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robinbond

I follow international politics very closely because if anything major happens overseas it seems to have knockon consequences for the financial and economic climate here. Besides, knowing as much as one can enabkes one to make informed decisions or conversation. E-nee-hoo...

I don't understand (and Google isn't being helpful) - what is the difference between the Senate and the House? Are both divisions of Parliament? Or does one operate on a state level and he other sits in the White House, or something else? (Presuming House refers to the White House of course) 

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tongirl02

Amber Timothy
Champaign, IL, US

They are both part of the U.S. Congress but they are different bodies. Every state has 2 Senators in the Senate. The House is really The House of Representatives  and this is based off of the population of the state. In the US the whole idea was that no one had full control over things so we have the 3 bodies; Senate, House, & President. Only the president is located in the White House, the House and Senate are in the Capitol Building. And that is as far as my knowledge goes.

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kasey5

Small populated states wanted the same representation as large states, large populated states felt they should have more representation. So as tongirl02 said, each state gets two Senators no matter what the population numbers or the size of the state in area. The House of Representatives is based on population size. A large state, like my home state of California, has 53 representatives a small populated state like Alaska has only 2 representatives. 

The three bodies of the US government are the Executive branch which is our president, the Legislative branch which is the Senate and House of Representatives and the Judicial Branch which consist of the Supreme Court and other lower courts.

The three branches of the government were designed to ensure no part of our government had too much power.

In other words, contrary to what he thinks, Trump was not elected king, dictator, or God.

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robinbond

Kasey and Tongirl, thankyou so much!! It's so different to the three levels of government we have here, but the explanation put very clearly how Trump became President when Clinton received (from memory - I only followed it online - over a million more votes) -- thankyou so much   :)

Pluto is in Capricorn until 2024  --  (astrologically it signifies political change, which is enormous all around the world lately - Britain, Zimbabwe... and the stuff going on here one has to experience to appreciae)  --  anyway, thankyou so much  :)

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hfreezerburn712

Holly Frees
Nashville, TN, US

but the explanation put very clearly how Trump became President when Clinton received (from memory - I only followed it online - over a million more votes) -- thankyou so much   :)

Exactly. The electoral college technically votes for president, and the electoral college is made up of all the representatives and senators. Essentially the popular vote is citizens telling their representatives who they would like to win, but clearly it doesn't always work out that way. (I haven't fact-checked this, but I'd assume it usually does work that way.) 

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musicalrider83

Just out of curiosity, do you guys in the US think Donald Trump will get reelected in 2020? 

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VeronicaWil8788

Judging by history and all the Republicans I know, that seems to be what we're looking at. But we did just elect a lot more Democrats, so I guess we'll see!

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mamajive

"Just out of curiosity, do you guys in the US think Donald Trump will get reelected in 2020?   


I sure hope he doesn't.

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Padackles

Just out of curiosity, do you guys in the US think Donald Trump will get reelected in 2020?

If the midterms are any indication of what the future holds I would say no but our elections are so unpredictable it's really had to give a definitive answer. I sure as hell hope he doesn't. He's already done enough damage to the US. One term is enough.

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scorpio_2049

Nick Nichols
Brunswick, Ga, US

If other people are getting political I guess I will too. People aregetting more money in their paychecks due to the tax cuts. Unemployment is at historic lows. GDP is higher than anyone predicted. So as far as the economy is going he’s doing great.

Social issues are much more dependent on your own personal views. And that’s as political and I think I’ll get on this forum since I don’t want to start any arguments.

The guy really needs to learn tact but people at his age and his with history in the business world...they don’t really learn tact. So that’s just not going to happen.

But I think he’s doing an ok job right now. If he can keep the economy going like it is I think there’s a good chance of re-election.

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kellylizbeth

Kelly Davis
Astoria, New York, US

Just out of curiosity, do you guys in the US think Donald Trump will get reelected in 2020? 

I suspect that before too much longer, he is going to be charged with crimes related to 1) tax evasion and/or 2) obstruction of justice. And that even if he doesn't get impeached for those offenses, the charges will keep him from winning a second term. But you never know in this country, especially lately...

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robinbond

There are two Youtube videos of travelers from the year 6400 or something like that that say Donald Trump will be re-elected, and that he will run again in 2024 but lose to someone I've never even heard of. The question is -- Donald Trump, or Kanye West? What's your preference? With Justin Bieber as vice president and Snoop Dogg as ... no... 

I really hope that Bernie Sanders runs as a candidate this time. I think his policies are right on the mark. As far as age and tact go, Trump doesn't have any tact, but Sanders has a bit more on the age side, if only 5 years, and... I don't know... look, if I could have dinner with any three people in history, Bernie Sanders would be one of them.

