Making Democracy Work in America
This last election was dramatic proof that democracy is not working in America. And that it needs to be fixed. Americans should be up in arms about this, but they seem to be apathetic – not interested in protecting one of their fundamental rights.
There is a movement to eliminate the Electoral College – and no doubt this would be a help. But I don’t think that would be enough. This would open the door to further changes – and Americans have become very conservative – even reactionary.
American politics has always been a two-party system – third parties have never worked. The first step would be to eliminate the parties. But Americans would reject this outright, without even giving it a hearing. They would say “That’s not right!”And insist that the present system is good enough (with a few tweeks) – not perfect, certainly – but good enough.
Americans will not support a new party, or radical changes to either of the existing ones. Why? This question cannot be answered, all we can say is “Because that’s the way it is!”
This means Americans will have to get along with the system they have now (whatever it is) – that is clearly not working.