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Does the American Political system meet the needs of the American People My brother Bob doesnt want to be in government -- he promised Dad hed go straightJohn Fitzgerald Kennedy Its not whether or not the system can meet the needs of America rather why it does not the politicians The American political system cannot meet the needs of the American people because the right people are not elected to office The right people are not elected to office because they are usually new to politics which means they start at the bottom as underdogs As underdogs they need to run against wealthy politicians who build their campaigns on gold foundations or ones who use dirty politics and mudslinging to divert attention from issues They also need to fight the two party system that prevents alternative ideas from being expressed One of the most difficult obstacles to overcome for new politicians is gathering the financing necessary to run a successful campaign Finding backers for new politicians is an extremely difficult task They have little or no political past for their financial supporters to back and without strong ties to their party they are not necessarily going to receive campaign funds from one of the two primary parties However for long time politicians who are usually the wrong representatives because of corruption that develops over time raising money is an easy task Because of this corruption these politicians can easily lean on people they have developed strong ties with for money Whether it is to a big business that has interest in a new hazardous waste policy not passing that knows it can rely on this particular legislator or a wealthy individual who doesnt want the new tax increase on the wealthy that also knows from previous experience he can rely on this legislator With all of these options for campaign donations these campaigns can afford to be equipped with all of the
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