The word, indivisible, is a powerful word because there is no doubt about its meaning; unlike adjectives, warm and bland, which are subject to personal interpretation. Today, it is almost hypocritical to recite the Pledge Allegiance to the Flag and say “one nation, indivisible” . . . . . 
 
Our polarized country hardly seems like one nation. Liberal and conservative Americans are busy battling each other, incited by politicians and fanned by the media. The media thrives on this controversy to hold their audiences. Members of Congress encourage this public contentiousness because it deflects attention away from their poor performance. They also rely on party loyalty for voters to overlook their transgressions and re-elect them.
 
This divisiveness is the prime reason for our dysfunctional federal government. Every issue is politicized, Democrat versus Republican, left versus right, liberal versus conservative, and red states versus blue states. Consequently, there is no meaningful debate and little compromise. Proposed legislation isn’t judged on merits but rather on ideology.
 
Each political party establishes a policy regarding a national topic and most of the office holders in Congress hue the party line. This is also true of many citizens belonging to political parties, who blindly accept these policies. There is little or no unbiased analysis of proposed problem solving legislation. It is no secret that many of the typically complicated, Congressional, thousand-page bills are unread by the voting members of Congress.
 
It is so frustrating to helplessly watch this great country self destruct. The lack of term limits in the Constitution has corrupted Congress. Members of Congress are primarily interested in preserving their careers. Thus, we are no longer a Representative Republic. There are two methods to correct this loophole in the Constitution. An amendment to the Constitution could set term limits, but it is a near impossible task. The other possible solution is easy and difficult at the same time. It is easy for individuals to vote against the incumbent. The difficulty is to not only persuade enough people to defeat the office holder of their political persuasion, but also to do so consistently each election to ensure that members of Congress only serve one term. The odds for this to happen are comparable to having the winning ticket in the lottery.
 
“Election Hangover” is a rare, nonpartisan book that presents an unbiased view of our government with practical suggestions for reform. This book is available on Amazon.com and www.democracyconservator.org.
 
 
Art Woodrow
 
THE DEMOCRACY CONSERVATOR FOUNDATION       

www.DemocracyConservator.org

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