Congress hit its lowest approval rating in 2013, but approval has steadily remained very low for years. It is not expected to improve any time soon. Why is that? What has changed to cause so much fighting, and the refusal of either side to compromise on even the smallest issues?
Republicans and Democrats are both disliked
One thing that stands out in second and third pages of the Gallup poll is that there is not much difference between the approval ratings of Democrats and Republicans in Congress. That is probably because the biggest problems cited on the poll are gridlock and bickering. That involves both sides.
Both sides accuse each other of refusing to compromise, and of trying to sneak pork barrel spending into trivial bills that all representatives would normally agree with. Could it be that the true root of the problem lies elsewhere?
Representatives have too much power
Perhaps the real problem lies in the fact that Congress has simply voted themselves too much power. If they have the power to break the rules that everyone else has to follow, then why should they care about actually getting anything done? As long as they give the appearance of trying, they can simply lay the blame on someone else when nothing happens.
If only we could find a few honest people who refuse to use their positions to become power-hungry millionaires. If only it weren’t those very power-mongers who are willing to do anything to be on top. Undoubtedly the honest representatives exist, but it’s difficult to fight a rich incumbent who already has the power to trash a newcomer’s name. It’s also difficult to fight someone who is willing to cheat.
So, what is a voter to do? Don’t trust any of them, that’s what. Take the time to do some research and learn about the candidates. But it’s important to start this process early, before the primary elections begin. Waiting for the final elections means having to choose “the lesser of two evils.” Unfortunately, that’s how things will continue until we just can’t take it anymore, or until our freedom to choose the best candidate is completely eroded. We’re just about to that point already.