THE denouement of the fiscal-cliff drama, unsurprisingly, ended up with a vote that split Republicans in the House. John Boehner, Paul Ryan and 83 other GOP...
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"What if you could take the Republicans and Democrats who voted for the fiscal-cliff deal and form a centrist coalition out of them, leaving the tea-party right and the progressive left out? Such a government might be kind of lousy. It would have no ideological coherence. It might conceivably be able to govern the country. But given the structure of the American political system, it's not really possible. The best we can hope for is more votes like the one yesterday in which party allegiance breaks down, and where representatives like Mr Ryan scramble desperately to protect themselves by invoking the fiction that the American people voted for divided government. Embrace the fiction!" (from the article)
America needs Individual representatives acting more independently for the communities they are elected to represent. That would be the best way to govern rather than going lock step with the party agenda. The best leaders would govern by bringing both pro and con arguments honestly and fully into the open so that those communities understand issues fully. Just sending newsletters and press releases to those they represent that put a one sided spin to win citizens over to the party agenda instead of getting those citizens fully informed and engaged undermines the whole democratic process of rule by the people. Citizens should always be doing their own homework so they can see and understand beyond the party spin. Representatives would become more widely trusted and respected if they could be trusted to do and share more of that homework for those they represent.