The Popular Vote is Practically Worthless

The Popular Vote is Practically Worthless: The popular voter holds a relatively extremist point of view. The popular position on public issues as more extreme is actually politically polarizing. Polarized politics may look great to a segment of the population, but they end up butting heads with the opposition’s polarized position. Nothing gets done. Doing the business of government––which is what Congress took an oath and is paid to do––demands bipartisanship. Bipartisanship demands compromise. Candidates may look good to voters because they support extremist positions on popular issues, but once in office they are unable to get anything passed without making concessions. Concessions are what a termed “broken promises,” which are deplored as a sell-out by their no-compromise constituency. Trump, Cruz, and Sanders may have garnered a tremendous following of popular voters but none of these three will ever get anything done through a two-party congress. The popular vote, therefore, is a vote down the toilet. The popular position on popular issues is only good for voicing opinions. Roll-up-your-sleeves government is the hard work of finding a middle road. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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