The Problem with the Public

By: Alexandria Pendergast

The Public of the United States of America, really have a lot of problems when it comes to voting. That is because many don’t care about the policies but only the party that supports the policy.  The United States has become a bipolar system. This is not what the founders had intended, because they felt like the party system was evil by nature. If you look at the federalist papers, their opinions are heavily talked about in those papers. They are used as reference in many cases to help determine the intention of the founders. The founders felt that the American government had no place for the party system. This is in part because of how the British party system worked. They hated many aspects of the British government and created this government in part to help fix the many issues they found at fault under their previous government. The party system was ironically created shortly after the creation of the government by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who agreed on very little. This creation of the party system has caused a division in the country through this bipolar system. This division has been splitting the country more and more until this current election with Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. These are the extremists on both sides of the spectrum and are rallying many people under these two banners. While Bernie Sanders is not winning the election he is following in close behind Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders is a very hard core liberal and so are those who rally behind him. While Donald Trump is debatable, but with his speaking style he is rallying many hard core conservatives behind him. People are not really following what policies the republican and democratic party stand for, only what they perceive as their representative’s party platform. The political system is no longer about what exact vote people like, but which representative they like and what their representative approves of. The public has become very uneducated about the bills passed in their local Government. That is what I feel is wrong with the public, the party system. It has caused the public to become more uneducated about actual issues going on in their local area. I saw it during the Hillary Clinton rally, because when she spoke about local issues that people should know about, no one had a single clue what she was talking about. Someone who wasn’t from the area knew more about local issues than the locals. People need to actually read about the local issues and why they are important to them. Once people start doing that, I believe the party system will fall apart into smaller divisions and the government would be healthier overall.

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Donald Trump vs Bernie Sanders

By: Al Pendergast

This is Super Tuesday in Missouri and I had the pleasure of watching Ted Cruz and Donald Trump speak. I also had the pleasure of going to the political rallies of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Now I have been casually following the politicians, but until recently I have not heard them actually speak. There are many news articles about all of these politicians that I have followed and read, but there is nothing like actually listening to them live. Especially since I have only ever heard quotes taken out of context. The main thing I noticed was how similar Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders speak in public. They both are known for rallying people to their sides and known for being very charismatic. They are also known for being very liberal and conservative. Listening to them separately I was very moved by both their speech patterns, because of their passion and the passion of the crowds. While they are opposites on the political spectrums they are also very similar in how they present themselves to the public. So I decided to do more research after going to the rally for Bernie Sanders on March 14, 2016. I went to politifacts.com, which my professors in College use to fact check different people in the news and politics. I found Bernie Sanders tends to have a pretty even number of comments between true and false, but has no pants on fire ratings. Unlike Trump has a majority of false reports. Now this confused me a bit until I listened to even more of Trumps and Bernie’s speeches. Like I said they are very similar in how they speak, then after listening to more speeches I looked at the pool of supporters. Bernie has many millennials and minority groups following him while Trump has middle class white people as his followers. That is where the difference truly lies. Millennials are very socialists in how they want complete equality in every aspect of life typically unlike middle class individuals who have a solid career and would like to keep their life very comfortable. This is all based on their bases income and life style. Also the other thing that is very similar about these two politician bases. Bernie has followers that are very politically right while Donald has followers that are very politically left. So we have two opposite politicians who bases are very radical in both sides of the field in many cases. Also Donald Trump follows a speak first and apologize later style of speech. This may be because he has spent decades building up his character or it could be because he was on the apprentice and learned the best way to act on media. So while they are very similar in their portrayal on television, because of their base support, they are very different in how they show that persona. sure of going to the political rallies of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Now I have been casually following the politicians, but until recently I have not heard them actually speak. There are many news articles about all of these politicians that I have followed and read, but there is nothing like actually listening to them live. Especially since I have only ever heard quotes taken out of context. The main thing I noticed was how similar Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders speak in public. They both are known for rallying people to their sides and known for being very charismatic. They are also known for being very liberal and conservative. Listening to them separately I was very moved by both their speech patterns, because of their passion and the passion of the crowds. While they are opposites on the political spectrums they are also very similar in how they present themselves to the public. So I decided to do more research after going to the rally for Bernie Sanders on March 14, 2015. I went to politifacts.com, which my professors in College use to fact check different people in the news and politics. I found Bernie Sanders tends to have a pretty even number of comments between true and false, but has no pants on fire ratings. Unlike Trump has a majority of false reports. Now this confused me a bit until I listened to even more of Trumps and Bernie’s speeches. Like I said they are very similar in how they speak, then after listening to more speeches I looked at the pool of supporters. Bernie has many millennials and minority groups following him while Trump has middle class white people as his followers. That is where the difference truly lies. Millennials are very socialists in how they want complete equality in every aspect of life typically unlike middle class individuals who have a solid career and would like to keep their life very comfortable. This is all based on their bases income and life style. Also the other thing that is very similar about these two politician bases. Bernie has followers that are very politically right while Donald has followers that are very politically left. So we have two opposite politicians who bases are very radical in both sides of the field in many cases. Also Donald Trump follows a speak first and apologize later style of speech. This may be because he has spent decades building up his character or it could be because he was on the apprentice and learned the best way to act on media. So while they are very similar in their portrayal on television, because of their base support, they are very different in how they show that persona.