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November 5, 2010

A broken system

Midterm madness: Viewpoints writers weigh in on Tuesday’s elections

I was very close to not voting on Tuesday. In fact, up until Sunday I had decided not to vote. Before Sunday my roommate scolded me for planning not to vote, saying that it was my civic duty. I believed I had good reasons, and still do. Mainly that voting is irrational, which it is. But another reason beyond the irrationality was that I simply have become so disillusioned by and indifferent towards American politics that I thought, “What’s the point in me voting?” My father called me on Sunday and of course asked me whom I was voting for. To make a long and complicated story short, I did end up voting. But what did that accomplish?

American government is so broken in its ability to do any substantial good for the citizens of America that I feel incredibly unsettled by casting a vote for yet another American politician. However, it astonishes me how an electorate that was so bent on change two years ago performed a complete 180 on Tuesday. The Democrats lost 64 House seats, the largest such loss since 1934, and the Republicans now control the largest majority in the House since 1929, when another Ohioan, Nicholas Longworth, was speaker.

The question that the next two years will answer is: who was the biggest loser on Tuesday? America? Barack Obama? At this point does it even matter?

Lloyd Lee is a fourth-year in the College majoring in Political Science.

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