American Presidency Exam
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Dr. Mark Leeper
December 12th 2007
American Presidency: T-TH
Take Home Examination: Section A
Through a series of conferences, preliminary debates and caucuses each of the presidential parties select chosen candidates to race in the candidacy for the President of the United States. Coined as the 'Primary election' in political circles across the country, this is the process through which Americas policy conscious elite will vote in droves to secure their parties’ presidential nomination. With great satisfaction in the current term I am able to observe with a considerable wealth of favorable anticipation as individual states are changing the dynamic of political precedence dramatically. The registered voters of each region cast ballots for their parties designated nominees. Unfortunately as national tradition would have it, primary elections have been kicked off in the state of New Hampshire since the earlier fifties. This creates for a mundane and predictable succession of voter habits throughout the nation. With the current trend of excess capital and guerrilla warfare media campaigns the primary election structure has demonstrated time and time again it’s stronghold on influencing America’s politics. The process dictates a lucid timeline for which the candidates are required to address the public and provide answers to the questions that will ultimately shape the policies and legislation passed during their anticipated terms as president. For the voters of this country this proves to be an invaluable “look under the hood”. Without a solid span of time from which one can form an educated inference there is no margin for comment and would ultimately prove our founders and critics of past days true in the notion that the average American is incapable of choosing effective leaders.
Many aspiring politicians enter the primary race each year; however there should be stricter requirements in order to minimize the number of frivolous campaigns that plague each primary election. Too often the American public is inundated with hypocrisy and double talk from race runners whose names are only in the hat to add shock value to media presence. Their presence overshadows the politicians who are purely in the race for the long haul. A wise decision on the forethought of our founding fathers currently structure only allows from the nominated individuals, one person (who is selected by the party delegates at the national conventions) to continue in the race to the White House. The voting body...