Having taught at community colleges and universities over more than thirty years, I see students less and less prepared. Unfortunately, this is not just in science and mathematics. It apparently includes civics, a study of how governments work.
When President Trump was elected there was an outcry regarding the votes. Our system uses an Electoral College, and only those votes count. We vote for members of that body. It really does not matter which candidate got more of the people’s votes. Yes, Hillary Clinton had more people vote for her than did President Trump. But the claim that she had the majority of votes in wrong. Neither rose to over fifty percent. That has not happened in many prior elections, so why is this one different?
This happens because there are other political parties. Currently, these have little chance of getting a candidate elected. But they pick up some votes based on philosophical reasons. Another reason people vote for these smaller parties is in protest of the two major candidates. In an election with other than the rules for a presidential election there would be a runoff. Neither could claim victory until after that happened.
The situation was complicated by those who wanted to explain it, but in their effort decided to address the people who failed to vote. Since most states give all of their votes to a single candidate, people living among those who vote for the opposite party in large numbers often do not bother voting. This is not right, but it was used to try at an explanation, since it dismissed President Trump’s poorer showing. In politics, spin is more important than fact, and both sides do it.
So, the claim Hillary Clinton had the majority of votes and won is bogus. More is not a majority.
In our government the Vice President takes over if something happens to the President, not the person who came in second in the election.
My Zazzle cap predates Trump's cap, and contains no message. I have sold some with other countries' flags. I have, like ,many, often been forced to vote against a candidate instead of for a candidate, due to lack of quality that spreads across party lines.
The problem with political salaries, if they were the main source of revenue for many politicians that might be fine, but there is always under the table deals, and siphoning campaign money to tempt them.
P.S. the highlighted "Trump" hat gives a wee bit of a slant to your unbiased article. Just saying...
Corruption is a means by which many line their pockets, greed is the root of all wrong doing, I think it prudent political figures should receive the same salary as do teachers, then perhaps those who truly care about their country will fill political positions and the world becomes a better place.
Frank,hope you feel better soon. I know your politicians are probably about like ours, many looking for power and money.
Veronica, moral voting works as long as one side has no immoral stance. The Democrats tend to favor abortion, while the Republicans tend to favor corporate profits over the environment. There are many issues with a moral component.
Veronica, the government shutdown was political. It happens often. Only an approved budget item can be spent unless it is essential. Until recently, the government was run by Republicans, but in the last election the House of Representatives became Democratic. The battle is over a wall on the southern border and DACA, children brought in by parents illegally and now grown being granted citizenship.
The shutdown was partial, so politicians were paid, except some who asked not to be. Now, back pay is being paid out. Some worked and were paid, some worked and had pay deferred, some were off but usually are paid as though they worked after the fact. This was known to be coming, so preparation was in order. The people who lost pay were contractors. If a person worked for a contractor and the government contract shut down they were at risk.
The funding approved was for about three weeks, probably so the pay could be distributed. It should happen again very soon.
The real reason is so each side can blame the other, or so it seems.
WriterArtist, I am not at all familiar with the Indian system. But blackmail is a form of corruption, and corruption is a real danger in all political systems.,
As I rested in bed this morning I was dwelling on this issue, but I have been delayed in writing anything as I have had a minor illness. So thanks for writing the article. Your article was timely,considering the situation in the UK where inferior and unworthy people wield power at the expense of the nation. The trouble with politics is politicians. So many enter politics for the money and the power rather than as an act of service. They serve sectional interests rather then the common good.
Thank you for your clear explanations of American politics. I am passionate about news, politics and world events and I must say I find the American system confusing. My son has a politics degree and he tries to explain your system to me.
The recent news of government shutdown distressed me greatly when I thought of those poor workers with no wages whilst the senators , president etc … had their wages . is this true ? if so is it right ?
Agreed that no one candidate will or party will fit all our personal wishes . It is a question of " right fit". That said , I do vote from a moral stance and have been known to vote for a different party to my own if my candidate didn't fit my moral criteria.
This very thought provoking. Thank you.
Unlike US, India has several regional parties that adds to the problem. A coalition government that comes out of such arrangement is unstable and can blackmail the running office/parliament. Nothing good has ever come out of politics that is becoming more power driven and corrupt.