There were many reasons for me to pick an article about the US presidential elections as my topic of discussion. I have always been interested in the world of politics, being involved in it myself, during my early school days as a student representative. There is so many things that the politicians have to take into account while making important decisions that will affect our daily lives. Because so many important information that go into decision making cannot be disclosed to the general public, because of their delicacy, a lot of the times politicians have a bad reputation in general public’s eyes.
The actual election process is one of the most interesting, gruelling and scrutinised parts of it. The candidates campaign for months, trying to persuade the voters that they are the best choice to take the country into the future. The US presidential elections are probably the most publicised ones in the world. And they have a big influence on where the world will be going in the next few years. As hard it is sometimes for us Europeans to admit, USA is still the most powerful country in the world and if we make a small projection, the US president is probably the most powerful person in the whole world.
So who actually will become the new president will definitely have an effect on our lives, either we like it or not. The author presents his arguments in a very well structured way that is very clear and easy to read. He starts each paragraph with the key idea in a topic sentence and then expands on it. He mainly uses active voice and also avoids starting sentences with long, dependent clauses up front. He does not use too long of sentences to evolve his thoughts and also keeps away from “big” words, which makes the article easy to read for everyone.
I think he presents the issue in a really good way and covers all parts of it in a way that a reader could understand his arguments without being previously familiar with the topic. The main idea of the article is, that it is more about how the voters will look at the past four years of Obama’s presidency, then how his counter candidate Romney is viewed. That is of course, if there is no colossal swing in the race for republican nomination and Romney is indeed declared as the winner of the race. Obama has had mixed results while in the office.
His efforts to speed up the recovery of the American economy are a classic example of that. His biggest success probably was the bailout of the auto industry. This was viewed as a very bold move and Romney actually opposed the idea of the bailout. But it proved to be a big success and helped tremendously to keep thousands of jobs in Detroit and in the state of Michigan itself. On the other his efforts to keep unemployment high have not been as successful and millions of Americans are still struggling to survive.
Romney’s job is to persuade voters that Obama did not deliver on his slogan before the 2008 elections (change we can believe in) and that America is not the right track, while Obama will claim the opposite. The history is in Obama’s side, as the incumbent has lost only twice since in recent times. I have to agree with the author. There is a lot more data and history behind Obama’s work and decisions, than it is on Romney. Being the incumbent he has shown much of his strengths and also weaknesses, so the voters have a good idea what to expect from him.
Huge part of his victory in 2008 was being the first African American with a realistic chance of winning. People saw him as a new hope, a change, being a Democrat he received many votes from the minorities and people with the lowest incomes. This time around it will be a lot harder. It will be all about results, promises and plans. Huge topic of debate will be the health care bill. Obama is trying to expand the health care coverage, so the poorest Americans would have access to it. The problem is that many resist the idea of having to buy health insurance or incur fines.
I personally think that the plan is good, as ability to receive good health care is vital. Studying in America for a year, I have seen how expensive the medical insurance is there and there is no way, that people who barely make it to the next month, can afford paying for that. I believe it is the right thing to do, to show sympathy towards them and pay slightly higher taxes to help pay for the insurance for them. How will the race unfold remains to be seen, but it will definitely be a very exciting campaign and Romney has good chance of succeeding as he is a very strong candidate, but so is the incumbent Obama.
I learned a number of new things while reading and researching about the article. I was able to get a feeling where the election race is at, and what are polls predicting. I was able to get an insight on what are the candidates main policy goals and what will they be trying to accomplish if they indeed get elected. Also I learned about where the American economy is right now, and where it is heading and also how well did the policies that were put in place to stimulate the economy worked.