Just as we saw in 2011, polls are showing that nearly 85% of the citizens do not approve of the performance of the 113th congress. 57% of the July 24th NBC poll respondents said they would replace every member of congress “if that were possible”. Not only is it possible to replace members of congress, it is what is prescribed in the Constitution. The only major problem is the fact that Americans vote less in congressional elections than any other type of elections held anywhere in America. The constitution does not tell us to directly elect the president, but it does ask citizens to pick their representatives in order to have a functional form of representative government. We do the opposite. 55-62% of Americans will come out and vote in Presidential elections.

Most Americans do not realize that according to Article 1, Section 2 of the constitution, they could replace every single member of congress every two years. That is why Madison and Jefferson agreed to make Article 1, Section 2 so important. However, for some reason, we have everything backwards. If you factor in the low turnout in important congressional primary elections, at least 80% of the citizens are not at all involved in picking the members of congress from the 435 districts around the country. We come out and vote in presidential elections, but we do not really vote in the only direct elections called for in the constitution. The figures below help illustrate the results that occur when citizens are doing the complete opposite of what the constitution tell them to do.

2008 presidential elections

213 million eligible to vote. 132 million votes cast: 69.5 million Democrat/59 million Republican

Percentage of eligible citizens who elected the president: 33%

Average presidential approval ratings after the election:  45-50%

2010 Congressional elections

218 million eligible to vote.  90 million total votes cast: 45 million Republican/44 million Democrat

Percentage of eligible citizens who elected the Congress: 20%

Average congressional approval ratings after the election: 12-15%

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Alex Jones engages in an interesting debate with shotgun totting, anarchist, Adam Kokesh. The two shed some insight into the various views of two radical, ideological, controversial, anti-government men from southwestern states. Both men have made names for themselves (and a lot of money) through the use of modern social media. These men both reach tens of millions of Americans who are sick and tired of broken government. Kokesh (who is wrongly compared to Rosa Parks) wants the total abolishment of the entire federal government (as did Jefferson Davis before the civil war). Jones takes the “Ron Paul” approach of supposedly being the “compassionate conservative” with a non-interventional foreign policy. As with most people who are brainwashed by the media, neither of these two men seem to understand the real problem. There is only one election that we are supposed to vote in according to the constitution(Congressional elections), but 90% of us are not really voting in those elections and thus we have broken representative government. Who is the tyrant? We have a constitution that tells us to pick our representatives IF we want to avoid tyranny, and 90% of the citizens are not following the law of Article 1, Section 2.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxwPOAT1AZA