What should be the strongest influence on your Congressman?
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Please select from: “We the Pople”, “Money”, "Deals”, “Political Party, or “Religion”.
Let me take a stab at this one. What his/her constituents say in the majority.
The biggest influence be "We the People." Unfortunately the biggest influence is probably "Political Party."
A lot of money is spent entertaining Congressmen to lunches, dinners, etc. There are limitations in the law. Companies have tightened up their giving. They still give a lot but the fact there are so may groups from oil and gas industry and pharmaceutical industry to the NRA and the AARP giving money, that is hot a real issue.
Party allegiance is the main factor because that determines committee assignment, chairmanships, office location and whether or not your bills will ever be heard in committee and may someday on the floor.
I'll vote with Frog on this one -- they should be listening to "we the people" but my observations these days tell me this is doubtful at best - wish it was true!
The will of their constituents and the Constitution of the United States.
It should be "We the people," but in reality it is a combination of all the above. No living creature changes loyalties faster than a politician looking for votes.
The answer is "we the people", as is a given according to our Constitution. Thus, the *should* question is moot. The reality, however, is that, in the vast majority of instances, party loyalty (or obedience!) reigns supreme.
They should represent "We the people"... but the majority are seem to be representing their own party and what is worse to me their Religious Affiliation.
This seems pretty easy "We the people" of course, this seems to be a common answer regardless of political or ideological persuasion. Hope all finds you well, FJ!
I'd like to see the option 'Their conscience'.
It would be nice to think that a politician who had access to all the facts on an issue (particularly when they had more knowledge than the people) would make a decision based on what is 'right'.
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