Downfall of the Donkey

10 Dec

After their trouncing in the November 2010 elections, Democrats have no choice but to resort to reconciliation with their pachyderm partners. The elephants have stampeded the donkeys into a corner of the corral. In the House of Representatives, Republicans won 239 seats, compared to 189 seats won by Democrats. In the Senate, Republicans won 23 seats, compared to 13 won by Democrats, according to the AOL news website Politics Daily. This new balance is apt to disable President Obama’s ability to further the Democratic agenda, as though he weren’t already having a hard time. Is the system hopelessly broken? Can two, opposing parties ever accomplish anything good for the country? What are young people to think? — Chris

To be honest, I don’t care much for either party. They are too busy bickering to get anything done. At this point they need to forget their differences to come together to try to fix the economy. In five years, I will be of voting age, and I definitely plan to vote. I don’t think a third party would do anything but increase the likelihood of more fighting. So, as long as we are stuck with two parties, what they ought to do is say, “We stand for this,” but they both need to remember that they are working toward the greater good for America and not just their party.

For example, the Republicans want to preserve tax cuts for the wealthy, and Democrats want to cut them. Both sides think their approaches will benefit the country—but they are really aiming at benefiting the groups that vote for them. Their decisions are largely based on their own concern for staying in office. They both need to think of what would benefit the majority, or middle class, Americans.

Most young people I know think exactly the same way as their parents, so it’s split about 50/50 between Democrats and Republicans. But right now is the age where people start thinking for themselves. I’m not sure what will happen, but we have grown up during wars (Iraq and Afghanistan) and that could lead more young people to become Democrats. I don’t want to go to war, and the war has taken a large bite out of our economy, even though it has been small, relative to WWII. On the other hand, the loving souls of America hate to sit by and watch innocent people being killed, and that would justify the Republican support of the wars.

Obama hasn’t changed much of anything. He campaigned and said, “change, change, change,” and so far (from the young person’s view) nothing much has changed, yet. That doesn’t really say much for him, and right now he is a lame duck. I can foresee a lot of legislation being vetoed. I’m afraid that young people won’t vote because they think the government should be left to its own devices, or because they are too lazy to vote.

Maybe the reason people don’t vote is because their vote doesn’t count towards actually electing anybody—it is the electoral votes that do that. I don’t have much confidence in the electoral vote. Popular vote doesn’t seem to matter, and a lot of people are discouraged by that. Of course, I’m still going to vote, but I don’t expect it to have much bearing on the outcome of the election. Popular vote should matter more.

Neither party has gotten election reform done. They say that any qualified American citizen can run for President, but the country seems to be run by the candidates with the most money for their campaigns. The way the system is arranged, it makes it impossible for the average person to have any say in the government except for voting and writing his representatives. If he or she doesn’t have enough funds, then it’s impossible to run for anything except for local office.

I don’t think the system is hopelessly broken. We need to reform a lot of things and make it better. Just like the rules of fighting and combat have changed since hundreds of years ago, the rules of politics need to change.– Ryan

2 Responses to “Downfall of the Donkey”

  1. Lisa December 18, 2010 at 11:48 pm #

    Policial dynamics are fascinating. Is a political argument ever won or does it just die on the vine? Great job, hope to see more from you and everyone at Teenwebzine!

  2. Dot Davis December 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm #

    We’re of like mind, Ryan. It’s sure good to see future voters taking an interest in politics. Your observations are very interesting and, I have to say, more intelligent than the banter and babble in the media!
    Thanks for a great read!

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