People aren't unhappy with their elected representatives in Congress. They're only unhappy with *everyone else's* elected representatives. What this means, fundamentally, is that Americans simply aren't getting along together any more. The end result is probably going to be either civil war or a break-up of the union.
Why the U.S. as a country continues to act under the same paradigm? Is this the government the people of the U.S. actually want because they continue to approve the representatives at the ballot box?
The general population fears the unknown. Since the dawn of politics this has been true, and is no secret to those vying for positions of influence. When it comes time to vote most people do not research, I mean really research, the candidates. Voters rely on common advertisements, media, friends, political debates, etc... for background. And for those that do try to research there is an overwhelming amount of unverifiable information emanating from dubious sources so that one is left rather dazed with hardly enough time in the day to sort through it all for each candidate. Hardly a matter of circumstance or chance. In the end (or the voting booth, to be accurate), given a candidate that is familiar vs. a candidate that is not then the safe bet will almost always appear, even given a candidate's bad track record, to vote on familiarity. That is why campaigning works; why an exorbitant amount of cash is spent on campaigning; and why alternative parties with little campaign funds are excluded in debates.
Many are just too lazy to research the opinions of candidates & don't go out to vote because they really don't care unless it affects them directly. By then it is way too late!
A combination of district accountability for federal responsibility(gerrymandering and pork barrel politics), a first past the post voting system(a vote for a third party candidate you prefer is against self interest), and a corrupt campaign finance system.
IMHO, this condition is brought about by the apathy engendered by the socialist/progressive regime, who will do or say whatever it takes to destroy individuality of the troll/zombies that have been created in our "educational" system...
IE-"cradle to grave" control. that is what we are allowing to be taught in our schools..not individual excellence, or thought.
Cold War Gunner