Given all these terrible statistics, you would think that Americans will keep firing Congressmen and Senators. Alas, you would be wrong! More than 90% of senators and 95% of congressmen get re-elected every year!
This is because the system is rigged and the people are irrational. Thanks to gerrymandering, most congressional districts are solidly blue or red, guaranteeing a one-party system. And the parties don’t offer candidates who are going to disrupt the status quo. As for the people, they keep getting bamboozled by the same slogans and rhetoric. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.
George Carlin once said, “Think about how stupid the average person is. Now, consider that half the people are stupider than the average person.” Yeah, most people don’t understand economics, geopolitics, psychology, history, philosophy, science etc. They have a shallow understanding and are emotional. Trapped in religious, tribal, racial or political ideologies, they keep supporting wrong policies and politicians.
As H.L. Mencken said, “Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”
This is why populists like Trump, Modi (in India) and Bolsonaro (in Brazil) get elected. They offer easy solutions packed inside emotional boxes. Mob mentality takes over the society.