America 's Hot Button Issues Essay

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As Ronald Reagan once said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help” (Erb, 2011). This quote has recently given many people a negative depiction towards the government, due to election season. Along with this negative depiction towards the government are topics that pose issues to society. The most common talked about topics between Donald Trump (Republican) and Hillary Clinton (Democrat) are often referred to as the “hot button issues.” Some of the discussions this election season have been about social groups and organizations, race and ethnicity, social stratification and the distribution of wealth, and lastly, gender and sexuality. Among the many “hot button issues” is the topic of social groups and social organizations, such as prisons and colleges. According to Benokraitis (2016), a social group is defined as “two or more people who share some attribute and interact with one another (p. 100). Hillary Clinton is looking to end mass incarceration, and even lessen the sentences of nonviolent drug offenders. She also wants to “reroute federal resources to fight violent crime rather than simple marijuana possession” (Goff & Greve, 2016). As for Trump, he has not provided any specifics on how he would handle prison time in America, but he has stated that he will be “tough on crime” (Goff & Greve, 2016). On the topic of colleges, most of the discussion has been about the costs for students.

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