The Problem with the Public

By: Alexandria Pendergast

The Public of the United States of America, really have a lot of problems when it comes to voting. That is because many don’t care about the policies but only the party that supports the policy.  The United States has become a bipolar system. This is not what the founders had intended, because they felt like the party system was evil by nature. If you look at the federalist papers, their opinions are heavily talked about in those papers. They are used as reference in many cases to help determine the intention of the founders. The founders felt that the American government had no place for the party system. This is in part because of how the British party system worked. They hated many aspects of the British government and created this government in part to help fix the many issues they found at fault under their previous government. The party system was ironically created shortly after the creation of the government by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who agreed on very little. This creation of the party system has caused a division in the country through this bipolar system. This division has been splitting the country more and more until this current election with Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. These are the extremists on both sides of the spectrum and are rallying many people under these two banners. While Bernie Sanders is not winning the election he is following in close behind Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders is a very hard core liberal and so are those who rally behind him. While Donald Trump is debatable, but with his speaking style he is rallying many hard core conservatives behind him. People are not really following what policies the republican and democratic party stand for, only what they perceive as their representative’s party platform. The political system is no longer about what exact vote people like, but which representative they like and what their representative approves of. The public has become very uneducated about the bills passed in their local Government. That is what I feel is wrong with the public, the party system. It has caused the public to become more uneducated about actual issues going on in their local area. I saw it during the Hillary Clinton rally, because when she spoke about local issues that people should know about, no one had a single clue what she was talking about. Someone who wasn’t from the area knew more about local issues than the locals. People need to actually read about the local issues and why they are important to them. Once people start doing that, I believe the party system will fall apart into smaller divisions and the government would be healthier overall.