The American Voting Process

Posted by Honor Student on October 28, 2020 in Informed Citizen

American democracy was founded upon the right to vote, and this principle has only grown in importance in the past two and a half centuries. Each American carries honor and privilege in deciding who will be the leader of the free world for the next four years. This is why citizens must take it upon themselves to be knowledgeable and informed on how their nation’s elections function.

An important part of being such an informed citizen revolves around knowing how one‘s vote will count in federal elections. This means understanding the complex topic of the electoral college, a critical part of our nation since its first presidential elections.

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A Concise Look at Tennessee’s First Congressional District Election

Posted by Honor Student on October 28, 2020 in Informed Citizen

In the November 3rd general election, the representative for Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District will be decided. According to Ballotpedia, this district includes the counties of Carter, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington, and a segment of Jefferson (“Tennessee’s 1st Congressional”). The current representative of the district is Republican Phil Roe, who according to WJHL News, announced that he would not seek re-election on January 3, 2020 (Keeling, “Congressman Phil Roe”). Three candidates are running for representative. 

Republican Diana Harshbarger believes Congress needs an outsider like herself to properly represent the people. Her campaign website notes, “Harshbarger was born in Kingsport, Tennessee,” and was the first from her family to graduate college. Harshbarger has worked as a pharmacist in Kingsport since 1987 and is involved in the local Chamber of Commerce (Vote Diana). She has no previous political experience. Harshbarger states in her “Madness” campaign advertisement that she is running for Congress to help President Donald Trump “stop the madness” caused by Democrats (Diana for Congress, “Madness Reboot”). 

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Joe Biden’s Candidacy

Posted by Honor Student on October 25, 2020 in Informed Citizen

Background and Qualifications

Joseph “Joe” Robinette Biden Jr., age 77, was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica, n.d.). He earned his undergraduate degrees in history and political science from the University of Delaware, and afterwards, he went on to obtain his law degree from Syracuse University. His career started as a public defender while he simultaneously practiced at a firm in Wilmington, Delaware. 

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Donald Trump

Posted by Honor Student on October 25, 2020 in Informed Citizen

Donald J. Trump is the current 45th president of the United States. Serving from January 20th, 2017, to present day, he is the major Republican candidate on the 2020 presidential ballot. “He believes the United States has incredible potential and will go on to exceed even its remarkable achievements of the past” (White House, 2020). He is seen as having unusual behavior as a president, aggressive on economic issues and has put his “America First” policy into full effect by favoring improving domestic issues rather than external ones,which he plans to continue in his second term. 

Background

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Why Vote?

Posted by Honor Student on October 19, 2020 in Informed Citizen

Benjamin Gall, class of 2023

Since the birth of the United States of America, the founders and those who fought to establish and maintain our nation envisioned a system of representative government; “a government of the people, by the people, for the people.” The American experiment proved to be more than just a dream; the long-standing tradition of representative government in the United States, while not always perfect, showed the world that there was another way– a way of governance that did not require a monarch or a hierarchical class of aristocrats. Central to this idea of Democracy, this way of government, is the act of voting. Democracy is a government “by the people,” so it requires your participation and that of society if it is to remain a government “for the people.” It is your civic duty to be a participatory member of Democracy. Our democratic system of the people cannot be for the people if it is not by the people.

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