Analysis Of Hibbing And Morse's Article

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“No man is ever good enough to govern another man without the others’ consent” –Abraham Lincoln. In current American politics, the United States congress has a low record of eleven percent acceptance rating. Despite such a low approval rating, the congress is still passing bills that become laws. In this essay, I will discuss how different political scientist argue as to why congress approval has been at an all time low. In depth, I will use Hibbing and Morse’s articles were the most persuasive of all other authors.
In “The American Congress reader” edited by Steven Smith, Jason Roberts, and Ryan J. Vander Wielen, the first chapter opened up detailing what is wrong with the American political system. In the article, John Hibbing and Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, they explain the issues as to why the public has such low congressional approval ratings. “Just as people want governmental services without the pain of taxes, they also want democratic procedures without the pain of witnessing what comes along with these procedures” (pg. 5) In this section, Hibbing and Morse are expanding on what the public is asking for from the government. The public wants quick legislation to be done that will positively affect
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3) because of his initial argument. Stimson demonstrates how if the country is doing poorly, mainly on an economic standpoint, the public is quick to point fingers and blame congress. As well, another interesting standpoint that Stimson takes on his article is how the nation will always fluctuate with in approval rates with any given politician. For example, if a congressman enters with a high approval rating they will soon go back into equilibrium and vice versa with congressmen that have low ratings. Stimsons work is evident in todays congress as well, in 2009, congress approval was at a nine percent low and now it has eased its way back up to fifteen

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