These are some amazing blogs dealing with major political issues of our time:
- Save the Energy: Examining the Politics of Energy – This is an exceptionally well researched blog concerning the hot topic of energy in this years presidential election. In this blog, one can examine current news issues about energy, how these issues are being addressed by the government, and (interestingly) how the candidates from this past election addressed them. Or, even more interestingly, how they were not addressed or avoided. We are offered an answer to why this is and what the motives behind the exclusion might have been. It is a well researched, factual blog with topics ranging from Oil Embargoes to the Keystone Pipeline and from Obama’s to Romney’s views on energy.
- Immigration Station 2012 – This blog goes in depth to look at how the government is dealing with immigration into the United States, specifically from Mexico. There is a lot of great discussion about current legislation on the issue and what some flaws in their logic might be, and offer ideas for what some effective alternatives might be. Through this blog, we get to see the bias in both of the presidential candidates from the last election in regards to their respective stances on this issue. Ranging from the most recent Alabama Immigrations laws to the Diversity Visa Program, this blog will really get you to appreciate the issue of immigration in a way you hadn’t before.
- 2012 Election: The War on Drugs – This blog examines drug trafficking in the United States and its heightened state in today modern world. It is built on fact that the prices for drugs has decreased, leading to an increased demand. This blog – while focusing one our recent presidential candidates and where they stand on this topic that is so desperate for attention – also has a knack of presenting well done research on why these drugs are bad for you and also how they are hurting our nation as a whole. This site takes “just say no” to a whole new level.
For more amazing blogs that you really should check out, please my blog roll on the right side of the screen. Do it! Click on them! Be enlightened!
I have been throwing around my two cents a lot on this blog, but if you want to some more research, I offer you the following sites:
For advocacy groups FOR Marriage Equality. These websites lobby for right of all people to marry, gay or straight. They tend to lean more left wing along the political spectrum:
For advocacy groups AGAINST Marriage Equality. These websites contend that gay marriage is wrong along lines of religion or de-validation of marriage or family. They tend to lean more right in the political spectrum:
These are News Channels and blogs, specifically linked to stories concerning Marriage Equality. Like most social media outlets, they tend to lean to the left wing of politics.
- The White House (news blog) – On Obama’s support of Marriage Equality
- CNN (news) – On the Chick-fi-A’s anti-gay stance
- Huffington Post (news blog) – on NC’s Amendment One
- The Advocate (news blog) – On the majority of Americans supporting Marriage Equality; As its name suggest, it is very biased towards gay rights
- ABC (news) – On the Oreo disagreement
Now that you have the information, get out there and make your own decision! You can take whatever stance you feel you need, but make sure you are taking it for the right reasons and be prepared to back it up when, inevitably, people challenge you.
I’ve been terrorizing WordPress with my lovely sarcasm and marriage equality research for quite some time now, and I think it’s about time that I look back at my work and see how I have grown from this whole experience.
I went into this blog thinking that marriage equality was a cut and dry issue that had a simple solution. I thought it was merely a matter of law and it was merely a matter of public opinion keeping it from coming to conclusion. But I learned right away there were so many flaws in my logic. According to a recent Gallup poll, most people support marriage equality. So technically, if it were up to the general public, it should pass. But, though the passage of marriage equality is a matter of law and will require much delegation in the House and Senate, so many other factors tie into this issue.
Advocacy is one of them. Organizations for marriage equality, such as Marriage Equality USA and Freedom to Marry, and those against like the American Family Association. I learned that, though these sites do offer information on their topic, a great deal of which is factual, they are at the end of the day skewed organizations rooting for their side of the issue. As a researcher, I have to be careful of what I choose to take away from these sites. I can also analyze them and pick out flaws in there logic, doing a service to the human community by helping everything to be a factual as possible through more intense research.
I’ve also slowly learned that looking at polls is a great way to get information to back up your claims, when I first started this blog, I was very narrow minded in my belief that only news sources like the Huffington Post or CNN could give me public thoughts on the topic. But polls, such as Gallup and PEW, offer a much more direct look on what the people are thinking and offer invaluable research when writing a thoughtful blog post.
The way that I approached these logical fallacies that I’ve been hunted down has improved immensely over the course of this blog. I started out attacking very broad subjects. Though I may have done a good job pointing out important subjects and finding flaws in the logic, I still was often using assertions to back up my points. As some one who aims to be a logical and well founded in their research as possible, this was not the proper way to approach the issue. As my posts have progressed, I have tried to focus on looking at specific cases of logical falsehoods, whether if be a statement on a candidates website or a news article.
