Grading the Decade – Domestic Politics

As we quickly approach the end of a politically volatile decade, it is fascinating to look back and see just how much happened. A brief timeline of major occurrences:

2000Bush v Gore

2001September 11

2002Department of Homeland Security established

2003Massachusetts legalizes same-sex marriage

2004George W. Bush wins a second term

2005Hurricane Katrina

2006Samuel Alito replaces Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court

2007Nancy Pelosi becomes first female Speaker of the House

2008Barack Obama elected president

2009Sonia Sotomayor replaces David Souter on the Supreme Court

Overall, I give US political developments a pretty low grade. As a progressive liberal, I would say four of those events can be construed as, in some way, positive. Three of them came in the latter half of the decade when the public and, in response, the politicians got fed up with President Bush’s failures.

There were other positive political developments, most of which the US did not have a hand in, like the use of the Euro an the Kyoto Protocol. Maybe in the coming decade, we can do a little better. Certainly, we have room for improvement economically. And we were all sold on hope this decade, so I am going to hold out a bit for a brighter political future.

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About Sylvia Fredericks

Second-Year MPA student at the La Follette School for Public Affairs (University of Wisconsin - Madison)
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