Midterm elections: Shaping the future of our country

Conor K.

Staff Writer

On the night of November 4th, the United States carried out the midterm elections. All 50 states decided on their governors, senators, and house members; these elected officials are in charge of law making for future generations. After the polls closed, a clear victor was crowned.  The Republican Party swept through the U.S.’s major political seats, pushing the Democrats out of office.  One of Georgia’s new senators, David Perdue, said that these results were from voters who “were tired of a no-action Congress.”

Whether Senator Perdue is correct in his assumption, there is one glaring issue, skeptics expect a republican-dominated Congress to work with President Obama, now that his party was bumped out of Congress.  During campaigning, the two parties exchanged attack ads, fueling the political fire, and now the President has to share a chamber with the same candidates who he said had “bad ideas.”  Now facing a house that is divided, according to CNN, the President plans to ask for an alliance between the two parties to help the US’s economic and immigration issues.  Vice President Joseph Biden told CNN, “We have to be more direct and clear about exactly what it is we’re looking to do, and look, we’re — we’re ready to compromise.”  The fear now lies in law-making andSenate CK II the battlefield it will become.  If the Republicans force President Obama to veto every bill they throw on his desk, no progress will be made in America.  Political analysts are now pinning their hopes on another rising star to fix this, another democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton.  Ever since her run for President in 2008, and her short stint as Secretary of State, she has been an active player in American Politics. Soon Obama’s legacy will not be about him, but the President who serves after him.

What do these elections mean for students across the United States, or more specifically, those in Woodstock?  One educational issue that went through fire and flames was the issue of Common Core.  With the toxicity surrounding the Common Core system of schooling, many politicians either “ducked the issue” or “proudly came out against the standards,” which meant that it was a hot point for the election.  Many of the opponents to Common Core standards found themselves in front of their opponents in the polls.  However, many of these anti-Common Core winners were single-specialty candidates, elected solely for their anti-Core messages and promises.  Education took a rather unnoticed path in this election, many proponents saying it went “invisible” through talks.  To make these accusations after seeing the single-specialty winners in Oklahoma and Arizona scream against these facts.  Both parties took a stance on Common Core, but there will be more issues to be settled.  In fact, most students do not even know how the elections will affect their lives.    The disregard and unawareness of these issues is a reflection of the educational issues in America today.

Despite the common ground in the schools and their educational needs, the House is another issue.  The Republicans sit in the majority of Congress’s seats now, a rift has already begun to form, and now the outcomes of any congressional bill will be a heated argument over their passings and their signings.  The question remains: Will the President be able to reign in conservative leadership views and supports, or will the new seats in the House dig deeper into blocking the President’s agenda, especially on his reforms on immigration.  A very popular topic of debate is the President’s Affordable Care Act.  The Republican Party now has the power to rip apart and destroy the rather unpopular “Obamacare,” but this also does not mean that they have to.  If President Obama can manage to cage the Republicans, he may be able to get some of his future bills and plans, but this is just a pipe dream for the Cabinet.

The United States political votes mean some massive changes and some monumental choices for our nation’s leaders.  Party-based warfare is all too common in our states, and with a divided political situation, a rocky road lies out in front of us.  With two years left in President Obama’s Presidency, it is a nail-biting question whether he will be able to manage his opposing congress and senate.







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