I can honestly say that my knowledge of this issue has grown immensely from my work on this blog. I legitimately am not a big politics person. I have always hated the stuff. But in order to make my postings factual, I had to really immerse myself in the political world. This proved to be quite advantageous, given how election season has been upon us. I went in depth to each candidates website, Obama’s, Romney’s, and Johnson’s, to learn about their stance on my issue. Along the way, I got a good sense of the candidate’s stances on a lot of issues, and it helped me make a more informed decision at the poll.
Both in my writing, my actual attacking of those nasty fallacies, and my ability to research in order to come to more informed conclusion and make intelligent decisions, I feel as though I have come along way due to this blog. But I do feel that I still have a long way to go before I become a true political blogger. I need to develop more extensive knowledge of the political systems of our government so as to understand how all these different groups truly affect each other. I need to delve deeper into more organizations and positions of each side so that I can seek out fallacies as well as gain information in order support my assertions. I definitely need to improve upon my ability to argue my points effectively, as generally I tend to be flaky or base arguments on weak assertions.
Yes, but though I have a ways to go, I feel like I have grown a great deal in my Social Science writing, and that my blog has turned into a very credible source of corrections for logical fallacies.
As the issue of marriage equality continues on, we all need to stop and consider what some of the consequences of our bickering are going to mean for America as a whole. The issue is affecting everyone in different ways, whether you are a corporation, religious entity, a politician, or just an average tax-paying citizen.
One implication that will come from not resolving the issue is the conflict between producer-corporations and their consumers. If a corporation comes out in support of one side of the argument, it risks retaliation from its consumers on the opposite side. One example is that of the food producer Kraft, who came out in support of marriage equality with their rainbow Oreo campaign. Despite praise form the LGBT community and their supporters; the company faces immediate hostility from the opposing side. As one person commented to ABC news, “I’ll never buy an Oreo again.” The same sort of hostility was face to Chic-fil-A, when it came out against Marriage Equality. There was immediately threat of boycott from the gay community and it’s supporters.
Another implication that will affect America (should this issue go unresolved) is that of increased hostility of those who support gay rights toward religious establishments that do not. While there are several religious denominations friendly to marriage equality, some of the most vocal religious groups are not. This can lead to increased tensions between the opposing sides, especially to homosexuals themselves who are the most direct targets. One poll done by PEW shows that 28% of American adults left the faith they were raised in for either another faith or for none at all.
The longer marriage equality remains an unsolved issue, the longer it remains source of partisanship in our government. Washington DC is already so divided politically, and another hotly debated issue is not helping the climate. An article from the University of Houston-Clear Lake shows that marriage equality is primarily divided along party lines. When President Obama came out in support of marriage equality, it became a very democratic supported issue. At the same time, Republicans banded together against it, with only the very rare odd-ball-out on either side.
The battle continues on the subject of marriage equality. But as long it remains unresolved to either end, it is hurting corporations, churches, our government, and the people who rely on them.
When it comes to marriage equality, a solution to the problem is not an easy one to come up with. People have deep set convictions, for or against, and even the most brilliant of research isn’t likely to shake ones faith or support in a side. The truth of it is that some people, due to religious convictions or personal beliefs, do not support gay rights and won’t.
But still, hope remains. Just look at the increasing number of people in our country who believe that it is a right for gays to marry. Even the number of people of in the church who believe in marriage equality is on the rise. A recent poll fount that a 86% of Christians claim their religion has lead them to believe that the LGBT community should be given equal rights under the law. Recently, a pastor of the Disciples of Christ made rhetorically beautiful, historically relevant speech advocating for gay rights, relating discrimination against gay couples to that of racial segregation.
So what’s the change? Why are more people becoming more tolerant? A clue might be found in the age statistics of those who support marriage equality. A Gallup poll showed that in 2011, 70% of Americans ages 18-34 supported gay marriage with 54% of people in the same age group shared this belief the year before. For the age group 55 or older, 39% of people supported gay in 2011 while 33% supported it the year before. The new generation of Americans, on a broad scale and at an accelerated rate, are more for marriage equality than the older generations. History supports this trend.
Are we doing anything differently that is affecting our youth today? There was concern that certain states, such as Massachusetts, were teaching kids about homosexuality, but these claims have been found to be unfounded (see my clever word play?). There is still a very vocal opposition to the Marriage Equality movement. As long as some politicians are trying to appease their largely anti-gay marriage constituency, there will still be opposition in the Senate and in the House of Representatives. But still, the younger generations as a wide majority think marriage equality it right (see Gallup poll linked above). Is it feasible to believe that, like many other major issues in history, such as racial equality, time will make the conditions right for Marriage Equality, and is ultimately the most effect, peaceful solution? Since right the debates and rivalry are to right now for anything to be effectively done, waiting for a more tolerant generation to take to Washington may be the best plan.