It is abundantly clear that the two major parties must share the power of governing; that neither will be able to impose their will on the other. The evidence is oh-so clear.
Congress has been largely unable or unwilling to work together to resolve the problems that plague our nation. The 112th Congress had a job approval rating of 10 percent and has been found to be the most polarized since the end of Reconstruction Era in the late 1800's.
This year, the credit rating of the United States was downgraded for the first time in our country's history with Standard & Poor's assessment that "the downgrade reflects our view that the effectiveness, stability, and predictability of American policymaking and political institutions have weakened at a time of ongoing fiscal and economic challenges."
Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein, respected scholars who have been studying Congress for over forty years, have written a new book entitled "It's Even Worse Than It Looks" wherein they state that they have never seen Congress as dysfunctional.
Our "leaders" in Washington have known, since August of last year, what would happen if they didn't solve the fiscal cliff issue. Yet, we are less than three weeks until the deadline, and they still refuse to work together.
The group known as No Labels is calling for a new understanding of leadership that embraces these principles:
> Leaders must tell the full truth; they need to recognize how big the problem is and agree to start discussion with the SAME facts.
> They need to govern for the future, not the next election.
> They need to put the country first instead of fighting for political advantage.
> Our leaders need to accept the responsibility they were given; to solve problems and
> The leadership of both parties needs to appreciate that they must work together to get anything done.
The system is, indeed, broken and our leaders must assume the responsibility that they agreed to when they ran for office. They must fix this broken system!
If you want to see real leadership in Washington, do as I have done and enthusiastically support the procedural reforms proposed by NoLabels.org.