Governing should spring from the American People. The political parties should represent the will of the people who elected them. In representing us, political leaders should work to enact laws which express that will. To do this, compromise is required. Governing happens in the intersection between the philosophies of the parties. It is the place where compromise occurs. The point at which the American People come to consensus and can see the benefit of the decisions made by their representatives. A point where no one is completely satisfied with the decision, but can see benefits of the decision which supports their position.
Without compromise -- the overlapping of the genuinely held beliefs of the people expressed through their representatives -- no governing occurs. That intersection of beliefs is vital to the continued functioning of our democracy. The will of the American People needs to be heard and acted upon for our country to continue as a viable democracy.
What really happens today is far from the ideal. The parties seem to care little what the people want and enact laws which differ from the national consensus. Compromise is unknown as both parties seem to have nothing in common over which to compromise. Governing, is therefore not occurring except when the party in power is able to pass legislation without the help of the other party.
And you and I, where are we in all this? It appears that the Republican majority doesn't really care where we are or what we want them to do. The Democrats are little better, but seem to have the side of the majority of the US population. So, if we aren't being represented by our elected officials, who is?
Special interests and, in the mind of the Republican majority, it seems, the 1% which compromises their large donors. They would rather support that small proportion of the population than do their jobs representing you and I -- the people who elected them.
Going Forward?To my mind, there are things each American Person needs to do going forward.
- Get involved -- vote. Each American Person needs to vote for politicians who represent THEM, not some special interest group. We need to hold politicians liable for their failure to represent US and kick them out.
- Avoid extremists on both sides of the spectrum.
- Don't be a "single issue" voter -- consider the larger picture.
Sure you are against abortion, but then you HAVE to be for supporting the children born from your conviction. Sure you re in favor of guns, but then you have to be FOR reasonable gun regulations which keep weapons only intended to kill masses of people out of the hands of people who would do that.
- Follow the developments and make your voice heard when politicians don't represent YOU. Let them know by your actions that the American People are watching and will take action to remove them from office.
We need desperately to get back to the ideal model. We need to restore governing through compromise to the USA or our democratic government will be taken away from us permanently. The USA is an oligarchy moving quickly toward a dictatorship. We must stop this through out actions.