A midterm turnout is normally low, yet this year’s participation was last seen in 1942 during WW11. In a president’s second term a reversal to the president’s party is normal. Reagan, Clinton and Bush all suffered apparent disastrous results during their second terms in office.
To a large percentage of Americans the country’s direction is wrong. Voter apathy was not only unhappiness with Obama, but of six years of Republicans in the Senate where “no” was their only voice.
Yet who is to blame and hold accountable for the present state of the American politic? It surely does not rest with either major party. The political parties determine their course from voter support. Where have the voters been?
Primaries select the party’s candidates. Primaries have even lower voter turnout than mid-term elections. This year’s mid-term saw less than 35 percent of voters show up. Primaries suffer even fewer voters participating.
The life blood of partisan politics hated by most Americans is directly the result of voter’s rejection of the political process that empowers each of us with the right to vote. Across the globe there have been people rebelling in a fight to claim democracy. Often Americans praise their efforts and demand our government support them.
Yet at home we abandon our rights earned by our forefathers through blood insuring the election of politicians whose agenda is to gain re-election by pandering to extremists who do care enough to exercise their rights to vote. So we are responsible for the very sorry state we claim to hate.