Trump VS. Biden

Trump and Biden are both leaders, but with different ways to lead. The clearest difference is that Joe Biden is a Democrat and Donald Trump is Republican.

For example, when you look at the difference between Worker’s Rights, they are quite the opposites. While Biden is with the workers, Trump opposes unions and the rights of workers. Biden wants the workers to have a voice in how the working conditions should be and create a cabinet-level working group to promote unions. Trump on the other side, supports decreased labor protections, rolled back worker safety and weakened federal unions.

When looking at public school options, their priorities are different. Trump prioritizes school options, and his spending on federal charter school grants has increased by more than 30% since he first took office. Biden opposes federal funding of charter schools. He supports public schools, but does not agree with any federal funding going to for-profit charter schools.

When it comes to Healthcare, Biden has a clear plan of what he wants to happen, while Trump makes promises he never makes good of. Biden believes that Obamacare is a good start, and does not support healthcare pans that start from scratch and get rid of private insurance. Trump wants to lower the cost of prescription drug and replace the Affordable Care Act, but both of those have stalled.

As we can understand from only these three issues, Trump and Biden are two very different candidates with different goals they would like to achieve.

Suffragette

I have watched the movie «Suffragette», which is a movie about women and their fight for voting rights in the UK. The movie takes place in London, 1912, and represents only the beginning of the fight that women had to take up for the next decade. The Suffragettes were a unity of women who got together and planned different ways to get the attention of the government to change its voting laws.

Personally, I learned a lot from this movie. I had heard about the Suffragettes before, but this movie gave me a greater image of their history. I found it really shocking that women in the UK had tried peaceful approaches for over 50 years to get voting rights for women. Even then, the police would beat and imprison the demonstrators. The measures that women at that time had to go through to get the governments attention is unbelievable. The movie definitely woke some frustration in me as well, being a woman. It bothers me that men at that time had so much power over women.

Another thing that really shocked me, was the list at the end of the movie where they put up the years of when different countries got voting rights for women. Especially when I saw that Saudi Arabia did not get voting rights for women until 2015! The worst part is that there are still countries in the world that do not have voting rights for women. And to imagine that this fight for women’s rights started over a 100 years ago, and there are still so many women oppressed in the world.

Emily Davison played a huge role in the suffragette movement in the UK. She gave up teaching in 1909 to devote herself fully to the suffragette movement. She was imprisoned several times for her political actions, but it never stopped her from continuing the movement. During her time in prison she went on a hunger-strike and inspired many others to do so as well. This was to protest the government’s refusal to acknowledge the suffragettes as political prisoners. As the others who went on a hunger-strike, she was eventually force-fed. She also attempted to jump from a prison balcony as she stated, «The idea in my mind was that one big tragedy may save many others». This tragedy, however, was not to happen until her death at the Epsom Derby on June 4, 1913. She ran out on the field and stood in front of the King’s horse as the King and Queen were watching. She died of an injured skull 4 days later. She was hailed as a martyr by the suffragettes and thousands showed up to her funeral.

This movie brings out such an important message, and represents part of the fight for women’s right to vote in the world. The news of Emily Davison’s death spread across the whole world and brought attention to the problem. It is unfortunate that she had to die to get this attention, but it was so important for the movement. In 1928, she finally achieved her dream, and the cause she died for, when Britain gave women the right to vote.

The US had a similar movement as the suffragettes. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was one of the leading figures of the early women’s rights movement and is best known for her efforts in writing the Declaration of Sentiments for the Seneca Falls Convention and for organizing the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. When she went to London, she met Lucretia Mott, and the two of them organized the Women’s Right’s Convention at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. Cady Stanton read her Declaration of Sentiments at this convention, which is a rewriting of the Declaration of Independence that proclaimed all men and women to be equal.

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The biggest challenges of being homeless

I think that the biggest challenges of being homeless, especially in America, is that you do not get a lot of help from the governments and different organizations. You are pretty much on your own, while in Norway you can get financial support. America’s system is the complete opposite as you will have to earn well to be able to afford the benefits of the community. I believe that if you are already at the bottom, it is really hard to get out of poverty, as you do not get any help from the government or different organizations. I think with that said, that a lot of people at the bottom struggle with the motivation and the will to get up as they lose hope that they are ever going to get there.

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas has become my favorite book and here is why;

It is an extraordinary well written book that represents a story about police brutality and black racism. It represents the sad truth about our community today, especially in America. It is about how black racism still happens, even though we have come a long way from how it used to be in the past.

I love how they represented Starr, the main character, and the rest of her family. I loved the relationship Starr had to her family and how supportive her whole family was.

