Why Are American Voters Disillusioned?

A recent NYT editorial cartoon showing Trump and Hillary stranded on a desert island indicated the American public would be the winner in the upcoming election if they both stayed there.

Why are  we American voters disillusioned? Could it be the sense that no candidate truly represents us? Casting a vote – that privilege and responsibility Americans cherish – seems ineffectual on the national level.

Could American voters feel overwhelmed by the responsibility to affect change at the top? Perhaps it’s the thought that corruption and injustice reign throughout the nation’s governing institutions, not only in a few federal offices. Will one vote in one election year matter?

I am an American voter beginning to think I can’t help change my country’s political environment. There is an uneasy fear churning in my soul as little by little the government dictates more and more as my liberties vanish.

How can voters rally to clean house on the federal level when it seems that injustice and evil are not trickling down to take over our lives, but are swooshing towards us in a flash flood of corruption that destroys truth and freedom in its path?

Maybe it’s NOT the trickling-down effect that’s the culprit. Maybe corruption has been creeping up. Complacency toward political climates on the local level – in our city councils, county commissions, lower courts, legal agencies, police departments, sheriff offices, school boards, industry, corporations – has perhaps allowed small government to be the training camp for candidates who wind up on our national ballots.

If we as American voters ignore corruption on the local level, the nation’s political climate will continue to deteriorate. We can’t protest and fan the fires of change if we keep dousing those fires in our hometowns. Those who directly influence our lives in a way that those in Washington don’t should be leading the fight for truth and justice. They should not be the ones who take lightly the power they have over individual destinies. Justice should be doled out equally, truth actively sought. Those in power at the local level cannot be those who use that power unethically.

“It’s been suggested that we’ve moved to a post-factual society, where evidence and truth no longer matter, and lies have equal status to the clarity of evidence.”  ~ Alexander Betts

If we can’t affect change on the local level, what makes us think we can at the federal level?

My vote matters in my  hometown.

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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