Report on the 1980 Election.

Essay by PlasicSeaHigh School, 12th gradeA+, March 2004

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Our forefathers made considerations so that America would never be engulfed in a monarchy or totalitarian government. With much foresight, a checks and balances system was instilled as well as many other justice preserving institutions. Most important was the process of electing officials. Americans have the responsibility of electing one of the most significant leaders in their country and in the world.

In 1979, America was hardly the country that our forefathers pictured. These times can be compared to the industrial revolution where the rich got richer and the poor got laid off. Unemployment continued to rise almost as much as inflation. The American people were cynical. Voters remembered the Watergate scandal vividly and had little faith in their government officials. The citizens of America looked impassively to President Jimmy Carter to restrain the rising inflation and unemployment rates. If the citizens had any expectations, they were unjustly disappointed.

With the thoughts of the frustrated American people in mind, the primaries for the 1980 presidential election began.

Presidential elections unofficially begin one year before the national convention and about eight months before the delegates are selected. An election is one of America's distinguishing marks of democracy. Even during peaceful times the election invokes each citizen to decide what changes are needed through the candidate they select. A presidential election not only consists of one national election, but it is actually a total of fifty-one elections, and the choosing of 538 electors. The election of 1980 is considered a landmark for the longest campaign, most primaries, most media involved, and volatile voters. All these factors led to steadfast conclusions, that may or may not have held any truth.

The Republican Primary had three candidates with a significant holding. They were Ronald Reagan, John B. Anderson, and George Bush. Ronald Reagan...