Modern politics, buoyed by the mainstream media, social media and cultural wars is proving to be quite a challenge to the preservation of good old fashion things like “equal representation,” “equal rights,” “fairness,” and civic engagement. Elections seem to be getting nastier, or at least the sides are getting increasingly divided along class and racial lines. This is anathema to any conception of an America that is for and by the people and a beacon to a world that is also increasingly diverse.
The demographic quagmire that is increasingly apparent regarding who is eligible to vote and who is needed for victories on each side of the two party system, is proving problematic for those who take a business approach to electioneering–take no prisoners style marketing, control voter turnout and get your candidate elected.
The London Economist takes its Euro-Centric view of the American political landscape which is always worth looking at:
“IN NEARLY every political race in a democracy, the rules are simple: the candidate that gets the most votes wins. The American presidency is a notable exception: four times in the past 200 years the loser of the popular vote has taken the oath of office. For three of those four cases blame the Electoral …”