May 21st, 2013 // 12:22 pm @ Oliver DeMille
Once a person is elected to office, especially at the national level, he or she doesn’t get to stop campaigning and focus on governing.
Instead, everyone in office is required to keep campaigning even as they serve.
One the one hand, this is a negative development in a democratic republic because it keeps election politics always in the limelight.
The president is seldom seen as the nation’s chief executive, for example, but as the head of the Democratic or Republican Party.
Thus, even as he tries to govern and lead, he is forced to keep one eye constantly on politics.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is that this keeps more of the American people involved and paying attention to the actions of government.
Also, it keeps the executive branch from overextending even more than it already does—because it has to put a lot of resources into politics.
This is actually a positive in a nation where the biggest problem is massive government.
With all that said, people are already lining up to influence the midterm elections of 2014 and even the presidential election of 2016.
Here are a few tidbits:
- Many pundits feel that the IRS scandal of targeting conservative groups will have more negative impact on the Democrats in the 2014 midterm election than anything else since the Obama Administration took office. It may serve as the Democrat’s Achilles heel.
- Hillary Clinton is far ahead in polls of possible Democratic candidates, but she is only a few points ahead of some top potential Republican challengers. In contrast, the leading Democratic candidate has been far ahead at this point in recent elections.
- In early fundraising, Marco Rubio is ahead of Rand Paul. Chris Christie and Paul Ryan are also strong in the polls, but for now Rubio seems to have an edge.
But the biggest shocker in all this is that the central issue of the 2014 and especially 2016 elections will probably be Obamacare.
This is surprising to many progressives, who felt that this issue was over when it passed in 2010, then when the Supreme Court upheld it in 2012, and later once President Obama was reelected.
But this issue just won’t go away.
Even though Barack Obama was and is personally popular, his health care policy remains highly unpopular with many Americans.
This disapproval is increasing with the Benghazi, IRS, AP and other scandals. Each time a few more people lose trust in government, they tend to increasingly dislike Obamacare.
So, yes, we now live in what could easily be described as an Electionocracy, and things will probably only heat up in the coming months.
Both parties will blame each other for most of America’s ills, and the number of crises will likely increase.
That’s our current direction, and nothing seems poised to bring real solutions any time soon.
In truth, the future of America is ultimately up to the actions and choices of regular Americans more than those of Washington.
But who we elect will have a drastic influence on the nation’s direction in the years just ahead.
If you want to know how elections are going to turn out, keep a close eye on how most Americans feel about Obamacare—especially as it is further implemented in the next three years.
Any significant changes in approval or disapproval of Obamacare will signal the trajectory of the next two elections.
In an Electionocracy, it appears that one or a few top issues will determine who leads our nation.
Oliver is dedicated to promoting freedom through leadership education. He and his wife Rachel are raising their eight children in Cedar City, Utah.