Carter characterized himself as honest and aggressi... ... middle of paper ... ... in their once loved hero. They no longer saw him as the man who could cure the country's problems and restore the nation back to its golden years. In the 1980 presidential election, Carter faced even more trouble when the Democratic party became divided. Senator Ted Kennedy, member of the Democratic liberal wing, stole much of the democratic support away from Carter; although Jimmy won the Democratic primary, he had lost much needed democratic support and faced a major disadvantage heading into the election ("Election of 1980" 1). Not surprisingly, the dissatisfied voters did not reelect him for a second term, and many openly expressed their dissatisfaction with his handling of domestic and foreign affairs ("Outline of American History" 3).
Some politicians even called the elections referendum on president Obama. Obama himself never thought that the people would bla... ... middle of paper ... ...idents to nominate the right person for the right job, but it should be done without the fear of politics in mind. In president Obama’s case, “vetting [process] became the most irritating headache of [his] first year” (Alter 121). What president Obama did not take seriously was the importance of selecting the right person in the middle of the worst economical crisis since Great depression. Even though he was able to nominate quite experienced people, the fear of “political humiliation” made “many of the president’s choices, once so eager to go to Washington felt more like public enemies than potential public servants” (Alter 121).
Republicans disagreed with the plan and refused to approve of it, stating that it was unnecessary spending. The government was shut down for a total of sixteen days. The Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, so Obamacare was already starting off negatively seeing that it was just being taken into effect in 2013. In addition to the late start of the plan, the internet site was also contributing to a failing healthcare plan. There were constant error messages popping up from the start of the website, so users were not having much success getting signed up for the program.
Election Problems Even though my experience may be limited in politics, I still understand how grave of a situation it is having everything controlled by the republicans, because with total domination of one party the democratic system is weighed heavily to one side. Even some republicans agree that dominance over every branch is a problem. It is false hope for the President and his colleagues to think that just because they won the election that every person who voted for them is supporting their conservative ways and plans. This distorted image could possibly have been humbled if the electoral system was different. In many states Bush only won by 2% but all of the electoral votes went to him, despite the fact that 50% of voters chose a different candidate.
The Electoral College is one of the only things that don’t follow this rule and it needs to change. It needs to change because it does not necessarily mean that the more popular president will get the job. For example Al Gore got the popular vote, but George Bush won the election. If it was majority rules then Al Gore would have become president and the country may be a lot different than it is today. Al Gore deserved to win but since Bush won the more meaningful states he got the job even though America wanted Gore.
The Flawed Electoral College Voting Process When Americans vote their choice for President, one would assume that these votes would be tabulated and the majority vote would win. But this is not the case at all. The Presidency is ultimately decided by the Electoral College, what William McClenaghan calls “one of the least understood parts of the American political process”(340). McClenaghan also defines the Electoral College as “the body that makes the formal selection of the nation’s President, from what the Framers intended into a `rubber stamp’ for the popular vote in presidential elections”(67). The original Electoral College did not succeed for very long, however; it only worked for as long as George Washington was President (328).
He also decimated the traditional committee system, and reduced the power of the committee chairman. When he stepped down and the other Republic... ... middle of paper ... ...ous statements it can be inferred that in some ways the Obama administration was like the Bush Administration in terms of foreign national policies. Obama also made poor choices by expanding on Bush policies that were already a dangerous jaunt from constitutional practices. Another thing Obama did was increase our expenditures by the billions, which can cause harm in his domestic reform agendas, and might lead to divisive and expensive foreign wars. In closing, this book informs us on how the Republicans went crazy and Democrats became useless, and how it’s become a problem.
Yet in the 2000 Election Gore seemed to go in the completely opposite direction of Clinton, or at least try to avoid his name in his speeches at first. Yet Gore's luck did not change when he left California. Bush seemed to have difficulties when asked about his tax cut plan and about his statement that the U.S. military was not fully ready. While Gore looked relaxed and energetic, Bush made mistakes in front of the camera. Polls suggested that Gore was far ahead of Bush by at least a few points.
Stengel then discusses the second Presidential debate in which Dole said that Clinton "single-handedly contaminated the highest office in the land" and is the leading cause of the public's distrust of the government. The focus of Dole's campaign was not Clinton's issues, but his moral pertinence. The press were surprised by the fact that most people think that Dole has a better character than Clinton, but they still prefer Clinton as President. This notion comes from the reasoning that most Americans are only concerned with whether or not the country and its citizens are taken care of, and so disregard the President's moral imperfections which, in the people's opinion, have very little to do with the issues. So the President can cheat on his taxes or even his wife and the Americans will overlook it as long as he is getting the job done.
Some say Clinton is unreliable, Trump is rude and the two other candidates are so under the radar that most people don’t even have an opinion on them. Though these flaws are made easy to view through various media sources, they should not be used solely to help pick the next president. It is all too often that politicians are easy to dislike and like this year it may be like picking between the lesser of two evils. Not voting won 't prevent your least favorite candidate from being elected, it only allows you to be led dumb and silent to settle for whatever happens in our government and society. In days that seem to be long forgotten, before voting was possible for