In Government class we have learned about different units of study such as Elections, Congress, the Presidency, and the Courts. In my reflection I’m going to tell you what I think about North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage sparks cheers, jeers and how it connects to the congress. North Carolina voters want to change the state’s constitution, According to CNN North Carolina voted Tuesday to outlaw same-sex marriage, which was already prohibited in the state. Supporters pushed for the constitutional amendment, arguing that it is needed to ward off future legal challenges. Amendment one would make marriage between one man and one woman the only recognized legal union in the state, as well as it should be. From my experiences working with the constitution I’ve come to realize that us, as a nation should use it as a foundation to run our nation. The controversy going on in North Carolina could have been avoided if the people of NC would just abide by the constitutional rights. Is even stated in the bible that only man and women shall be together.
Yet one can argue that North Carolina banning same sex marriage is going against the 14th Amendment which says “ No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United Sates; nor shall any Sate deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws”. Me personally? I really don’t know what I think about this certain situation regarding same sex marriage. If one is happy with the same sex why deny that happiness from them? But at the same time it goes against the constitution. Therefore, you can argue both sides in this scenario.
To conclude, I feel that if someone were to get married to one of the same sex that could be okay as long theyre happy. I don’t think anyone should be discriminated against, just because who theyre happy with, essentially we all want to be happy with the significant other. 😉
The unit that interest me the most was the Electoral strategy. Because me personally, I like having a visual on what ever it is that I’m doing. In this case not only did the Electoral strategy interest me the most but it gave me a visual on how we can see presidential elections as 50 elections for electoral votes, one in each state. The Electoral strategy is a strategy that will grant them to receive the 270 electoral votes. We use the Electoral College as a “guideline” or “rules” to get the votes that the president needs. This odd system shapes the way elections are conducted and can also determined the actual winner. The List of United States presidential election results by state was very helpful because you can actually see what state voted Democrat, Republican and or, a toss up state from 1800’s to present day.
The policy briefs were also a good assignment to broaden my perspective and thing outside the box. It gave me an opportunity to identify current events issues that will become the centerpiece of our candidate’s campaign. I chose to do Immigration because that one was most important to me because I feel that NOT all immigrants are bad or wrong, just most of them. I learned from illegal Immigrants Statistics that most of the immigrants come to the U.S to maximize their opportunity to make it in the world, although some immigrants are bad or do the wrong things. I learned that there are 3 major problems that arouse from illegal aliens “Anchor Babies” drug trafficking, and crime. Anchor babies are born of illegal parents in America. The parents hope that due to the child’s citizenship that they will also be allowed to stay in the country. Drug trafficking is also an issue. Annually, over 2.2 million Kilograms of cocaine is brought over the Mexico-Texas border. And the last major problem with immigrants is the crime rates. Drug cartels has resulted in over 100 billion dollars worth of drugs being brought over the boarder and sold through over 11,000 gang members every year. I believe that
Without the policy brief assignment I would not have learned about the dangers of letting immigrants come to the United States even though some do anyway. This specific assignment expanded my knowledge about this certain issue that United States has to deal with on a day-to-day base. Government class as a whole has broadened my thinking as far as contemporary issues as well as current events. I find myself thinking in political terms when I am doing simple things from watching television to participate in everyday activities. Learning about the Electoral College and doing the policy brief has provided information that I can benefit from later on in life. I honestly believe that’s the best part of education, putting what you’ve learned into use in life that will better yourself as well as the people around you.