Op-Ed: Who can give the American electorate what they want?

By Probir Kumar Sarkar.

American politics are nearly completely derailed. Both established political parties, Republican and Democrat, have almost been hijacked by outsiders. Nontraditional voters have been turning up at primaries en masse, making this selection of candidates more momentous than ever before.

Voters fed up with the traditional politicians are turning up to vote against them rather than simply staying home. They have little trust for traditional candidates whose deals with corporate sponsors make their campaign promises ring hollow. Establishment politicians have alienated many and fomented an atmosphere of utter distrust that is bringing the establishment itself apart at the seams.

In many instances, incumbents have failed to deliver their campaign promises and showed either a lack of responsibility or sheer incompetence, whether in the case of improving employment options or guaranteeing the basic necessities of life. The recent water crisis in Flint, Michigan is one of many such issues that have made voters disgruntled.

Americans deserve better—or at least safe drinking water. Access to clean water is a human right of all citizens of the world. Sadly, American authorities miserably failed to provide this basic need to their own citizens in the city of Flint. Flint’s supply water contains high levels of trihalomethanes, a disinfectant byproduct, which has tarnished America’s high-held domestic human rights record.
The right to water has been recognized in international law through a wide range of international documents, including international human rights treaties that the United States pioneered. It falls on governments to meet this responsibility without discrimination.

Both federal and state authorities knew about this life-threatening issue in Flint, but they did not react in a timely fashion, resulting in …

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