Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Voting Articles for Thursday

For Thursday, be sure to read the following articles on voting:
Because we will be meeting in Skiles 318 on Thursday, we will not have access to computer monitors, so be sure to print up hard copies of each of these four articles and be prepared to discuss them in class.

Some (optional but interesting) debate articles:
1) Election May Hinge On Debates: Bush, Kerry Bring Different Strengths

2) Bush's Data Dump: The administration is hiding bad economic news. Here's how.

3) Kerry in a Struggle for a Democratic Base: Women

4) Cheney Crowds Would Like More on Kitchen-Table Issues

5) "Rhetoric vs. Reality"

6) "How Kerry can win the debate on terror and Iraq"

To be clear, the debate articles are not required, but they introduce some of the questions that Bush and Kerry will face during the debates. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the lecture on Wednesday night and the debates on Thursday.

My class only: If you haven't read it, you should review Jonathan Freedland's "Still no Votes in Leipzig," which argues that people outside the US should be allowed to vote in US elections. Voluntary reading, but still relevant: From The New York Times, "Abolish the Electoral College."


At 11:49 AM, Blogger Jon Christopher said...

Chuck, I have a confession to make. During our discussion on last Thursday about the article "Still No Votes in Leipzig" I happened to mention that letting non-US citizens vote would be the stupidest idea ever and the US would be retarded for even considering it. I haven't fully converted, but I believe Freedland's article gave me a perception from the world. I will probably write a blog on my thoughts and how he convinces his audiences. I would also like to add that it wasn't right for me to be so against it without taking the world into consideration. Freedland is a good writer and I hope to read more of his writing in the future. Thanks for trying to get us to read the whole article. I would definitely recommend "Still No Votes for Leipzig."

At 7:42 PM, Blogger chutry said...

Jon, even I'm not entirely sure that I agree with everything that Freedman argues here, but I am glad that you were willing to give it a second chance. What evidence in the essay did you find most compelling?

At 1:41 PM, Blogger Jon Christopher said...

Well Chuck, there are two points that cleary stand out to me In Freedland's "Still No Votes in Leipzig." First, the "No taxation without representation" point by Freedland where he contend's that America can influence a country's future without its permission or the rest of the world's permission. He contends that if a country feels it necessary to intervene and dismiss a another country's government then the world (most likely represented by the UN) should have a voice as well. I could definitely see the relationship there and at first I was very puzzled because I felt my stance changing. The UN was made after WWII for a purpose and now the US decides to defy it and go invade Iraq anyways? This is probably one of the reasons why the world does not really like Americans. However in some cases they are forced to like us because we are the only superpower. This made me think about people in other countries and how they view our actions.
Another way he presents his argument is using the history of America as an example. He states that one of the reasons the founding fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence was because they contended that "authority is only legitimite when it enjoys 'the consent of the governed.'" That means the US does not have consent from the rest of the world to do what it does with its authority, since it is the only superpower. He goes on to explain how that ties into elections and then into the Kyoto treaty about global warming and how the US was one of the only developed countries to not sign the treaty.
Again I am not saying I totally agree with letting non-US citizens vote in our elections, I am still against that. I just thought his agruments were valid and presented in probably the best way possible to get his stance across and in the process open a new perspective on a current topic. One of the specialities of being a US citizen is getting to vote in the most crucial elections on the planet and that is a speciality I would like to keep confined to US citizens. However, maybe it would be possible to some how take a poll in all developed countries or countries with a large influence on the world to see who they would vote for, so the candidates and citizens of America know who outside the US is for which candidate.

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