The 2016 Elections Vs the 1948 Elections

The2016 Elections Vs the 1948 Elections

The2016 Elections Vs the 1948 Elections

Thereare various similarities between the 2016 US and the 1948presidential elections. These similarities are evidenced in the formsof parties and candidacies and prevailing economic issues,international relations, and social affairs.

Parties and CandidatesInthe 1948 elections, the incumbent president Harry S. Truman, anominee for the Democratic Party, who had succeeded PresidentFranklin D. Roosevelt in 1945 after his death, vied for a fullpresidential election term, competing against the Thomas E. Dewey ofthe Republican Party. Harry S. Truman eventually became the winner ofthe elections despite the wide population expectation that Thomas E.Dewey would win. The presidential race election, however, was anessentially a two-horse race between the Democrats and theRepublicans although other parties such as States` Rights DemocraticParty and Progressive Party were involved1.In2016 elections, Hillary Clinton, is competing against Donald Trump.Hillary Clinton is representing the incumbent Democratic Party, whileDonald Trump is representing the Republican Party. Although the racecomprises of other parties such as the Green Party, ConstitutionParty, Independence Party of Minnesota, and the Libertarian Party,the Democrats and the Republicans are key focus for the presidentialwinners2.

EconomicProblems

Duringthe 1948 elections, the United States was ravaged by various economicchallenges. The country had been involved in the Second World War andforeign occupations and had spent heavily on funding the war, at theexpense of economic development. Consequently, the government hadinstituted higher taxes to support its financial position. The hightaxes had eventually translated to rising costs of living and laborproblems that begged for decisive political reforms to ameliorate thesituation3.

The2016 elections have come when the United States is ravaged withvarious economic challenges, too. The country has been involved invarious international conflicts and is criticized for spendingheavily on the military. Consequently, the country is experiencinghigh taxes. The high taxes have translated to rising costs of livingand labor problems4.Thecontesting parties are engaged in a heated debate on how the issuescould be addressed.

InternationalRelations

In1948, the state of foreign relations was delicate and was essentiallycharacterized by a cold war struggle between the United States andthe Soviet Union, the conflict between the capitalism and communism.The success in the cold war relied primarily on the establishment ofstrong foreign international relations to impart a sphere ofinfluence5.In2016 elections, the state of international relations is characterizedby a struggle with terrorism and the Middle East conflicts.

SocialReforms

In1948 presidential elections, there was a call for social reforms toassist the marginalized communities in increasing the capacity tolead a life like the mainstream populations. Social reforms focusedon the welfare programs to support people from poor socioeconomicbackgrounds through mainstreaming the social, economic, and politicalprocesses. Some of the areas the welfare programs focused includeddiversity, equality, employment, education, and healthcare access.However, there were questions on what should constitute desirablesocial policies6.

The2016 elections are not any different. Indeed, like the 1948elections, social reforms are also considered critical to addresseconomic disparities between the rich and the poor7.Social change debate focuses on welfare programs to support everycitizen. Similarly, some of the areas the welfare programs arefocused include diversity, equality, employment, education, andhealthcare access8.

Expectationsof the 2016 Elections

Inconclusion, there are various similarities between the 2016 USpresidential elections and the 1948 presidential elections. Thesesimilarities are evidenced in the forms of parties and candidacies,economic issues, international relation, and social affairs. Like the1948, the 2016 presidential election is a two horse race between theDemocrats and the Republicans, although other parties.Likethe past, the United States is ravaged with various economicchallenges, too. The country is also involved in variousinternational conflicts and is criticized for massive militaryexpenditure. Thestate of foreign relations is also demanding and mostly characterizedby a struggle with terrorism and dealing with Middle East conflicts.In both cases, there is a call for social reforms to assist themarginalized communities in increasing the capacity to lead a lifelike the mainstream populations. In this regard, Democrats areexpected to win the 2016 elections. While this victory is largelydetermined by the manifestos the parties give to the electorates, theDemocrats are better placed because they are incumbent.

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1English, Ress. The United States Congress (New York: Manchester University press, 2016), pp 23

2Silver, Nate. &quot2016 Election Forecast – FiveThirtyEight&quot. 2016. http://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2016-election-forecast/#plus (Retrieved on 2nd October, 2016)

3English, Ress. The United States Congress (New York: Manchester University press, 2016), pp 23

4Silver, Nate. &quot2016 Election Forecast – FiveThirtyEight&quot. 2016. http://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2016-election-forecast/#plus (Retrieved on 2nd October, 2016)

5English, Ress. The United States Congress (New York: Manchester University press, 2016), pp 23

6English, Ress. The United States Congress (New York: Manchester University press, 2016), pp 23

7Orlando, Sentinel. &quotSanders backers frustrated by defeats at Orlando platform meeting&quot. Huffingtonpost.com. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bernie-sanders-endorses-hillary-clinton_us_56e98f60e4b0b25c91841bdd (Retrieved on 2nd October, 2016)

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