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Reflection

Spencer Lueders

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Contents
Introduction. 3
Agreement
with Results. 3
Issues
Learned More About 3
Comparing
and Contrasting Issues. 4
Conclusion. 5
 

 

Introduction

            This paper looks
at my results from the I Side With extended quiz and how those results compare to
the 2016 presidential candidates. Also included in this paper are some of the issues
that I learned more about from taking the quiz as well as how the presidential candidates
viewed the certain topics. This paper analyzes the presidential candidates’ similarities
and differences between the way they sided and covers the predictions of their ideologies
based off their stances.

Agreement with Results

            To start
off with, for the most part I agree with the results from my quiz. The quiz
says that I would side with Donald Trump at 56%, regarding the various
Presidential Election issues. The main reason why I would agree with these
results is, because I am a registered Republican and usually tend to lean that
way on most issues. However, I do side 47% with Hillary Clinton, which would
make sense, because regarding topics such as social issues, I tend to lean more
democratic. I consider myself more of a moderate leaning to the right of the
political spectrum.

Issues Learned More About

            On to the
issues I learned more about, one of the biggest ones was the protests in Iran.
I was unaware that there were protests going on in Iran and as a result I did
not know what had caused them. While taking the quiz, I had to open the tab
which told me more about the question, and learned that it was thought to be
caused by a high unemployment rate as well as frustration towards the Iranian
government for various budget cuts and the way they spent on foreign policy. Something
else that surprised me was the upgrade of Air Force One. I did not know how old
the planes were and did not think that the parts for them were increasing in
scarcity. After looking into it, I found out that it would cost around $4
billion dollars to American taxpayers, and that it currently costs around
$200,000 an hour to operate Air Force One. Another topic I learned about was
that marital rape was not criminalized by a lot of countries until the
mid-1800s. I was also shocked that marital rape is not a criminal offense in
China or India, especially sense the UN classified it as a human rights
violation.

Comparing and Contrasting Issues

            Continuing
the topic of various issues, the four different candidates that I sided with
the most were Donald Trump, who ran under the Republican Party, Hillary Clinton
under the Democrats, Gary Johnson as a Libertarian, and Jill Stein of the Green
Party. Regarding the issue of same sex marriage, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton,
and Jill Stein supported it, and Gary Johnson somewhat supported it except for
allowing churches the right to refuse same-sex ceremonies. I think that for the
most part they would all have a liberal ideology, with Johnson maybe leaning a
bit Conservative with the exception. On the issue of increasing taxes for the
rich to reduce the interest rates for student loans, Trump and Johnson did not
want a tax increase, whereas Clinton and Stein supported it. As a result, I
think Clinton and Stein’s ideologies are more liberal, compared to the others’
conservative ideology. Another issue is whether the electoral college should be
abolished. On this topic, Clinton, Johnson and Stein supported it, and more
specifically Johnson and Stein supported the switch to a ranked voting system,
and Donald Trump did not agree. I believe that the candidates besides Trump
would have more of a liberal or libertarian ideology, because if they abolish
the electoral college it would be more up to the people to decide, whereas
Trump would be more towards a conservative ideology. On the issue of whether
illegal immigrants should have temporary amnesty, all but Trump said they
should be granted it and a path for citizenship for immigrants without a
criminal record should be created. As a result of this stance, I’d say that
they would have more of a liberal ideology, especially because of the path for
citizenship topic. Donald Trump would probably have more of a conservative
ideology towards this issue. Concerning the topic of whether police officers
should be required to wear body cameras, Clinton, Johnson, and Stein were in
support of requiring officers to wear them, where Trump thought it should be
left to the police department’s or officer’s choice. The former candidates
would have more of a liberal ideology, where the latter would have more of a
conservative ideology.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the
results of my extended quiz suggest that I am a part of the Republican Party and
my ideology is Centrist, regarding an ideological scale. While I was placed Centrist,
I was leaning a bit more towards the right of the political spectrum, and slightly
down towards an authoritarian ideology. As stated previously above, I think that
these results are accurate with respect to my personal opinion of where I stand
on most political issues. 

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