A number of years ago Americans expressed their displeasure with our political system by giving Ross Perot, an Independent candidate, over 20 percent of the vote in a presidential election. For a third-party candidate to make that strong a showing should have shocked both Republicans and Democrats into some kind of self-examination. But nothing was done.
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Repeated polls since then have given Congress very low and embarrassing marks for their actions and performance. Again, it is business as usual and the frustrated public is left frustrated.
The need for reform in politics is again front and center when a presidential candidate, a political outsider who is labeled as a "clown" and "dysfunctional," has arrived at the scene and shaken thinks up to say the least. He has gained considerable support even when making "offensive" remarks about women, Mexicans and a popular Vietnam veteran. Will something constructive get done this time?
In case Washington isn't aware of the people's anger, the following is a partial list of issues that needs to be addressed:
Money pays too big a part in winning elections
Big contributors expect favors... and they get them
Campaigns are far too long for the public to endure... and far too expensive
Political ads are often exaggerated, even untruthful and far too negative, leaving the voters believe no candidate is worthy of being elected
Fortunes are spent "digging up dirt" to be used against the opposing candidate
Our political system is desperately in need of revamping and long overdue. It's time to wake up, Washington!