To avoid gridlock and frustration with the political system.
As the 15 votes to approve the US House Speaker’s position make evident, the political system is in a state of chaos in both the political parties and in that of the Republican party. If there is no way to hold multiple votes for the passage of a resolution by the leadership, there’s little else that could be done.
Republican lawmakers have promised that they will not allow Democrats to expect that there will be a gridlock within Congress because the House could and will delay processes. A lot of attention is paid to the current political climate and the polarization that has created this scenario and we are often reminded of the days of cooperation being the standard. But, while this has led to a rise in polarization in the end, it is an issue with the design of institutions.
The McCourtney Institute of Democracy’s latest Mood of the Nation Poll asked Americans what laws they would pick according to their own terms, if they were able to make any law effective prior to the beginning of the next Congress. The results indicate that Americans are eager to see reforms in electoral law and politics particularly establishing term limits.
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Director of the poll Eric Plutzer, Ph.D. He said, “I think it says much that term limitations or similar policies are among the first thoughts that spring to the minds of so many. A lot of Americans prefer reforming the system above any specific policy that could aid in security, liberty, equality, freedom or wealth. This is a sign of deep discontent with the government and the way it has been performing, or not, recently.”
Why do the two major political parties have such a poor record with large segments of voters? This episode focuses on how over the last few decades, Democrats have lost rural America with increasing margins. In 1996 Bill Clinton carried nearly fifty percent of all rural counties. In 2020, Joe Biden won majorities in less than 7 percent from these counties.
The guest on this episode this week is Chloe Maxmin, a progressive Democrat from rural Maine she was the youngest woman to be elected to Maine’s Senate. She was elected to the conservative district of 2020 following her defeat of the two-term Republican incumbent from a region which twice voted for Donald Trump by large majorities.
Joe Weston can help you get through the political and social divides which can cause divisions that separate us from the rest of us in our everyday lives.