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Who had the Better First Year in Office — President Biden or Trump?

As any student of history knows, a president’s first year in office is often a time of great accomplishment. This is because the president has a “honeymoon period” during which they enjoy widespread support from both the public and Congress. As a result, presidents are often able to push through major legislation during their first year in office. So, who had the better first year — President Biden or Trump?

President Biden focused on policy accomplishments, while Trump focused on personal accomplishments

One way to judge a president’s first year in office is to look at the number of policy accomplishments they were able to achieve. By this measure, President Biden had a very successful first year. He was able to push through a major stimulus package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a series of other pieces of legislation that will have a lasting impact on the country. Trump, on the other hand, did not have any major legislative accomplishments during his first year in office.

President Trump’s first year was marked with controversy, while Biden’s was relatively scandal-free

Another way to judge a president’s first year in office is to look at how much controversy they generated. By this measure, Trump had a very unsuccessful first year. He was embroiled in a number of scandals, including the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and his alleged ties to Russia. He also faced allegations of sexual assault and racism. Biden, on the other hand, was relatively scandal-free during his first year in office.

Compare and contrast: President Biden and Trump’s first year in office

When it comes to legislative accomplishments, there’s no doubt that President Biden had a better first year than Trump. In his first 100 days in office, Biden managed to pass several major pieces of legislation, including the American Rescue Plan, which provided relief to Americans suffering from the pandemic. He also signed into law a series of bills that increased funding for the Affordable Care Act, expanded access to voting, and provided relief to families struggling to pay their rent. All told, Biden’s first 100 days were incredibly productive, and he has continued to rack up achievements in the months since then.

Trump, on the other hand, had a much more difficult first year in office. In his first 100 days, Trump was unable to pass any major legislation, and he faced widespread opposition from Congress. He also saw several of his executive orders overturned by the courts, and he was impeached by the House of Representatives. As a result, Trump’s first year was marked by chaos and gridlock, and he was ultimately unable to deliver on many of his promises to the American people.

So, when it comes to their first years in office, there’s no question that Biden had the better year. He passed major legislation, enjoyed widespread support from Congress, and avoided the kind of chaos and gridlock that plagued Trump’s first year. As a result, Biden has been able to make significant progress on his agenda, and he has positioned himself well for the rest of his presidency.

Why Most Americans Believe U.S. Democracy Will Soon be Extinct

Marchers holding signs demanding the right to vote at the March on Washington

There’s no doubt that American democracy is under threat. In the past year alone, we’ve seen a sitting president attempt to subvert the results of a free and fair election, dozens of state legislatures pass voter suppression laws, and a violent insurrection at the Capitol incited by the president himself. All of this has led many Americans to believe that democracy is no longer viable in the United States.

There are a number of factors that have contributed to this crisis of faith in democracy. First and foremost is the increasing partisanship of our politics. Both Republicans and Democrats have become increasingly tribal in their views, and this has made it harder for them to find common ground on issues like voting rights, campaign finance reform, and gerrymandering. Additionally, the rise of social media has allowed people to self-select into echo chambers where they only encounter information that reinforces their preexisting beliefs. This has made it harder for people to see things from other perspectives and has eroded trust in political institutions.

Finally, there is the issue of money in politics. Thanks to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, wealthy special interests now have an unprecedented level of influence over our political process. This has led to a situation where politicians are more beholden to their donors than they are to the voters who elected them.

All of these factors have contributed to a decline in faith in American democracy. According to a recent poll from Pew Research Center, only 45% of Americans believe that democracy is working well in the United States. This is a sharp decrease from just a few years ago, when 64% of Americans believed that democracy was working well.

The history of democracy in America

The United States was founded as a republic, not a democracy. The framers of the Constitution were deeply suspicious of direct democracy, and so they created a system of representative government instead. But over time, democracy has slowly taken root in America.

The first major step forward for democracy in America came with the adoption of the Constitution in 1788. This document established a federal system of government that divided power between the national government and the states. It also created a system of checks and balances that ensured no one branch of government could become too powerful. And perhaps most importantly, it guaranteed basic rights for all Americans, including the right to vote.

The next major advance for democracy came with the adoption of the Bill of Rights in 1791. These 10 amendments to the Constitution further expanded the rights of Americans, including the right to free speech, freedom of religion, and the right to bear arms. They also codified the principle of one person, one vote.

Over the next century and a half, democracy continued to take root in America. In 1868, the 14th Amendment was ratified, guaranteeing all citizens equal protection under the law regardless of race. In 1870, the 15th Amendment was ratified, guaranteeing all citizens the right to vote regardless of race. And in 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, guaranteeing all citizens the right to vote regardless of gender.

Thanks to these constitutional amendments, democracy in America is now much more inclusive than it once was. But even though all American citizens now have the right to vote, that doesn’t mean that our democracy is perfect. In fact, there are a number of ways in which it still falls short.

For one thing, our democracy is still plagued by voter suppression. Despite the fact that voting is a constitutional right, millions of Americans are prevented from exercising this right every year due to restrictive ID laws, purges of voter rolls, and other forms of disenfranchisement.

