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In the United States, how can we change/influence politics to allow more people to be represented and have a say in the legislative process?

In the United States there are currently many people who do not have a way for their voices to be heard by the people making the laws for the country. People who live in the US are usually pretty moderate when asked about the issues but we are forced to pick between one extreme or the other. The power to vote is basically a farce when we can only choose between two parties that will not look out for our best interests once in office anyway(with the exception of a few good legislators.) What can we do to change the system and to make our legislators more accurately represent our interests while getting people more involved in the legislative process? Is it possible to craft a better democracy without complete overhaul or revolution?

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    May 10 2013: I don't think we need any sort of revolution here. We do need better political education. However, youth groups exist all over the country that dedicate themselves to involving youth in political functions.

    We need better campaign regulations. We also need to get people more involved in the voting process. Many of us vote for president and totally ignore our state level elections.

    We can elect whatever president we want. If our house and senate become burdened by stupidity the president's capabilities are truly limited.
    • May 10 2013: Political education is a good start but even these youth groups are usually party-oriented rather than issue or philosophy-oriented. We DO need better campaign regulations and money should not play nearly as much of a role as it currently does. PEOPLE and IDEAS should have the power... not dollar amounts.

      Why do you think people AREN'T involved in the voting process? Yes, in some cases it's complacency, but more often it is because we feel that no matter which way we vote the core problems facing our county/state/country will not actually be resolved. There people cannot hold the politicians responsible for not backing up their talk with actions once they are in office.

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