In my sixtieth year I'm getting very concerned about the future of our nation and the well being of my children and grandchildren. Today's extreme polarization of the two main political parties is a sign of weakness, not strength in our body politic.
As a person who was a Democrat for two Decades and a Republican for three decades; I've looked at life from both sides, now. I've decided that:
1 - The strength of the Democrats is in routing out potential problems and injustices and pressing for their "solution" by government action.
2 - The weakness of the Democrats is that most of them are so narrowly focused that they are incapable of constructing usefull real world solutions and their disdain for people who see things differently means that they can't work and play well with others.
3 - The strength of the Republicans is that they pay more attention to both sides in constructing solutions that work better in the real world.
4 - The weakness of the Republicans is that they tend to be too content with the status quo.
Of course people with a different point of view will see my above characterizations differently, and I'd very much like to hear other such characterizations. The point I'm making here, is that the best understanding of political problems and the best solutions to those problems result from a cooperative process between the two parties, not the shoving down the throat of one side by the other.
The Founding Fathers designed and developed a marvelous system of checks and balances that requires a strong consensus to do anything big. It's served us well (better than any other system including Europe and Japan) for the last few centuries.
I see the political process developing into an enquiry wherein the political parties compete on their abilities to work and play well together for the benefit of alll rather than representing the interests of narrowly focused interst groups to buy votes to get power and force their ideas on others.
My experience of going through this enquiry process with liberal friends has convinced me that, at the bottom, it's usually possible to reach agreement on factors and relationships (variables and equations) and that the actual points of difference tend to be the weighting (value) of those factors (variables).
The Public Enquiry Project is the place to develop and implement this vision of an America that works for everyone and devalues no one.