Outhouses are part of a cultural history of the United States. These little buildings used as a toilet were around a long time before indoor plumbing. Today, they may seem backward and dirty because indoor bathrooms are more sanitary and therefore safer than outhouses. So, why does this picture explain politicians’ relationship to their constituents? There is a notion out there that politics are dirty. The other one is that voters feel like their elected officials scorn them. Why do voters feel this way?
We’ve Been Dumped On!
There is a major divide in this country between the ruling class and the electorate. This is the same for both Democrats and Republicans because both parties are out of touch with the needs of the American people. Compared to the average American, the Democrats are too far to the left and Republicans too far to the right. That is one of the problems that most Americans are having with elected officials.
If Voting Changed Anything They Would Make It Illegal
It seems that voting is pretty much useless at this point in time. Politics in Washington has become partisan in such a way that has not been seen for a few generations at least. When anything comes before Congress right now, like a jobs bill or a new welfare bill, they are tabling the legislation until after the presidential election this year. But, some legislators in Congress are hell-bent on getting President Obama out of the White House or keeping Obama in the White House and keeping their job. They have no consideration for the average American citizen. Then, where there are a few representatives or senators that try to get something done, their ideas are smothered. It is like building a fire: if the fire doesn’t get enough oxygen, it dies out. So, for some of these representatives and senators, they are either not getting enough oxygen or they are trying to smother the flame. I applaud those elected officials that are willing to actually do something and I feel sorry that their ideas are not getting through due to some bull-headed, stubborn people that are their coworkers.
Why Do They Disrespect Us So Much?
The question really becomes how and why did this divide happen. Campaign finance is the answer. Follow my reasoning here for a bit. Campaigns are becoming more and more expensive to wage. From traveling to printing costs the prices keep going higher. Now with current campaign finance laws, major corporations are able to create PACs (Political Action Committee) which can raise money and they can spend that money however they want. Let’s say that a certain PAC wants a certain candidate in office. They can literally spend a fortune to get their candidate elected. This has left the old days of dropping money into a hat at a political rally or sending a check to a candidate obsolete. Now, elected officials serve for their PAC donors and not the American people. Until this divide is closed between electorate and elected officials this rupture will only increase. This discord between the ruling class and the governed needs to stop and scars need to heal. The American government is by and for the people, not by and for the PAC with the most money. Let’s start putting these outhouses side by side instead of having politicians dumping on top of the citizens.
 I would like to mention here that this is national politics only. I have not been doing as much reading and research on local and state level politics. This is from what I have been seeing and reading about the national level. I am also not talking about every elected national official either, just mainly the ones that you hear about on the news making a lot of noise.