Monday, November 28, 2016

3 Things Killing American Democracy (That Aren't Trump)

3 Things Killing American Democracy (That Aren't Trump)

Here's the problem, as I see it: Congress has a 13-14% approval rating and an 85%-95% re-election rate. We, the voters, are some seriously dumb bastards.

Here's the saddest thing about American democracy: if a sudden catastrophe suddenly killed all 100 senators and all 438 representatives, it would actually improve our government. And I say that with no humor or exaggeration. It is literally true. In fact, such a disaster is the best thing that could happen to us, because the replacements would have to be better.


  1. HAs the author been watching "Designated Survivor"?

  2. I agree that we American's are some seriously dumb bastards, but the problem with the congressional approval rating is that the low number approval comes from our opinions of OTHER people's Representatives and Senators not just our own.

    Although he wasn't up for election this year, as a national figure Mitch McConnell is a good example. Most of the old poles I could find on Google had him with similar national approval ratings as congress. Kentuckians felt differently than the rest of the country however, and sent him back.

    1. His state poll approval ratings are mostly terrible as well, and given the near final U.S Presidential election results the polls should mostly still be believed when taking the margin of error into account, though some of the swing state polls were way off, especially Ohio.

      The problem is that voters have become so partisan that even politicians who are unpopular with their own voters rarely lose anymore.