Michael Suter
May 13, 2019
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Article Critique

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In the article published in The Economist on 12 July, 2018, there is a significant level of understanding regarding the ever changing political landscape of the American society. In this specific article, the journal points out the manner in which the minority American population would play the role of the majority by revolutionizing the electoral system of the country with the aim of giving the Republicans an upper hand over the Democrats. In the November 2018 elections of the House of Representatives, pollsters found out that citizens that preferred Democrat candidates were far much more than those preferring Republican candidates as their representatives. This idea is ironical in the sense that the ruling party currently is the Republican, bringing into understanding the manner in which political decisions and the foreseen implications continue to influence the electorate in the country.
Critical Analysis of the Article
A critical analysis of the article provided by The Economist (1) regarding the changing political and electoral system in the selecting of members of the House of Representatives provides a wide picture of the country’s political affiliation. From the onset, the concept of “generic ballot” polling as seen by several pollsters indicates that many Republicans would still have the chance of maintaining a strong position in the House of Representatives. However, the data collected and analyzed by these pollsters also indicate that the Democratic Party continues to win a significant deal of support from Republican citizens who feel let down by the present regime of leadership. Considering this kind of political mix-up, one would argue that the understanding of the core source of discrepancy would be of great importance revealing the true nature of political environment in the country.
For instance, the imbalance in the observed variations between Democrat and Republican supporters emanates from the fact that the former seem to be crowded in cities where life is comfortable. On the contrary, the later has the feeling that the present economic conditions do not favor them despite that they have had a majority of their candidates in the House of Representatives. At the same time, Democrats and the Republicans are constantly fighting for having a majority representation in the House. From a political standpoint, this idea is realistic in the sense that every supporter of either party has interests on various agenda as set by the party. The achievement of such agenda, therefore, is determined by majority representation in the House.
Nonetheless, the imbalance in the recent results from pollsters require a critical thinking in the sense that it is a recurrent issue that has been cited to be characteristic of not only a single election cycle, a particular chamber of legislature, or even the constant patter of Democrat’s ability to always become the winners in key states. Instead, the November 2018 House of Representatives elections presents a succinct means of understanding the manner in which political ideologies and the need for improving factors such as foreign relations, health care cover, and security should be critically assessed by the electorate and hold the leadership accountable for any consequences to the same. In fact, it is from such perspectives that both the Republican and the Democrat supporters base their decisions on voting.
According to the article posted in The Economist, one fact that comes out clearly is that the last few elections have seen the Republicans having approximately between 4 and 5 percent points of representation greater than their Democrat counterpart. Although the article uses statistics from the past three House elections, I would point out that such figures should always have their basis on people’s perspectives about the delivery of economic and social development as opposed to party affiliation. For instance, having a majority Democratic representation in the Senate and a significantly poor representation of the same party in the House of Representatives may be adequately sufficient in the event where policies passed by both chambers meet the expectations of the electorate.
The argument above seems to have credibility through the analysis of the current situation as seen in the November 2018 House of Representative elections. During this period, party affiliations seemed to have not attracted the attention of political idea of party affiliation. Instead, many Republican supporters considered the need for living up to the dreams of the country’s founding fathers where power should be on the people who choose those who should occupy such powerful positions. It is for this reason that both the Democrat and Republican supporters had to make rational choices by selecting representatives that champion for the rights of the majority.
The minority majority in the America’s electoral system, through the analysis of the article by The Economist gives a clear knowledge of the manner in which party politics can significantly vary from the intentions of the electorate. From the above critique of the article, one would deduce that despite the ruling party being in power at the presidency, the electorate has the power to decide the representation of the two chamber of legislature (the House of Representatives and the Senate). In this sense, I think that if the trend continues as seen in the November 2018 elections of the House of Representatives, the American Dream would really come to pass.

Works Cited
The Economist. The Minority Majority: America’s Electoral System Gives the Republicans
Advantage over Democrats. New York: The Economist. July 12, 2018. Internet Source.