Anger and Divide Within the Republican Party
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From Human Events’ own site. And a money quote:
Republicans, not surprisingly, overwhelmingly support replacing everyone in the Congress. Their views have not changed. But Republican voters are disenchanted with their team as much as the Congress itself: 69% of GOP Voters say Republicans in Congress are out of touch with the party base.
Conservatives have continued to put the GOP on notice that the Party must come to them, not vice-versa. Many, many people think that all Congresscritters are out to put money in the pockets of their contributors, their families and their business partners:
Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Americans believe that when members of Congress meet with regulators and other government officials, they do so to help their friends and hurt their political opponents. Most believe that’s why politicians are able to solicit contributions from business leaders. Most, however, say it’s generally a good investment because political donors get more than their money’s worth. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of American adults say political donors get more than their money back in terms of favors from members of Congress.
And allegedly rigged elections account for why congress is re-elected again and again, according to half those polled by Rasmussen:
Despite these reviews, more than 90% of Congress routinely gets reelected every two years. It’s a shock when any incumbent loses. One explanation for this phenomenon frequently heard in Washington, D.C. is that “people hate Congress but love their own congressman.”
Voters have a different perspective, and 50% say ‘rigged’ election rules explain high reelection rate for Congress.
How do we gather the competent and honest folks in Washington when the rules of the game demand cronyism, graft and doubledealing?