The study also found that over that last thirty years the nation has become more partisan, and Congress has become less effective. Parties have also become more extreme, basing political agendas on demonizing the opponent and skewing discussions of issues facing the nation (Coblenz,
Delayed and inexperienced decisions such as this can sway the opinion of one who should be voting for the best candidate. When President George W. Bush was reelected in 2004, the people who voted him thought that he would be able to stimulate the economy and create jobs. However, once the voters realized that he was unable to run the country as productively as they wanted him to do, his popularity faded. This resulted in Congress and President Bush popularity votes dropping to all-time lows of 38 percent and 28 percent respectively (Milakovich & Gordon, p.8). These numbers resulted in voters believing they should vote democratic as opposed to Republican, in which added to the victory of Barack Obamas election to the
According to Mother Jones, “Over the past decade, Republican legislators have pushed a number of measures critics say are blatant attempts to suppress minority voting, including voter ID requirements, shortened early voting periods, and limits on same-day voter registration. But minority voters are often disenfranchised in another, more subtle way: polling places without enough voting machines or poll workers.” These restrictions cause a lower percentage of voter turnouts within the population of minorities. Due to this discrimination minorities are not correctly represented in society causing a greater bias towards undermining the minority. According to CNN, minorities in America have “less confidence in the criminal justice system” compared to white Americans. This inequality has caused minorities to lose faith in the American system of democracy.
In the beginning of Truman’s first term, the Congress had gradually started to become more and more conservative due to the increased liberalism shown by Roosevelt during his term. This became a problem for Truman due to his belief in continuing Roosevelt’s work. During Truman’s second term election, there was division in the democratic party that made it difficult for him to get reelected. During his campaigning, Truman talked against the Republican controlled congress repeatedly. This strategy proved to be effective, considering that the Republicans lost nine Senate seats and seventy-three seats in the House, leading the next congress to be a majority democrat, the complete opposite of the previous congress.
Thus, the belief that the polarisation of congress must have spawned from an increasingly divided electorate is too simplistic. Fiorina, Abrams and Pope (2006) alternately suggest that rather than ideological divisions increasing within the U.S. population, ideological consistency is increasing on a personal level for voters. This belief is supported by a decrease in split-ticket voting in congressional elections as constituents are now more likely consider their political views to be compatible with those of one specific party. In effect, this would cause conservative Democratic voters and liberal Republican voters to switch their allegiances, the likes of which did occur during the southern realignment that began in the
However, Truman’s attempts to follow his hard line in the policy were largely limited by the Congress. The relationships between the President and the Congress had been burdened with many factors. Although Truman was a Democrat, the majority in the US Congress belonged to the Republicans, who adopted a series of legislations of the right-wing conservative character. In his pursuit of the economic progress and social equality, Truman followed Roosevelt’s course: he aimed to provide a full employment, public healthcare insurance, federal assistance to educational programs and extension of civil rights for the Americans. The Republicans who controlled the Congress in 1947-49, on the contrary, tried to depart from Roosevelt’s New Deal.
However, the liberal and progressive organizations that usually would have protected the civil liberties of the victims of McCarthyism backed down from the task. Although numerous Americans were disturbed and troubled by McCarthy’s allegations, there was an absence of effective outlets for them to express their opposition. Therefore, liberals and progressives merely did not mount a campaign against McCarthyism nor did they defend the victims’ civil liberties, or when few tried, it was not effective. Schrecker argues, “The destruction of the front groups and the left-led unions may well have had a more deleterious impact on American politics than the decline of the (Communist) party itself.” (Schrecker 105). This is because, as seen in the example of McCarthyism, with the demise of the left-led unions and organizations, the nation lost the network that created a public space where legitimate alternatives to the status quo could be presented.
The emergence of the Republican Party was not predicted to be as successful as is, as third parties usually aren’t, but this third-party had made a massive impact in United States politics. The social, political, and economic factors during the 1840s and the early 1850s had led to the Republican Party America is familiar with today. Once the political parties began to split and isolate themselves, the Republican Party began to form. The Whig Party, a party with original intents to compete with Jacksonian Democrats, had split due to the alienation of Whigs due to General Winfield Scott. Along with the Whig Party, the Democratic Party was also split due to alienation and separation between the Northern and Southern Democrats.
According to the statistic of We the people, “most members of Congress are elected in landslide elections, and why 98 percent of incumbents are re-elected.” (385). It is actually hard for new candidates to win and replace incumbents because of redistricting. In other words, the results are almost in the desire of legislators, so the voting of citizens looks wasting time and money and does not express their right in the election. The purpose of election to look for the winner with the highest rate of votes, but gerrymandering interrupts that purpose and drives the result into their bias parties. Therefore, the election in America does not prove that it is a democracy country as far as existing gerrymandering.
Although America is noticed as one of the greatest countries ever, that view is slowly starting to diminish due to corruption within our political system. Our government has lost the conservative, Biblical values on which it was founded upon and have turned to a liberal ideology. Consequently, our political and governmental system has drastically changed altered from the founding of our country. We see that throughout history, many great nations and empires have fallen due to political corruption within their nation. The founders warned that government corruption would ultimately destroy a nation.