, The Electoral College has gone unquestioned, and we’ve never stopped to ask ourselves if it should still be in place. People are in opposition to The Electoral College because they believe it creates a sense of inequality, and lack of voice in vital elections. On the other hand, some people believe that The Electoral College gives states with smaller populations a voice, and is helping stupid people from making the wrong choice in elections. To some, The Electoral College has a magnitude of flaws perpetuating a unfair social hierarchy; to others, it is a system that is preventing inequality and anarchy to flourish in the United States.
States represent the people’s voice in the election because popular vote isn’t important in the Electoral College. There have been numerous times where the candidate with the popular vote has lost because of the state’s power. Document 7 has the 2016 Presidential Election Electoral Vote Map and Projection, it had the democrats winning 237 electoral votes. To the 187 republican votes, this gave democrats the upper hand in the prediction. With this prediction it also connected with the popular vote because Clinton had the popular vote won.
It is also believed that the Electoral College makes potential voters not want to vote at all and they end up not representing their candidates. And most people already have a certainty of the outcome of the election, meaning they already know who will win the election based on the number of votes so far in the popular votes section and the electoral section. The system of electors is also not fair because the people can not control who they are voting for has the electors, and the states number of electors are equal to the number of people on its congressional delegation, which gives big states an advantage over small states. To conclude this letter, I again say that the Electoral College should be changed to election by popular vote because, popular vote is fairer then the Electoral College, the people have no power compared to the electors and the are subject to corruption with in the
Currently, the electoral voters are the only ones with a direct vote in the election. In order for the election to be more reflective of the citizens’ wishes, the popular vote should become more significantly tied to the election. The Electoral College should not be the most prominent voting process, when the popular vote should be more important. The risk of untrustworthy electors increases, which causes the voter to feel that they are being cheated out of their votes, which may discourage them from voting in the future. There is also the high possibility in which neither candidates receive the majority of electoral votes required to win election, such as what occurred in the 1824 election, meaning the House of Representatives would have to decide who becomes
In chapter 10 Howard Zinn talks about the civil war, the disadvantages and advantages between the poor and rich. The poor have always been the bait in America, due to the lack of money and power. When war is in progress, most of the time the poor are demanded to go to war because the wealthy groups have the money and power to escape from death. “ To give people a choice between two different parties and allow them, in a period of rebellion, to choose the slightly more democratic one was an ingenious mode of control. Like so much in the American system, it was not devilishly contrived by some master plotters; it developed naturally out of the needs of the situation”( Zinn, 200).
Politics and Debating There are 7,463,973,000 people,237 countries, and 237 national leaders in the world. Since not all countries elect their leaders in a democratic way, there are much fewer presidents in the world. These chosen, special leaders of the nations must have great abilities that can lead to the nation’s wealth and world peace, and presidential candidates often show these abilities to the voters through presidential debates. However, some people argue that having great debating ability doesn’t prove the person’s aptitude as a president. This is not true, and the ability to debate well is highly needed.
Even though Darrow could not successfully defend Debs, even in defeat Darrow became the romantic hero of the labor movement. But that stirred up a desire to be a politician. With a broad political base, Darrow ran for a seat on the House of Representatives in 1896. However, with William Jennings Bryan running on the Democratic ticket for president against Republican William McKinley, McKinley soundly trounced Bryan and other Democrats, like Clarence Darrow, were also defeated by Republicans. That, though, ended Darrow’s political career.
Media pluralism or content diversity is one of the most essential features in a democracy as the people require a variety of contending viewpoints to consolidate perceptions of nation-wide aspects (Hrvatin 2004). Nonetheless, it has been suggested that human agency in the media industry has gradually been manipulated due to political or economic affiliations, which may result in the dissemination of biased or even fraudulent information. For example, Groseclose (2003) stated in a piece of quantitative research that during the period of time between 1993 and 2002, a staggering prejudice can be observed – 4991 sentences and only 2111 sentences respectively from Conservative and Liberal think tanks were cited in the articles of Fox News, which
President Woodrow Wilson couldn’t support FDR any longer, because he needed the Democratic Political machine to get his social reforms passed and ensure his reelection. Roosevelt had too many political enemies among the New York Democrats. As a result, he was defeated in the primary election and learned that national reputation cannot help you defeat a productive political organization. Additionally, Franklin Delano Roosevelt found personal and professional success when he moved on to Washington politics. He advanced on personal relationships, as he was seen at notable parties, where women found him a very attractive man.
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.
The democrats have stayed with this system more so than the republicans because Nixon and Reagan buried their democrat rivals in the general elections and won by landslides so, they decided that when they have a candidate that they know will not stand up well against the rival party, that they have the ability to impact who gets nominated and possibly field a more successful candidate. If I would have been asked this question prior to this election, I probably would have said “Get rid of the superdelgates,” but now I’m not 100% sure. With a candidate like Trump, you see that he has a great voter following, more than anyone thought would ever take him seriously. Imagine if the Democratic Party had a candidate like Trump (some see Bernie Sanders as a “grassroots activist” in the Democratic Party although Bernie is not emotionally and negatively divisive). Trump may take the popular vote but, he may not get the “unpledged" delegates (Republican Party) or enough total delegates to get the nomination and for me, that would be a “pro” for the “super or “unpledged” delegate
The two flourished a strong bond, but as they became increasingly involved in politics, they could no longer maintain their friendship.With Adam?s wife Abigail as his best collaborator and with Jefferson?s best collaborator being Madison, Adams won the election as many voted based on the candidates? role in the revolution as oppose to their political beliefs. The gap between the Federalists and the Republicans widened during Adam?s time in office, and he soon found himself caught in the midst of these
Although the popular votes do not determine the elector votes, it almost always happens where the electors vote for whom the popular votes resulted in. This is one of the many reasons why the Electoral College is unfair, past elections have shown that bigger populations have more electoral votes, concluding that smaller states’ votes become insignificant. This leaves people in question, is the Electoral College now based on where you live? Even though the purpose of the electoral college is to ultimately decide who will occupy the position of the president, there was an Electoral Commision of elite representatives, established to determine the 19th President, because of the situation the electoral college caused. The commission included five representatives from the House, another five associates from the Senate and five justices from the Supreme Court.