Only 18 percent of the public said "leaders should not pay attention to public opinion polls because this will distract them from deciding what they think is right." When the public was asked whether they think that "elections are the only time when the views of the people should have influence, or that also between elections leaders should consider the views of the people as they make decisions," an extraordinary 94 percent say that government leaders should pay attention to the views of the public between elections. Closely related to the dissatisfaction with the degree of government responsiveness to the public is the widespread perception that decisions are not being made in the public's best interest. When the public was asked, “Would you say that this country is run by a few big interests looking out for themselves, or that it is run for the benefit of all the
Illinois has a population of 12 million people and 22 electoral votes. This means have one vote per every 550,000 voters. This is a very unbalanced form of voting, not capturing the popular vote at all. Durbin also points out that we use a direct popular election system for Senators, Governors, Congressmen, and mayors, but not for our President. The Founding Fathers knew during their time that people running for congress lived closer to the people voting for them, so at that time, the people voted directly for them but only for them.
The purpose of our nation’s democracy is to allow American citizens to elect officials that represent their interests and beliefs. However, the two-party system takes the power that the founding fathers set out to invest in the American people and gives it to the dominant parties. The dominant parties act as institutional bodies themselves, so the candidates remain very similar to those of previous elections. American citizens are left with a limited choice of candidates with little variation. Alternative third-parties do not have a realistic chance of winning elections, so citizens are forced to vote either Democrat or
Erica R. Why we need a Third Party Political Science 102 Tuesday/Thursday American politics is traditionally conquered by the relentless quarrel between Republicans and Democrats, and lately it is being distinguished by the failure of both parties to get things done. Many citizens are having trouble relating to either party. I feel that people want to be properly represented by someone who has their same ideals for the county. Many citizens will support a third party candidate or they won't vote. This is why I believe we need a third political party; a party that will actually have a chance to make it into office; not a green party or libertarian party but an American Party.
Some may claim that race is the driving force behind the hostility towards the current president and that alone shows it’s importance. The ‘birther’ movement believe that Barack Obama is not a legitimate president, because he was not born in the United States. But, faced with rather overwhelming evidence that he was born in the United States, some birthers are even now claiming that he's not eligible because he was born a dual citizen (of the US and either Kenya or... Britain), making him, again, not eligible. Should race not be important, then movements like this wouldn’t exist and the ethnicity of the president would remain
Higher unemployment rates lead to a more devastating economic crisis resulting in the failure to re-elect a democratic President or more precisely, our current President. These “truths” are not openly admitted to the general population and one can argue that they do not serve to benefit the good of the people of this economic state but rather benefit the political party. One can argue that politicians are mainly focused on their personal success but aren’t all of us
Pg.389 7. I feel as if Emerson’s state about Thoreau being a true American to be somewhat true. Thoreau was patriotic in a sense because he cared deeply about the well-being and the actions of Americans. He feels as if the government is unnecessary because it only benefits the wealthy and those involved in it. Thoreau believes that the government takes the power out of the people’s hands.
He even questions himself when he says “I wonder sometimes how things might have turned out had those ads actually run. Not so much whether I would have won or lost but rather how the voters would have perceived me…” (133) Obama just stated how he cares more about how the people views him rather than his endorsements and rather than him losing or winning. Obama has been very blunt about his passion of serving the people of the United States of America time and time again, and he believes every politician should hold that component lose to their hearts rather than taking these offers from endorsers and expecting “special interest” out of them. This can be prevented in the future if politicians would focus on the big picture of the people and how to better the country and the people rather than their political race. Not only focus and care about the people, like Obama displays, but also for the politicians to change their attitude and views.
Liberty died in America today I'm watching the results of the mid-term election as I write this and I am afraid that freedom died in America tonight. There have simply not been enough incumbents defeated to make an impression upon the entrenched elites who control the Big Government party which runs this nation. Yes, the House of Representatives has gone over to the Republicans, but those of us who were looking for the majority of that body to be composed of new people are disappointed. Yes, some of what the liberal mainstream media has taken to calling the “Tea Party” candidates have won their races. But their numbers are few, miniscule really in comparison to the total of 435 seats that were up for grabs.
There is no reasonable government interest that validates the burden the law imposes on voters. “In Philadelphia, for instance, almost one-fifth of the registered voters may not have an acceptable form of identification to vote on Election Day. Statewide, almost one-tenth may not.” In response to News21, Pennsylvania officials reported no cases of Election Day voter-impersonation fraud since 2000. “This law is a solution solving a problem that does not exist,” said Democratic state Sen. Vincent Hughes. “Hughes called the law partisan and, echoing Turzai, said its purpose is “to elect Mitt Romney.” Voter ID Laws have become a negative aspect to our country’s election process.