1. Problem Identification
Every two to four years, Americans engage in the political process by electing severalrepresentatives who will serve them on Capitol Hill. These representatives are given the powerto make and enforce laws that will affect the general population at large. At often times, thesesame elected officials do not perform their jobs in a respectable manner, which in turn forces somany Americans to lose their trust and hope in the political system. When that happens, peopletend to stop caring about the day-to-
day politics that occur on “The Hill”.
Before the recent 2008 Presidential elections, the record numbers of Americans turningout to participate in the political process was reporting low. Young people and AfricanAmericans were not turning out to elect representatives who could speak on their behalf. Why isthis? Why are we seeing low election participation during the election season? The core
meaning of democracy is “rule by the people” and if the people are not participating in the
political process, this a major problem at hand.
2. Problem Description
In the 1776 document,
The Independence of Declaration
, Thomas Jefferson wrote thatthe people have a right to question the government at any given time. Moreover, when theinstitution of government becomes corrupt or goes against the wishes of the people, it is the rightof the people to remove that institution from power and elect a new institution. Since the birth of this country, we have seen that when people are displeased with the government, they elect anew one; however, in recent times, this has not been the case. Why is this? If the foundingfathers fought to give us the right to participate in the election process, why are Americans notparticipating as much as they use to?