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ContemporaryAmerican Politics

Americanpolitics for the longest time followed a trend. In terms ofcharacteristics of campaigns, the mode of campaigns that are beingrun and what the people really want in the leaders they elect. Whilein the earlier years nominations were not as fierce, in thecontemporary America candidates are forced to spend millions ofdollars just to run and clinch the primaries. The campaigns have alsodeveloped with technology as candidates make use of the internet torun their campaigns as seen in the Obama campaigns and the HillaryClinton campaign in 2016. In the 1800 presidential election,according to a New York federalist newspaper snipped Aaron Burrstooped so low to visit every corner of America in search of voters(Schalleret al 341).According to the newspaper his mode of campaign was farfetched.Nonetheless from the year 2008 presidential campaigns have witnessedcandidates going in every state of America in search of votes. Thispaper supports the assertion that the contemporary American politicsare unprecedented.

BarrackHussein Obama the forty fifth president of the United States was ablack man. He was not only black but was half Kenyan and had a Muslimname Hussein. Historically, in New York only White men were allowedto vote let alone run for office. The black men votes were not onlyconstricted in the same area there property requirements for theblack people (Schalleret al 341).The black Americans were not close to leadership and were not evenconsidered equals to the white people. Their place was in the fieldswhere they were subjected to hard labor. Nonetheless, in the year2008, America surprised the world by electing a black person forpresident over a white man. While everyone else thought America wouldopt for a white president as was the norm, He became the presidentand won the subsequent election to reign for two terms. This is areason that supports the assertion that the American politics areunprecedented and normally unpredictable.

Trumppresidency is the other major evidence that the America politics aretruly unprecedented. Donald Trump the president elect in 2016 was themost unlikely among all the republican candidates. All his opponentsfrom the grass root were administrators, politicians, governors andsenators. Trump on the hand was just an ambitious business man whowas neither an administrator nor a politician. He was brushed off bymany spectators who thought he was not really serious about hispresidential bid. However, the view that Trump was just having funchanged with time when he started winning state after state wheremost spectators thought he would lose but he won with landslides. Hispresidential bid grew stronger and stronger when he finally won andemerged the Republican’s Presidential candidate. AnalyzingAmerica’s 45 presidential candidates there has never been apolitical lay man who had a presidential bid and clinched a bigparty’s candidature like Trump did. In the view of many, Trumpwould most likely lose the battle somewhere in the primaries and hiscandidature was a joke even to many media houses. His Victory in theparty is a clear indication that American politics are unprecedentedjust when one thought that Americans needed a serious lookingpolitician to lead the country the Republicans had a completelydifferent idea on who they wanted to fly their flag.

Religionhas been a contentious issue in the United States with some religionsbeing discriminated against. Due to the many terrorist attacks bypeople who claimed to be Muslim, many Americans fear and discriminateMuslims. Wearing of the hijab an Islamic religious gown has beencontended against in schools even other people going to court with anaim of asking the court to pronounce it illegal to wear in publicplaces. In light of this, the 2016 elections saw to it that a Muslimlady was elected Minnesota’s State House representative. IllhanOmar a Somali born American was elected in a free and fair election.Regardless of the hard line against Muslims and hijabs her faceappeared in a hijab on the ballot papers and she won. While the restof the world knew no Muslim would be elected in the US and mostdefinitely at the height of increased Islam terrorism. Nonetheless,she beat all odds to win the election regardless of her being born inSomali and being an American by registration. This is also anotherindication that Contemporary American politics are trulyunprecedented.

Traditionally,women have had very minimal chances of leadership at the leadershiplevel. Historically, very few women were considered in the top brassof the party. Governments fought women’s political rights. Forinstance Schalleret al (271)records in 1807, the New Jersey legislature disenfranchised propertyholding women and black Americans who were voters by virtue of theirproperty whose allegiance was to the Federal party and theRepublicans. Disenfranchising them was a bid to make sure that theydid not meet the property requirement of voting.

Basicallythis was the place of the women in historical America. Nonetheless,Americans proved the people’s expectations wrong when she defeatedother candidates but later lost to Obama. Historically such anoccurrence was unheard that is basing the argument on Judith Murray’ssentiments when she claimed that intelligent women of means shouldbasically share some equality with men (Schalleret al 271).That was a clear indication that women were not even viewed as equalsto men regardless of their race. In the 2016 election, SecretaryClinton beat rivals like Burney Sanders who were seasoned politiciansto be the candidate of choice for Democratic Party. Of all the womenwho had run for presidency secretary Clinton stood out to be the mostsuccessful to secure the candidature of a major party and was alsoconsidered the favorite candidate when compared to Trump and othercandidates who run for the seat. Historically, women had very slimchances of running for presidency and winning. In Clinton’s caseshe never won the presidency but it is important to note that she hadmore votes than Trump. Senator Clinton failed to make it to the whitehouse because of the electoral votes. Otherwise, if the election wasto be won on the basis of high number of votes then she could havethe first women president in a country that has over forty fivepresidents and a democracy of over two hundred thousand years. Thisalso indicated the unpredictability of the American elections.Secretary Clinton rose to beat all odds to become one of the mostsuccessful female politicians.

Conclusion

Americanpolitics for the longest time followed a trend. In terms ofcharacteristics of campaigns, the mode of campaigns that are beingrun and what the people really want in the leaders they elect. Whilein the earlier years nominations were not as fierce, in thecontemporary America candidates are forced to spend millions ofdollars just to run and clinch the primaries. Barrack Hussein Obamathe forty fifth president of the United States was a black man. Hewas not only black but was half Kenyan and had a Muslim name Hussein.Historically, in 1844-1860 African Americans were not running forpresidency but were fighting for their own freedom from the whiteAmericans. Nonetheless, He became the president and won thesubsequent election to reign for two terms. This is a reason thatsupports the assertion that the American politics are unprecedentedand normally unpredictable. Donald Trump the president elect in 2016was the most unlikely among all the republican candidates. All hisopponents from the grass root were administrators, politicians,governors and senators. Nonetheless he did not only clinch the partynomination but also became the 46thpresident of United States. Due to the many terrorist attacks bypeople who claimed to be Muslim, many Americans fear and discriminateMuslims. However, the 2016 elections saw to it that a Muslim lady waselected Minnesota’s State House representative. Illhan Omar aSomali born American was elected in a free and fair election. Thediscussion above proves that the contemporary American politics aretruly unprecedented.

Workcited

MichaelSchaller , Robert Schulzinger , John Bezis-Selfa , Janette ThomasGreenwood , Andrew Kirk , Sarah J. Purcell , Aaron Sheehan-Dean American Horizons: U.S. History in a Global Context, Volume I: To1877, with Sources 2nd Edition pg 3-198