The Framers Of The United States

1435 Words Nov 24th, 2015 6 Pages
The men who shaped the United States were victims of tyranny, and thus deliberately structured our central government with self-imposed checks and balances. These checks aimed to ensure the safety and interests of the people while also holding the members of the government accountable to each other and the nation. The framers of the constitution were successful in many ways, however there are conditions today that impede maximum political accountability. Members of Congress are held accountable to a variety of political forces ranging from the district and federal level. Overall, members of Congress’ predominant goal are to be reelected. To accomplish this feat, the support of the constituents is the driving influence. When analyzing Congressmen’s behavior it is straightforward to recognize that they are responsive to constituent interests because it is their best chance at being reelected. Their activity in the district is evident by the considerable time spent doing casework, meeting with constituents and delivering benefits for the district (Bianco and Canon 2015, 428). Also, despite the majority of constituents being inattentive, members of congress behave as if they were informed because they recognize at election time “challengers may raise issues that become salient after the public thinks about them, so they try to deter challengers by anticipating what the constituents would want if they were fully informed” (Bianco and Canon 2015, 393). The practice of incumbents…
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