What do you think of the outcome of the recent national general election?

Let’s applaud this election’s diverse outcome! From the first openly gay man to win a governor’s race to the youngest woman to ever be elected to Congress. Women are more than just a seat to fill, they are a new powerhouse. Women will fill 2/3 of the district seats. 11 senators, 9 governors. This is one for the books! 

In this election, Americans had the choice to choose from more than 100 women to the House. Michelle Lujan Grisham, U.S. Rep. from NM, first Latina governor. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib first Muslim women in Congress. Sharice Davids first Native American Congresswoman. Boston Cityʻs Ayanna Pressley first Black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts. 

– Mary Hanlon 

One thing that stands out is the amount of women that won the elections. I think it’s an awesome thing, only if they do a good job and effect change in each of their communities as well as their country. 

I personally don’t care what race, gender or religion you are as long as you do what’s right. Although the amount of women that won is a good thing, that shouldn’t be a selling point of why this year was a good election. Do your job, better your community, and everything will be fine.

– Stuart Featheran

The general elections had many achievements in the U.S. that defied the odds against what we have been seeing against racism, discrimination, gender and religious boundaries. It makes the Democrats look stronger in hopes of defending the lives of the minorities, women and the different religions associated with the country. It gives hope to those that need it the most.

– Wehilani Kanoa 

Well it doesn’t matter what I think what is happening nationally? I just hope that they put their pride aside and do what is right. I feel if they put themselves last, things might turn for the better.

– Shaun Langsi 

This last election only proves even more division. The red states got even more red and the same with blue states. Mitch McConnell was correct with challenging suburban Americans. Most districts which went blue won the House for the Democratic Party because suburban Americans were tapped by the Democratic Party. 

It’s interesting enough though that the semi-blue wave was mostly because of these districts. Also, I think President Trump’s message about a crisis on the border didn’t quite make its way in the hearts of most. The parties remain divided. 

Nancy Pelosi is being harassed by the progressive liberals which are consistent with a huge socialist movement. The best example is Alexandria Ocazio-Cortez a socialist who continues to make her ignorance known on TV and her Twitter account. She can’t name the three branches of government.

– Raymond Halualani-Hee 

I believe that in light of the “politically woke” generation, we tend to pick according to party rather than researching and knowing the views of every candidate presented on that ballot. 

We come from a culture of go getters, gung ho, burn the patriarchy types of Twitter culture where when looking at a ballot whoever is blue must support feminist humanitarian views and inherently whoever is Republican is anti-immigration, anti-feminist, so on and so forth. I encourage those eigible to vote to go the extra mile and find out which candidate aligns most with your own personal political views. It’s OK to have mixed political views!

– Aleczander Grimang 

I always have thought that elections were a joke. This last election furthers that belief. People voted either for a party or because of the “memes” they saw on Facebook. There were hardly any good candidates elected.

– Patrick Matarao

The recent national election outcome will result in stagnation in my opinion. When Republicans had control of the House and Senate, our leader was able to lead. Now as far as I understand, the Democrats will be able to drag out and/or stop many of the things President Trump tries to do. 

I think this is bad in the long run because without experimentation we can’t grow as a country. Trump is very different and not very politically correct. He’s a businessman. We’ve tried the politically correct government and now we have $22 billion in debt. 

We shouldn’t let people with zero business experience block decisions of Trump when he is, in my opinion, the best chance we have of getting our country back on financial track.

– Clark Whitehead 

I didn’t really pay much attention although I did vote, I don’t know enough to understand what it all means. 

I have learned a lot in Political Science 130 but before this class, I didn’t vote nor did I care enough to know anything about government. I hear that the outcome is what was expected. I am surprised after the whole Kavanaugh scandal and Donald Trump issues that more seats would have switched against Trump. 

I think it’s very interesting that Democrats will probably take control of the House while Republicans remain and will maintain a Senate majority.

– Heather Kekua

The 2018 national mid-term election followed historical norms. The party not in control of the White House won partial control of Congress. Thatʻs good news and bad news for the country. 

The good news is that the House of Representatives may now act as a check on the executive branch which has been behaving badly for the past two years. However, the bad news is that our country can look forward to two more years of gridlock in Washington. The executive and legislative brances will be fighting until the next election. The really bad news is that this inactivity could lay the groundwork for Trumpʻs re-election. I donʻt think the country can take another four years of “Make America Great Again.”

– Neil Tsukaiama 

The outcome of the recent general election nationally gives me hope. It gives me hope because this was the first time Iʻve seen so many youth come out to vote to make a difference. It is clear that many young people are not happy with what is going on right now, and I am happy to see and be part of the change that is coming.

– Erika Ayers 

I think the number of voters got a little better but not by much. Nationally weʻve never had at least 50 percent of voters come out to vote which is really sad. The highest is like 46 or 47 percent but that was way back in the sixties or seventies. 

Now that men and women have a chance to vote as long as they meet certain requirements, I thought that more people would want to vote but I guess it hasnʻt really changed much. Some people do have valid reasons like illness or they are in jail or other good reasons but most people are just too lazy or donʻt care.

The way people have been spreading info about the elections has improved. If you want a certain person to win, you have to show other people why they deserve to win. People can use Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and so many other things to spread info (good info) about people so that more can learn about them. We tend to focus more on those who keep up with people and their trends so they are more likely to get the votes compared to those who only campaign in person and donʻt use social media to connect with others.

– Kylee Nishimura