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Can enforced mandatory voting in a post-industrial United States increase political efficacy?

In Democratic Party, Elections, Electoral process, Republican Party, U.S Congress, U.S States, United States of America on June 3, 2016 at 9:49 am


An outline of the problem

Political participation can assume various forms: protesting, voting and actively engaging in campaign activities, however in industrial democracies, more people vote than engage in a routine mass political behavior. A participatory culture creates an atmosphere where citizens depict a heightened enthusiasm for politics and take pride in the institutions and its roles in public life (Jackman 405). But interest in matters of state and policy framing is dependent on individual experience and relationship to the sociopolitical environment. Sociologist Andrew Perrin posits that we fabricate a “democratic imagination” from experiences in civic life along with other domains such as work, family, and neighborhood. This democratic imagination drives the motivation of getting involved in politics, how to do so and when to stay away (Perrin 2).

A relatively new trend in the American political system is emerging where public engagement with the policy framing process is on a steady decline towards a deep legitimacy crisis. In the 2014 U.S midterm election, a meager 36.4 percent of the eligible voting population showed up to the polls. According to the New York Times editorial board, this national election cycle marked a 70-year low in terms of voter turnout going back to 1942 when 33.9 percent of adults reportedly voted. The excuse in 1942 was reasonable as most young men eligible to vote were fighting in the Second World War (Montanaro et al).

The detrimental aspect of the 2014 midterms was the disproportionate outcome when viewed across the lines of race and ethnicity. According to the latest U.S census data: 75 percent of the population is Caucasian; 12.5 percent Hispanic or Latino (of any race); 12.3 percent African-American; 3.6 percent Asian. The United States has a tremendous mixture of ethnic groups with different expectations from government, however, the exit poll data from the last election shows a grim picture when it comes to representation from the above-listed communities. In the race for the U.S House of Representatives, 75 percent of the voters were white and the next significant number is 12 percent from the African-American community followed by eight percent of Hispanic voters (NBC news). Read the rest of this entry »

America’s fetish with Donald Trump needs to end. Now!

In Donald Trump, Elections, Republican Party on August 29, 2015 at 5:11 pm

If you have been following the news at all, it would be hard to miss the numerous stories regarding business mogul and presidential candidate hopeful Donald Trump. Mr. Trump announced his candidacy earlier this year and following a bizarre pattern of bigoted statements and comments, shot up in preliminary polls as the months went on. Whether it was referring to Mexican immigrants as “rapist who are bringing drugs and crime to the U.S” or bullying Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly post Fox News’ much hyped first Republican debate. Univision replied to Mr. Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants by withdrawing partnership with the Trump organization and Fox News owner Roger Alias demanded an apology from Trump for his behavior with Kelly on and off air. Yet! Trump remains unfazed and unapologetic to anyone he may have inadvertently hurt or offended.

However, the real fascinating aspect in this debacle is the radical following Mr. Trump has garnered since announcing his candidacy. For various reasons, reasonable or not, followers of Mr. Trump have increasingly grown in numbers. As time goes by, ardent followers are becoming almost blind supporters of Donald Trump’s political rhetoric. This brings up a real problem with an American society that is heavily into the idea of politics, but seemingly avoids understanding the needs of the country or the policy forming process. Proof is in the policy proposal’s put forth by the Trump campaign, which when considered in context doesn’t hold a lot of weight in the process of forming policy. Read the rest of this entry »

Republican Health Care Plan: Don’t get sick! If you do, die quickly [VIDEO]

In 2012 Presidential Election, Barack Obama, Elections, Health Care, Republican Party, Ron Paul, Tea Party on September 13, 2011 at 1:08 am

