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This week President Barack Obama announced his support of same-sex marriage to the public. He said that ” it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married” because his personal views are “evolving” with the modern time and that he wants to progress our country forward socially. The Constitution never specifically stated that marriages should only be between a man and a woman and it never discriminated against anyone due to their sexual orientation. Obama was only supporting the people’s right to live their life freely and keeping politics out of the social aspects of the country. His radical actions may have an impact in his 2012 campaignin November due to the views of the swing states. Those that oppose say that marriage is a sacred entity and it should only be between a man and a woman. Honestly, I think that marriage should just be about commitment between two people who love each other and honor the marital bonds by marrying for the right reasons and staying together for as long as possible. There is nothing sacred about a divorce. Of course, that is my own opinion and everyone is entitled to have differing views.

Game-Plan Change for 2012 Campaign

Game-Plan Change for 2012 Campaign

For example, North Carolina recently banned same-sex marriage and it received many young people opposing it regardless of their political party preference, which gives Obama’s campaign some hope because the future generation supports the equality for all sexual-orientations. I think President Obama’s timing was a little off with his announcement putting his campaign in jeopardy, but maybe the social issue of equality will overcome the political barriers and unite the new generation on the path to progress. President Obama’s campaign relies on his voters’ priority of social issues rather than other key components that fundamentally separate the political parties. However, President Obama feels confident in his actions because he feels as though he has support from talking with students who are the future of America. President Obama states that “when I go to college campuses, sometimes I talk to college Republicans who think that I have terrible policies on the economy, on foreign policy, but are very clear that when it comes to same-sex equality or, you know, sexual orientation, that they believe in equality,” he said. Regardless of the political parties, many people support marriage equality which gives hope to the future of our country and maybe President Obama’s 2012 campaign.

Sexuality Equality in the States

However, there are Obama-supporters that do not support gay marriage and many say that it is possible that he could lose their support with his statement. And however much national attitudes may be shifting, the issue remains highly contentious among black and Latino voters, two groups central to Mr. Obama’s success. Polls show that gay marriage is not a huge concern to swing voters and majority voters, but it might jeopardize his once “locked-in” minority voters.  New York Times Analyst Adam Nagourney states that “In truth, Republicans and Democrats are hardly sure whether this will be a deciding issue in any state, given how pressing economic concerns are, particularly in the swing states” meaning that many voters will not see this as an issue in the upcoming election and that they will instead focus on more important issues like the economy, for example.On Perry Bacon Jr’s Democratic blog Red, Black and Blue,he stated that “African-Americans voters, according to polls, are more likely to oppose gay marriage than other Democratic blocs of the electorate” which could be a huge factor in President Obama’s probability of being reelected. It is practically impossible to predict the outcome of the 2012 election based off of one issue, many components effect who will be the next President of the United States. Personally, I think Obama made a politically risky move because unfortunately there are still many people who do not think that all people should be granted the same rights and are  seriously offended and uncomfortable by Persident Obama’s announcement.

…And How are we Represented Again?!

April 20, 2012 4 comments

The complex election process is fascinating because there are so many factors that can change the outcome of the election. Usually in a democracy, the people get to choose their representative but in the United States, we choose representatives that then choose the elector and make the decisions. Democracy gives all people a voice even if they do not have a direct say in the process. However, the candidates must jump through a series of hoops to become president and probably one of the most dificult hoops has the most impact on the outcome: the Electoral College.

A confusing part of the election process for most is the Electoral College system, which entitles a representative to cast their ‘pledged vote’ for a specific candidate. Meaning that even if a candidate wins the popular vote, it does not necessarily mean that they will win the electoral votes.Every state gets a number of electors equal to the number of Representatives. Due to the fact that each state elects the electors based on their population and individual states have more say in the outcome of the election rather than individuals. The Electoral College system has its opposers and supporters and each believe that there is only one way to represent the American population either through direct democracy or partial democracy.

Supporters of the Electoral College system argue that it is best to not have the popular vote dictate the outcome of elections because people only want to satisfy what they want at the moment rather than thinking about the future. The opposers argue that it does not satisfy the majority of the country and it defeats the purpose of a democracy if the people do not have a say in the election. However, the Electoral College is the system that America follows regardless if the popular candidate wins or not. Usually the President who win the electoral votes may have a higher satisfaction rate and therefore, I believe that the electoral college should be untampered with unless it would be to remove any unpartisan bias. The Electoral ensures the voter’s confidence in their candidate if he/she is  supported by a group of highly-qualified officials thinking only about the future of the country.

The election process is a controversial one, but in the end most of the presidents receive a high approval rating so there must be some valor in the efforts and the outcome of the electoral college.

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