The Problems with our Political System are Structural
Problem: The Current Rules are Set Up to Preclude Genuine Competition
Republican and Democratic establishments pretend to compete on solving important national problems when, in reality, the real focus is on blame, negativity and unworkable ideas that appeal to ideological extremes. We call this “pseudo-competition.” The facts testify to the success of this system for the politicians: In 2016, a 95 percent reelection rate, despite a 17 percent overall approval rate.
The current rules make it difficult to run a viable campaign outside of this two-party monopoly as well as restricts the range of candidates offered within each party.
Problem: There are Layers of Rules that Limit “Who Matters” to Politicians
Politics today thrives by focusing on ideology and wedge issues that drive people apart.
Few citizens actually matter much to politicians. Non-voters don’t matter. Voters in Gerrymandered districts don’t matter. In one-third of the country, Independents don’t matter in the primary elections. Non “swing states” don’t matter in Presidential elections. So, who really matters? Swing state registered Republican and Democratic primary voters, assuming their district isn’t Gerrymandered.
Problem: Big Money to Plays a Dominant Role in Elections & Governance
In the business of politics, members of Congress buy top spots on the most powerful committees. To raise the money, they often collect from the interests their committees are supposed to oversee. Dark money floods the system through Super PACs. Pollsters, strategists, fundraisers, consultants, media experts, direct mail services, digital services and many other professions have a huge financial stake in the system.