It doesn’t. That’s why FBI agents work diligently to cook up terrorist plots using disgruntled unemployed males with low I.Q’s. Through the periodic violence that erupts, a pretext is put into place to further arm Homeland Security forces.
What’s been shown–in the way of police violence and casual killings rendered the new banality of evil–directed mostly at Immigrant and the Black community is a preview of what could be in store for others who collectively oppose the new corporate oligarchy and its assorted plutocratic agencies.
In other words, approval ratings have become irrelevant. U.S. elections are pageants where the highest bidder wins the official (high placed) slave.
Most major policy decisions are decided behind closed doors. Entities like ALEC, the Chambers of Commerce, Pete Peterson, and the Koch Brothers WRITE the policies then signed into law by a TOTALLY bought and paid for Congress (and Presidency).
Heck, for all this talk of “the land of the free,” you and I aren’t even free to know what’s in the food we eat. Monsanto and friends have seen to that!
A few writers featured on this site (Paul Buchheit comes to mind) have published the actual majority percentages of citizens that support Progressive policies whilst the Page & Gilens Study PROVES that what public majorities WANT is the opposite of what’s passed into legislated law.
That’s why astute minds characterize our nation–in its present corporate-MIC-coup status–as an INVERTED totalitarian system.
Voting, like the panoply of cable TV channels remains in place to sustain the ILLUSION that individual choice matters.