The problem isn't polarization of the electorate. The problem is a
legislative system that doesn't prevent deadlock and stalemates. If only a
computer scientist had written the Constitution...
There's a lot more to this than meets the eye. First,
voters who do not read enough (and broadly on all sides of issues) have
undermined the ideal of "an informed electorate." They complicate
matters when their sources of information cannot be relied upon for honest,
thorough presentation of the pros and cons because those sources are paid to
talk and write, which requires holding their audiences (and sponsors) through
slanting, exaggerating, exploiting controversy, and the like. Ratings are at
stake. Second, a disinterested electorate has allowed, and
continues to allow, those they elect to create jobs for themselves that are well
enough compensated that what should be a few years of truly "public"
service routinely turns into careers. That has opened the door to politics
polluted by money and elimination of any onus on what used to be called
"graft." And that has led to any variety possible of card stacking to
assure against anything that threatens the security of the system now in
place. Just another way (or set of ways) America today is a far
cry from what it could be, folks.
We are the victims of our own 30-second attention spans, and the advertisers/
politicians/ media who have chosen to ride that horse. Pelosi demonstrated that
with her presenting the ACA for a vote.
RWSmith is correct. People in this country now have a news channel or website
that caters to their view instead of reporting facts. Any position taken will
have a news outlet for it. So, instead of getting the whole story, the public
gets some of it and makes decisions based on that incomplete information. In
others words AP, MSNBC, Fox, CBS, ABC, CNN, WaPo, NYT, HuffPo and all the rest,
this is a monster of your own making. Start reporting facts without opinion, do
some investigative journalism, don't beholden yourselves to one party or
occupant of the White House or Senator or Representative. Report the story, all
of it and let the people know all the facts without slanting it toward a cause
or position. Start being journalists instead of cheerleaders.
Entirely too many citizens make jokes about Congress and kevetch about it. And
then good people with leadership talent refuse to rise up and lead. The nation has gone rather big and the government has grown rather big with it
-- which means that the types of people who will be attracted to the Congress
might have a tendency to be . . . . what's the word? -- crazy.
The government can't effectively serve the nation until congress is cleaned
up: they are too numerous, over privileged, over paid, corrupt, self serving
greedy partisans and unpatriotic.
We had a true leader in Romney but the nation rejected him. He wasn't
going to enrich himself from government. He had already committed to
contributing his presidential salary to the US Treasury. He could have gone in
with a fresh view. He built his career upon solving problems and turning things
around.The liberal media has created the conservative talk hosts.
They did this by slanting news and events towards the left. The right has
responded by creating their own stations to present events and news.I am ready to vote against any incumbent regardless. If enough of Congress
was replaced with honest men and women who sincerely worked together, across the
aisle, to solve problems, we would be much stronger as a nation. The biggest
problems, in my opinion, would be deficit spending/federal budget. This would
require entitlement reform and tax reform, as well as a change in military
spending. They should also address federalism and the centralization of powers.
The pendulum should swing back to the states.
Governance by the people is mostly illusion now. Power, real power, is
concentrated in the hands of few, and they do not represent the interests of the
dan leifker,great idea. maybe they can get the computer programers that
did the obamacare website, that's working great!