Posted 10 years ago on Oct. 8, 2011, 1:27 p.m. EST by DrWatkins
from Sacramento, CA
This content is user submitted and not an official statement
One of the biggest issues I see with what we are protesting is the current two party political system. Instead of representation of the people, the two parties only seem to represent the extremes - and it is difficult if not impossible to change the status quo - even with a voting population. This is because the system of primaries is not determined by the votes, its determined by other politicians. These primaries are what give us the final pool of people we get to vote for, and the politicians only want to bring up people who share their extreme beliefs.
For real change to take place - I think that we have to seriously consider what would be needed to form a new political party - a movement of the middle (MOM) - a party that represents the majority of the country that does not lean seriously to the right or the left.
Right now, look at congress. Each house is controled by one party of the other. What a major drastic change there would be if NEITHER party controlled the majority? Take the Senate - it would not take that many MOM Senators to take away the majority from either house. Can you imagine what would happen if the Dem's had 48 seats, the Rep's had 48 seats, and the MOM's had 4? Any vote requiring a majority would have to have dialog and get votes from a middle class party, or at least cross the aisle and find a way to work with the other major party. No one would be able to throw their weight around just because they had a simply majority.
Same goes for the House. The House has 435 seats. At the current time, the Republicans have 242 seats and the Dem's have 192. There are many more opportunities here to get local areas get together and start to pull seats away.
This is only the beginning of an idea - but I think it warrants some discussion. Thoughts?