Partly cloudy with a chance of democracy
Amazon’s political climate exemplifies the storm the 2012 election stirred up
By: Reed LeMans
Politics have gotten people’s blood boiling for centuries. It is a hot topic, and opinions tend to flare. But this year’s presidential election has prodded the fire more than usual.
Members of the Neighborhood News Team went out into Eugene’s Amazon Neighborhood to conduct interviews with its residents in order to evaluate the effects the election has had on the population. Results indicate a diverse mix of emotions pertaining to the race.
There seems to be no denying how serious this presidential race is. This election is “super important” and probably “one of the most important in history,” said John Trant. Many people are worried about the consequences of the upcoming vote and how each candidate will handle his position. The preference in Eugene seems to President Barack Obama as 80 percent of the interview subjects desired for him to win the election. Beth Eldridge had particularly harsh words for the Republican Party that she voted against,
“I think they did everything they could to make the economy not get better so that we would vote for them in the next election. That’s just slimy and unpatriotic.”
The debates have been a focal point these past few weeks as they tend to make a difference in one’s voting decision. This year though people find them more of a poor spectacle than anything else. “I think they’re a circus, I don’t think they do much,” commented Ellen Bondurant. Even residents who haven’t watched the debates do not trust their validity as strong political discussion. When asked whether he felt they had been honest Tim Andrews responded,
“No… As far as I’ve heard from what people have been saying [the candidates have] said and then the actually facts they’ve looked up that aren’t true.”
Shelly Hurlburt added her doubt about the race as well, “I don’t think it’s been honest. I don’t want to slam either one…facts both candidates have used…not really accurate…”
With so much distrust toward the two prime candidates perhaps a rise of other political parties is in the foreseeable future. Andrews felt that it has become harder to relate to the Democratic or Republican party as a whole,
“I identify more with one than the other, but it doesn’t really, you know, get all of my views”
Eldridge doesn’t support how current political party powers handle the country. “I don’t think it works to trash natural resources just to get people to work. I think we should be developing green jobs and responsible jobs,” she said.
She wants to see the Green Party have a fair chance in an election someday, but does admit there is room to improve on beforehand, “I’d love it if the Green Party expanded their focus a little bit so that they can really represent a broad range.” If the party could grasp a larger demographic then it could be possible to see a Green candidate make a strong contested run for president.
Democratic Party site-http://www.democrats.org
Republican Party site-http://www.gop.com
Green Party site-http://www.gp.org
Progressive Party of Oregon site-http://progparty.org