Re: Is the political system broken? (Part 2)
Anyone who thinks the answer to this question is "no" doesn't have a good read on what the masses believe. Now, the two biggest questions that need to be answered are: HOW is it broken and WHAT can we do to fix it?
Everyone will have their own theories on what's wrong, and most likely 95% of those theories are true. Is it because a third party cannot get their foot in the door to compete with the Dem's & Repub's? Is it because very few consensuses can be reached in the House and Senate? Is it because the American people feel their voices aren't being heard? Maybe the problem is that the government is working not for the will of the people, but for the will of those who contribute to their campaigns. Maybe the problem is the political figures aren't honest or consistent about their beliefes and what they will do, so the citizens really never know what they are getting with an elected official.
Of course, one could look at the media and place blame there - why aren't the important questions being asked or, when they are asked but a circular-logic answer is provided as a response, where's the follow-up asking for a real answer? When will the media get back to presenting both sides of the story with facts they actually ensured were accurate, thereby letting us make up our own decisions on the topic at hand?
In order to fix the system, people need to be honest and forthcoming and realize there's a difference between a discussion with opposing viewpoints and not let things escalate into an argument where people intend on changing the other person's point of view. Once we know WHY everyone feels the system is broken, then we can talk about HOW it should be working, so we can finally determine WHAT actions need to be taken to make it better.
Until people have a forum to speak their intelligent minds freely and without fear of insulting acusatory responses, until we can come to an agreement of what is really wrong, and until there are numerous people in positions of power who aren't afraid to go against the satuts quo of our current system to make those changes happen, we will forever be stuck with the problems we have until the government finally gets overthrown (which I am NOT suggesting is the solution, mind you.)
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
The closer together we get, the argument goes, the healthier we'll be.
- The more exposed we are to each other, the less surprising a pathogen will be to our bodies.
- Terrorism, high blood pressure, and staffing issues threaten to derail progress.
- Pursuing global health has to be an active choice.
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