Let Me Tell You the Real Reason Why Our Government Will Probably Always Be Terrible

congress-sucksDemocrat and Republican voters often don’t agree on much, but there is one thing that both sides do agree on: Our government is mostly terrible. Though each side typically just blames the other for our government’s incompetence.

The past couple of days I’ve had a few people message me asking if I think that our government will ever be competent and efficient. It’s probably just a coincidence that I had several messages in such a short period of time on such a common topic, but I thought I’d give a response anyway.

So, to answer the question – no. I don’t think our government will ever be competent and efficient.

And we only have ourselves to blame.

See, as a whole, voters in this country are vastly misinformed. Sure, you might be informed, but it’s very likely that most of the people you know aren’t. And even if they do follow politics, are they following the right sources? That is, sources that tell them the truth instead of just what they want to hear.

Because that’s a huge part of the problem.

Voters say they want the truth, but that’s not really true with all of them. What many of them want is for someone to tell them that the truth they want to be real, is actually true. And if someone doesn’t do that, they’ll find someone who will.

It’s called confirmation bias. And you see it all the time in political elections.

For example:

  • Politician A: Tells voters about 70 percent of what they want to hear, but also shares some views with the opposing political party on a few issues.
  • Politician B: Conducts countless polls to tell them what most of their constituents want to hear, then goes out and takes a “stand” on each issue based on what the polls tell them.

Guess which candidates the voters are most likely going to pick? I would say 99 percent of the time they’ll pick Politician B, whether or not what they said to get elected was factual.

That’s why we don’t elect Independent candidates very often. Independents tend to be moderate. That is, they’re more liberal on some issues and more conservative on others. (Of course there are exceptions to this – like Senator Bernie Sanders, who identifies as an Independent because the Democratic party isn’t liberal enough for him.)

Ideally, these should be the kinds of candidates we elect, but we don’t. Those are the kinds of candidates that would make our government more competent and efficient.

Instead, we elect candidates who’ve chosen “one side”…our side. What that creates is a government where each politician is terrified to work with the other side, or compromise at all, because if they do – we’ll kick them out of office and find someone who won’t “sell us out.”

As a writer who’s also a liberal, I see this first hand all the time. I can write article after article where I proudly support many liberal ideologies. My Facebook page Right Off a Cliff will add new followers and all is right in the world of many liberals who follow me.

That is, until I dare write an article that doesn’t quite “fall in line” with the majority of liberals. Especially those on the far-left. Those are the days when I get messages or comments professing how I’m a “fake liberal scum” and my Facebook page sees its most “unlikes” in months.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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