Political Science department hosts mid-term election discussion

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Trenton McCullough ~ Multimedia Journalist

President Barack Obama is looking on the out and out, according to the majority of the panel at the Political Science department hosted debate on campus. The U.S. mid-term elections sparked the discussion about President Obama’s support and how the United States will change with the House of Representatives now controlled by the Republican Party.

While Dr. Troy Smith, Professor in Political Science made the comment the debate was a chance for professors and students to think about current topics and discuss how they affect us, not just learn them through our textbooks, many participants sounded triumphant as they discussed President Obama’s poor standing in the public eye.

During the discussion, Smith reported a survey that 65% of Americans think the US is on the wrong track, a statistic from Rasmussen Reports. The American people are looking for change but are not finding it in President Obama and the democrats, said Smith. These elections showed that Americans are not interested in republican policies specifically, but in anything not-Obama, said Smith. “Americans don’t buy either brand [referring to party policies,] they want someone that will get something done,” said Smith.

The American people voted for change said Smith, many states that typically vote democrat voted for republican governors and senate representatives.

Dr. Brian Houghton, Professor of Political Science, said, “People are frustrated with the last six years. They want a change but a different change then what has been articulated in the last six years.” At the forum, Houghton talked about the possibilities for the next two years with the president and congress but said that it will become progressively more difficult for the two parties to compromise on policies. The moderate political actors are moving out and as things move to the extremes it makes the possibility of comprise seem bleak for at least the next two years, said Dr. Houghton.

Dr. Smith agreed with Dr. Houghton and said now more than ever the political parties need to compromise to get things done.

“If you are living in a democracy it is important that you are educated on the policies and candidates. The more we learn, the more we can support and suggest to our electorate,” said Dr. Houghton. An educated and informed population can be can greatly aid their nation and the democratic system, continued Dr. Houghton, drawing attention to the impact well-educated college students and “millenials” can have on the world. Tanner Greer, a senior in history from Minnesota, agreed with Dr. Houghton and said, “I like to see students at these kinds of events. The university does not have enough of these intellectual activities. It is good to see everyone getting involved.”