Four Bizarre Ways American Politicians Have Campaigned

The election is one of the busiest events a country can have: rallies, debates, ads, and whatnot – just to find the best person to guide the general population through. That doesn’t mean it can’t entertain us, though. Here are four bizarre ways candidates have tried to get our votes.

1. Vote for someone who knows not to pee on electric fences.

In a brief, one-minute ad for his campaign for the Texas Railroad Commission, Roland Sledge’s main message is a comparison between candidates who relieve themselves on electric fences and those who, like him, know well enough not to. Intended to be a comic criticism against inexperienced candidates, it raises a fair point. However, it’s still out of the box enough to be included in this list; relieving ourselves and politics are just two distant topics not meant to be mixed.

2. When in doubt, use singing animals.

If you think singing animals are just for children, think again. A musical ad that was posted on YouTube on Oct. 31, 2008, featured animated animals singing an annoyingly catchy song. Its purpose is to show the benefits nature and wildlife would gain from Amendment 4 being passed in Florida. It’s bizarre and funny at the same time – be wary of watching this; you’ll have “Four, four, four” stuck in your head for hours.

3. You’ll need to have a pony with you at all times.

Vermin Supreme, a renowned American performance artist, and activist, is a sight to behold with a boot for a hat and gigantic toothbrush in hand. He had made several weird campaign promises in the past, but one of his weirdest ones was his promise to provide free ponies to every American.

He said he aimed for a pony-based economy, with the pony business providing people with more jobs. He had thought it out even further, saying he’d build a federal pony identification program – meaning you’d have to have your pony with you at all times.  

He had campaigned several times in the past, gaining support in his parody of the electoral system.

4. Businessmen are now required to wear clown suits.

This particular promise was made by Jello Biafra, a spoken word artist and Dead Kennedys singer who ran for Mayor of San Francisco, coming in fourth out of ten candidates. Other promises included banning cars citywide, and erecting a statue of the former mayor’s assassin for people to pelt eggs at.

He revealed that he merely ran because his band mate, Bruce Slesinger told him “Biafra, you have such a big mouth that you should run for mayor.” He, however, had appeared in interviews, saying not to consider his campaign as a joke, since he was no more or less than a joke than the rest of the other candidates.

Eccentric ads and campaigns are no strangers to us; some are meant as satire, some are meant as an entertaining way to lay out a politician’s campaign. Moreover, we have to look further than what people show or how they act for us to be able to understand their real message and intentions. It doesn’t matter how bizarre the campaign – as long as you’re sure that they’re aiming for a better tomorrow, above all else.



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Three Facts You May Not Know About America’s Presidents

Generally, former US presidents have their lives portrayed in stoic black and white in the pages of your history textbook. You may feel like you know these people out of reading and rereading for your pop quizzes, but there are also quite a few facts that your teacher probably left out.

1. Teddy Bears are named after Theodore Roosevelt.

Former President Theodore Roosevelt took a hunting trip In Mississippi back in 1902. They hunted for three days. By then, all of the President’s party had spotted bears, save for Roosevelt himself. Not wanting word to get out that the President’s bear hunt was a failure, hunt guides tracked an old black bear and tied it to a willow tree for Roosevelt to shoot. However, Roosevelt refused to shoot such a helpless animal.

News about the President’s mercy spread like wildfire. Cartoons were drawn of the former president sparing the bear, until it reached a certain candy-maker who had the idea of putting stuffed bears on his shop window, calling them “Teddy’s Bears.” The candy makers idea was widely accepted by the public, until he mass produced the said bears, leading to the popularity of “Teddy Bears.”

Even though Roosevelt’s successor, William Howard Taft, attempted to wipe out Teddy Bears with his own stuffed animal “Billy Possum,” the teddy bear and its heartwarming story still stand the test of time.

2. Abraham Lincoln almost dueled someone with a broadsword.

James Shields, a political rival of Lincoln’s, instituted a policy that prohibited people from paying taxes and debts on paper money. Lincoln was strongly against the policy, and did what he thought was right – he wrote a satirical letter against it, under code names “Jeff” and “Rebecca.” The former President even joked about Shield’s nonexistent romantic life, quoting Shields as saying, “Dear girls, it is distressing, but I cannot marry you all . . . It is not my fault that I am so handsome and so interesting.”

The news was quick to reach an enraged Shields, and soon the two agreed on a duel of life and death to take place in Missouri, where dueling was still legal. Mutual friends stepped in to stop the two from actually dueling, which relieved Lincoln, who had the honor of picking the duel weapons. He later said he chose the broadsword for he feared Shields would actually kill him if it came down to pistols.

3. William McKinley thought carnations to be his good luck charm.

And partly, he was right.

He first received a flower of the sort from an opponent to wear during a debate. McKinley then went on to win the debate, his faith placed into the carnation as his lucky charm.

Former President William McKinley was then rarely seen without a red carnation stuck onto his lapel. On September 6, 1901, McKinley, on a whim, decided to give his red carnation to a girl in the crowd, saying “I must give this flower to another little flower.” However, moments later, an anarchist shot the former President – leading to his death due to gangrene eight days later.

