I think of this question a lot. I listen to the news, I read newspapers and the internet, and I can’t help but wonder how anything gets done. The fact of the matter is that nothing gets done in the way that it’s supposed to.
I’m not against government. I’m against bad government! I believe that we need administrators to make sure that the government is run smoothly and efficiently. In reality, government is a big business. Why can’t it be run like one?
It’s a shame that political parties have made a mockery of how the government is run. Decisions are based on how they can help a candidate and/or a political party, rather than what’s best for the country. Polls show that most people are frustrated with how our government is run. This could be why voter turnout is often low.
It’s also upsetting to watch all the mud-slinging and no-holds-barred attacks in the struggle for absolute power. This results in a toxic type of tribalism that divides the country, pitting us against people we would otherwise get along with. This is a nightmare scenario for anyone who is highly sensitive!
I’m not looking to get into a discussion on specific ideologies or current political leaders, just the political process itself. We elect our leaders, not by competence, but by who’s the best looking person or who has the most engaging personality or who can raise the most money. Is this the best way to run a country?
How about having publicly funded elections to get rid of special interests and reduce all the time that candidates have to spend raising money. Perhaps politicians could be limited to one term with a four-year maximum. That way, they wouldn’t have to worry so much about the next election. Instead, maybe they could actually take steps to do what’s best for the country!
These are a few of my ideas to make things better. Perhaps I’m being too simplistic, but one thing for sure, something definitely needs to change!
What would make the government work better? How can we improve the political process? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have. Please refrain from making partisan comments. I don’t want to start any of our own mud-slinging! 🙂
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