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I am doing a project for my government class and I was wondering if you could answer some questions:

  1. What are the main deciding factors you go by to decide which candidate will get your vote for president?
  2. Do you consider yourself to be a Democrat or a Republican? Why?
  3. Are any of your family members a big influence on what your decisions will be on an election?
  4. Does your lifestyle reflect how you vote in an election?
  5. Who do you think, as a president had the most impact on our government? Why?
  6. Do you think people today are more or less involved in politics in contrast to the people who were around politics and our government when it started?
  7. Why do you think people are more or less involved?
  8. What are your opinions on our current president, Mr. Bush?
  9. What do politics mean to you?
  10. How is your life as a feminist impacted by the more recent decisions made by our president?

Your answers to my questions would be a very big help and your time spent on answering them is greatly appreciated! Thanks again!

Jacky

 

   

Dear Jacky,

Here are my quick answers to your questions, there are too many questions to give longer answers:


What are the main deciding factors you go by to decide which candidate will get your vote for president?
Basically if I like what the person stands for, based on their past voting record; if I think they are a viable candidate. For instance, I endorse the idea of third party candidates, but until they are a major force, I personally won't vote for them, which only says that I might endorse them, but I feel I want my vote to go toward someone who has a chance; and if I like the person. For instance, I like John
McCain, but don't agree with a lot of what he stands for -- so it has
to be more than one factor.

Do you consider yourself to be a Democrat or a Republican? Why?
I am a registered Democrat, but I usually vote for at least one Republican candidate in each election cycle. I believe the Democratic party is more alligned with my values than the Republican party.

Are any of your family members a big influence on what your decisions will be on an election?
My family is mostly Dem. and that certainly influenced me.

Does your lifestyle reflect how you vote in an election?
Yes, I support social policies, I work for those policies, I recycle, I
support school board elections, I oppose abstinence only education, I would never drive an SUV, etc. These values are certainly with how I vote, but it's not perfect.

Who do you think, as a president had the most impact on our government? Why?
In my time, Ronald Reagan, but in a negative sense
and we are still paying for it today. In time, from what I know either FDR or Truman.

Do you think people today are more or less involved in politics in contrast to the people who were around politics and our government when it started? Why do you think people are more or less involved?
People are far less involved, just look at voting turn-out of eligiblevoters -- each election it gets progressively worse. In this past election only 39% of eligible voters voted.

What are your opinions on our current president, Mr. Bush?
With the exception of extending unemployment benefits, I can't think of anything else I agree with Mr. Bush on. I think as President you are required to walk a fine line between asserting yourself and your values and representing the values of the majority of the country. Mr. Bush certainly doesn't do the latter. The majority of the country supports comprehensive sex education and opposes the proposed war in Iraq, yet he is pushing these forward.

What do politics mean to you?
Politics is the rules by which we live by and thus each citizen has a requirement to be political. I always say if you don't vote you loose your right to complain again anything -- the price of gas, the condition of the highways, etc... It's inextricable to our lives and thus we should be more responsive to that.

How is your life as a feminist impacted by the more recent decisions made by our president?
Feminism is my value system and so I think that answer is already reflected in the answers above.

—Amy

 

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