It is important to remember that presidents are not mere figures we memorize; they are people who’ve contributed to society and have fascinating stories behind their renowned names. If we actually take the time to read about them, we’d not only appreciate them being former presidents, but them being human and ultimately, just like us.    


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U.S. Immigration and Politics

For decades, immigration has been one of the biggest concerns in the United States. Policymakers have a lot to consider when drafting a policy for its reformation. They must look into its cultural and economic contributions while being prepared on the possible security threat it may bring. Debates from the legislative members have been unending on how to achieve immigration reforms. These debates came to the point that the judiciary and executive branches need to be involved in its major and critical policy decisions.

Americans on the Issue of Immigration

According to 2017 polls and surveys, the majority of the Americans have a “good feeling” about immigration. They understand its positive impact on economic growth. Immigrants are likely to be a hard-working employee or likely to be engaged in good businesses. This is due to the chasing of that “American Dream.” They are less likely to commit crimes since they fear deportation. It has a lot of positive contribution with only a few negative impacts related to security, especially the acts of terrorism.

Actions  taken by Administrations Related to Immigration

Obama Administration

President Obama, during his tenure, made sure that undocumented immigrant will have legal relief. A program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA was made in 2012. This gave chances to undocumented immigrants that arrived in the U.S. when they were children. They were granted work permits if found to have no criminal record.

After the program’s success, the administration has proposed a similar program but this time targeting undocumented immigrant parents. It was in 2014, and the name of the program was Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA). It became controversial, and many U.S. states were not in favor of it. Most of them argued that it is unconstitutional and violated the existing federal immigration laws. It was blocked by the Supreme Court and effectively killed it in 2016.

Trump Administration

The present administration has been actively issuing executive orders that affect immigration policy greatly. There was a mandate on federal agencies requiring them to construct a physical wall covering all of the U.S. – Mexico border. Moreover, the “expedited removal” was strengthened allowing the removal of any person without a court hearing if unable to give proofs of staying in the U.S. for two years. A Travel ban was also implemented for travelers coming from Muslim dominated countries like Iraq, Iran, Syria and the likes.

This move was focused on terrorism prevention giving the government enough time to study and gather intelligence. The President has also pronounced his desire to phase out DACA of the previous administration calling it illegal.

Varied Approach to Handling Immigration Issues

In general, the federal government is the one responsible for enforcing immigration-related laws. This may be true, but it has the right to delegate immigration-control duties. In this way, states can freely enforce their local laws regarding the matter. For example, in California, even undocumented immigrants can apply for driving license. In Arizona, on the other hand, have laws giving the local police to question immigration status.   


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What Would Happen?

By legalizing marijuana, the usage of the plant will be highly profitable for all users. The commodity of marijuana will be so commonly used that the price will decrease, making a substantial difference in economic lifestyle. More money can be spent on other ways of life. Our specialist and dear friend, Paul Romado of plumbing services in Deerfield Beach, also states, if the marijuana is taxed, the states could earn a revenue and put the money towards education, thus lessening the budget cuts. The legalization of the herb can increase profit for others as well as the state. To illustrate in a broader view, society will be able to move forward with the legalization of marijuana and put the revenue towards education. America’s education system competes with other countries and through the legalization of marijuana, an increase in educational funds can occur. Should marijuana continue to be in question if it can aid in enhancing America’s education system?

The government has struggled to control the usage of alcohol and tobacco, marijuana is following a similar path and should be legalized as well. The federal government has been retaliating from the original stance regarding marijuana usage. Of course, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has not taken favor to states creating referendums, due to the fact that IRS initially abolished marijuana. Although the IRS deemed the drug illegal, other chemically engineered drugs are permissible and highly advertised, for example alcohol and tobacco. Kelly Phillips Erb, a Forbes magazine contributor, states, “Alcohol and tobacco are legal because the industries for both are too large for the government to halt, and both products are highly profitable through taxation.” The alcohol industry has increased revenue and has formed many jobs, 3.9 million. Inspecting this pattern, marijuana will be able to precisely follow it. Soon enough the government will not be able to control the usage, as can be seen in some states. The phrase “history repeats itself,” can be applied to the legalization of marijuana and it should be known that economy will progress in a variety of aspects. When usage becomes uncontrollable the herb will be legalized, and following the pattern of tobacco and alcohol, it will increase industry, employment, and revenue.

In contrast, some naysayers of legalizing marijuana would say that marijuana could cause economic problems for the government. For instance, the demand of marijuana would increase, therefore, decreasing the price and/or value of it causing inflation. However, by regulating marijuana, the distribution technique can be modified so such a thing would not occur. Another contrast is that the peoples’ money would be going towards buying marijuana, rather than other commercial items. But, their money is still going into the system where it all eventually intertwines and boosts our economy. Also, “Because marijuana is much easier for vendors to grow than alcohol or tobacco, these dealers could more easily avoid paying taxes on the substance”. The amount of money the growers and dealers make would far outweigh the taxes. Instead of laundering what is considered “drug money,” these growers can openly sell without fear of penalty. By keeping the trade of marijuana illegal, the benefits, such as the money and resources, go to dealers and cartels, rather than the individuals who make up a wholesome society. Marijuana can be more beneficial to society and the economy if given the chance because it can generate such large amounts of revenue.

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