Less than 40% of Americans actually vote. The presence of the electoral college irritates most of us because no matter who we select by a majority vote, if the college does not agree, the looser will get the position. Majority is by 1 vote more than the other. In the past, the college has selected the candidate who did not win and gave him the presidency.
I, among others, want more than a two party system, finding that the Democrats and the Republicans seem equally self serving and basically corrupt. Plus, many of us are discouraged with the president coming from a pool of people who are independently wealthy, very well politically connected and who have little actual common man experiences. JFK was pushed into the presidency by his powerful father, LBJ was for the businessman, Nixon was in it for power, Carter and Ford were pretty good, but not all that effective. Reagan seemed more concerned with special interests. Bush was pretty good but not that interested in the average person. Clinton, well he got the line item veto, which many of us felt was great, but then let Congress take some of the power out of it. He did send in troops in Desert Storm, but he allowed politics to stop them from finishing the job. I don’t care about his scandal and in fact, many of us got an appalling view of how Congress dropped the nations concerns to find ways to shaft him. Nothing like dragging a president to court when he is trying to fight a war without getting too many of our people killed. Many of us still feel that the Republican congress engineered the whole embarrassing thing to discredit Clinton because he was stepping on them hard.
Lots of us feel that our votes do not count because the candidates are going to do what they want when they get into office anyhow and those third party candidates who might do good are not allowed in a presidential election. Mostly, we have watched major benefits go to the top 5% of the population who control 90% of the money.
We came up with a budget surplus, thanks to Clinton, and we have failing social programs, failing Social Security, failing medical programs and our leaders started squabbling over giving the money to major corporations and projects already flush with cash. They’ve squabbled for years about giving some to Social Security and very little has trickled down into other social programs.
We have hospitals shutting down for lack of funds and all that extra cash there is still being squabbled over.
We’re not happy with most of our politicians but what we have to choose from is not all that better.
Me? I want a reasonably honest President: white, black, male, female; I don’t care but they have to be of the people, for the people and by the people and not special interest groups, big business, paying back political agendas for favorites, or dumping millions into programs that are not vital while ignoring those that are.
The site of People Against Government Waste noted Glacier National Park getting several million to put in a bike path and a 1 million dollar outhouse up in the boonies, while clinics for the poor were shutting down from lack of funds and the free food program was cutting back on hand outs.
Then the panic mentality passed laws in congress about children’s rights in such haste to look good, that they actually have taken rights away from parents, teachers and made every adult easy to be accused of molestation by any pissed off kid. Those laws have not been fixed.
Probably voting might go up if they allow mail-ins in general or Internet voting, where a person can take more than 5 minutes to decide. (Yes, I know, they’ve had months.)
We have a lot of factors to take our politicians to task over but they don’t listen to us much anymore.