If you have not read part one here is a link, Part_1. If you have read part one then you understand how I believe the two party system is the Problem in American Politics, how it’s being maintained, and I have described the problems it’s causing, the Partisan Politics. Even if you don’t accept my explanation but still agree its the Two party system that is the problem in American Politics then you may still support my solution. While this may not come as news to anybody, that the two party system is the problem, the question is why if everybody already understands the problem, and most people believe the Politicians will never do anything to fix it, then why are the People not doing anything to fix it?
Wouldn't it be nice if our elected officials had to work together when drafting legislation and voted on bills based on the merits of the bill as was the original intention of having a legislation and separation of powers as outlined in the U.S. Constitution?
Wouldn’t it be nice if the President of the United States when reviewing new laws to be signed based his decision on the merits of the bill and whether the bill is good for America and not whether his party is in control or if it’s good for his party?
Wouldn't it be nice if the political parties couldn't blame each other for the problems that appear later on because “that party was in control at the time” and had to accept responsibility equally?
When one Political party holds a majority in the House and a filibuster proof majority in the Senate then that party believes they can, and do, pass partisan bills without impute from the other party. Just as a recent example, the health care reform bill is a perfect example of how political Majorities can lead to partisan politics, and ignore viewpoints and impute from the other side. It can lead to back room deals to procure the votes within their own party to pass the bill, greasing palms so to speak, and giving out favors.
I’m not a lawyer and I’m sure many will find fault with this idea. But are you willing to consider the possibilities even though it may not be perfect and just needs some improvement to repair our political system?
I would like to see an Amendment to the Constitution of the United States changing how Bills are voted on and approved by the House and Senate. In other words modify the Constitution to eliminate the monopoly of the two party system over our political process. Instead of requiring a majority yes vote of the Entire Legislative body to pass new bills into law lets change it just a little bit.
Let’s change it to require over half of each political party being represented in both houses is required to pass new bills, legislation, referendums, etc…. Let’s use the Senate as an example. If a new bill comes up for vote, and there's 40 Democrats, 40 Republicans and 20 Independents(just using this as a party name), then 21 Republicans, 21 Democrats, and 11 Independents have to approve the bill. In other words a majority of each political party in the Senate has to pass each bill.
One rule would be that there needs to be a certain number of members of a party for it to be an official party in the Chamber, let’s say 15. If you have 40 Democrats, 40 Republicans, 15 Independents, and 5 members with no party affiliation then their would be three political parties and the 5 unaffiliated members would automatically caucus with the smallest party in the house until such time as they gain enough members to be a party of their own.
In this way no matter which party has a majority of seats one party can't push its agenda through and discount the other parties. Every political party would have to work together on every bill and draft legislation that every party accepts and takes responsibility for. If one of the parties fails to pass the bill then it has to be renegotiated until all parties pass it with a majority vote. Even if our political system was to remain a two party system this change would still require the two parties to work together and they could no longer blame each other later on because they both approved each bill signed into law.
Now I know some will say that if one Political party decides they just won't cooperate then nothing can ever get passed. So another rule will be that any party that does not work with the other parties will be discounted for that legislation preventing one party from blocking the other remaining parties from getting work done and bills passed. It will force all parties to be active participants in the process or be left out of the process in which case they are not doing their job and representing their States.
Maybe others can elaborate on this idea for a Constitutional Amendment and help refine it. I have heard of many ideas for Constitutional Amendments but none of them ever sound like they really deal with the root cause of the problem and offer a permanent solution that will make a real difference. I believe changing our Constitution and adding three or four common sense rules to how Bills and other legislation is voted on and passed in the house and Senate can make all the difference in how business is done in Washington. I believe this will change the Status Quo in Washington.
I’m tired of hearing “the Republicans were in control from XXXX-XXXX and look at what they did to the country, now it’s our turn and we have to fix the problems they left behind". In 4, 8, 12 years form now, “the Democrats were in control from XXXX-XXXX and look at what they did to the country, now it’s our turn and we have to fix the problems they left behind". Each sided blames it on partisan politics and that’s their justification for getting away with it.
No you’re all supposed to be working for, and in the interests of the People. You know "We the People" the ones that elect you to represent us. Stop worrying about your political agenda, your parties’ survival, and the next election cycle, and start working for the People and the State you’re supposed to be representing. Two hundred and thirty four years ago honor, integrity, loyalty, compassion, self reliance, and trustworthiness were the most important and respected virtues of man, not greed, ambition, fame, power, control, etc...etc...since we can no longer rely on our leaders to have the virtues we would like to see in our leaders we must now modify our system to ensure that their Greed, Ambitions, and desire for power is kept in check.
I thank you again for reading my article. I wish you and yours the best of luck and a happy life.