Only two percent of Americans have faith in our electoral process and an astonishingly high 80 percent disapprove of Congress as a whole. That is a sign of a serious problem
In a 2017 Harvard study, it was found that there is almost no relationship between elected officials doing the job they were elected to do and their eventual reelection. Within the survey, the blame is overwhelmingly placed on the two predominant political parties – Republicans and Democrats – controlling essential elements such as the money, debates, and election primaries.
Only fourteen percent of voters vote in primary elections, which results in partisan candidates getting elected and influencing general elections; Because the more extreme candidates, on both sides, are getting elected, the parties move further apart over time which leads to a substantial reduction in bipartisan cooperation within Congress. With little bipartisanship cooperation in Congress, the passing of essential laws and resolutions is severely impacted.
Results from a Gallup survey indicate an overwhelming sixty percent of Americans want a third party option. But, there’s little done to change the process or offer better solutions. In 2012, Represent.Us launched their campaign to promote change; By 2018, they were responsible for passing multiple statewide and city-wide anti-corruption acts and resolutions.
Represent.Us describes themselves as “A powerful movement of independents, progressives, and conservatives is building on America’s long tradition of pursuing federal reform through the states.” They feature a “cultural council” packed with actors and sports figures, as well as a bipartisan “advisory council.”
A recent video released by Represent.Us features organization co-founder Joshua Graham Lynn and actor and cultural council member Michael Douglas. The ten-minute video is titled “Unbreaking America: Divided We Fall” and seeks to address the sweeping electoral and government problems within the U.S. and offer unique solutions.
Link to Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGQgcHMIq1g&feature=youtu.be
The video discusses going around Congress to fix election problems and proposes The American Anti-Corruption Act as the solution. Lynn describes the proposed Act as consisting of several fundamental changes, including the elimination of party gerrymandering, the criminalization of lobbyist gifts, and vote-from-home-ballots.
For those interested in joining the movement and supporting local anti-corruption campaigns, Represent.Us has more information here.
- Represent.Us, Unbreaking America: Divided We Fall (video)
- Represent.Us, About and Volunteer pages
- Gallup, Majority in U.S. MAintain Need for Third Major Party