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AN INDEPENDENT’S PERSPECTIVE ON POLITICS: Rebuilding a broken government

February 25, 2010

by Lance Traweek

The present-day U.S. government is like a poster of a tailless donkey. Blindfolded politicians line up to fit their tail of ideas on just to the right, and some veer just to the left.

Some make it closer to the center than others, but no matter how well they play the game, one thing is true: The public has a big ass pile of corruption in their faces.

Americans overwhelmingly believe the U.S. government is broken, according to a national opinion research survey released last week by CNN.

While 86 percent of people polled say our system isn’t working, 14 percent of citizens still have faith in our elected officials.
Distrust in our government has spawned from decades of scandal and stalled by years of inaction.

If deregulation is the answer for our nation to reach stability, then why hasn’t it worked before?

Across the board, we are drastically behind other industrialized nations in education, health care and energy to name a few.

These are all problems that will not fix themselves.

No bill should be shoved down anyone’s throat as the public is already choking on individual debt.

On the other hand, we can’t trust a government we don’t elect. While only 57 percent of?eligible citizens voted in the last election, it seems to me that 100 percent of Americans have a political opinion on every issue.

Collectively, if we voted as much as we complained, maybe we’d trust the government more. In turn, the government would stop working for lobbyists and start serving the people who elect them.

Offer your own solutions to our problems before you regurgitate what Glenn Beck or Rachel Maddow said last night on TV.

Of course, it’s hard to trust what you don’t know, so don’t voice an opinion you don’t back up at the poll.

I?realize I cannot carry the weight of the world on the back of my 120-pound frame, but I will strive to affect the world through my voice and my vote.

I understand the importance of unifying others to achieve goals bigger than myself.

We’re empathetic to future generations who will be affected by our debt, but unless we change the current generation of apathetic voters, the solution of government will remain the same: distrusted, broken and just plain broke.

Lance Traweek is a junior journalism and political science major from Monroe who serves as associate editor for The Tech Talk. E-mail comments to jlt044@latech.edu.

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