Essay: The Alienated American Voter
The American voter feels alienated because he does not understand what is going on and Richard Harwood (1996) suggests that this is so because the newspapers fail to speak his language. He is more like Lippmann’s back row deaf spectator who though, has a vague sense of being attached to a system, but does not actually understand the working of that system. The fact which is clear enough for the average man and woman is that political power is as unevenly distributed as wealth in our democracy and this further alienates them from politics.
This alienation can easily be measured by observing the numbers of people who can’t even name their representatives in the congress and fail to identify even the chief justice of the United States of America (Harwood, 1996, p.32). The numbers of people who do not vote in the local or presidential elections also show the measure of alienation that has developed towards politics.