America’s political system is rigged, but we can fix it. Here are three things we need to do to transform American politics and unrig the system once and for all.
Build a bigger tent
This is a simple math issue. Americans identify as 25% liberal, 36% conservative, 34% moderate, and 5% other. None of these factions can win reform on their own. The good news is this isn’t a partisan issue – this is about people with power and those without it.
Despite the divisive and partisan nature of American politics right now, the vast majority of Americans agree that our political system is rigged and agree on the solutions that can fix it.
Solutions, not solution
Unfortunately, this is a complex problem, which means there is no one quick and easy fix. Ethics and accountability, reducing the influence of money in politics, fair districts, voting and election reforms, technical innovations: we need them all to make this work.
These reforms are popular – with conservatives, progressives, and independents – and they can be implemented across the country in many ways. Reformers can make these changes through ballot initiatives, lobbying, innovation, the courts, and eventually, Congress.
Build a powerful movement
We have to remember our history. The suffragettes, civil rights leaders, and those fighting for marriage equality were all willing to get out of their comfort zone to have their voices heard. We have to not only match their fearlessness, we must match their intelligence.
We have to learn from the strategy they exemplified, coordinating groups together and aligning them with philanthropic partners. We need to come together, and build a powerful, smart movement like they did.