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 ?
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U.S. President Donald Trump forced his controversial Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign Wednesday, setting up a possible showdown with newly energized congressional Democrats over the investigation of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election.
Sessions, in a resignation letter to Trump, wrote that he was stepping down at “your request,” accepting a fait accompli he’d long sought to avert despite Trump’s repeated public humiliations of the attorney general over his recusal from oversight of the Russia probe.
The forced departure of Sessions, a former Republican senator and early supporter of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, capped a turbulent tenure that hit a rough patch in early 2017 when he stepped aside from the Russia investigation shortly after taking office.
Trump blamed Sessions’ recusal for the speedy appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and, over the course of the attorney general’s 20-month tenure, repeatedly castigated Sessions for failing to rein in what he called a “witch hunt” being led by Mueller and “17 Angry Democrats.”
While undertaking a wholesale repeal of Obama-era policies and implementing Trump’s tough-on-crime and immigration agenda, Sessions was increasingly shunned by the president, to the point that Trump told an interviewer earlier this year, “I don’t have an attorney general.”
In a pair of tweets Wednesday afternoon announcing Sessions’ resignation, Trump thanked the attorney general for his service and said Matt Whitaker, Sessions’ chief of staff and a former U.S. attorney under former President George W. Bush, would take over as acting attorney general. A permanent replacement would be announced later, Trump said.
Though long expected, Sessions’ departure fueled Democratic fears that Trump may be maneuvering to assert control over the Mueller investigation through a trusted appointee or possibly shut down it all together.
Congressional probe urged
Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House oversight committee and a frequent Trump critic, urged Congress to investigate “the real reason” for the attorney general’s “termination.”
At a testy White House news conference earlier Wednesday, Trump said he could end the Mueller investigation “right now,” but “I stay away from it … I let it just go on.”
Other Democratic congressional leaders, including House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Senate Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Mark Warner issued nearly identical tweets urging Whitaker to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, citing his vocal criticism of the probe.
“Given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation, Mr. Whitaker should recuse himself from its oversight for the duration of his time as acting attorney general,” Schumer tweeted.
Whitaker served as U.S. attorney for the southern district of Iowa from 2004 to 2009. According to his LinkedIn profile, he headed Foundations for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a self-described ethics watchdog, until September 2017, shortly before joining the Justice Department.
In an opinion piece for CNN.com in July 2017, two months after Mueller’s appointment, Whitaker wrote that he agreed with Trump that investigating the president’s finances fell outside Mueller’s mandate, and he urged Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to limit the special counsel’s authority.
‘In charge of all matters’
Asked whether Whitaker would take control of the Russia probe, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said, “The acting attorney general is in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice.”
Flores did not directly answer questions about whether Whitaker had consulted or planned to consult Justice Department ethics experts on whether he should recuse himself from the Russia probe.
“We’re following regular order here,” she wrote via email.
John Malcolm, a former federal prosecutor now with the Heritage Foundation, a conservative research group, said he saw no reason for Whitaker to step aside.
“He is the acting attorney general. He has no reason to recuse himself,” Malcolm told VOA.
Malcolm said Sessions did “a solid job of implementing the president’s law enforcement priorities,” and he praised the attorney general for “protecting the integrity of the department and trying to keep it above politics.”
It remains to be seen whether Trump will tap Whitaker for the job permanently and send his name to the Senate for confirmation.
Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and close Trump ally, tweeted that he looked “forward to working with President Trump to find a confirmable, worthy successor. (VOA)