It now appears that, barring any major scandals, Obama will be the next president of the United States. Although he is in many ways superior to John McCain, this also means that we will once again have one party in control of both the executive and legislative branches. This fact is cause for some distress, as when no party has clear control, some of the most offensive ideas suggested by each party are more likely to get shot down. However, when one party stands more or less unopposed, this often creates an atmosphere where extreme ideas can get more respect than they deserve. If you are sympathetic to the Democratic Party’s ends, you may think that having one party in control of multiple branches is a good thing. However, consider that the last time there was this kind of unified belief; we wound up with the Iraq War and the Patriot Act.
Even to those who support Republican ideals, many of the acts Bush performed at the height of his popularity have left an unpleasant aftertaste. It is reasonable to assume that Obama could make the same kinds of extreme mistakes as Bush did. In this sort of situation, it often times falls to the Supreme Court to make sure that the law doesn’t become too wildly unconstitutional. However, there is only so much the Supreme Court is willing and able to do to curb the other two branches. Furthermore, with the power of judicial appointment, we could very well see a more liberal Supreme Court in the next eight years.
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