Secondly, our democracy is unduly influenced by money. Thanks to the Citizens United decision, wealthy special interests can now spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections. This has led to a situation where politicians are more beholden to their donors than they are to the voters who elected them.

Lastly, our democracy is still plagued by racial discrimination. Despite the fact that all citizens are supposed to be equal under the law, minorities continue to be disproportionately disadvantaged by a number of factors, including housing segregation, education inequality, and police brutality.

Possible solutions to revive American democracy

In order to revive American democracy, we need to take action on all of the factors that have led to its decline. We need to reduce partisanship by finding ways to work together across party lines. We need to increase transparency and accountability in our political system. And we need to get big money out of politics so that politicians are accountable to the voters, not their donors.

These solutions will require time, effort, and commitment from all of us. But if we want American democracy to survive, we don’t have any other choice.

What are the Worst Characteristics of Politics?

Opinions about politics are polarized and often relative, a liberal person would consider a conservative as strict or harsh in their views. A conservative person would view a liberal as loose and possibly lacking scruples. No matter our view of politics and its effects on us the truth is that we cannot live without politics, it seeps into virtually everything we do, even our day to day interactions.

Politics has a lot of characteristics: the good, the ugly, the bad, and even the worst. In this article, we are going to explore some of the worst characteristics of politics according to our assessment through the instrumentality of politicians.

Worst Characteristics of Politics

In many ways, politics is a dirty game that you cannot play and come out clean; it must stain you in some way, no matter how small, but as we are political animals we cannot escape the hands of politics. No matter how little, we must touch politics and it must touch us, sometimes the best characteristics of politics are its worst characteristics, they drive the conversations forward and stimulate the needed change.

Some of the worst characteristics of politics are:

The disagreement of views: Different people have divergent views when it comes to the issue of politics, views can be so divergent they would seem like opposites. This is exemplified in the Democrat vs. Republican positions, the liberals vs. the conservatives. For centuries political views might be in disagreement and as much as this could ordinarily lead to political development, it can greatly stunt the development of a country because they would keep going back and forth on the same issues over and over, never making progress. This is one of the worst characteristics of politics, because it can lead to stagnation, and as politics affects everyone this stagnation could invariably halt the progress of everyone.

Excessive desire for power: We have all heard the saying that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. One of the main aims of engaging in politics is to gain power, to use the power for good or bad. A politician that gains this power and decides to abuse can do real damage to the lives of everyone within the sphere of that power. The attainment of political power is not in itself satisfactory as the more power you get the more you would desire power and could possibly do anything possible to hold on to said power for as long as possible; this alone can turn men into monsters, although, it could also turn men into angels. The excessive desire for power is one of the hunger that politics can stir up in almost anyone therefore it is one of its worst characteristics.

·                 Attempt to control everything and everyone: The likelihood of trying to control everything and everyone when a person is in power is very high, this is invariably abuse of power but in a bid to hold on to power or use power politicians often do this. The world is replete with examples of this. They manipulate and do everything possible to do this.

Our Views on Public Opinion and Politics

You may have heard people comment about public opinion and politics with statements like this: “The current government is much worse than the previous one.” “If all our leaders could be as good as this one, our country would have achieved greater things.” “Why is the price for healthcare and electricity going up?” 

The above statements are just a few compared to all the ideas people have about public opinion and politics. This is especially the case with countries that operate on a democratic system of government, such as the U.S. And with the 2020 presidential election looming, the differences between public opinion and politics are gaining greater ground now than ever.

What is Public Opinion?                                                                

The way the majority of the people feel toward a particular subject is deemed public opinion. Public opinion on a matter also involves what the majority of people think and say about it. Additionally, public opinion is concerned with the wants, needs, and even the desires of a majority of the people in a given region. 

So, simply put, public opinion is the collective or joint opinion of the people in a society or state concerning a given subject or issue.

How Public Opinion and Politics are Related

Public opinion is so closely intertwined with politics that it is impossible to separate them in a proper democratic government. Public opinion has a role to play in just about any system of governmental rule. The public opinion is the voice of the people. Public opinion is so important in a society that it cannot be ignored.

How exactly do public opinion and politics work? Well, the answer to this question can be found in a literary work by John Locke called “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.” 

According to that essay, man is subject to three laws which are the divine laws, the civil laws, and finally the law of opinion (also known as the law of reputation). The law of opinion, in one way or another, indirectly affects the other laws. Take the divine laws for instance. These laws are in religious books. But as time goes on, public opinion would decide what law to follow to the letter, as well as what law needs to be amended or relaxed a little bit.

This power of public opinion is also applicable in politics. Most systems of government today (an example that of democracy) is a relatively social system. The ruling government gets to remain in power as long as they do not excessively violate the “social contract” between them and the citizens. If they do, public opinion turns against them and an impeachment or a coup d’état (in a military system) is no longer an impossibility.

So you see, public opinion and politics are an inseparable pair. Public opinion determines media content and governmental actions (to an extent).

How do you feel about public opinion and politics?