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.
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.
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.
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