By Alex Zelger
With the presidential election approaching quickly, politics has been a hot topic lately, especially with this years’ seniors being able to vote in the election.
Being an American citizen comes with responsibilities that allow us to have our rights. Responsibilities include supporting and defending the constitution, staying informed in current issues, and participating in the democratic process.
Presidential elections are usually won by either the Democratic party or the Republican party. Both parties feel that the government should handle issues differently. After asking students about which party they support, 81% said Republican, and 19% said Democrat.
Finding out what party is right for you is important. Democrats are called liberals, and Republicans are called conservatives. However, every candidate has different views on their platforms and sometimes they do not agree with a majority of their party. Current issues that are commonly brought up in debates are taxes, gun control, and same sex marriage.
Democrats believe that taxes should be based on wealth and have the poor be taxed at lowers rates than the rich, they support gun control, and support same sex marriage. Republicans believe that everyone should be taxed the same (flat tax), are against gun control, and are against same sex marriage. Students were polled and only 36% understood differences between the two parties.
Early into the presidential campaign Donald Trump leads the Republican vote while Hillary Clinton leads the Democratic vote. Ben Carson is a close second to Trump, polling an average 3% behind. Bernie Sanders is behind Hillary Clinton for the Democratic vote. After asking students, Ben Carson is the majority candidate for our school with 45% of the vote, and Donald Trump came in second with 36%. Bernie Sanders polled third at 19%, and Hillary Clinton polled last with 0% of the vote.
The poll results are interesting, as everyone polled were in the 16-19 age group and the majority of students polled Republican. On a national scale, the 16-19 age group primarily poll Democrat.
Courtesy of the Associated Press
By Marquice Phillips
Initially only being a swearing in ceremony, it has evolved into a day long event that now includes balls, parades and other celebrations.
As the 57th Presidential Inauguration comes to pass, it’s hard to imagine that traditions over 300 years ago are still persistent to this day. The only custom that the U.S constitution actually mandates is the President’s oath into office.
Since Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth swore in John Adams, no other chief justice has missed an inauguration. Simple traditions such as these have withstood the test of time and show the immense respect that each president has when taking office. Even though many traditions have survived the years, the event has still managed to change dramatically over time.
The second term of President Barack Obama was celebrated on January 21. Since the early 1900’s the inauguration ceremonies have been overseen by the Congressional Committee. They oversee all events for that day so that everything goes as smoothly as possible.
The Inauguration ball that the president attends is given top priority when planning the days events. Senators and Congressmen are all given a limited number of tickets that they are allowed to give out at their discretion. A common misconception is that such tickets can be bought, however anyone claiming to sell these tickets are frauds.
Like any other event the President attends, his safety and the safety of his family is extremely important. The inauguration day is no different. The security that day consists of not only the Secret Service, but other Federal law enforcement agencies as well as immigration and customs enforcement. The safety of all government officials is always a major concern. All of these different facets have changed the face of the Presidential Inauguration which took place only 300 years ago
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