Blog Post 2 (sorry I’m incapable of keeping these short)

On the early morning of November 9th, nearly every voter in America probably found themselves wondering; “what the hell just happened?”

In the aftermath, everyone seemed to have their theories and reasons as to why Donald Trump was elected president. Jenee Desmond-Harris’s piece “Trump’s win is a reminder of the incredible, unbeatable power of racism” from Vox.com attempts to answer that question by asserting that racism was the driving force that got Donald Trump elected and that the white voters who pulled the lever for him harbor intolerance and racism as well. It’s a popular argument, and has seemed typify the response from some members of the Democratic Party and the political left from November 9th onward. Harris cites multiple studies, previous statements by Trump, and CNN exit polls to reinforce her claims. However, I believe the entire basis of that argument, whether members of the Democratic party and their supporters believe it to be true or not, poses an enormous problem for Democrats moving forward.

Even if Harris’s argument wasn’t flimsy (It’s emotionally based, entirely subjective, and by and large, breaks the cardinal rule of statistics: correlation doesn’t equal causation), I’d still argue that relying on it is hurtful to the Democratic party because of the message it sends a key contingent of its voters. The fact is, yes, Trump did indeed win an enormous number of white voters, but many of them were former Democrats from reliably blue states, in a historically blue geographic region (the rust belt), who switched sides last fall, and attacking them may only alienate them further. If that gives the Republicans the advantage in the rust belt, it would be catastrophic for the Democrats (PA, OH, MI, WI & IA are worth a combined 70 electoral votes), that to me is the issue here. If Harris wants to blast Trump to high heaven, then by all means, she should do it. It’s blasting his voters that I consider to be dangerous, and Harris does that throughout the article. For instance, in one segment, titled “Almost any way you slice it, white people supported Trump on Election Day and nonwhite people didn’t,” Harris opines: “These huge swaths of white voters were willing to overlook the many ways in which Trump was unqualified, temperamentally unfit, and dangerous and represented a massive threat to American democracy.”

“The most generous interpretation is that white voters chose him despite his racism, not because of it. But that’s a very difficult case to make, given his massive weaknesses.” Actually, it’s a very easy case to make. Hillary Clinton was also a historically unpopular candidate, and ran a historically poor campaign. To illustrate that point, after the Democratic National Convention in July Clinton did not make a single campaign stop in Wisconsin, a reliably blue state that was polling tighter in 2016 than it had in the past, but did find time to visit Arizona, and Utah, states that turned blue only once over the last fifty eight years. Clinton would not only become the first Democrat to lose Wisconsin in over a quarter century, but the state’s incumbent Republican Senator, Ron Johnson, was re-elected in a monumental upset victory over his Democratic challenger. Meanwhile, Arizona and Utah went Republican, yet again. In North Carolina, a critical swing state where the average ACA premiums are expected to increase by 40% this year, Clinton sent Lena Dunham to campaign on her behalf. Trump, who promised to repeal the ACA during the campaign and made more visits to the state than Clinton, won it by more than three points, and Richard Burr, North Carolina’s Republican Senator, was re-elected by an even wider margin.

Many of these voters that the Democratic party lost last fall actually voted for Barack Obama not once, but twice. Trump flipped six states, (and one congressional district in northern Maine worth one electoral vote) that went for Obama in 2008 and 2012, and three of those (Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania) last voted Republican before many of us in this class were even born. Harris cites a three year old study, where a political scientist from Harvard gauged the reaction of a small handful of white people after they sat next to a pair of Latino men on a train in Boston as evidence that the hundreds of thousands of voters throughout the rust belt who supported Democrats over the last quarter century somehow turned into racists over the last four years. I believe that other factors, such as healthcare premiums (remember North Carolina where premiums increased by 40%? According to a CBS poll from late October 2016, when asked whether Obamacare hurt or helped people, 53% of North Carolina voters said “hurt” as opposed to only 38% who said “help.”), the condition of our economy (62% of voters rated the condition as “poor” according to CNN exit polls, and Trump won them by 31 points), or our country’s trade deals (according to CNN, the majority of voters in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan believed international trade took away U.S. jobs) played a big role in their decision. The bottom line is that there’s no evidence to suggest that all those people in Wisconsin, who, for the last 32 years voted for Democrats (including the nation’s first black president twice, and Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay individual to be elected to the U.S. Senate) became racists at some point over the last few hundred days because they decided to support a Republican in the last election cycle. Labeling these voters as racists could potentially estrange them further.

