Political Commentary: Are voters becoming increasingly more Independent minded when it comes to government?
A shift in political ideology?
Everyone from all walks of life are aware of the two major political parties in the United States in America. Both the Democrat and Republican parties have had primary control in governing the United States for over 150 years. For many decades, it's been regarded these two political parties differ greatly in ideology. One of the many assumptions regarding the views of the two political parties is that one tends to favor the rich, while the other is for the poor. This view has been a prominent thought for decades, and it's a view that many still hold onto today. Despite both Democrats and Republicans being the only political parties with the money and backing to govern, there appears to be an awakening happening in American politics. Voters faith in these two parties seems to be dwindling, as many Americans are moving towards a more independent mindset in politics.
Democrats and Republicans can no longer take voters for granted.
It really shouldn't come as much of a surprise that American citizens views are changing when it comes to government. Americans have heard the same talking points again and again from both the Democrats and Republicans for many years. Both parties have used campaign slogans like: "Change We Can Believe In", "It's Time to Change America", and "Read My Lips". Candidates from past and present have used these slogans to energize voters into voting them into office. Of course many of these slogans sound good, however, Americans have gotten the same old formula consistently when it comes to politicians. Most of them will say whatever they feel is popular to get in the public's good graces, but once they're voted into that seat, the promises made during their campaigns seem to take a backseat. American's are beginning to get fed up with lies and empty promises from both sides of the political isle. The Independent voter segment has increased rapidly over the years, and it's a trend that is appears to be continuing. Both Democrats and Republicans are learning that they can no longer take the American people's votes for granted.
The Independent segment of voters has continued to rise.
The current United States debt crisis.
The Congress in Washington are developing a reputation by many for not being leaders. Quite frankly, many people are beginning to view most of them as spoiled and childish. This state of mind applies to both the Democrats and Republicans. For years, both sides can't seem to come to solid agreements on how to fix the many issues facing the United States. For example, the current U.S. debt is a major issue America is facing. According to the current U.S. National Debt Clock, the United States current has over 15 trillion dollars worth of debt. What's even more unfortunate, is that the debt increases daily -- which means that the government is obviously spending more money than they're able to bring in. The debt ceiling battle of 2011 almost lead to a fiscal disaster. Neither Democrats nor Republicans seemed willing to do what was necessary, which lead to a stalemate that frightened many. Although the debt ceiling was eventually raised, the consequences of the ongoing battle were severe. For the first time in U.S. history, the United States credit rating was downgraded by Standard & Poor's. Ironically, in 2006, then Senator Barack Obama heavily criticized the then Bush Administration for raising the debt ceiling by saying: " “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure,”. He would go onto to say: “America has a debt and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.” No way is it being implied that the president shouldn't have raised the debt limit at the time, however, it shows how politicians differentiate from candidate to elected official. Another trend that voters are getting fed up with.
Trust in government at an all time low.
Several polls have pointed to Americans trust in government being at all time lows. A CNN poll done in 2011, showed that only 15% of Americans said they trusted the government to do what is right. The year before that, the percentage stood at 25%. This drop shows that Americans are losing faith in the government's ability to govern. The rocky times that the United States has been facing for the past few years could be one of the reasons for this significant change in political opinion among Americans. However, the fact remains that the two major political parties have been in charge for centuries, and the United States still faces many of the same issues from previous decades. Government shouldn't be allowed to do everything for it's citizens, but they're expected to take on and face the often tough choices on how to govern head on. It's appears that most Democrats and Republicans aren't up for the challenge, which is why a legitimate third party maybe wouldn't be such a bad thing. A growing number of voters are understandably so getting fed up with having to choose only between Democrats and Republicans.
Is America really ready for a legitimate third party?
When the 2012 presidential election finally arrives in November, either Republican Mitt Romney will become the new presidential-elect, or current president Barack Obama will go on to serve a second term. There's no other way to cut it, there will be a Democrat or Republican in the White House for the next four years. The United States still isn't ready for a legitimate third party. There is extremely too much money and support being thrown behind both the Democrat and Republican parties. However, the shift in the political ideology is a good sign that American's want real politicians who are ready to stand up and really shake things up. The awakening is also a warning that both Republicans and Democrats should take heed of. It's time for both parties to hold true to their beliefs, and not just change their messages because of what the polls say. Otherwise, the American people will hold them accountable by voting them out when deemed necessary.