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.

What is Hillary Clinton’s Problem?

By: Alexandria Pendergast

So during this Primary Hillary Clinton, who was supposed to have an easy victory, is having significant issues during the primaries. Shockingly enough Bernie Sanders has a strong foot hold on receiving the Democratic nomination. The real question is why? I saw both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton speak at their rallies. Now Hillary did not incite a very strong response within the individuals at the rally, she also was very knowledgeable at the local issues. The problem was her audience did not really understand or know of the local issues that she did talk about. Now my question is why? Looking at Bernie Sanders, I realized he did not talk about any local issues at all, but was really inciting the crowd. Looking around I realized most of the group that was there, was the Millennials, then I realized Hillary didn’t have many at all. Bernie had all the younger crowd that really make rallies exciting. What was the different between these two? Bernie spoke in very simple words and only spoke of generic social issues that he wanted to deal with like: legalization of weed, racial equality, feminine equality, universal healthcare, and free colleges. These are just generic issues, not local ones, that he ended up relating to most people. While Hillary spoke in more complex words, but did talk about local issues like flooding and using the Mississippi as an alternative energy source. When she talked about it, there might as well have been crickets in the audience, no one understood. I think her main problem is language. Most of her audience are individuals who only have a high school diploma, and many of them cannot relate to her, because of her higher level of language in use. Since she uses this higher level of language, the younger crowd, who don’t understand or care about local issues, are unable to relate. She also speaks very calmly in her speeches, very mild compared to Bernie Sanders. I think if she spoke in simpler terms and spoke of broad topics, she would be able to get a larger pool of people to follow her into the primaries. The main problem with this strategy is people won’t know if it works, and since she is in the lead, I doubt she would want to try and practice this new style. What do you guys think about this idea?