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From TPATH Editor
June 23, 2016 ` TPATH~ All we ever hear, from just about every pollster, every sleazy news outlet and in fact just about everyone we speak to on the street, is that Congress as a whole is less popular than a Novocain free root canal. With such popularity, it would seem a good bet to not find any Congressman or US Senator ever getting re-elected. Not so much!
This may come as a surprise to some, but the average stay for District Representatives is over 24 years. The average US Senator hangs in there for just over 17 years. With the vitriol, the disgust and the anger that over 90% of the public has for the Legislators and the Debaters, how do these fine upstanding men and women manage to stay in Washington, on our dime while working against our wishes, for up to a quarter of a century?
The answer is twofold.
One; they don’t do it, the establishment does it. The candidates do as they are told and are given an easy ride to re-election. The establishment has for years downplayed the importance of Primary elections when communicating with the electorate, while doing everything in their power to get out the “Party Loyal Voters”. They understand that a smaller number of voters in the Primary equates, exponentially, to the control they have over who is on the Ballot in the General Elections. Upstart Candidates are overwhelmed by the onslaught of cash and lies. During the past 40 years less than 15% of the registered voters voted in Primaries and almost 50% of registered voters had no clue that an election had even taken place. Only a fool would believe this is just a coincidence. It is not. It is a very carefully plotted enterprise.
Two; the Institution is despised but the Institutors are not. While they may not be adored by their constituents, with the help of money from the establishment their names become familiar and in November, they get their levers pulled by a doting public who thinks they are being given a choice. So while the body of Congress is hated, individual perpetrators of failed policies and corrupt activity, such as Lance, Smith and Ryan, are not.
HATE THE INSTITUTION
NOT THE INSTITUTOR
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