Kyle Keber
Kyle Keber
The AP Government students of Van Wert High School will be submitting a weekly editorial to inform the public on a variety of issues. They have been encouraged to research, take a position, and defend their reasoning for having such thoughts. The purpose of these editorials is to provide awareness and knowledge for the community and to be thought provoking. The views expressed in these editorials do not represent Van Wert High School, and are written solely by the student author.

Bipartisanship

With Congress’s approval rating at a near record low of 8 percent, many puzzled American citizens are left wondering why a legislative system that has thrived for over 200 years can suddenly be faltering. It seems as though the virtuous goals and values of our congressmen are a thing of the past. Today, members of the House and Senate have personal agendas, and are more concerned with their own political standings within their party than they are with representing the people that have elected them to office.

George Washington himself warned against the destructive tendencies a two party system would create in his presidential farewell speech. He mentioned how the spirit of a party would focus too much on outdoing its counterpart. Unfortunately this is exactly what is happening now. Republicans and Democrats alike will refuse to support a bill, not based on the merit of the bill itself, but rather based on their loyalty to their party. The obstacle now becomes how can we as voters change this failing system for the better.

Voting congressmen out of office may be one way of reducing gridlock in the legislature. However, it could be even more beneficial to our country in the long run if we, citizens as a whole, change our outlook on the two party system. Sure a long time conservative or liberal won’t change his or her political views just because Congress has been inefficient recently but these struggles should alert the youth of our country.

I challenge everyone the next time they take to a voting booth to not vote for a representative based on their party, but on their views and how well they will represent you as a citizen of the United States of America.