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Political Commentary: Are voters becoming increasingly more Independent minded when it comes to government?

Updated on August 22, 2012
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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.

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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.

References:

http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_debt-ceiling_crisis

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/04/obama-2006-vs-obama-january-2011-vs-obama-april-2011-on-the-debt-ceiling/

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/us/politics/28default.html?pagewanted=all

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/28/cnn-poll-trust-in-government-at-all-time-low/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_slogans

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    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      10 months ago from Texas

      @Miss Minarchy, Looking back at this hub now, it does seems as if much of it still holds up several years later. Pretty crazy huh? Says a lot about our society and government too right? Thank you for the feedback. This kinda inspires me to want to address some topics regarding politics in the future. Thanks again!

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      Miss Minarchy 

      16 months ago from Seattle

      It's interesting to read this hub during 2016. Lots of very close predictions and great commentary. Hope to read some stuff about the upcoming election in 2020 =)

    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      5 years ago from Texas

      @Sanxuary, I share in your thoughts really. However, I doubt there becomes a time where the monopoly for this two party system ends. Too many Americans are still brainwashed in believing that one party is more superior than the other. I think the right steps have been taken, but there is still a lot of work to be done. I really like your comments, especially the last sentence. I think that is a spot on analysis. Thanks for your feedback, and for taking out the time to read. I appreciate it.

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      Sanxuary 

      5 years ago

      I am looking forward to the day the monopoly ends for these to Corporate bought Political Parties. Even better would be a greater Democracy and a change in the Republic. Getting rid of the Electoral college and actually having your vote count would be nice and is the reason why we will probably never see a third party. If there is one it will probably be misbranded, because the Republican Party finally collapsed. A Party that truly Represents people and not big money would be a real change.

    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Hello there godless. Thanks a lot for stopping by and leaving your feedback. I agree with you 100 percent. The system is set up for any third party candidate to fail. I hope that sometime during my lifetime that people will wake up and realize that in order for real change to happen, we need other realistic options besides Democrats and Republicans. Unfortunately, too many people are still plugged into the mainstream media "matrix". Thanks again for your great opinion and feedback. Much appreciated.

    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Hey there Kai0224. I actually did catch Romney's speech. I tried responding to you on Mylot last week, but it didn't show up for some reason. I tried viewing your blogs, but they were in a language I couldn't understand. Is there a way for me to be able to read them? Looking forward to hearing back from you, and thanks again.

    • Kai0224liu profile image

      kaikai 

      6 years ago from TX

      Cool did you watch the Mitt Romney Speech yesterday in FL?

    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Hey there RichusFridum. Thanks for your valued feedback. I agree strongly with everything you mentioned. Thanks again for stopping by bro. Best wishes!

    • godless profile image

      godless 

      6 years ago from At Large

      Very insightful hub. I would definitely agree that it's time for something new. It seems these days the terms "Republican", "Democrat", "Conservative", and "Liberal" are tossed around more as insults than anything else. People have a hard time fitting their mix of personal values into the increasing extremes of the two parties. If you're for gun ownership, you must be a conservative, even if you don't think that they define your values in any other way. Same thing on the other side if you're Pro-Choice.

      The problem is with our current electoral system, unless an Independent candidate gets an overwhelming number of votes - which is nigh impossible for the reasons you pointed out - their votes go either to one established party or the other. Perhaps an overhaul of our electoral system would be a good start down a new path.

      I enjoyed this, thanks for writing it.

    • RichusFridum profile image

      RichusFridum 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      people are becoming independant minded on EVERYTHING.

      politics, religion, finances, evry aspect.

      Tradition and conventionalism is suffering a slow death

      good hub homie

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