POLITICS AND CITIZENSHIP

The know-how on politics and being an American

General Idea

The political sphere of the 21st century generally revolves around not only resolving foreign conflicts, whether it be militarily with the Iraq War, or politically with the North Korean missile crisis, but also focuses on domestic harms, such as political gridlock and personal political party agendas. Even further, regardless of the political partisanship, many people wonder what it even means to be a citizen in the United States, how to become one if they are not, and what part politics plays in being an American. All of these areas of analysis revolve around one fierce political event: elections. Therefore, in order to best understand politics, being an American citizen, and the elections of the 21st century, the United States political sphere must be analyzed.

2000 Election: Al Gore (Democrat) vs. George W. Bush (Republican)

Through heated political fights, the Democratic and Republican platforms from either candidate was making this election an extremely close race. After all, Al Gore had very closely won the popular vote by a little over 500,000 votes. However, the Electoral College calculated their votes, and the apparent victor was actually Bush, with 277 electoral votes to Gore's 266. This, of course, raised controversial claims from the defeated side, and Florida's votes were recounted to ensure that this election was legitimate. This, though, was unconstitutional, as determined by the Supreme Court, as it was discrediting the votes. In the end, as the recent past would support, George W. Bush did in fact become the 43rd President of the United States.

2000: Events of the Presidency under President Bush (First Term)

2004 Election: John Kerry (Democrat) vs. George W. Bush (Republican)

In running for his second term in office, Republican President George W. Bush had an immediate advantage to his opponent, Democrat John Kerry, as he had previous experience as president, and also knew the foreign policy scheme that was surrounded the political field at this time. Knowing this to be a great political point, John Kerry could have expounded upon possible weaknesses in the War on Iraq to appeal to the citizens of the United States, but did not in the end. As a result, because of an increased amount of experience, sustainable handling of the economy with a war in place, and stronger political presence, George Bush succeeded at earning another term.

2004: Events of the Presidency under President Bush (Second Term)

2008 Election: Barack Obama (Democrat) vs. John McCain (Republican)

As somewhat of a historic event, former Illinois governor Barack Obama (Democrat) ran against current Republican Senator John McCain for the chance to become the president. With running mates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin, appealing to the American public was very well spread out between radicals and moderates, Democrats and Republicans, with independents ending up deciding the president for the country. With Obama's successful election, he would become the first black President of the United States, and the first Democratic president for eight years.

2008: Events of the Presidency under President Obama

2012 Election: Barack Obama (Democrat) vs. Mitt Romney (Republican)

Running for a second term, President Obama and his Vice President Joe Biden ran against the Republican candidate Mitt Romney, a dedicated economist and former governor, and his running mate, Paul Ryan. However, with a unique campaign strategy of targeting minorities as a whole, which would eventually make for a majority in the final popular and electoral votes, President Obama was able to win the presidency once again, and avoid a Republican executive branch for another four years to come. With this, Obama stressed the importance of gun control, the economy, and immigration, and used these items of analysis to persuade Hispanic, Black, Liberal, and women voters (children dying from guns was the appeal).

2012: Events of the Presidency under President Obama

General Citizenship Requirements and Revocations

Finally, to best understand general citizenship ideas and policies, the does and don'ts of become an American citizen must be taken into account:

Does:

  • Be a national of the United States of America.
  • Be an alien lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.
  • Be an active member of the armed forces for the United States.

Don'ts:

  • Becoming naturalized in another country after the age of 18.
  • Participation in a foreign oath of allegiance to another nation after the age of 18.
  • Renouncing citizenship in front of a United States official.
  • Being convicted of treason.
  • Accepting an active role in a foreign military that is hostile to the United States, or accepting a federal position of another government.

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