I learned a lot from this movie about the black community that I did not know before. I did not know that crime rates including drug dealing were so high in the «cheaper» neighborhoods in America, and in black communities. It made an impression on me that some black people see themselves so different from white people. It makes me sad that some white people throw away their privilege and do not use it to make a change. It makes me mad that some white people are so ignorant that they do not even realize when they are being racist. It upsets me that some police officers judge black people a lot easier than white people.

I hate that I expect the book to have a happy ending with the cop being indicted of Khalil’s murder when that does not happen in real life. There is no happy ending for now, but there could be a happy future. I hate how the book ends, but I also love it, because it is a realistic ending. I love how Starr wants to keep fighting and keep using her voice until there is a change happening. Because it is so important to use your voice and if nobody speaks up, nothing is gonna change. Nothing changes if nobody changes anything or speak up.

13th

I have watched the documentary «13th» on Netflix, which reflects upon the injustice in the American justice system. For this documentary I had expectations to how they would call out the system. I knew a little bit about how blacks were treated in the American justice system, but I did not know that it was this bad. By watching this documentary I have learned that blacks only make out 6.5 % of the American population, but they make out 40 % of the jails. The numbers say that the likelihood of blacks being imprisoned for life is 1 in 3. As an opposition to that, only 1 in 17 whites are likely to be imprisoned for life. After the civil rights movement and the blacks being able to vote, the American system found a new way to «punish» blacks just because of the color of their skin. It seems as America cannot move on from the history of slavery, and keep finding new ways to enslave blacks, but it is hidden better, in the name of «criminals». After a conviction, the blacks are most likely to lose their voting rights.

Even though it seems as America is moving on from the oppression, it is still happening, but «reconstructed». The fact that the oppression of blacks is ignored makes it even harder to make a change. These cases need more attention so that more people will realize the America they are living in.

Questions I am left with is that as long as the facts are there, why is the oppression and imprisonment of blacks still happening? How many shootings of unarmed black people will it take for people to realize that this is a real problem?

Joseph R. Biden Jr.

The former Vice President Joe Biden is a presidential candidate for the upcoming US election in 2020. He has run for president twice before and regards 2020 his last chance to run for president. He is 76 years old and was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He now lives in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden is known for his down-to-earth personality and his ability to connects with working-class voters. His signature issues are to restore America’s standing on the global stage, and strengthening economic protections for low-income workers in industries like manufacturing and fast food. Another issue that is very important to him is health care. This issue is personal to him as he lost his first wife and baby daughter in a car accident in 1972, and in 2015, his son Beau Biden died of brain cancer.

If Joe Biden was to be elected as the President of the United States in the election of 2020, he would be the oldest President in history at his inauguration, at age 78.

The Constitution and the Supreme Court

The constitution of the United States of America was signed on September 17, 1787. It was signed by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. The Constitution of the United States of America was necessary to establish America´s national government and fundamental laws, and to guarantee basic rights for its citizens. Therefore, the authority to change the constitution, or to amend it, is derived from Article 5 of the Constitution. The main point of Article 5 is how the Congress can propose Amendments if two thirds of both houses consider it necessary. The Constitution can also get amended if there is an application of the legislature of two thirds of the several states, and they call a convention for proposing Amendments. These Amendments should be valid as part of the Constitution when it is ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states.

The first ten Amendments are called the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights is a list of the most important rights to the citizens of a country. Here is a list of the first ten Amendments:

  • Amendment 1 is the Freedom of Religion, Speech, and the press.
  • Amendment 2 is the Right to Bear Arms.
  • Amendment 3 is the Housing of Soldiers.
  • Amendment 4 says you have the right of Protection from Unreasonable Searches and Seizures.
  • Amendment 5 is Protection of Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property.
  • Amendment 6 are the Rights of Accused Persons in Criminal Cases.
  • Amendment 7 are the Rights in Civil Cases.
  • Amendment 8 is Excessive Bail, Fines, and Punishments Forbidden.
  • Amendment 9 are Other Rights Kept by the People.
  • Amendment 10 is Undelegated Powers Kept by the States and the People.

Another important Amendment is the 13th Amendment. The 13th Amendment freed all slaves and indentured servants throughout the United States. The 13th Amendment was passed by Congress on January 31, 1865 and ratified on December 6, 1865. The Amendment abolished slavery and superseded a part of Article 4, Section 2 of the US Constitution, which set out that fugitive slaves should be returned to their owners.

