7 Most controversial things bothering the American voters before the Presidential elections
Controversy is something that is a good way to gain attention for any issue. A little controversy can go a long way in creating care and worry about a certain issue. Shortly, citizens of America will be voting in order to decide who will be the next President of the United States of America, as Barack Obama completes his second straight term as the President. But there are still issues that American citizens are facing which need grave attention and can play a huge role in which way the voting swings and who becomes the next US president, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.
1 Immigration issue
As many as 31,000 people are entering the US daily without using legal means and it is a grave concern that all parties are in view to take strong steps to curb. The left wing is considering the way of granting citizenships, while the right wing pins their vote on immediate deportation. Donald Trump’s idea of building a wall alongside the Mexico border will cost the American public $25 billion. Another sees the H-1 B Visa program discriminatory towards the American citizens, as it gives jobs to skilled labor from outside, jobs that American youth can have.
Stanolind Oil and Gas Corporation invented fracking in 1947 and it involves injecting a special fluid in the borewell which creates fractures in the rock and the results yields extraordinary amounts of oil and natural gases and petroleum. The fracking industry offers jobs to American youths and it can make America self-sufficient in energy by 2020. But the places where fracking is done, results in small earthquakes and even noise pollution, which has led locals and environmental groups to protest against this practice. Citizens have also complained of health problems.
3 Offshore drilling
Since the ban on offshore drilling was removed by George W. Bush in 2008, America has been able to decrease the amount of oil imported from 60% in 2005. The major factors were shale oil boom and fracking which led to abuse of domestic oil fields. Offshore drilling also caused the Deep water horizon incident which took lives of 11 workers and caused an oil spill, polluting environment. In a 2008 speech, Obama told an audience, “What wouldn’t do a thing to lower gas prices … is to open up Florida’s coastline to offshore drilling”. No short-term benefits, he said. “Offshore drilling would not lower gas prices today…tomorrow…five years from now.”
4 Gun control and gun rights
Gun control has been one of the most controversial, complicated and complex issues. The second amendment says that “The right of the people to keep and bear arms; shall not be infringed.” This sentence has had the Supreme Court deliberate for over 150 years. But everything changed in 2012 when 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot dead his mother and went on a shooting spree killing six elementary school staffers and 20 school children. This raised the debate on the right to carry guns, right to stand ground and calls for people to be allowed guns to deal with these gun maniacs.
5 The ISIS terrorism problem
ISIS is a Muslim extremist group that took over Syria in 2013 and since then, has threatened every country with terrorist attacks and has already executed many such attacks, including the recent attacks on Paris. ISIS is a well-organized group that believes in following the Quran word to word. It also has land in Syria, Iraq and Middle East. In 2014, ISIS captured Iraq and captured key cities. This led to a coalition of 60 nations, including US, Canada, UK, etc., to support the end of ISIS and US sending its troops to Iraq.
6 Syrian refugee problem
The US state department announced its decision to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees in, despite protests from 31 US states. The concerns of protesting states is that we could be letting in terrorists in the form of refugees as it is very difficult to hold background checks of refugees. This concern was very real after the Paris attacks were conducted by 25-year-old Ahmad al-Mohammad, who stole the passport of a Syrian refugee and gained entry in France.
7 Muslim immigration – a total shutdown
Donald Trump is the foremost voice on bringing down a complete shutdown on Muslim immigration in the US. His comments came after Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a Muslim couple, killed 14 people in a mass shooting in California’s Inland Regional Center on December 2, 2015. Though his voices were quashed by the Pentagon and the White house, but the reported growth of Islamophobia amongst the general US population will play a big role in the voting for the next US President.