With reelection rates topping ninety percent, the American Congress is a political institution that rarely sees new faces (Mataconis). Many have wondered, why career politicians are the rule and not the exception. Especially considering that according to a poll conducted by Gallup, only thirteen percent of Americans claim to approve of the job that Congress is doing (Jones). In the scholarly article Congress: The Electoral Connection, author David R. Mayhew contended that there are several factors that contribute to this phenomena in the political system (1975, 339-343). Mayhew commented that factors such as advertising, credit claiming, and position taking contributed to the high incumbency reelection rates; however, I would add that another factor, such as gerrymandering plays a role as well.
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The American public is being tricked into thinking that the Electoral College is a just system to elect our most important office. Because there are many flaws within the Electoral College a change needs to be made. And that change rests on the shoulders of all of the American people. Works Cited Should the Current Electoral College System be Preserved? PRO.
Analysis of the Electoral College Many people argue that the Electoral College is an outdated system. After all, many things have changed in the last two centuries. For one, technology is much more advanced now than it was two hundred years ago. With the internet and television, we can now learn everything about a candidate regardless of where the come from in the nation. It is feasible to have direct election of a president because of these improved methods of communication and the evolution of technology in general.
Print. -Wynalda, Stephen A. 366 Days in Abraham Lincoln's Presidency: The Private, Political, and Military Decisions of America's Greatest President. New York: Skyhorse Pub., 2010. Print.
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It will also explore the evolution of the selection process and how that has directly affected the importance of debates. In addition, it will provide evidence of the importance of presidential debates by evaluating multiple theories (Neustadt, Light, and Presidential Roles Theory) of presidential success and show how debates can be central in the foundation of their future achievements as president. This analysis will also explore the sinister aspects of debates in which the media uses sound bites to direct voter perceptions and use miscomprehension among voters to distort their views about potential candidates. Shift in Focus: Party to Candidate Issues In recent ... ... middle of paper ... ... to Clinton (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
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