Nobodyisflyingtheplane when our elected leaders go scurrying towards the respective wings of their parties.
Balance is the only thing that makes our system work efficiently. Beside the intended checks and balances of the 3 different branches we need moderate politicians to serve as checks and balances to the ultra-liberal and ultra-conservatives in each party.
The House is more polarized than at any time in the last century
The last time the Senate was this divided, according to the joint research, was a century ago.
I’m sure I could find a statistic or a quote out there (if I bothered to look) that shows that the electorate isn’t nearly as polarized as our representatives are.
With no pilot in the seat and probably not even on the plane one of the most basic problems our political system is experiencing is that it is not fulfilling its most rudimentary purpose: representing the people. If the polls are to be believed lots of undecided voters points to lots of moderate voters. Where is the representation for them?
While Americans say they want an end to partisan bickering in Washington, Mr. Cooper said, they vote to maintain the system that has created it. “It’s like Hollywood movies,” he said. “Most people say there is too much violence and sex, but those are the only tickets that sell.”
Its just this type of quote that launched Nobodyisflyingtheplane. There is every indication that we’re doing this to ourselves by letting the politicians lie to us, letting political boogeymen fund campaigns, and supporting candidates with polemic viewpoints. Perhaps we threw the pilot out of the plane ourselves?
In theory, the dearth of moderates means it will be even harder next year for Congress — which failed to put together even mundane measures like farm and highway legislation without a fight this session — to pass bills.
I love the the Terminator’s solution in Cali:
a redistricting process that was removed from the hands of legislators, and pushing a nonpartisan primary process in which the top two vote getters, regardless of parties, face off in general elections.
What we also need is for the citizenry to reclaim the electoral process from special interests.
Outside groups pour loads of money into targeting candidates, particularly incumbents who are seen as disloyal to party positions, and members are pressured by groups to vote against bills that slide outside the window of party orthodoxy. “If you’re not 100 percent pure with that group or party, you’re targeted,”
NYTimes: In Congress, a Shrinking Pool of Moderates