Andrew Yarrow makes some interesting points in his article (“Low esteem for Congress is bad for democracy,” Aug. 3), but in our representative Republic, the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of We the People.
Consider that, in spite of a 10 percent approval rating, 90 percent of incumbents were re-elected in 2012. Seems counter intuitive, doesn’t it?
We have allowed our citizen legislature to devolve into what more closely resembles an aristocracy. You can’t fight City Hall? I would contend that we must fight City Hall.
The problem isn’t that Congress can’t get anything done. The problem is that, in our recent history, Congress has gotten too much done - governing for career longevity and not for the common good. We, as an electorate, have allowed ourselves to be conditioned to accept, even expect, a government that is not shackled by Constitutional limitations.
It is true; the role of money in elections must be reduced. Look at what we have come to accept as the norm in televised campaign advertisements. And these ridiculous advertisements have been effective.
We are still self-governed, of the people, by the people, and for the people. It is our civic duty to be informed and engaged. Sound bytes, name recognition, or party affiliation must no longer be the basis for how we cast our vote. To complain without action is a fruitless endeavor.
It is not too late to reassert ourselves, but I fear it soon will be.