We want a government that works.
What would it take to turn a bickering, partisan government to a bipartisan, cooperative one?
Try this on for size:
- Bipartisan Cooperation – Require legislation behavior that generates win-win solution from agreements around root core values instead of attachment to particular strategies.
- Behavioral Accountability – Directly address inconsistencies; discount behavior (and votes) not congruent with immediately prior agreements or sound reason. Require behavior out of core values instead of out of vendettas and party-line temper-tantrum tactics. Cooperate with win-win solutions that you helped generate based on your stated values, or you will be replaced. Period.
- Restorative Justice – If you break something, you contribute to fixing it. If you cost Americans billions in money taken by fraudulent means, you are responsible for contributing to repayment.
Then try this on for a laugh:
Apology to politicians:
“We would like to apologize for the way in which politicians are represented in this programme. It was never our intention to imply that politicians are weak-kneed, political time-servers who are concerned more with their personal vendettas and private power struggles than the problems of government, nor to suggest at any point that they sacrifice their credibility by denying free debate on vital matters in the mistaken impression that party unity comes before the well-being of the people they supposedly represent, nor to imply at any stage that they are squabbling little toadies without an ounce of concern for the vital societal problems of today. Nor indeed do we intend that viewers should consider them as crabby ulcerous little self-seeking vermin with furry legs and an excessive addiction to alcohol and certain explicit sexual practices which some people might find offensive. We are sorry if this impression has come across.” — Monty Python
And might I add: infantile-behaving fear-mongering propaganda-repeating brats with an inability to sustain factual representation of reality without villainization, labeling, or behaving like a bunch of drama queens. I am sorry if this impression has come across.