In the 1980 presidential election, Ronald Reagan (Republican) won 44 out of 50 states against Incumbent President Jimmy Carter (Democrat) to become the 40th President of the United States. Historians attribute a portion of his success in both the 1980, and 1984 elections to so called "Reagan Democrats". Define a Reagan Democrat, and explain how this group helped Reagan become president.
A Reagan Democrat is a generally working class white voter who had traditionally leaned Democrat, but in the 1980, and 1984 presidential election cycles, chose to support Republican candidate Ronald Reagan. This helped Reagan win the presidency because it simultaneously garnered him increased general vote and electoral college numbers, while also depriving his Democratic opponent, Jimmy Carter, of the Democratic base he had replied on to become President in 1976. The phenomenon of the Reagan Democrat is often attributed to multiple foreign and economic policy failures on behalf of the Carter administration, such as the Iran Hostage Crisis, and the 1979 OPEC Oil Embargo.
All political powers in a state are concentrated at the central level under which form of government?
How will the swell of migrants into Europe test the political unity of the European Union, more specifically it's open border policies?
Europe's open border policy has exacerbated the influx of Syrian migrants entering the continent. The border countries of the EU (Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, Spain) have thus far borne the brunt of the human tide, despite calls from border to countries to curtail Syrian refugees, core countries such as Sweden, Germany, and Austria continue to accept more asylum seekers, giving further hope and cause to those fleeing civil war in the Middle East. This duality of xenophobia, and inclusion has caused a deep rift between large developed nations such as Germany, and the old Socialist Republics such as Poland and Hungary. This rift threatens to incline other european nations away from jointing the Union, and threatens to estrange the all important relationships between Western European nations, and those countries once loyal to the Soviet Union. The migrant crisis isn't the only straining factor plaguing the EU, but it is the latest and most severe in a long line of events that seem to suggest the EU is leaning toward tighter international restrictions, and more mistrust.