As a volunteer on a presidential campaign, I am not only aware but very opinionated on many of the issues in this election. But the one issue that concerns me the most is not the economy or foreign policy or even women's reproductive rights* but the lack of involvement among the youth in the elections. Young voters are notorious for not only being very unaware of the politics in the elections, but being under par in youth turn out.
The first debate of the 2012 presidential election took place on October 3, 2012 at the University of Denver in Denver Colorado. The debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney focused on the broad topic of domestic policy. Romney's performance was enthusiastic and strong, while on the other side, Obama fell short of what was expected of him. Romney was said to have won the first debate.
I recently took a survey about my stance on important issues with the 2012 elections, and based off of my answers the website paired me with different candidates and the amount I agreed with them (shown through percentages.) The higher percentage point means the higher correlation of your beliefs with the said politician. After taking my survey, I was paired 100% with the 'Theoretical Ideal Candidate', and President Obama was the next closest match with 92%. This made me think- do I have too high of expectation for our world leaders?
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.
The first topic I will discuss is the stimulus plan previously proposed by president Obama. I see this as a hot topic issue. President Obama plans to stick with this stimulus plan that has been in place for nearly four years, whereas Romney wants to get rid of this plan because according to him it has not been working. Now this doesn't directly affect me personally, but as a teenager going to college it does affect my family and our income, and perhaps trickles down to the point where it will effect my decision of future education.
In our generation, win we hear "equal rights" we directly associate this phrase with LGBT rights- mainly in support of gay marriage. But personally, when I say, "I believe in equal rights" it means that I believe in equal rights for all. I believe in equal rights for the LGBT community- including marriage, visitation rights, the right to openly serve in the military (the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell), or to not be discriminated against in job selection.
As the 2012 presidential election is upon us, there is one topic that has received little attention, the issue of immigration policy. California has made progress in this area, and while an important bill was recently vetoed by California governor Jerry Brown, the Los Angeles Police Department has decided to take the matter into their own hands. (L.A. Times, 10/5/12) Hundreds of illegal immigrants who have been arrested by the LAPD officers for low level crimes will no longer be turned over to federal authorities and face deportation.
In the past couple months, there has been one group of people we hear about again and again, "The middle class" Whether it's tax cuts for the middle class, health care for the middle class, or the past four years of problems for the middle class, both candidates have repeatedly attempting to appeal to what is seen as the average American. According to unSpun by Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, using the term "middle class" is just a Glittering Generality that politicians have been using for years.
I just read an article that discussed the idea of voting, and how many Americans are oblivious to the politics that cirlce around them. A survey was given to people that included questions about politics and world issues, and the majority of the people had no idea of any of the answers to the questions. What I do not understand is why citizens of the United states are not aware of the current issues, and why people do not vote. One section of the article was that there are a lot of people that are not registered voters, and many registered voters do not vote.
I just read the article, Oil Under Out Noses which was about the idea of Obama losing the election over issues that he personally can not resolve. The idea of oil is an important concept, and finding oil and harnessing it is becoming more rare. Although this issue has occurred for years, Obama has an advantage of the presidents before him because he has suitable alternatives to oil.
Tonight marks the eve of the Florida primary of the GOP for the 2012 presidential election. Although the two front runners so far have been Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, Romney is predicted to win by a safe amount. Prior to all of this, Romney won both Ohio and New Hampshire while Gingrich won South Carolina. The two have been bucking heads more than ever and have been throwing each others “personal baggage” back and forth. It is estimated that Romney has spent about 17 million dollars on advertising in Florida while Gingrich has spent about 5 million.