December 12, 2012
Chapter nine of the reading grabbed my interest in that it displayed graphs and contained numerous breakdowns of party affiliation. What I mean by that is that the chapter broke down the two major parties and independent party. From watching the election and taking a mental survey of who was backing who and what the demographics were in the crowds, one can see that the information written in the chapter is pretty accurate. Republican tend to consist of mostly white males at least fifty-five in age which compares to independents who make up 32 percent of age fifty-five and older. What’s more specific to the state of California is that many voters would rather vote or be considered independent than affiliate themselves with a particular party. This is very different than the state of Pennsylvania, which is largely republican or democrat and includes a smaller number of independent voters compared to the state of California. I believe that because California is such a melting pot the trend will be more voters leaning towards being independent or affiliating themselves with the democratic party. An interesting fact that I read in the chapter is that “until 1996 the state of California had a closed primary system which meant that only voters who declared their party affiliation prior to the election could participate in their own party’s election” p.124). I realize that this law has now been changed but I would tend to believe that having such a law is a violation of one’s constitutional rights. An individual should be able to vote for whomever he or she chooses regardless of party affiliation.
Chapter ten goes on to talk about forms of participation and engagement. I believe that more young people than ever are involved in what goes on politically. One can use the last two presidential elections as a reference point. Young people played an important role in electing President Obama and also re-electing President Obama. I believe that politicians now must not only direct their speeches towards the older adults but also towards the future leaders of this country who may still be undergraduates in universities around the nation.
December 3, 2012
As stated before I don’t have much experience in California as I recently relocated here from the Philadelphia Pa, a large east coast city. That being said I can’t mention enough how California in general is vastly different than that of the east coast. While California has great natural resources and outdoor activities that are readily accessible to the public, it’s political and economic structure is greatly fractured. There must be a reason why California is one of the more bankrupt states in the union.
As per the chapter in regards to the California state court systems some of the stats provided are mind-boggling and help to explain why the state of California is unhealthy financially. What caught my eye is the number of judges that work within the California judicial system, I say this because of the high number of Hispanics living in California and are currently involved in the judicial system and the very low percentage of Hispanic judges. In my opinion some of the biggest factors that contribute to the poor economic status of California is the mandatory sentencing and the three strikes rule. Until reading the chapter I was unaware that it costs the tax payer $49,000 per year to care for an inmate. On top of that there are 18,300 felons in the criminal system that are not legal residents, this costs the state $900 million per year which is a ridiculously amount of money spent and unfortunately wasted. To pile on to that figure is that fact that under the eighth amendment inmates are the only population guaranteed the constitutional right to received adequate health care, regardless if the quality is called into question this can have a serious negative effect on the economy. Taking just these facts alone and one can point to why the system most notably the judicial system in California is seriously flawed.
November 27, 2012
My experience in California is a tad bit limited as I have only lived here for less than a year. That being said I do see and recognize a noticeable difference here than that of the east coast. The transition at first was a bit rough, coming from Philadelphia, PA the demographic is entirely different. Everything from the sale of alcohol in grocery stores, legalized marijuana, culture, taxes, transportation and language are just a few things that are vastly different I lived, worked and went to school in very mixed environments and cultures but moving to California showed that what I thought was mixed was not very mixed at all. Speaking in terms of Philadelphia, because Philly is basically split down the middle between black and white with a small Hispanic and Asian population I believe that it was mixed culturally. However since moving here to California I see that Philadelphia was not very mixed at all in compared with California. I notice that even in the supermarkets there is Spanish and English written, that is something that is never seen on the east coast accept for some small neighborhoods in New York and that is still rare. There are places like China town but again those are very small isolated neighborhoods. Another possible revenue source that could help with the economy in California is mass transit. One of the first things that I noticed when moving here is that there is a need to drive everywhere in most cases. Living on the east coast the majority of people use mass transit during the week whether it be bus, train or subway system. I believe that if California had a better public transportation system it would be a great source of income for the state. All in all regardless of California’s financial woes and the need to find a solution to illegal aliens the nature, beaches and outdoor activated make this a wonderful place to live.
October 26, 2012
I enjoyed the pictures that depicted specific gender roles.
The quiz was most difficult for me.
The presidential discussion/debate about outsourcing caught my attention. The discussion is useful in that college students should be aware of where jobs may potentially go if certain canidates get into office.
October 17, 2012
My favorite activity from this week was commenting on the propositions. This is something I would have not looked up on my own. I found the three strike rule interesting.
I did not find any activities difficult, although I’m not a big fan of the online partner thing.
I feel the attached political blog can be helpful in this class due to our discussions and the upcoming presidential election.
This is an example of a U.S. history blog that I find helpful in regards to this course and interesting. Anythime we speak of a country being born out of a revolution it raises my interest level. The blog reads as follows…..”The United States has had a rather eventful history — in spite of its being considered a somewhat young nation. Born out of a revolution, the United States is full of interesting turning points. History scholars have long been fascinated with the mix that has led to the rise of one of the most powerful nations ever to exist in a relatively short period of time”.
October 11, 2012
My favorite activity from this week was reading about the Stamp Act in general as I have a high interest in American colonial history to and through the American Civil War period.
The activity was pretty straight forward, however I can see how it may have been unclear. This is in regards to which student does what. At first glance I thought that one student writes the editorial and one student writes the response. However, I beleive that each student was to do each activity.
Stamp Act could be related to ObamaCare in which the people are forced to pay a tax that will ensure that everyone has healthcare. Being as the the nation is split 50/50 with some wanting to repeal ObamaCare and some finding it a positive step in the right direction in regards to healthcare.
October 4, 2012
My favorite activity from this week were the discussions regarding the Stamp Act. American Revolution and colonial times are some of my favorite historical topics along with the Civil War era.
As far as difficulty and any assignments that were unclear…I did not feel any of the assignments were unclear or difficult, it’s more so managing the volume as opposed to difficulty.
Prior to watching the video my facts were a little out of order in regards to what happened first the Tea Party or the Stamp Act. The video clarified that the Stamp Act happened first. Also it was interesteding to learn that Britain attempted to use a show of force very early on in an attempt to keep the colonials under control.
September 25, 2012
On a scale from 1 to 10 the class is going at about a 7.5 for m right now. Going into this class I had an open mind with no expectations. My time management has been o.k. considering the heavy workload assocoated with this course.
My favorite assignment thus far has been “Where do you Stand.
The assignment(s) that I have been a bit unclear are the ones in which we have to post links or the wordle images. I always find myself trying to post or navigate through how to post as per the instructions for a long period of time…to time consuming for my liking.
I beleive the possibilities are endless in regards to networking with other students. The information and tools are there for students to take advantage of, it’s just a matter for putting forth effort, taking chances and doing it.
September 2, 2012