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Democrats tiptoe around the word “Islamic terrorism”


By Shriya Katoch

Presidential elections in USA will happen in November 2016. The presidential hopefuls are currently going through what we call Primaries or Caucuses. Let us have a look at the political parties of USA.

The American politics comprises of two major parties – Democrats and Republicans .
The Democratic party draws the minority and marginalized communities like blacks and  Hispanics more than what Republicans would typically do.
As the article by Munish Kumar Raizada explains, main political agenda of Democrats leans towards being socially liberal . They are a left leaning party with liberal views on social issues and supporting causes like same sex marriage , pro – choice etc.
Given their social standing democrats tend to regulate social services.
Due to its ideology of social justice it tends to attract poor , middle-class and immigrant populations .
President Barack Obama is a Democrat and the current frontrunner for the 2016 elections from the Democratic party are Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. While, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are the main contestants at this stage in Republican party.

While Republican party has a more right leaning view and is typically considered to be fiscally
conservative . It has a more conservative approach towards social issues like gay rights, abortions etc .
Republicans are conceived to be a representation of capitalism . They believe in fewer taxes and are
perceived to be pro business . Abraham Lincoln was a Republican .
The current frontrunner for the 2016 presidential race in the United State Of America from the Democratic party is Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

Polarization over issue of Islamic Terrorism:
Paralyzed by political correctness about Islam the Democratic party refuses to use the word “Islamic terrorism”. President Obama was wishy washy on the day of Brussels terrorist attack last week.
When attacks are made by a communist sector we call that a communal attack then why should religion be any different ?
Why does religion get the free pass ?
The logic that the Democrats has worked up is that not all Muslims are terrorists , but if someone is a terrorist the odds of them being a Muslim increases . It is true that terrorists of other ethnicity exist as well but it is a fact that the volume of Islamic terrorists is more distinct , and is a bigger threat to society.
At the end it all boils down to the fact that if we are not ready to identify the problem how can we come up with the solution ?

Shriya Katoch multitasks as an Engineering student,an avid reader,a guitar player and a death note fan. Twitter: @katochshriya538

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Trump views 50 years out of date, may trigger disruptive trade war: Paul Krugman

According to him, immediate issue is going to be confrontation not with China, but with Europe as the "steel tariffs" will hit Europe

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Trump is not taking his responsibilities seriously: Paul Krugman. Wikimedia Commons
  • Paul Krugman criticises U.S. President Donald Trump
  • Paul Krugman is a Nobel Prize winner
  • Paul says Trump’ actions can cause a war

Criticising the US President Donald Trump for his protectionists policies, Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman on Saturday accused President Trump of not taking his jobs seriously. Following the protectisists measures taken by the US President, there could be “risks of disruptive trade war”, he said.

President Donald Trump has pledged to avoid any new foreign business deals during his term in office.
President Donald Trump is heavily criticised. Wikimedia Commons

“He does not take the job seriously. He doesn’t say to himself that I am the most important official in the world; I have better do my homework for understanding the issue. ..He just goes that these are my gut feeling and hires people who make him feel good…that is a frightening prospect,” Krugman said responding to a query on his perception on Trump. On the economic issues President Trump’s gut feelings are “protectionist” and his views of America were “50 years out of date”.

“He wants America a heavy industrial country in the way it was when he was a young man. That is not just going to happen but he attempts to make it happen, which is extremely disruptive to America and to the global as a whole,” Nobel Laureate said. Krugman said he was until recently optimistic that Trump’s protectionist policies would not see the light of the day.

“Until about two weeks ago, I was quite optimistic that it would not happen. The reason was not because the President would get good economic advice but because the US businesses are invested in a globalised economy. All the investments the businesses have made is based upon the assumptions that the open trading system would continue. There is an enormous amount of fiscal capital and a large number of jobs are dependent on these value chains,” he said at the News18 Rising India Summit here.

Also Read: Trump Not Backing Down on Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

Krugman further said: “I had assumed the influence of these business communities would be sufficient… that it would not happen. I am less optimistic now…we have seen reasonably sensible Economic Council Head was fired, completely irrational tariff (was) imposed on steel and aluminium.”

The President also called for more mental institutions and hospitals in addition to the idea of arming teachers.
Krugman says these actions of President can cause a trade war. Wikimedia Commons

According to him, immediate issue is going to be confrontation not with China, but with Europe as the “steel tariffs” will hit Europe. He said there are possible risks of “disruptive global trade war”.

Speaking on Chinese economy he said, “China is a financial crisis waiting to happen. China is a widely unbalanced economy…the country is sustaining itself with a credit bubble that is waiting to burst…There is a significant risk of Chinese bubble burst.”

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