Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Why are Voters so Angry with Politicians?

After yesterday's primary elections there is consensus on both the right and the left that those who voted are angry with political incumbents. Glenn Greenwald at Salon Magazine offers a succinct explanation why:
It makes perfect sense that the country loathes the political establishment. Just look at its rancid fruits over the past decade: a devastating war justified by weapons that did not exist; a financial crisis that our Nation's Genuises failed to detect and which its elites caused with lawless and piggish greed; elections that seem increasingly irrelevant in terms of how the Government functions; grotesquely lavish rewards for the worst culprits juxtaposed with miserable unemployment and serious risks of having basic entitlements (Social Security) cut for ordinary Americans; and a Congress that continues to be owned, right out in the open, by the very interests that have caused so much damage. The political establishment is rotten to its core, and the only thing that's surprising is that the citizenry's contempt isn't even more intense than it is. But precisely because that dynamic so clearly transcends Left/Right or Democratic/GOP dichotomies, little effort is expended to understand or explain it.
If you want to see change in Washington, D.C., you are going have to change the people you are sending there.

You are also going to have to change the mindset of the people you are sending there. It won't do any good to send more politicians who believe in trickle down economics and who continue to favor deregulating finance and private industry, cutting taxes for the wealthy, defering payments for preemptive wars, privatizing social security, excoriating the uninsurable and ignoring the unemployed.

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