The Constitution gives the Supreme Court the power to check the actions of the President and Congress. It can tell a President that his actions are not allowed by the Constitution. The federal courts´ most important power is that of judicial review, meaning the authority to interpret the Constitution. When federal judges decide that laws or government actions violate the spirit of the Constitution, they profoundly shape public policy.

One important decision that the Supreme Court has made was in 1964. It was the case about the Heart of Atlanta Motel vs. US. The Heart of Atlanta Motel in Georgia refused to provide accommodation for black people, but the Civil Rights Act of 1964 banned the practice. A couple of hours after the act was passed, the motel asked the court to stop the enforcement of a clause in Title 2, which forbid racist discrimination by public accommodation providers. The motel argued it exceeded Congress´s power. The Supreme Court made a decision unanimously that the act was not exceeding Congress´s power. Since 75% of the guests staying at the motel came from out of state, the negative effects of black people not traveling because of discrimination could be far-reaching when added up. This was the first case to challenge the Civil Rights Act, and by upholding it, the act was legitimatized and strengthened.

Starvation in India

Starvation has been constant in India for centuries. Starvation is a serious form of malnutrition that will ultimately lead to death if it is not taken care of. The food distribution system in India is flawed. The Supreme Court has issued orders over the past decades directing the government to take measures like the provision of health care schemes for pregnant and lactating women. However, the National Food Security Bill does not seem to show promises with respect to its measures of the identification of the poor and the needy. According to a report by the FAO in 2019, 194.4 million people are undernourished in India. This means that 14.5% of the population are undernourished in India. For children under the age of five, 20.8% suffer from wasting, which means that their weight is too low for their height. Malnourished children have a higher risk of death from common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria. The study also shows that 51.4% of women in the reproductive age are anaemic. 1/3 of the worlds hungry live in India, and 10 million of them die every year of chronic hunger and hunger related diseases. This can be avoided. India actually produces a sufficient amount of food for its population, but is unable to distribute and provide access to the food for most of its population, mainly women and children. If the food would be accessible for everyone, and distributed equally, starvation in India would see a huge change.

London

I have always wanted to go visit London, and I finally got the chance to visit for the first time. As I have had this wish for so many years, I naturally had high expectations and things I wanted to see and do. First of all, I was looking forward to meeting the British people. My friends and family who have visited London before, have spoken so highly of the British people, and of their kindness. The British people were of course very nice as I had expected, but I also encountered people who were less nice. I do not know if it was because my expectations were too high or if I just met the wrong people at the wrong time, but I did not find Londoners quite as nice as I had expected. Most of them were helpful, and more open than people in Norway, but I noticed that some people were just tired. However, there were Brits I encountered who were not Londoners, and were very kind and entertaining. For example, I made a friend while waiting for the underground, and we had a nice chat for the short period of time we had together. I also experienced an entertainer on the underground who was playing the saxophone and singing. My friend and I were even approached by a YouTuber who had us try filipino candy.

So in conclusion, Londoners are busy and could come off as impolite sometimes, but when they make time to talk to you, they are really nice. So it is definitely worth it, to chat with the British in general, because you never know what you will learn or if you will make a new friend.

The consequences of Brexit

You might have heard the word Brexit a lot lately. It is a big discussion that mainly started in 2016 about Great Britain wanting to leave the European Union (EU). 28 countries are members of the EU, and they cooperate on topics such as laws, politics and money. Some of the Brits who want to exit the EU want to because they think that they get too many immigrants who want to work there. While others think that the EU decides too much of what happens in Great Britain.

On August 28, 2019, Great Britain´s Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that he would shut down the Parliament for 5 weeks. Queen Elizabeth has approved of this and the Parliament will be shut down from September 9th or 12th until October 14th. The reason for Johnson to shut down the Parliament is to prevent the parliament from stopping Brexit. When the Parliament is being shut down for a certain amount of time, it is called prorogation. Throughout this period, there will be no new laws or debates.

Great Britain will exit the EU on October 31, 2019. There are several theories as to what might happen to the EU when this happens. Because Great Britain is so big, some people believe that the EU might get weaker as a group. If the EU gets weaker, questions like who is going to solve Europe´s problems, and if there will be more conflicts, come up. The possibility that more people are going to exit the EU is also there. Even though Great Britain is exiting the EU, they are still going to be treated as an EU member until December 31st 2020 if they make a deal with the EU. Their deal will be similar to the deal Norway has with the EU. Norway´s relationship with Great Britain will therefore not change if Brexit happens with a deal between the EU and Great Britain. However, if there is no deal, the consequences will be bigger for Norway as Norway has a relationship with Great Britain that is being regulated by the deal Norway has with the EU.

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