Does Congress Listen to the People or the Media?

In early 2009, many national polls indicated that the majority of Americans were against the Democrats’ agenda to pass a national healthcare plan. I saw polls, even the ones run by liberal media sources indicating that between 50% to as many as 75% off the people were against a national healthcare program. Did the Democrats in Congress or Barack Obama listen to the people? No! They were determined to push their socialist agenda on the nation, regardless if the people wanted it or not.

This is a great example of the difference between a republic and democracy. America was founded and established as a republic, NOT a democracy. I’ve seen and heard many different definitions of the two, but the best definition I’ve ever heard is this:

A republic is where the people elect leaders to do the will of the people.

A democracy is where the people elect leaders to dictate to them.

America was first established as a republic. Today, we are no longer a republic since many in Congress do not listen to the people who elected them. They get into office and then begin pushing their own personal agendas on the people, regardless of how the people feel about them. That is how a democracy truly works. Sadly, most Americans fail to understand this basic political principle and wrongfully use the two terms interchangeably, when they are diametrically opposed to each other.

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But if Congress doesn’t listen to the people, who do they listen?

Rasmussen Reports asked likely voters 3 questions:

1* Do most members of Congress care what their constituents think?

2* Does your representative in Congress care what you think?

3* What matters more to the average member of Congress—what voters think or what the media thinks?

How would you answer these questions?

Here’s what Rasmussen reported:

“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 55% of Likely U.S. Voters believe what the media thinks matters more to the average member of Congress than what voters think. Still, that’s an improvement from 62% who felt that way in October 2009 during President Obama’s first year in office.  Just 30% say the average member cares more what voters think. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided.”

“But then only 21% feel that most members of Congress care what their constituents think. This, too, is a slight improvement from the last time Rasmussen Reports asked this question two years ago.  Nearly three times as many (62%), however, say most in Congress don’t care what their voters think, while 16% are not sure.”

“More (31%) do believe that their own representative in Congress cares what they think. Fifty-one percent (51%) disagree and say even their own elected representative doesn’t care what’s on their minds. Seventeen percent (17%) are undecided.”

These results also indicate why so many polls over the last couple of years give Congress some of the lowest approval ratings in history. The majority of voters don’t believe their Representatives and Senators really care what they think nor do they believe they listen to them. Not only is America being overwhelmed with dysfunctional families, but we have a dysfunctional Congress and White House as well.

No wonder America is racing down the path to destruction.



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