I was watching the Republican debate tonight on CNN and there was an odd moment. While Ron Paul was explaining his stand on health care he was posed with a hypothetical question. The question to him was, “Let’s say there’s a guy who’s doing well and earns a decent income. He doesn’t want to pay $200-$300 a month for insurance because he thinks he’s never going to get sick. Then something bad happens and he needs treatment for 6 months at a stretch. He goes into a coma for instance. What do you say to him then? What happens to him?” Ron Paul has a very idealistic answer. He says the person should have had a heath insurance or a medical plan. He was then reminded by Wolf Blitzer, the event’s moderator that he doesn’t have it or didn’t deem necessary. Basically Ron Paul didn’t have an answer to it. So he came up with something like, he should have had it. Does he think that the state was going to pay for his medical bills or the church should take care of him. At this point Blitzer asked him whether the state should just let him die. Although Paul didn’t say it the audience did. There were cheers like, ‘YEAH!’ and ‘Let him die’. It was a terrible moment and probably the most sickening thing I’ve heard from an audience in a Republican debate so far. There are people who want to wait and watch a fellow American/human being die. Rep Alan Grayson (D-Florida) rightfully said, “It’s sadistic.” Paul interjected to offer an explanation for how it was, more-or-less, the root choice of a free society. He added that communities and non-government institutions can fill the void that the public sector is currently playing. He said that while he was working in the medical line the “churches never turned anyone away.” He added, “We have given up on this whole concept that we might take care of ourselves, assume responsibility for ourselves, that’s the reason the cost is so high.” Read the rest of this entry »

Rick Perry on the issues [VIDEO]

In 2012 Presidential Election, Elections, Republican Party, Tea Party, Texas, U.S States on September 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I just wanted to post this video. I think this says it all about the capability of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s handling of crucial issues. I bet he is as fickle minded when he was governing Texas and hence the Texas mess we see today..

Another one on the bus; Presenting Rick Perry!

In 2012 Presidential Election, Elections, Texas, U.S States on August 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm

THIS is the moment I was waiting for. Since the run up to the 2012 presidential race began I was hoping for this man to come on board and make covering politics even more fun. I can foresee that the final two contenders for the Republican nomination will be Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. Expect a huge battle between these two players as each will try to outdo the other in a grand way. Rick Perry (R), Governor of Texas formally made the announcement on Saturday. Perry’s spokesman Mark Miner said the governor would make his intentions known on Saturday while visiting the crucial early primary states of South Carolina and New Hampshire. This was a very strategic move as the Rick Perry news kind of overshadowed the Iowa straw poll, which was on the same day. Perry announced his candidacy the day that eight candidates, including Republican front-runner Mitt Romney, were to appeared on stage during a nationally televised debate.

Perry who recently concluded the controversial stadium prayer event will jump onto the bandwagon polling second only to front-runner Mitt Romney. The funny thing about Rick Perry is that he is majorly unpopular in his state of Texas. A Public Policy Poll (PPP) shows that Perry carries a favorability of 42 (for) – 50 (against) at home. The country elected George W. Bush Jr who was also the governor of the same state and here comes this guy who is unfavorable in his own state and is hoping to pray his way out of economic turmoil. Texas at the moment is in a financial muck and it’s governor is busy with a Christians only stadium prayer events to solve the problem. Read the rest of this entry »

Wisconsin Recalls..

In Elections, Labor Unions, Republican Party, Tea Party, U.S States, Wisconsin on August 9, 2011 at 10:46 am

And here we are. After 100,000 people showed up on the streets of Madison during the cold winter month, we have ourselves a general election in the great state of Wisconsin. The badger state has put up 6 Republican senators and 2 Democratic senators up for recalls. A short while ago something like this happened was in Green Bay, Wisconsin when incumbent Rep. Dave Hansen (D) was challenged by Republican David VanderLeest. Hansen scored comfortably making it Democrats 1, Republican 0. A lot of these people who are furious and angry voted for Scott Walker when he ran but the policies that he implemented have turned their minds around 180 degrees. It’s not just taking back the senate, this outburst of the middle/working class is to take back Wisconsin from the hands of Walker. Wisconsin Democrats and liberals have vowed to hand Walker his pink slip. Unions, firefighters, teachers, students and the middle class to sum it up are up in arm and the fight begins today, Tuesday August 9th 2011.

Here’s who is up for re-election:

  • Former De Pere Mayor Nancy Nusbaum (D) is running against Republican state Senator Robert Cowles.
  • State Rep. Sandy Pasch (D) running against GOP state Sen. Alberta Darling (R) in a general election race.
  • Shelly Moore (D), an English teacher, running to unseat state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R) in a general election.
  • Democratic state Rep. Fred Clark is running against Republican state Sen. Luther Olsen in a general election race.
  • Attorney Jessica King (D), is looking to unseat Republican state Sen. Randy Hopper in a general election match-up.
  • Democratic state Rep. Jennifer Shilling of La Crosse is facing off against state Sen. Dan Kapanke (R) in a general election race. Read the rest of this entry »