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We’re having an election??

So as we all know the next presidential election is a mere year away which means that campaigning is in full swing (huzzah!). Now while this blog is dedicated to teens, I think it still pays to have a keen awareness of what’s going on politically so that you know where you stand when you can vote, and so that you can speak your opinion when asked (or not). You all can also volunteer for campaigns and work to make sure that this country goes the way you want it to. And I’m sure some of you will be voting for the first time next year (a highly exciting feeling I must say. The first time I voted, I stuck the little “I voted” sticker on my face and left it there so long that it pulled off skin when I finally took it off).

And so on that note, this post is the beginning of a series that will include short overview sof the presidential candidates along with a summary of their positions and links to places where you can find more information on them. If you want to keep up on the campaigns, check out this website.

 

So for this first post, we’re gonna make things easy with someone we all know:

Our dear pres is running for reelection. I give you…BARACK OBAMA!

 

Reviews of Obama’s performance to this point have been mixed. But let’s just start with where he stands on the issues:

Pro-life, but supportive of Roe v Wade. Emphasizes adoption and other methods of reducing unplanned pregnancies.

Obama does recognize the dangers of global warming and has said that he is committed to lowering our carbon emissions: he favors a market cap.

A strong supporter of gay rights, repealed DADT and has followed through on many of his campaign promises to fight for the gay community.

Obama has also done a great deal in terms of our wars: he began to bring our troops home from Afghanistan and is less committed to starting more wars and “winning” than he is to looking out for the good of the country and allowing other countries to take control of their own affairs.

Obama has proposed a slightly more socialized form of health care that provides health care for every American. More conservative critics suggest that this would simply be rich Americans paying for the less fortunate and that it would lead to too much bureaucracy and government control of health care.

While the economy has not improved significantly during Obama’s term, he has created a number of initiatives (the bank bailout) to try and create jobs and improve our country’s outlook. There is still a great deal of debate over how well any of this has worked.

 

For more info on President Obama here are a couple links to check out

http://whatthefuckhasobamadonesofar.com/ – a silly website that details Obama’s accomplishments in his first term

http://www.barackobama.com/news/welcome-to-the-2012-campaign/ – official campaign website

http://2012.democratic-candidates.org/Obama/Issues.php – an overview of Obama on the issues

 

Overall, Obama has been a relatively solid president. While he is probably the furthest left of the candidates, he is still relatively moderate in most of his views. For a feminist and a skeptic…he’s a decent bet.

 

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Olivia is a giant pile of nerd who tends to freak out about linguistic prescriptivism, gender roles, and discrimination against the mentally ill. By day she writes things for the Autism Society of Minnesota, and by night she writes things everywhere else. Check out her ongoing screeds against jerkbrains at www.taikonenfea.wordpress.com

2 Comments

  1. July 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm —

    Couple of things on Obama… First I would not categorize him as a strong supporter of gay rights. He is still publicly against gay marriage, which makes him less supportive than the majority of people in this country.

    Second, while he’s certainly not Bush-level in his conducting of wars, he has during his administration sent more troops to Afghanistan and started an extra minor war with Libya. Not that those are necessarily bad things, but they factor into his overall record.

    Lastly, the most glaring omission on the drawbacks to Obama is his record on civil liberties. He went back on his promise to close Gitmo, has expanded the Bush era practice of detaining people (including Americans) indefinitely without trial, and has continued to allow the torture of these detainees. All in all a fairly terrible record on that issue.

    Obama is what he is, a fairly average President when stacked up against other modern contenders. Unfortunately he still may end up being the best possible choice, but it’s good to have a fuller view of some of his failings before deciding to vote for him.

  2. July 19, 2011 at 10:22 am —

    I’ve got two words for you: Guantanamo Bay. *tsk* *tsk*

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