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tongirl02

Amber Timothy
Champaign, IL, US

There are a lot of democrats that would vote for Sanders but I don't think he would actually win because many republicans think he is a socialist and they fear anything close to socialism.

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Padackles

say Donald Trump will be re-elected, and that he will run again in 2024

Donald Trump wouldn't be able to run again in 2024 since there is a 2 term limit for presidents. He could re-run in 2020 and if he's re-elected that would be his last term as president.

Given what happened with the Texas Senate race I believe Beto O'Rourke would have a better chance at beating Trump then Bernie Sanders would. However I'd be happy with either option in 2020. 

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scorpio_2049

Nick Nichols
Brunswick, Ga, US

because many republicans think he is a socialist and they fear anything close to socialism.

Can confirm. I’m conservative and fear anything close to socialism. Let me keep my money to give to the charities *I* want to support and instead of taking it and dispersing it to government programs I don’t support. I think it was Dave Ramsey who said “Theft whether by gun or government is still theft.”

I actually think Bernie would have given Trump more of a run for his money than Hilary. There were a lot of Democrats  that just couldn’t stand her. And when forced to choose the lesser of two evils in the presidential election they couldn’t.

If Trump is impeached which I think could be a hard battle to fight, you’ve still got Pence who I like SO much better than Trump. Not sure if he would run for President following a Trump impeachment though.

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musicalrider83

Thanks for everyone that answered my question!

I try to avoid politics as much as I can because I know it can create heated arguments and that's totally not my intention. Also, I don't want to offend anyone, I'm not even from the US so I think it's not fair to say anything about your politics/president.

I'm curious to know about Trump because we just had our elections a couple of weeks ago in Brazil and (in my opinion) the worst candidate ever won. He mirrored (and is mirroring) everything Trump did and does. The huge difference between them is that Trump is a successful business man, if there's one thing the man can do well is make money, as far as my knowledge goes. Our new president is a politician for 30 years and has done absolutely NOTHING until now. He won because he's super conservative and he had a very dirty campaign created on fake news blasted through social media and WhatsApp. 

His hate speech goes way too far from the things I believe a president should say in public. But I think this extreme conservative and super nationalist trend is going around in the whole world, it started with Trump, then the French elections, then Brexit, now here in Brazil... I feel we're going to go through some long and dark 4 years ahead.

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kellylizbeth

Kelly Davis
Astoria, New York, US

If Trump is impeached which I think could be a hard battle to fight, you’ve still got Pence who I like SO much better than Trump. Not sure if he would run for President following a Trump impeachment though.

I don't think Pence could win, based on his track record of opposition to LGBTQ and women's rights. A lot more women voted against Republican candidates in the midterms, including in states that Trump won in 2016. It's going to be an interesting couple of years for sure.

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scorpio_2049

Nick Nichols
Brunswick, Ga, US

I agree it would definitely be an uphill battle for Pence.

I think Trump came at a time when people  wanted a more nationalistic approach. A lot of nations are getting like that. They’ve tried the whole “we’re all part of the globe so let’s work together.” And that may work sometimes but when some nations are in it together and other nations don’t play by the rules the hand-in-hand approach just doesn’t make sense anymore. Might as well do it alone and try to make your country the best it can be. And that’s where we are today.

I had a whole paragraph typed but I don’t want to get into any sort of debate. It wasn’t aggressive at all but I just don’t want to say something that could cause problems.

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eek_a_mouse

I wish we had a zipped lips emoji.  (I desperately need it.)  ;)

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kellylizbeth

Kelly Davis
Astoria, New York, US

I had a whole paragraph typed but I don’t want to get into any sort of debate. It wasn’t aggressive at all but I just don’t want to say something that could cause problems.

Fair, and probably wise :)

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eek_a_mouse

Very wise.

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hfreezerburn712

Holly Frees
Nashville, TN, US

I am super impressed that there's a thread this long about politics without any arguing ha. *knocks on wood*

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Padackles

It's very surprising. I've been able to restrain myself which I'm very surprised about. haha.

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cas60

I have not chimed in!!

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musicalrider83

I don't think Pence could win, based on his track record of opposition to LGBTQ and women's rights.

Bolsonaro won in Brazil using hate speech against LGBTQ, women rights, black people, disabled, HIV+, he's also trying to get the guns ban lifted... it really boggles my mind. That's why I said that this conservative trend is going around, I have absolutely no idea what's happening with the world right now, seriously.

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