Were there Trump voters who held outright bigoted, intolerant and abhorrent beliefs? Absolutely, and while it’s important that their behavior is unequivocally denounced, they also made up a relatively small fraction of his support. For that reason, I think it’s bad for the Democratic party, and the political left to give them credit for Trump’s victory because it sends one of two messages, and neither bodes well. Either it means that they’re choosing to focus on a few thousand bigoted lunatics from the fringe of society over the millions of Ex-Democratic in the midwest and all throughout the country who abandoned their party last November, or they’re grouping those ex-Democratics into the same bucket along with them. Whichever it is, neither gives off the vibe of John Cusack holding a radio, and at this moment, that’s who the Democratic Party and its supporters need to take a cue from.

Simply put, the Democrats need to carry those voters in order to win the electoral college, and if they want to lure them back, the first step to making that happen would be to try and understand why they left the party in the first place. Dismissing their concerns or angrily fixating on their genetic makeup certainly won’t do the trick. What will? I think Yair Rosenberg, a political commentator who supported Hillary Clinton during the campaign said it best on twitter the morning after the election: “[I t]old [my] students today: key lesson of election is liberal politicians need to deal w[ith] their electorates as they are, not as they wish they were.” The bottom line is that the Democrats need to win back the moderate vote in order to take back control of the government. How can they do that? Taking Rosenberg’s advice would be a pretty good starting point.

Works Cited
Bryan, Bob. “Here’s How Much Obamacare Premiums Are Going up in Every State.” Business Insider. Business Insider, 26 Oct. 2016. Web. 26 Feb. 2017.
“CNN Exit Polls.” CNN.com. CNN, 8 Nov. 2016. Web.
Desmond-Harris, Jenee. “Trump’s Win Is a Reminder of the Incredible, Unbeatable Power of Racism.” Vox. Vox, 09 Nov. 2016. Web. 26 Feb. 2017.
Engel, Pamela. “Clinton Never Set Foot in Wisconsin – Then She Lost It, and It Helped Cost Her the Presidency.” Business Insider. Business Insider, 09 Nov. 2016. Web. 26 Feb. 2017.
Glassbergrglassberg@charlotteobserver.com, Ronnie. “How Many times Have Clinton and Trump Been to North Carolina? Here’s Your Answer.” Charlotteobserver. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2017.
Politics, CBS News. “CBS News Battleground Tracker: North Carolina, Oct. 30, 2016.” Scribd. Scribd, n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2017.
Rosenberg, Yair. “Told Students Today: Key Lesson of Election Is Liberal Politicians Need to Deal W/ Their Electorates as They Are, Not as They Wish They Were.” Twitter. Twitter, 09 Nov. 2016. Web. 26 Feb. 2017.
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The 2016 Election: How did this happen, and what comes next?

For a whole host of reasons, the 2016 election was without a doubt one of the most bizarre, chaotic, divisive and in many ways, fascinating presidential races in the history of the United States. We all know what happened by now. Clinton held a huge lead in the polls, and was predicted to win the presidency with ease, when things took a sudden turn on election night. Trump went on to flip six states (and one congressional district in Maine) that Barack Obama carried twice, three of which (Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania) hadn’t been won by a Republican in over a quarter century, and would receive more electoral votes than any nominee from his party since George H.W. Bush in 1988. Furthermore, not only did he win, but the Republicans maintained their majorities in both chambers of congress, giving them control of the executive and legislative branches.

So what I’d like to examine is; how on Earth did this happen? What will the fallout look like? What led to Trump’s rise through the ranks? How did the Republicans gain control of the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives after losing all three in similar fashion just eight years ago, and finally, what do the Democrats need to do in order to win them back?

In the wake of the election, and Trump’s swearing in, many protests have broken out across the country, some of which turned violent. Obviously, our country is quite divided at the moment, and tensions are running high. Since many Americans, regardless of where we stand ideologically, are engaged in the political process, the answers to those questions could be useful to all of us. Hopefully, I can provide them.

