Essay on The Electoral Campaign Of 2016

2049 Words Nov 28th, 2016 9 Pages
The electoral campaign of 2016 is often considered to be unprecedented in terms of the societal fractures that emerged over the course of the presidential race. However, upon further review it becomes clear that the election of 1968 had striking similarities to the most recent campaign, such as heightened racial and generational tensions, the lack of unity and enthusiasm that voters had for their party’s nominee, the above average impact of third-party candidates, and the increased polarization of politics.
Racial Tensions: Following a spike in police shootings against unarmed black men, and the ensuing riots, President Obama stated that “All of us, as Americans, should be troubled by these shootings, because these are not isolated incidents. They’re symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal-justice system.” While the US had a president who recognized the crisis of institutional racism, Obama had spent much of his political capital in the early days of his administration focusing on other issues, such as Obamacare. And, as Obama became a “lame-duck” president towards the end of his term in office, he was simply unable to pass any legislation addressing this issue through a conservative dominated Congress. In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson found himself in a strikingly similar scenario. For instance, after riots caused by issues of police brutality similar to those seen in 2016, Johnson was forced to establish the Kerner Commission…

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