A long essay that offers hope for restoring American governance and breaking out of today's partisan political paralysis.
America’s system of governance has not changed much since the early 1900 Progressive Era. This essay describes why the system has reached the point that American governance is incapable of meeting the needs of the people and has put the country on a path to financial crisis. It presents a package of reforms, including amendments to the Constitution and changes to state governments that will force political leadership to deal effectively with today's challenges, that will compel leaders to balance Americans' personal freedom with the power of government, that will empower leaders to advance society and support communities without simply redistributing wealth, and that will provide fiscal discipline. It envisions a system of governance that serves the people, not one that rewards corporations and special interests or concentrates power in an administrative state.
Refreshingly devoid of partisan accusations, and reflecting a viewpoint that most Americans truly want what is best for the country, the essay provides an insightful perspective for understanding why, today, “Washington is broken,” and goes far beyond the annoying and frustrating right-left finger-pointing, rationalizing and proselytizing.