Politics is a lot of words and lots of disagreement. Here are the ABC’s of what you need to know about the hot topics, important words, and more about politics.
A is for Abortion
One of, if not the, biggest hot button issues in politics. According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of abortion is: “the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus.” This is not a topic you can escape if you work within politics or take interest in politics. Find your stance and know your facts.
B is for Budget
The United States hasn’t made it a habit of getting these every year but it’s a giant topic throughout the fiscal year. What goes into the budget and what doesn’t make the cut is based on who rules the House. The budget starts in the House of Representatives because that is where appropriation bills must start.
C is for Capitalism
The Merriam-Webster definition is: “an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market.” This is currently being brought up for debate between conservatives and liberals on the national level. We are seeing a rise of people who denounce capitalism.
D is for Democracy
A democracy is a government by the people. In the case of the United States, we are a representative democracy so we the people elect people to represent us and our interests instead of having a direct democracy which means we would all have to go to Washington DC to vote on things. A direct democracy is nearly impossible to be effective.
E is for Electoral College
According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of the electoral college is: “(in the US) a body of people representing the states of the US, who formally cast votes for the election of the president and vice president.” This process that we have is constantly confusing for people and often debated.
F is for Federalism
Federalism is the system in which the United States federal government works with the state governments. This serves as a slight variation of checks and balances. There are things that the national government can do that states can’t liked declare war and coin money. It is simply a division of powers between the national government and the state.
G is for General Election
A general election is regular election for statewide and national offices. This is different from a primary election because a primary election is when people from the same political party are competing against each other for the opportunity to represent the party as the main candidate.
H is for House of Representatives
This is a chamber whose numbers are apportioned by the population of the state in which they represent. There are currently 435 members in the House of Representatives. Any bill raising revenue must start in the House of Representatives per the origination clause in Article 1, Section 7, Clause 1 of the United States Constitution.