"Mode Than Just Musings" #17
TRIBES AND SUB-TRIBES
Tribal leaders are not absolute. Most of the time elections leave the tribes, Democrats or Republicans, with a small margin. Within the tribes, sub-tribes (The Freedom Caucus or the "the far left") take root with ten to fifteen percent of the tribes. Their power is in extorting the tribal leaders for their essential votes. With these votes the tribal leaders in the majority do not have to negotiate and compromise with members across the aisle to control the agenda and pass legislation. Without the sub-tribes votes and with the unacceptability of "reaching crossing the aisle," Congress becomes non-deliberative and non-productive.
The solution to the problem is to take the power away from the lobbyist with serious campaign finance reform and from the tribes by promoting transparency, eliminating gerrymandering, scrapping the electoral college, requiring a sixty-vote majority for lifetime appointments, and encouraging and protecting voter rights. All will encourage open-minded bipartisan candidates, inspire citizen participation, depoliticize the Supreme Court, and ban "legal bribery."
The 28th Amendment to the Constitution is a good place to start. THEYCANTWECAN.COM