Okay, so it sounds counterintuitive to tell someone who hates politics to get involved in politics, right? But, what I’m postulating is that to save our country and our democracy, we have to shake up the system from the grassroots up. We have become increasingly polarized and extremely partisan to the point that we need to blow up the system to fix it.
In my last post, I pointed out how the Republicans had used sophisticated techniques to guide redistricting in states where they controlled the legislatures to assure that only Republicans would be elected to represent those districts. It took gerrymandering (a tool of both parties) to a dangerous new level. However, that is not the only factor.
Recently, an analysis of voting patterns has revealed another intriguing reason why so many Congressional seats are considered so safe. It appears that in much of the country, people tend to locate in states, regions and even neighborhoods with politically like-minded people. A CNN.com article explains this in more detail.
So, what does this have to do with people who hate talking about politics? Because in many places, their vote doesn’t count anymore if they don’t agree with their representative. It’s simple and scary. So, we have to get into a national discussion and rock the effing boat until we get heard!
So, here are my unsolicited suggestions for how to destroy the current status quo and rebuild a better democracy that truly represents the will of the people while also protecting the rights of minorities.
• First, let’s make being an elected representative a temporary job so we continually get fresh views in Congress. I recommend a limit of no more than 2 consecutive terms in the House of Representatives and Senate (with maxim of 4 terms total) and two four-year terms maximum (non-consecutive) for the president and vice-president. Also, the vice-president cannot run to immediately succeed the president he/she was vice-president under.
• Second, all redistricting should be done by bipartisan commissions in each state so that they better reflect the interests of all the people, including by race, gender and other criteria.
• Registering to vote and voting should be made more easily accessible for all American citizens.
• Campaign finance laws need to be reformed so that corporations may not donate to individual candidates or political action committees. There shall also be a maximum limit on individual contributions to any candidate directly or through a political action committee.
These are my suggestions for continually bringing fresh views to Washington, scrambling the partisanship and seeing if we can get real change accomplished. Got ideas of your own? Feel free to share.
We need to make our government more responsive to the will and the needs of all the people!
A sustainable democracy demands a commitment from its people!
The Divine Miss Bri