By: Evan Engering
The recent American elections were an interesting exercise in democracy that I think had some positive results. Not because of the presidential race. Obama’s re-election might have been a slight victory for a few things such as marriage equality (despite the strangeness of this, considering the man who delegalized gay marriage nation-wide, Bill Clinton, was Obama’s biggest spokesman in the campaign), but for the most part, Obama will likely carry on the illegal warfare and regressive policies of Bush as he has done the past four years.
No, while the media may have been fixated on the presidential race, perhaps rightfully so, it was eventually reported that there were plenty of other things on the ballot. In addition to electing the office of the Commander-in-Chief, the House of Representatives, and a third of the Senate, there were a number of ballot questions that passed. Most notably, there were ones legalizing medicinal and recreational use of cannabis, and same-sex marriage.
By: Chris Burke
Tomorrow, our neighbours to the south will head to the ballot box to elect the 45th President of the United States. 1837 co-editor Alex Ripley has predicted 290 (Democrats) and 248 (Republicans) as the final call for tomorrow’s vote. I’m inclined to agree. Even with the race looking to be neck-and-neck, the Democrats are likely to come out on top. What’s likely to steer the Democrats towards a win? Fear of the Republicans. Ask most people who are supporting Obama, but have reservations about him, and the general response is that Romney would be much worse. Citing examples, such as his position on abortion, Obama supporters will try to convince the sceptics that supporting Obama is a must because nothing would be worse than a Romney presidency that could take the country back a century or two.
Among liberals and the left, there is little dispute that a Romney presidency would be terrible, but how much better would an Obama presidency be? Going by his track-record over the past years, I’d argue that it won’t be much better. Obama is only a slight improvement, and a slight improvement over terrible is hardly a boasting factor. On the economy Obama continues to pursue ineffective strategies. “There are still 4.2m fewer jobs than there were in December 2007 and employment remains 3.1% lower than it was before the recession began 58 months ago” (Roberts).