My perception is that federal-level politicians are completely cut off from the average US citizen. Maybe it’s not solely their fault; perhaps their staffers filter out everything non-political before it gets to them, but I don’t think they’re “in touch” with anyone any more. I’m a centrist, but have friends and family from across the political spectrum from the far right to the far left and everywhere in between, but what I’ve been seeing over the past few months for the first time is that EVERYONE is sick of politicians. Even people I used to consider the “party faithful” on both sides – people who will vote their party’s candidate without even knowing the candidate’s details – are calling for mass ousters of Congress for incompetence. Personally, for the past few years I’ve been practicing a “vote out the incumbent whoever they are” philosophy and will continue to do so until I see someone start performing. For now, all they do is talk. I believe if a politician took a leap off the bandwagon and tried to do something for the greater good, something that showed they actually cared about their constituents rather than keeping their ratings up, they’d gain a huge following. Take for example if Senator Rubio of FL said “jobs are a problem in this country, and the employment scene in FL isn’t looking great, but there are tons of oil and oil-industry-related jobs in North Dakota right now. If you want a job, you should move there.” Sure, some communities and FL state officials would scream that he was ruining the state’s tax base by encourage emigration, but people would realize he actually cares about them having a job. I think he’d attract a lot of good attention because Americans would find it refreshing, kind of like if a member of Congress had actually stayed in DC and worked when Congress as a whole decided to take a 9-day vacation right before sequestration hit.
I used to be very interested in the Sunday morning political talk shows and interviews. Now, I feel like these guys aren’t even talking to the American people anymore; they’re only addressing their fellow politicians, attacking and defending, and for the most part we, the public, no longer give a shit because we know by their actions they’re not even talking to us or representing best interests. They’re either representing their own interests or those of their party. In a few cases, they’re representing their constituents’ interests, but generally for purposes of re-election and at a greater cost to Americans as a whole.
The big question is, will any of these guys ever realize how pathetic and untrustworthy the American people think they are?