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Lugar Loss Highlights Sour Relationship Between Voters and Politicians

rob1633 Wrote: May 12, 2012 1:40 PM
The need for term limits is less of an issue if the 17th Amendment is repealed and the states once again have direct representation rather than the corrupt crap we have allowed since Senators became popularly elected. Now, Senators are the subject of national debate rather than the direct representation of each state legislature. It also becomes far too expensive to influence a Senator if his tenure rests on the approval of the elected members of an entire state legislature. Popular election of Senators just made them that much easier to buy. This is just one of the checks and balances our Founders put in place that we have removed in our "infinite wisdom".

When relationships go bad, an early warning sign is that one side doesn't really hear what the other is saying. That's certainly the case today in the relationship between voters and America's political class.

Many in Washington, D.C., took comfort over the past year in polling data showing that fewer voters consider themselves part of the tea party movement. Only 13 percent claim such a tie today, roughly half its peak in 2010. This was reassuring to those in power, suggesting voters were willing to let the politicians return to politics as usual.

But the panic returned to Washington this week,...