First I would like to thank everyone that read yesterdays post and who responded via this site or directly to me. I would like to thank Scot who had many good ideas about changing the Constitution for fairer voting rights. I am not a Constitutional lawyer, but many of his ideas I agree with. Please check them out at https://andrewsginsburg.com/2014/12/03/the-united-states-political-system-is-so-broken-it-might-never-be-fixable/#comments
I do have many ideas on how to remake the American Democracy and reclaim our rightful place in the world as the ideal Nation. In order to do this we all must want to. From the rightest of right to the leftist of left we all must want the same goal: to make The United States of America the best place on earth.
No more partisanship thinking the Left is the only way to go or the Right has it all correct.
What ever happened to the Ronald Reagan slogan ‘if we agree on 80% we are on the right page?’ We have completely forgotten about that adage and have turned to total domination politically. This must stop and must end now. We need to think Countrywide not Party-wide. That is our best chance of having the U.S.A. being the leader of the world.
So many changes are needed. Let’s start with money in politics. It must be removed permanently. Yes, Citizens United must be over turned. All money has to be out of politics. The jobs of POTUS, Senator or House Representative must not only be for the rich. Those jobs must be for the most qualified.
Removing money will also remove the quid pro quo that is abundant in Washington. If you aren’t subservient to your sponsors you can do the work of the people. Not the work of ‘big money’ interests.
There is so much more I would want to change. The order of the Primary States. As I have said many times, why should Iowa or New Hampshire have more of a say in electing Presidents than New York, Nevada or California? There is no acceptable reason for this to continue. The order of the primary states should be released one year before the election and be done by an arbitrary method. No more should potential candidates go to Iowa 4 or 8 years before an election to win Iowa. Candidates need to think Nationally and not know where the first primary will be. What if it’s in Washington State, Massachusetts, Atlanta? Prepare your messages for all of the US.
The next thing I would change, and it sounds like from what I have read it will be changed quite soon, is the Electoral College. This is no longer representative of our Country. Candidates must appeal to every and all states. This needs to go so the we have better representation of our President.
I’d also change the make up of the Senate. Two Senators per state might have been feasible in 1776, but today when some states are quadruple the size of other states our government should recognize that. The number of Senators per state should be by capita, not by state. This would be a much fairer representation of our Country’s beliefs.
As I mentioned earlier from a New York Times Op-Ed I would change all election cycles to 4 years. House members should have a 4 year term and Senators should have either a 4 or 8 years term. This way all elections, President; Senate and House; are held the same day. No more midterms where 72% of the population doesn’t show up. Better voting.
The main thrust of all of these changes lies in the candidates themselves and the voters. We do not need polarizing figures like Paul, Cruz and the rest. We need elected officials who will work together for a better Country. If that’s not your goal; don’t run.
What I have outlined above is a starting point. Implementing these ideas would be a great start. We need more and should have others weighing in on how to improve our Country.
Now is the time for us all to act for a better U.S.