Introducing Politics to Reality

Government Shutdown: Is it Exclusive Just to The USA?

barack-hussein-obama-shutdownThe United States of America surprised the globe, particularly in terms of politics and economics, with the federal government’s shutdown last year. This phenomenon became such a big deal primarily because of the setbacks that a world superpower should not be going through, this invited a ton amount of scrutiny from other countries.

With such attention from other countries, an American might ask, is the possibility of a government shutdown the only problem?

Apparently, yes. The USA’s democratic government system allows these kinds of things to happen.

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Why Do People Really Hate Obamacare?

healthcare oppositionThe Affordable Care Act was a bill coming from Barack Obama’s platform. It aims to make the healthcare services in USA more affordable and accessible for all its citizens. Yet the heavy opposition on the enactment of “Obamacare” into a law caused a ruckus in politics. The indecision of the legislative bodies of whether to fund the bill into law or not resulted in the government shutdown of USA. Where was the opposition coming from?

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US-Asia Free Trade: Losing Momentum

asiaPresident Barack Obama is “losing momentum” on his aimed free trade deal with Asia, the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP. This was due to delayed deadlines and very low chances of compromise with the projected Asian partners.

TPP may not have headlined politics news, but apparently this is a big deal. There is an estimated $78 billion per year growth for the US, which would be a great help for the country’s growing debt.

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The Paradox of Mississippi Legislature

One of the biggest issues on politics from 2013 was the introduction of Senate Bill 2633 or “The Mississippi Student Religious Liberties Act of 2013”. In March, it was signed by Governor Phil Bryant, and was enacted for this school year 2013-2014. Despite this victory, many would still differ and consider the legislation as highly discriminatory.

Motivation for the Signing

Bryant wanted the open prayer to be part of public school activities. In Mississippi politics, it was commonplace to talk about the passing a bill that allows this. 2013 was a good year, since the SB 2633 was enacted. The Act prohibits any form of discrimination in terms of religious practice occurring inside the school premises. In a more specific manner:

  • Any group or individual religious prayers or congregations can now happen inside the school
  • Anyone is granted freedom to wearing religious emblems, from crucifixes to hijabs
  • If students are not part of the religious group conducting public expression of beliefs, they can only “leave the room” but not discriminate.

All of these practices should be respected by students and the administration of any public schools. Public schools cannot prohibit any student from practising his or her religious freedom.

This bill was highly supported by conservative Christian camps all over the country, especially those from Mississippi. In politics, many Christian senators were in utmost approval of the bill, considering that the Mississippi constituent is comprised mostly of Christians. But that’s where the tendency for discrimination arises.

Unintended But Obvious Effects

The majority of Christians in public schools pose a certain detriment. Consider if the members of the student governing body or student councils are Christians. Whenever there would be a school event concerning them, any representative from the student council can pray “Our Father” over a loudspeaker before the event commences. Non-Christians who might be offended are left with the option to not listen. If they fail to not listen, they are not allowed to conduct any protests, as that could be a ground for discriminative practice against Christianity.

For this bill to level off, the non-Christians should also practice their religion as vocally as the Christians. The problem is if the non-Christians in Mississippi are the minority, the propensity for a leveled playing field is low. In any case, the stench of discrimination would be everywhere.

The “Public”

The Act might have sounded well, but the context should always be considered. This should be the case for every action concerning politics, especially with a democratic system. In this case, if discrimination is perpetuated by the bill, with public school as the context, then it’s better not to pass it.

Is Colorado’s Marijuana Legalization the First Step?

marijuana legalizationDecades of debate in politics have taken place, and finally, the use of marijuana was legalized in Colorado on November last year, with the sales opening at January 1. Citizens are now looking closely at what will turn out in the said state, and if it turns out positively, then the legalization might just spread to the other states.

Is this really the first step to a marijuana-legalized USA?

The Debate

The exchange between the pro-cannabis and anti-cannabis in the arena of politics has been a very interesting one to say the least. Tracking the debate might just give anyone the idea on how the pros won in Colorado.

The leading opposition came from the healthcare institutes, especially the American Medical Association. Their primary argument against recreational marijuana is the medical implication. They state that pot usage can lead to lower memory capacity and impairment of the mind. Such implications would lead to an unproductive individual, which is why we should still ban pot.

Pro-cannabis groups would argue however, that tobacco and alcohol can lead to worse medical implications such as lung cancer and liver complication. Smoking claims several million deaths each year and many are using vaporizers such as these in an attempt to lower this number.

If so, why are they still legal? In addition, there is a lack of substantive medical research on the negative and even the positive effects of marijuana in the human body. For all we know, pot can be the cure for cancer!

Other aspects tackled by the debate include the welfare of the youth, the black market purge, and and problems on regulatory politics.

Skimming Over the Law

Though legalized, the marijuana transactions and usage are still heavily guided by the law. The taxation would also rend an ounce of cannabis highly expensive. Other regulations include:

  • Only persons aged 21 and over can buy marijuana.
  • Stores will have to undergo a lot of tests before they can sell marijuana.
  • Growing your own pot in your backyard is limited to six plants.
  • Lighting a joint is allowed only in private premises.
  • Sanctions on whoever breaks any of these rules are heavy and will apply.

These provisions put up a high guard against abuse, of which the anti-marijuana movement strongly highlights.

Ripple Effect?

The next question is, if legalizing recreational marijuana turns out to be a not much of a bad idea, will the other states legalize it too? As of now, the politics of other states are not too concerned with legalizing pot. The president himself thought that he had “bigger fish to fry.” Somehow, all that can be predicted is that there will be an increase of tourists, maybe even migrants in Colorado.

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