Politics Simplified

Politics Simplified

The end to political confusion begins here.
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Studying the institutions of the American government is minimal in high school generally focusing on American History and constitutionalism rather than the system at large. Because of this, few high school graduates retain what little information is taught to them. Even fewer individuals over the age of 25 (33.4%) seek higher education and choose to enroll in introductory political science courses that primarily focus on the basics of our nation's political system. Often, those who do enroll in such courses are taught by professors who negligently assume their students possess a fundamental knowledge of the system rather than a mere interest in the subject with the intentions of fulfilling a general education requirement. With this, it comes as no surprise that nearly 46.9% of citizens over the age of eighteen failed to participate in the 2016 election. That is a total of approximately 116,994,132 people out of a population of 249,454,440 adults. This is not to assume that 2016's voter turnout was solely dependent on political understanding. However, this is one of the most influential factors contributing to a significant lack of eligible voters. To those wishing to end their political confusion or quench their thirst for additional basic political knowledge, you may begin here.


Electoral College

Many tend to view the Electoral College with unease as they question it's central purpose. It was originally ordained in 1787 to act as a bridge between a congressional vote and the national popular vote for presidential elections. A committee of 583 electors foregather every four years in anticipation of an upcoming election in order to nominate favorable candidates who are fit to serve in office. Each state is granted electors equal to the sum of its Congressional delegation. In other words, for every Senator a state has, two electors are issued while only one elector is given for each member of their House of Representatives.
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A total of 270 electoral votes are needed to elect a presidential candidate. Citizens aid in validating their state's electors by voting in an election. With the exception of Maine and Nebraska, all states act to grant their electoral votes in its entirety to the candidate who won the popular vote of the people. In contrast, Maine and Nebraska have adopted a system of proportional representation. In utilizing the Electoral College, states with lower populations are better balanced amongst those with the highest number of eligible voters. However, it's greatest shortcoming is represented in times when the electoral vote outweighs the popular vote.




Democratic Party

The Democratic Party, commonly referred to as the left wing or liberal party, makes up approximately 31% of the national population.


Republican Party

The Republican Party, widely known as the right wring or conservative party, consists of roughly 24% of the national population.


Independent & Other Parties

Independents and those identifying with other parties including: Libertarian, Green, Constitution, and Communist are comprised of relatively 42% of the national population. Those in these parties may agree on issues supported by either the Democrat Party of the Republican Party while some identify themselves with the right left or right. The majority of members within these parties aim to prevent political polarization through limited political ideology thus exclusively voting for candidates based on where they stand on national issues.

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6 Things You Should Know About The Woman Who Can't Stand Modern Feminism

Yes, she wants to be heard too.

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2018 is sort of a trap for this woman. She believes in women with all of the fire inside of her, but it is hard for her to offer support when people are making fools of themselves and disguising it as feminism.

The fact of the matter is that women possess qualities that men don't and men possess qualities that women don't. That is natural. Plus, no one sees men parading the streets in penis costumes complaining that they don't get to carry their own fetus for nine months.

1. She really loves and values women.

She is incredibly proud to be a woman.

She knows the amount of power than a woman's presence alone can hold. She sees when a woman walks into a room and makes the whole place light up. She begs that you won't make her feel like a "lady hater" because she doesn't want to follow a trend that she doesn't agree with.

2. She wants equality, too

She has seen the fundamental issues in the corporate world, where women and men are not receiving equal pay.

She doesn't cheer on the businesses that don't see women and men as equivalents. But she does recognize that if she works her butt off, she can be as successful as she wants to.

3. She wears a bra.

While she knows the "I don't have to wear a bra for society" trend isn't a new one, but she doesn't quite get it. Like maybe she wants to wear a bra because it makes her feel better. Maybe she wears a bra because it is the normal things to do... And that's OK.

Maybe she wants to put wear a lacy bra and pretty makeup to feel girly on .a date night. She is confused by the women who claim to be "fighting for women," because sometimes they make her feel bad for expressing her ladyhood in a different way than them.

4. She hates creeps just as much as you do. .

Just because she isn't a feminist does not mean that she is cool with the gruesome reality that 1 in 5 women are sexually abused.

In fact, this makes her stomach turn inside out to think about. She knows and loves people who have been through such a tragedy and wants to put the terrible, creepy, sexually charged criminals behind bars just as bad as the next woman.

Remember that just because she isn't a feminist doesn't mean she thinks awful men can do whatever they want.

5. There is a reason she is ashamed of 2018's version of feminism.

She looks at women in history who have made a difference and is miserably blown away by modern feminism's performance.

Not only have women in the past won themselves the right to vote, but also the right to buy birth control and have credit cards in their names and EVEN saw marital rape become a criminal offense.

None of them dressed in vagina costumes to win anyone over though... Crazy, right?

6. She isn't going to dress in a lady parts costume to prove a point.

This leaves her speechless. It is like the women around her have absolutely lost their minds and their agendas, only lessening their own credibility.

"Mom, what are those ladies on TV dressed up as?"

"Ummm... it looks to me like they are pink taco's honey."

She loves who she is and she cherished what makes her different from the men around her. She doesn't want to compromise who she is as a woman just so she can be "equal with men."

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Why Voting Rights For Felons Matter

Voting disenfranchisement for felons is becoming a hot button topic in the U.S. what's so important about it?

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Many people in the United States of America would consider voting to be an important right for people and crucial to our democratic process. However, there are people who are being withheld that right, and those citizens are felons. The United States is among four other countries in the world to have laws that disenfranchise voters after their sentences and paroles have been served. While laws vary from state to state, approximately 6 million people who have committed a felony were denied the right to vote in the year 2012 within the entirety of the U.S. This is quite an increase compared to 1976 when only 1.2 million felons couldn't vote.

Pair voter disenfranchisement for felons with the problem of mass incarceration, and a major issue becomes apparent. According to the census from 2010, 2,306 per 100,000 Blacks are incarcerated as opposed to 450 per 100,000 Whites. This immediately becomes an issue because it means that a certain portion of the population's voice is being suppressed to some extent. Historically, some argue that voter disenfranchisement laws were used in the South after the Civil War to incarcerate African-Americans. Whether or not some of these laws are still in effect for racist reasons is important to be aware of for sure, but the fact that so many people are unable to vote is dangerous to our democracy in and of itself

Proponents for the disenfranchisement of felons would argue that these people have shown a blatant disregard for the law; therefore, they do not reserve the right to partake in the making of it. Furthermore, people who have been convicted of such crimes cannot be trusted with something so powerful as a vote. If we do not allow felons to own guns or serve on a jury, surely the right to vote cannot be entrusted with them either. The recidivism rate of felons is massive, with 3/4 of those convicted returning to prison after 5 years, and so it is too dangerous to give them back their rights as soon as their sentence has been served.

However, there is a fundamental issue at hand with this thinking. First of all, the high prison recidivism rate of the United States can likely be attributed to multiple factors including the prison system and education. These issues can be fixed by legislators who are voted in. Without felons being able to vote, issues with the prison system may not properly be addressed! Their voices are not being heard on a certain level. While felons may still participate politically in other ways, they cannot exercise the simple function of voting in our democratic society. Many people consider it a part of our civic duty to vote, and as we try to reintegrate felons into society, they are denied this simple right.

Truly it is a shame that so many people today are not able to vote despite having served their full sentence. The original intent of the prison system was meant to be reformative, and not as punitive. Today, however, that no longer seems to be the case. Now felons are punished even after serving their sentence to an extent that some consider to be unjust. I would like to remind everyone out there to go out and look for the facts themselves and learn about voter disenfranchisement in the U.S.

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