“Our political leaders must realize that the future belongs to those that place results over renunciations, compromise over confrontation, and practical solutions over ideological pursuits. ”
The decision making process of our elected officials has become so overwhelmingly influenced by special interests that it seems irrational.
Perception has become more important in politics than reality.
Reason, moderation, and rational decision making are barely noticeable in American politics anymore. Watch the news and what you will see are two parties constantly bickering, blaming the other side, and disagreeing on almost every issue that they can. We know that compromise and moderation are possible because for about 40 years after World War II that was how American politics worked. What went wrong and how did moderation and rational decision making become vices?
A government of the people, by the people, for the people is thus an extension of the people and should work for the people!
Moderation allows our political leaders to have open minds and make decisions based on reason and not ideology or partisanship. Rational decision making then can be used to find the right solution no matter what party or politician supports or opposes it. The results of moderation, reason, and rational decision making are pragmatic policies.
The significance of an idea is in its practical consequences.
Thomas Mann & Norman Ornstein
This analysis of the People’s Branch reveals just how dysfunctional it really is. The Broken Branch is a short read full of interesting stories and details that exposes the flaws of Congress. Written to be more marketable to mainstream Americans it lacks the in depth research you would expect from these two scholars. Still a very good read.
The polarized political environment of the present is one consequence of the culture wars of the 1960s. The people who fought those battles as young adults are now our political leaders. The protests and boycotts are no longer with us but the polarization and confrontation has now spilled into our government.
Here in the United States, our political leaders tend to put off solving problems until they are crises and even then they usually create half ass solutions.
The Pragmatic Center will help create a political movement that demands reforms, results, and an end to blind loyalty to political parties and ideology.