Many congressional candidates run on the idea that they are going to get into congress, fix it, and make it work. How is the public supposed to be satisfied with an institution that isn’t even accepted by its own members? I don’t blame the public for having a bad image of the Congress. Most citizens only pay attention to politics with the minimum effort; what they see on TV or what they read on the front page of the paper. Congressmen don’t usually go around praising Congress and even if they did, the media doesn’t find that interesting and will ignore it.
These dishonest practices have damaged our "democracy"-or so they call it. Candidates who lack solid governing ideas often use marketing experts and image consultants to get voters' support. The result becomes increasingly more apparent with each election period: Voters are ever more skeptical and suspicious when deciding whom to trust and believe. I cannot speak for all voters but I can speak on behalf of those I know. We feel, as many others do, that you can't trust a politician or candidate.
There is a problem with Congress. The previous sentence summarizes the collective sentiment of the general public concerning the legislative branch of the federal government. A 2010 Gallop poll revealed that over eighty-nine percent of Americans have no confidence in Congress (Lessig 2). It is theorized that Congress is so far out of favor because it has been unable to resolve the nation’s most important issues, such as Medicare, Medicaid, immigration reform, and the growing budget deficit, due to seemingly trivial reasons. Some theorize this lack of significant legislative action is due to growing partisanship between the system’s dominate political parties, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.
Stengel then discusses the second Presidential debate in which Dole said that Clinton "single-handedly contaminated the highest office in the land" and is the leading cause of the public's distrust of the government. The focus of Dole's campaign was not Clinton's issues, but his moral pertinence. The press were surprised by the fact that most people think that Dole has a better character than Clinton, but they still prefer Clinton as President. This notion comes from the reasoning that most Americans are only concerned with whether or not the country and its citizens are taken care of, and so disregard the President's moral imperfections which, in the people's opinion, have very little to do with the issues. So the President can cheat on his taxes or even his wife and the Americans will overlook it as long as he is getting the job done.
Americans often hypocritically express the view that they are obligated as citizens to engage in politics, even though they are not involved in any real form of political activity. This view suggests that Americans tend to be more passive than active political participants. Active participation includes attending political rallies, meetings, and fundraise... ... middle of paper ... ... brings us back to the idea of facilitating the voting process. Is it really a good idea to make voting easier? We do not want the masses to vote simply because they can easily do so, but to put forth an effort to vote wisely.
In conclusion, Barack Obama has not had what it takes to get the country back in the shape it needs to be in. It is understandable that he came into office of a country that had already been messed up by presidents before, but he has offered nothing but empty promises to fix it with. President Obama has failed the United States with multiple aspects: Obamacare, allowing the NSA to spy on normal citizens, not getting beneficial proposals passed, lying to America on multiple occasions, and being a hypocrite. His main failure as a president would be lying to the citizens of the country. In one of his famous speeches, Barack Obama said it was “time for a change.” This probably is not the change he anticipated.
Liberal voices blamed the Republican for their reluctance to let the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) continue as planned, while the conservative voices blamed the Democrats for their unwillingness to reach a compromise on how Government should be funded. Then there are those who said both parties share equal blame for the stalemate within congress. Among these there are hundreds more with even more opinions as to who should be blamed for the shutdown. It is like everywhere you turn someone has a different opinion on the matter. So with so many different views can we decide who is right?
Thus President and congress often have to approve the appointments and actions of each other, with the supreme court in the background protecting the integrity of the constitution. There the president is not all powerful. After Watergate, presidents continue to find it a struggle to assert their authority. Regan's authority was compromised by the "Iran gate" affair; Bush faced criticism for the inadequacy of his domestic policy agenda: and Clinton suffered the defeat of his main policy proposals. All of them were frustrated by congresses unwillingness to conform to the president's agenda, highlighting again a weakness.
Prior to taking this course, I had moderate fascination for politics and issues involving the government in our society today. Politics is described as “the struggle over power of influence within organizations or informal groups that can grant benefits or privileges” (Citation). While I was somewhat interested in reading the news and paying attention to presidential elections, I did not necessarily care for other “less significant” elections involving Congress members and proceeded on with daily life while being ignorant of what was going on around me. Because I had thought that the president of the United States controlled enormous power while rendering the legislative branch virtually powerless, I believed that voting for Representatives
In relation to this case, the first amendment proclaims that the government is prohibited from regulating political spending by corporations, associations and labor unions. Many consequences come from this major decision but not all of which are negative. Issues surround the race to the office and financing an election seems to be controversy in the public eye. Despite the negative criticism that follows every significant decision, the Supreme Court made the right call to action. There will always be different view points on how the election should be financed but the truth is, not everyone will be satisfied with the Supreme Court's decision.