The re-election of 91% of Congress despite a 10% approval rating is a clear sign that democracy in America is broken. Understanding how this happens is the first step in fixing our government.
There is much talk of 1% of the population controlling the U.S. government. Is this really the case? If so, what is it about our system of democracy that allows it to happen?
Money in politics is a symptom of a deeper problem–the disconnect between Americans and their government. Nearly all of the problems with our government can be traced back to this disconnect. The only way to address these problems is to address the root problem of disconnect.
Our disconnected society leaves many people with few social connections. In extreme cases, when isolation mixes with anger, lonely young men can become a grave threat to others. The solution to this problem must lie in more social connections.