ItMay Not Work in Politics
RepresentativeJames A. Traficant Jr. is one of the congressmen that was foundguilty and charged of ethics violations. Among the charges that Mr.Traficant was found guilty include using his office to get bribesfrom business persons as well as kickbacks from his colleagues. Hewas also found guilty of obliging staff members not only to work onhis family farm, but also repair his boat. Equally, he was convictedfor exempting himself from paying tax. I concur with the verdict ofthe committee that handled Mr. Traficant’s case. Accepting bribesis a violation of congressional rules and is subjected toimprisonment for approximately two years. Equally, Mr. Traficantinappropriately used house resources by forcing staff members to workon his family farm (Stout, 2002). Such ethics violations aresubjected to disciplinary action by the disciplinary committee. U.S.code 18, part 1, chapter 11 section 201 clearly states that briberyof public officials is subjected to imprisonment. Thus, thesentencing of James A. Traficant Jr. for eight years in prison by thecommittee is justified. The verdict and penalties imposed on Mr.Traficant makes me trust the Congress as the representative of theAmerican citizens. I believe under the watch of the Congress, noindividuals within the Congress can misuse their positions.
Politicsin almost all countries in the globe are influenced by politicalparties. Majority of the people have the tendency of supportingspecific political parties during elections. For instance, in theUnited States of America two political parties are renowned by thepublic. Majority of the people understand that a successfulpresidential candidate can come from either Democratic Party orRepublican Party. With this perception in mind, it has been very rarefor third party candidate to win presidential election in any statein the globe. Similarly, third parties are renowned for failing toprovide competent candidates for presidential elections. Theassertion is evidenced by the representation of political parties bythe media. The media mostly covers information about the main twoparties, influencing the thinking of most people. In fact, majorityof the people believe the parties that are often in media are thestrongest with strong candidates (Pondolfo, 2013). Thus, deprivingthe public political options causes the third political party not towin in presidential elections. If by chance a third party won therecent presidential election in the U.S., the political mindset ofthe people would have changed and provided third parties with optionsof winning future presidential elections. The outcome of the electionwould have also influenced the election performance of many countriesin the globe that emulate the U.S. in doing almost everything.
Federaland State Authority
Immigrationis one of the key issues bothering the United States of Americatoday. Voters who were in support of Donald Trump considered illegalimmigration as a very serious problem in America and supported hissuggestion to build a wall between the U.S. border with Mexico.Donald Trump also cited deportation of illegal immigrants as one ofthe things he will do after being elected as the American President.Following his political manifesto and his successive election as thePresident of America, many non-American citizens in America as wellas Americans are concerned of the decisions he will take. Control ofillegal immigration and regulation of population in America is a mainchallenge not only to Federal, but also State Authorities (Gramlich,2016).
Thefederal has great responsibility in addressing the immigration issuethat is currently bothering the U.S. It is the one responsible forestablishing effective immigration laws that can handle the risingissue. The state authorities have also the power to enforce theimmigration laws defined by the Congress. Equally, apprehension inaddition to removal of undocumented immigrants from the U.S. isexclusive federal power. Some of the things that the federalauthorities are expected to do regulate the increased rate ofimmigration in the U.S. include checking the immigration status ofpeople as one of the booking processes. The task force is alsoexpected to make arrests as defined by civil immigration status(Siddiq, 2012). Unfortunately, the institutions within federalauthorities have consistently failed to implement these policies.
TheU.S. Constitution does clearly outline which immigration policy isright or just. However, it is apparent that the responsibility ofregulating immigration is bestowed mainly on federal authorities.Immigration control is the main responsibility of the federal and thestates together with localities can formulate policies to enforceimmigration law. The Constitution however regulates the power of thestate authorities in regulating immigration. For instance, the policeare expected to protect all people irrespective of their status inthe U.S. In most cases, the police also insignificantly involvethemselves in removing undocumented aliens in the U.S. citing theimmigration regulation as a federal function. With suchConstitutional regulations, it is apparent that the state authoritiescontribute insignificantly to control of the immigration issue thataffects the U.S. today.
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Gramlich,J. (2016). Trump voters want to build the wall, but are more dividedon other immigration questions. PewResearch Center.
Siddiq,S. (2012). State Versus Federal Government in the RegulationofImmigration: Examining theConstitutionality ofArizona and Alabama’sImmigration Laws. SJSU Scholars Works.
Stout,D. (2002). House Panel Finds Congressman Guilty of Ethics Violations.TheNew York Times.