Recent mass shootings have brought the gun debate back on the line. Little action has actually bee done about gun regulations. Before the 2012 Presidential election, President Obama was asked in a debate to clarify his statements about keeping AK-47s “out of the hands of the criminals.” Obama responded with a strong statement, "I also share your belief that weapons that were designed for soldiers in war theaters don't belong on our streets, and so what I'm trying to do is to get a broader conversation about how do we reduce the violence generally.
Education has been an important issue in this last election, with primary focus on an increase in taxes to help fund public schools. An article from the Huffington Post states that education funding in more than half the states this past year. States such as Arizona rejected a bill which would have given a boost for primary education through a permanent one cent tax increase. This would have provided $625 million dollars for public schools, and yet voters rejected it.
"Pre-funking" or "pre-gaming": the act of knocking back a couple drinks before going out on the town.
Since the 2012 election, the issue of the drinking age hasn't been discussed much, as neither the incumbent nor the challenging presidential candidates included it on their platforms; however, that doesn't mean it has disappeared.
The topic I chose to previously write about from the 2012 presidential election was Gun Control. This topic was discussed, but after it was established that both candidates were on the same page about gun control policies, it was not debated like other issues were this election. Both Romney and Obama agreed that the current gun control policies should remain being enforced, and that there is no need to add or remove any laws.
After the election Washington and Colorado were the first two states to legalize marijuana for recreational use. This was decided after it was shown through the polls that more two- thirds of the voters were for marijuana legalization or decriminalization. As someone who supports the legalization of Marijuana, something more should have been done rather than just legalize it at a state level. What this means is that even though the use of marijuana is claimed to be legal, it’s only at a state level and at the federal level it’s still illegal.
Marriage Equality continues to be a controversial issue even to this day, but recent news has shown that the United States is finally making progress. We have taken a huge step forward by re-electing our president, rather than Mitt Romney, who is not at all supportive of marriage equality. The stereotype has been that women are typically more conservative than men concerning same-sex marriage, but The Huffington Post discredited this stereotype. There is definitely a gender gap, but the conservative views go to the men more than the women.
For my political issue I had chosen to photograph same sex issues. Romney and Obama have two completely different views on this situation. They talk about their reasons in the ways they support their choices.
Romney on same sex issues:
Romney is 100% against same sex marriage. He believes marriage has the definition of a man and a woman. He was asked if there was a difference between gay marriage and a civil union. He stated that he'd much rather have neither.
“The U.S. military did not explicitly ban homosexuals from serving as soldiers until 1941. In that year, the Army and Navy altered their selection guidelines to classify homosexuality as a “disqualifying condition” for anyone seeking military service. In 1949, the Department of Defense (DOD) formalized the ban on gays in all branches of the military. In addition to being banned from service, any homosexuals discovered among those already within U.S.
In Class today we took a political survey on Select Smart and Vote Easy. These websites asked a series of questionquestions concerning issues that we faced in America and our answer would consist of how we feel we should go about it and how important of an issue this is to us. The two issues I felt caught my attention the most were the legal standing of Marijuana and same sex marriage.
After reading Unspun by Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, I realized how prevalent spin is in our world. We can't get away from it and it would be near impossible to sort through all of it. This has made a huge impact on me during this election. Before reading this book, I had a candidate to root for and saw his opponent as rather incompetent, but had no evidence to base my reason off of. Now that I read the book, I can see that my thoughts were needlessly biased.
After carefully reading three documents, I have understood more about the subject of torture. I believe that torture is terrible. I believe that, exactly that same as my second article, you should treat others as you want to be treated--put yourself in their position; if you don’t want that to be done on you, then I don’t suggest you doing it. It is the Golden Rule! It is elementary morality!
Unemployment is a major issue in this election. During this time of economic crisis many people have been laid off and are in search of work. But the fact that many people are unemployed is not the only problem. Many people have been forced to take up jobs in which they are very unhappy in order to pay the bills. Barack Obama feels that the solution to this is more government spending on unemployment insurance and public work projects, in the hopes that they will create jobs and improve the government’s infrastructure. But this is only a temporary way to improve the job market.
Recently, I took a survey asking me about what my ideal candidate would do concerning the most debated political topics. These topics included abortion, marijuana legalization, deficit spending, taxes, and other important issues that our country faces.
My question is, does our vote really matter?
Although I missed the voting deadline by a few months due to age and cannot vote, would it matter if I could? I know plenty of kids around the 18 year old range who are eager to vote for their candidate, but I wonder if all the anticipation and worry will be worth it.
After taking a political survey, I learned that even though I have payed attention to the election this year, there are still tons of things that I don’t know or understand. Lots of the policy issues are way over my head. The things I do understand though, I am very sure one. The survey determined that my political ideas are very similar to Barack Obama’s.
One of the hottest topics for the presidential elections is whether the candidate is pro-life, or pro-choice. While some say this is an issue of morality, there are many other factors that come into play such as women’s rights and the best decisions for the common good.