Works Cited
Final Electoral College Map. Digital image. Businessinsider.com. Business Insider, n.d. Web.
Mele, Christopher. “2nd Night of Trump Protests Brings 29 Arrests in Oregon.” Nytimes.com. New York Times, 11 Nov. 2016. Web. 12 Feb. 2017.
“Senate Election Results: G.O.P. Keeps Control.” Nytimes.com. New York Times, n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2017.
“House Election Results: G.O.P. Keeps Control.” Nytimes.com. New York Times, n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2017.

End of Semester Recap about Gun Laws

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My Topic: My topic was based on gun control and how this could effect rights to US citizens.

My Essays: My first essay on this topic was an evaluation paper. I started to explain what gun control was and why it was a consideration. I then went on to discuss the different laws of guns briefly in each state and highlighted the importance of the US constitution and why it defends gun-owners. I also covered the political parties thoughts on this issue.

In my second essay, I decided to do a casual/ethical paper. Again, I showed the importance of the US constitution and what could happen if our rights were taken away. I showed many statistics and showed many examples as to why current/ future responsibe gun-owners should not have their rights taken away because of culprits using guns illegaly.

For my proposal paper; my third essay, I really emphasized the constitution and the opinons of others. I felt that the opinons of others were a very important part in getting a proper solution that would be fair to everyone. I collected voices from moms to figherfighters to security guards to Rowan students and it was super fun getting to hear everyone and their explanations as to why they thought what they did.

My writing process was inspired by the constant controversial discussions of this topic. It is a very interesting and opiniated topic and I wanted to see why certain people were aganst this topic. As I continued to research, I grew more with this topic and became stronger to be able to defend my personal opinon.

My Research Methods: I search different key words with my topic. I based all three of my essays from the US constitution and mainly focused on this. I then branched out from that with smaller documents and opinons of others. I noticed most of my searches ended up being opinons of others, so I had to search more scholary articles and find the bases of the gun control that I needed.

Sources: http://www.constitutionparty.com/gun-control/

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html

http://www.gunlawsbystate.com/#!/home/terms-of-access-and-use/

Final Details/Observations: After researching the same topic for the semester, I became more knowledgeable about rights, the laws, and gun-control in general. I knew what my position was in this argument but did not know how to defend it. Since I did days of research, I realized and learned new key points on this topic and found my voice to defend what I thought about it. I also learned how to pick apart information I really needed and what information I could do without for the essays. Because of all the research and learning I did on my topic, I found a better perspective on why I don’t support gun control and legit reasons on why I don’t. In my research, I learned to understand the opposing side and take into consideration of  their thoughts and opinons and also include that in my essays to give better feedback to my readers.

 

 

Proposal; Gun Laws

After collecting much research and looking into more about my topic over the semester about gun control and gun laws, I have a pretty good idea on how I want to conduct my proposal paper. I had anticipated to do a survey for my last essay but didn’t, but I feel like this is tf852775af07c986cb6442986cd6460c0he appropriate time to do so and really get as many opinions as I can on my topic since it is so controversial among many. This will help me come up with a plan to try to benefit both sides. Among many, there is safety concerns; whether is be for home protection or alertness for future shootings and I fully understand and accept all views that people will bring up.

For my proposal, I plan to balance out the good and bad about both sides and come up with a solution that will be fair to both sides. Although I know I cannot come up with a solution o satisfy all opinions on this topic, I can set ideas that will make owning a gun safer and the process of owning one more carefully analyzed. Throughout my paper, I feel it is necessary to remind my readers about the 2nd amendment in The Constitution of the US as it is a primary source and documentation that is seriously respected by if not all, many.

“The Constitution of the United States: A Transcription.” National Archives and Records Administration. National Archves and Records Administration, n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2016.

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Immigration. What Is It?

We all hear about immigration in todays media and how everyone has a different opinion about it.  However a lot of us, especially now that we are getting into the real world, are just forming our opinions on world issues like this.  Some of us don’t know how we feel about immigration and others don’t even know enough to have an opinion.  After hearing all the chattering and complaining from todays politicians its hard to know if immigration is a good or bad thing.

Through this blog I will try and show you what immigration is and share my own opinions on the topic.  You may not agree with what I have to say sometimes but my goal is not to get you to agree with me.  It is for you to form your own opinion and thoughts on the matter.

I will be addressing all kinds of immigration throughout the world in this blog to help you get an understanding on how immigration affects the rest of the world.  As of now, the biggest immigration stories in today’s news is the immigration of Syrians into European nations and Mexican Immigration into the US.