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Popular or unpopular, you can still be President – or maybe not

 

Tomas Mega, Las Vegas, Nevada

Here is a quick American Civics trivia quiz:

  1.  What did Presidents Kennedy, Nixon, Clinton & George W. Bush all have in common?

Answer:  All became Presidents without a majority of the American people voting for them. Clinton became President twice without the majority of Americans voting for him.

  1.  What did Presidential candidates Samuel J. Tilden in 1876, Grover Cleveland in 1888, and Al Gore in 2000 all have in common?

Answer:  All failed to win the American Presidency despite the majority of American people voting for them.

How can this happen in the world’s foremost democracy?

Sex, Race and Religion:  Does it matter?

Tomas Mega, Las Vegas, Nevada

 

 

This election may offer some hard choices for voters driven by prejudice.  Americans must decide between a man fathered by an African, who supports gay marriage, and a conservative Mormon, a religion that once advocated polygamy and only lifted its ban on African men in the priesthood in 1978.

Both Obama and Romney are objects of prejudice.  The incumbent’s race is represented by less than 13% of the American population.  The challenger’s religion is represented by less than 2%.  The fact remains that race and religion still play a role in American politics.  America has had one African-American president, one Catholic president, and no Jewish presidents.