Why is there a huge gap between public opinion and the 2 parties in Washington on guns, war, drugs?

socialized medicine and energy policy?

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  • 7 years ago
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    Well, you already know the answer to that one, don't you?

    Politicians from both major parties depend on a ridiculous amount of funding to get elected, so that if they weren't rich people when they got into politics, at the very least, they owe their career to rich donors. Which means, that inevitably, the whole body politics disproportionately represents the views of the wealthy.

  • 7 years ago

    The gap isn't that huge. There is a little difference on their opinions on guns and war, but not as much as you would think from hearing how upset people get about it. Both sides in Washington are trying to keep drug laws the same. Both parties are willing to go to war--they are usually arguing about what is worth going to war over, whether the US should do it alone or seek international support, and how it will be paid for. With guns there are a lot of people who are of the opinion that "the liberals" want to end private gun ownership and a lot of people fear that almost any method of registering or licensing guns is a stepping stone to that end, but that view seems to be limited to a few democrats. A lot of democrats own guns and support gun rights, but Obama and a few others were quite loud about asking for more than simple background check legislation, and basically stopped themselves from passing anything the same way the Republicans stopped themselves from passing any immigration bills. On energy, they aren't too far apart either. Both support shale fracking and issuing more permits for oil production--the debate usually centers around controversial areas like ANWAR and offshore drilling.

    Basically, other than a few anti-gun ownership types on the left and a few 'why do we even have nature preserves' types on the right, people agree on the basics. They just get hung up on a detail here or there to score some political points for the cameras. If a democrat suggests it, a republican will say it is stupid and vice versa--even when they actually agree. If a democrat suggests it and a republican fixes it, then they both get to claim credit--and that is what half the argument is about.

  • Arnie
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Liberals know as much as a box of rocks..

    The Liberal ideology is a theory , fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and which holds forth beliefs that have no basis in reality.

    They are Advocates of a policy that empowers a strong federal government to enslave its people with a high tax burden incident to the support of extravagant and unnecessary social programs destructive to both the work ethic among the lower class, and the incentive to innovate and succeed among the working class.

    "When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic."

    Liberals like to spend other peoples money!!

    The problems we face today are because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.

    Criminals don't pay any attention to laws... If guns were ever banned than only the bad guys would have them..Criminals prefer unarmed victims!!

    Having a gun will not help all the time but being defenseless will never help..

    When seconds matter calling 911 and asking the bad guy to wait is not a viable option.

    Better to have a gun and not need it than to need it and not have it!!!

    **Police do not protect you from crime, they usually just investigate the crime after it happens.**


  • 7 years ago

    An interesting study found that both parties believe that their constituents are more conservative than they actually are. Hence, the reason why it is tough to pass liberal legislation.

    "Broockman and Skovron find that legislators consistently believe their constituents are more conservative than they actually are. This includes Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives. But conservative legislators generally overestimate the conservatism of their constituents by 20 points. “This difference is so large that nearly half of conservative politicians appear to believe that they represent a district that is more conservative on these issues than is the most conservative district in the entire country,” Broockman and Skovron write. This finding held up across a range of issues. "


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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Both parties work for the International Elite that's why nothing really has changed since Obama got in office.

  • Jim B
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    These are our elected officials who are to be our voice in the government. Each and every one of them swear an oath to protect Our Constitution against all Enemy's both Foreign and Domestic. Yet they get elected and take it upon them selves to attempt to change the constitution to meet their agenda goals. America and Our Constitution are not for sale and will not be changed for one persons agenda. It is time to get all the smart *** lawyers out of our Government and out of our business. Some things should not be subject to the opinions of just an elected few but should be placed in the hands of the people for public vote.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Because, they created this mess for us in order to help themselves......the LAST people in this country who want to see things fixed are the people in Washington who's job it is to do.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Im a conservative...I dont agree with the republicans on everything. But they tend to get most of what i want more.

  • Di
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Politicians like to Divide and Conquer as it keeps their base in a feeding frenzy.

    Obama has perfected it.

  • 7 years ago

    Money talks, bs walks.

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