Are politicians for themselves or for the people of America?

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  1. Rakim Cheeks profile image60
    Rakim Cheeksposted 6 years ago

    Are politicians for themselves or for the people of America?

    As a researcher and a writer, I found that a lot of Americans say things such as "I don't have an interest for politics because they aren't putting any money into my pockets" Or "Politics is a bunch of non sense, and both politically parties are always going against each other." So what do you think? Be candid with your answers, and be very opinionated.

  2. cathylynn99 profile image75
    cathylynn99posted 6 years ago

    it depends on the politician. warren and sanders are for the people. cheney was in it for himself.

  3. Katrina Speights profile image67
    Katrina Speightsposted 6 years ago

    I think there are a few good politicians out there, they just over-ruled  by the others. For the most part I think they do whatever they are told by whom ever gives them the most money. I think the 2 party system has become a farce, an illusion of one side or the other, when really they're just different sides of the same coin. Left or right, they have the same source, big money. It's become quite common to hear someone say something like "I voted to keep the other guy out of office", or " I chose the lesser of two evils". Neither of those should be a reason to vote. The fact that it has become common place is mind blowing. Until everyone in the country comes together and finds some common ground, nothing is going to change. We are all in this together, no one person can do it alone. If we can't do that, we will continue to have greedy, selfish and parasitic elected officials. Eventually they, and those they work for, will suck so much out of us and our country that there will be nothing left.

  4. dashingscorpio profile image86
    dashingscorpioposted 6 years ago

    Local or community politicians often seek office because they want to make changes or improve where they live in some way.
    Those seeking state office may still want to improve their state but many also are eyeing the national spotlight such as being a congressman, U.S. Senator or even president.
    At this level ego plays a large part in the decision to run as well as being backed by rich and powerful people who hope to be able to count on the candidate to support the things that are important to them.
    Most candidates for U.S. Senator or president are millionaires or have reached financial success. Their goal now is to create a legacy by entering into the chambers of power. It has been predicted that over $1 Billion dollars will be raised by each party's (final nominee) for the 2016 presidential race. The second half of their first term is spent raising money and support to get re-elected.
    The end result of each presidential election is having half the nation disappointed that (their candidate) didn't win. The role of the opposition party becomes finding ways to stifle the sitting president in hopes of getting their candidate elected in the next election.
    In today's political climate "compromise" is seen as weakness or being a traitor and may even cost an elected person support from their own party. They want to avoid giving the other party any "victories" that might cause the public to re-elect the person they want to replace. Gridlock is built into the system.
    What is best for the party is more important than what's best for the nation if one wants to hold onto  to  the support of their party.
    Once you figure this out you know the game is for candidates to make a ton of promises of which are impossible for them to keep without getting congress to pass legislation.
    This rarely happens unless the vast majority of the congress is in the same party of the elected president.
    The only exception to gridlock is when poll numbers indicate the vast majority of people in the nation are in favor of something.
    Politics today is simply another sport where people cheer for their team and sling mud at the opposing team on a daily basis.

    1. cathylynn99 profile image75
      cathylynn99posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      the vast majority of americans are for a lot of things that this congress won't do. expanding background checks for gun ownership and strengthening social security are two of them.


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