US Voter Discontent at Record High

Based on research released by the Gallup company in the United States, US voter discontent is at a record high, with 42% of the respondents surveyed not identifying with either of the major parties.  The GOP, set to retain control of the US Congress and win the US Senate, are at a record low of 25%, a full 6 percentage points behind the Democrats at 31%.

Throughout recent history, voter support has been split between the major parties and independents evenly, but since the horrific consequences of Bush II’s  Iraq War II, the GOP has slid from the the low 30% to 25%, and they appear to be on a downward trajectory.

Party Identification, Yearly Averages, 1988-2013

This is of course a shocking number and points to how increasingly dysfunctional the US electoral system is.  In fact, it almost perfectly seems to mirror the rise in dissatisfaction that is echoed throughout the internet across the globe.  No wonder a bunch of marauding thugs in a desert in the Middle East think that the United States is weak.  Ideologically, its true.

A mere 56% of Americans believe that their government represents them.  I say this because the grand total number of independents in the US congress since 1877 have been 111.  The two major parties have total control over representation in the country.  They are effectively saying that they can adequately voice the concerns of the entire populous, despite the common view that the GOP are essentially a party of rich white men – a view that lead the GOP to issue this ridiculous campaign entitled “Why I’m a Republican”.  The ad was a brutal and obvious ploy to try to court minorities to the Republican cause.  I wonder how that’s working out for them.

The biggest joke is that now that the major parties level of representation nears the 50% mark, the whole reason for the war of independence becomes a bit laughable given the slogan around the time and the primary reason for grievance was “no taxation without representation”.  Perhaps this explains the pervading view that government should tax less and play less of a role in society.

Instead the view should be – how do we make these people accountable to the voter?  How do we bridge the gap shows that 42% of the population have less than 1% representation?  Why do we keep electing these corrupt people?  How come there are only a handful of senate and house races that are actually contests?  Why do we have a system that allows for wholesale gerrymandering?  How has our partisanship eroded our democracy?  What is the effect of lobbyists in maintaining the status quo?  How can two parties possibly hope to represent the complex views and opinions present in society?

Well the answer to the last one is easy – they can’t.

 

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