Useful Notes American Political System Discussion

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01:31:11 PM Sep 24th 2016
Time to change the following sentence:

"So yes, one night a year, there's a chance that the Secretary of Education or the Secretary of Agriculture could end up as President."

It should be rewritten as such:

"So yes, one night a year, there's a chance that the Secretary of Education, the Secretary of Agriculture, or the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development could end up as President."
06:34:52 AM Feb 28th 2016
Whoever is authorized to edit Locked Topics needs to update the Supreme Court section since there are currently (although temporarily) only eight justices.
08:17:17 AM Feb 28th 2016
And here we have a perfect example as to why I have been begging for this page to be unlocked for months.
11:17:59 PM Feb 28th 2016
It's now unlocked.
01:59:57 AM Feb 29th 2016
Thank you, good sir!!!
12:21:51 PM Jan 8th 2016
It might be interesting to note, in the section on the Twenty-Year curse, that since elections are held once every four years, there's a 1 in 5 chance that any randomly selected president was elected in a year divisible by twenty. 2 in 5 if they got reelected for a second term.
03:22:16 PM May 4th 2014
Re the section "Political Parties": there are two sub-sections which describe the Democrats as "centre-left" and the Republicans as "centre-right". These descriptions suffer from a point-of-view problem in terms of America vs. Rest of the World, in that they are only valid from an American perspective.

From the point of view of Britain, and indeed most other so-called "Western democracies", the Democrats are a right-wing party, and the Republicans are a far-right party with shades of "right-wing extremist" and "looney right". The various "test which party most closely represents you" websites that spring up around American elections show this quite well. If you get a bunch of self-identified moderate-to-right-wing British voters to take these tests the party that comes out on top is the American Green party, even though those same voters do not care about environmental matters and would never vote for the British Green party in a million years as it is considered "looney left". The reason is that the American Green party's position on non-environmental matters is largely free of those policy elements which appear so right-wing as to be unacceptably extremist or just plain mental from a British viewpoint, whereas the Democrats have plenty of such elements and the Republicans appear to have little else.

The point I am trying to make is that both sides of the Atlantic see the definition of "centre" on the other side as being a looong way either left or right of centre by the standards of their own side. It is not much of an exaggeration to say that, ignoring non-mainstream parties, Americans perceive Britain as having no right-wing politics and Britons perceive the US as having no left-wing politics. But there is no mention of this on the page at all.

Since a significant part of the purpose of the page is to allow both Americans and non-Americans to obtain a more balanced perspective of American politics in a global context, there is need for at least a sentence or two to point out this difference in viewpoint, and it seems to me that the most appropriate place for it would be immediately following the two paragraphs in which the Democrats are described as "centre-left" and the Republicans as "centre-right", since that is where the concept of "centre" appears as a basis for laying out the American political spectrum.
09:55:54 PM May 4th 2014
That has been discussed in the forum threads as well. As a non-American troper I have to note that it's a myth that the US Democrats are right-wing; the differences between the American "centre" and the non-American "centre" are seldom large enough.
03:34:03 PM Jul 10th 2014
However the Republican party is further to the right than most mainstream conservative parties. For instance David Cameron would probably be better off running as a Democrat than a Republican in the US. While I don't know if Dems are ouright "right-wing" they are right-leaning centrists by international standards even since Clinton pulled them to the right and the progressives have been weakened in the House. At the very least we should mention the GOP is to the right of most center-right parties for most countries (and to even many Americans they are increasingly extreme), or that they have a strong right-wing populist constituency.
12:06:10 AM Jul 11th 2014
Edit requests have to be filed here.
01:32:20 PM Jan 17th 2014
A few errors regarding the section on election timing: - Presidential elections weren't held on a single nationwide day until 1848, so it wasn't the Founding Fathers' decision to choose a fixed date. Even then, many states held elected their congressmen on different days until the 20th century. - The British convention of holding elections on Thursdays didn't take hold until the 1930s.
09:15:53 AM Nov 26th 2013
Since the "nuclear option" discussed in the section on the Senate has now actually been invoked (at least as relates to presidential appointments), could we get the page unlocked for long enough to update that portion?
11:36:15 PM Nov 30th 2013
I'd say that's a good idea. Why was it locked in the first place?
11:42:40 AM Jan 11th 2012
The Designated Survivor section seems extremely politically biased.

"The Secret Service designates one member of the line of succession the "Designated Survivor" to stay behind at any event where the entire line could be zapped. That's right. If DC is nuked during a State of the Union address, the country will be run by a person designated by cops. 'Nuff said. "

It implies that the Secret Service are essentially police officers, and that they choose Designated Survivors supportive of a police agenda. Neither of those implications has any support.
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