ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Election Issues

Updated on September 4, 2012
Image credit: medveh / 123RF Stock Photo
Image credit: medveh / 123RF Stock Photo | Source


It might seem as though the election at hand is unfair. Clearly, most of the issues being bandied about are too onerous for individuals to actually, definitively, decide upon. But the divide between Democrat and Republican has never been deeper. As such, each voter should be able to find a position from which an informed decision can be made as to who should lead. The Sacramento Bee has been gracious in providing a number of topics about which Obama and Romney disagree. An appearance automatically forms, to those so inclined, that confers upon Democrats an upper hand. There is far too much danger in the world and turmoil at home to begin a dramatic hunt for new changes. For once, Democrats seem level-headed while Republicans drift toward the lunatic fringe. At least from a certain point of view.

Take abortion, for instance. Whatever Obama personally believes is not at stake, but as President, his being in favor of it is actually for the best in terms of a viable national policy. Romney, being Republican, must somehow show that he answers to a higher calling. This is unnecessary and could get out of hand, if not now then later. It is not a question of religion, but religious mania. Or take immigration dilemmas. Obama has a more compassionate approach and Romney, true to form, opposes programs that feed the bias of those who get heated up over "outsiders". Or take gun control. Romney wants less of it, Obama more. Perhaps neither one nor the other has the magical answer to these interminable struggles, but the Democratic platform takes reality into account whereas Republicans are too full of high-flying feelings that are simply out of touch.

In other respects, Republicans have the edge. The negative backlash to a sluggish economy is apt to make voters want to reject the incumbent. And the idea of higher taxes continues to stalk the Democratic Party after the fashion of an ugly rain cloud. Non-partisan ambiguities dealing with war in Afghanistan and neighboring countries are indeed troubling. But the greater warmonger turns out to be Romney, who is already challenging Russia and Red China, though not in office. True enough, World War III did not erupt after the election of Ronald Reagan, which was the word on the street, at least in NYC. But it might actually have happened had Gorbachev not been so accommodating.

Or, how about healthcare? Most people cannot afford it, even with insurance. But Obamacare got all kinds of bad press. It would have been nice if the healthcare industry could have been reformed. And as to this subject, as well as social security and taxes, both candidates have distinct differences of opinion. 2012 has the makings of an interesting contest between several alternatives. Like the previous administration, the United States remained free from foreign attack. Its safety and security should endure either way. This election is about many real values whose mindful consideration will continue regardless of November's decision.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • sapphire99336 profile image


      6 years ago from Kennewick, WA

      Obamacare did get a lot of bad press, but it's already done a lot of good. Some things included in Obamacare include kids being able to stay on their parents' health insurance policy until age 26 and insurance companies no longer being able to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions. Those are just a couple of things. Also, Democrats want to tax the rich more, not the middle class. The rich are paying absurdly low tax rates while the rest of us are paying a bigger share of our income, even though we can afford it less. These are a couple of reasons why I am voting for Obama


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)