Di­vide and Con­quer?

The forth­com­ing pres­i­den­tial elec­tions in the US ap­pear to be a col­or­less event so far.

Southasia - - CONTENTS - By Sabria Chowd­hury Bal­land

An in­tro­duc­tion to the forth­com­ing US Elec­tions.

"Elec­tions be­long to the peo­ple. It's their de­ci­sion. If they de­cide to turn their backs on the fire and burn their be­hinds, then they will just have to sit on their blis­ters."

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~Abra­ham Lin­coln

Pres­i­dent Obama comes to the end of his sec­ond pres­i­den­tial term in 2017. The cur­rent pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates view the up­com­ing elec­tion in Novem­ber 2016 as one which holds more sig­nif­i­cance than any other. A pri­mary cause for this is tied to the Pres­i­dent be­ing a Demo­crat and the Se­nate and Congress (the leg­isla­tive branch of the US gov­ern­ment) be­ing con­trolled by the Repub­li­cans.

This has in­evitably led to a "war of the Ti­tans" sit­u­a­tion, with the leg­isla­tive branch at­tempt­ing to block al­most all Bills put forth by the White House. It has of­ten even shut down the gov­ern­ment and con­tin­u­ally threat­ens to do so on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. The Con­ser­va­tive road blocks have of­ten led to Pres­i­dent Obama is­su­ing ex­ec­u­tive or­ders to over­ride the ob­jec­tions put forth by the Se­nate and the Congress.

Why does this pres­i­den­tial elec­tion hold such im­por­tance for the can­di­dates and many vot­ers? The an­swer is that if the Repub­li­cans con­tinue to con­trol the Se­nate and Congress with a Demo­crat Pres­i­dent, the like­li­hood of bi­par­ti­san an­i­mos­ity will be­come ex­tremely high.

The Democrats ob­vi­ously wish to take con­trol of the Se­nate and Congress and keep the Pres­i­dency, en­sur­ing an eq­ui­table and fluid func­tion­al­ity of the gov­ern­ment. By the same to­ken, the Repub­li­cans want to re­tain con­trol of the Se­nate and Congress and also win the Pres­i­dency.

This is not to say that there is no his­tor­i­cal prece­dence of the Pres­i­dency and the Leg­isla­tive Branch of gov­ern­ment be­long­ing to op­pos­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties. How­ever,

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