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Presidential Power: Is it saving lives?

    Arriving home each day from school to TV shows like Rachel Maddow Show and The Colbert Report had never really interested me before taking 11th grade government. I now find myself sitting down with my family and taking the time to watch these shows and I have finally realized that I truly understand what these popular Television faces are discussing. One of the main topics that I have been seeing discussed on national television is obviously the 2012 Election. And although I am just short of being old enough to vote in it, I feel as if I may be more qualified than many adults to take part in this election all thanks to my Government class. Opinions on taxes, war, healthcare, and marriage rights are all very crucial during this election but the topics of healthcare and gay rights stand out to me most.

    I will not be able to participate in the upcoming election by voting, but I do believe that I can still make an impact by voicing my opinions. I am very passionate about the issue on Same-Sex marriage and take every opportunity I get to express my beliefs. By taking this course I have learned so much about how the election process works, I was able to understand the Primary and Caucus systems which have now lead into the process of gaining delegates. Using interactive websites during class helped me learn the material in an interesting way.

    Presidential power was a topic we discussed that really impacted me. Presidents should be able to make changes and not be limited by documents written over 200 years ago. Franklin Delano Roosevelt first began thinking this way. His modern way of thinking was to benefit America in the times of change and while technology was growing. Now moving into the 21st century, times have changed since the Constitution was written. America is not the same today and in order to make changes, the President needs to be able to stray from the norms in the 1800s and make decisions that benefit America today in the 2000s. While the Constitution is a very important document and should always remain the center of thinking for our government, a new point of view on it and a little more elbow room in the interpretation should be able to take place in order to help America grow.


    For Barack Obama, this elbow room in power took place in his healthcare system. While it wasn’t the most popular and still is not today, he did not overstep his constitutional rights but still took control in shaping America how he saw most fit. Today, his policy is helping American’s tremendously. Sahil Kapur from TPM points out that Obamacare has saved senior citizens 3.4 billion dollars in their prescription drug costs. During this time of technological advances where medical advances are being made at high costs, the President was able to use his power to help citizens obtain these live saving and prolonging goods.

       Obama’s healthcare will give back $1.3 billion to American’s and companies giving back to the economy says The LA Times. Obama’s healthcare system helps relieve the cost of hospital and medical fees by spreading the cost of insurance more equally between all Americans. Elise Viebeck of The Hill Online explains how because of his new laws over 200 local clinics have been updated with more modern equipment and up to 1.3 million American’s will be able to use local healthcare to its fullest.

  1. rccole05
    May 1, 2012 at 10:14 am

    I completely agree with you. I think that we should keep the constitution, but maybe update it in some way. A couple hundred years ago, our founding fathers couldn’t possibly invision what our country would look like today. But as times have changed drastically, I think that our rules and regulations should, in some ways, as well. Very good post

  2. juliewheeler15
    May 1, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Great post Sydney! All of your hyperlinks are great and very informative. I would go through your grammer because there are a few things that need to be changed but otherwise great job.

  3. May 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I’d love to learn more about what you mean when you write: “Using interactive websites during class helped me learn the material in an interesting way” which website(s) were meaningful to you and why!

    It seems to me that there’s a switch in focus from ‘key issues in the 2012 election’ to ‘presidential power’… although it appears that health care is a theme that connects both ideas together, I would like to see you split this post into two: develop the health care and gay rights issues that “stand out to you most” and also discuss presidential power more fully – to explain more deeply why the topic has really impacted you! I’m curious about your thoughts on each topic!!

    I LOVE your first two paragraphs… our country will be in good hand with informed young voters like you accepting their responsibility: to vote and to participate in impactful ways!

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