War on Washington – need to come together

i’m realizing that what we all need is to focus on what we agree on – that the federal government is totally corrupt and disconnected from the american people – and stop focusing on all the divisive issues – iraq, torture, capital punishment, abortion.

we need a new coalition that cuts across party lines. we need to reform the system and that probably starts with campaign finance and lobbying. i’m finding i agree more and more with mccain even though i’m pretty sure i couldnt support him for president.

i’d like to hear from conservative and republicans who agree that we need to reform the system. can we find a constructive dialog with each other?

7 thoughts on “War on Washington – need to come together

  1. If you want to fix the problem, instead of attacking the symptoms, focus on getting the government out of the business of distributing money and power. Yes, that means killing social programs. If the government doesn’t distribute money, nobody will spend money (looby) to get a piece of the distribution. Keep the government focused on defense and infrastructure (which also involve huge sums) and passing laws (also involves power/money) and the influence peddling will drop dramatically….but that will never happen ;(.
    Silly liberal paychecks are for workers…

  2. I agree whole heartedly.
    The system is corrupt but then again when hasn’t it been. 😉 I’m not sure what needs to be done, but I’d like to look into possibilities of supporting a movement in the name of reform. This would be an interesting project to undertake. I wonder how many conservatives and liberals we could get to work together before political ideology comes to play.

  3. I’m told I’m a Republican – I don’t think so but whatever.
    Yes, i agree with you Mark. We can agree to disagree on the details and
    a) focus on practical politics – go with what works and a pox on ideology. My only ideology is the country we both love and that promoting the general welfare is a good thing.
    b) agree that the principle of the loyal opposition is better than this bitter partisan crap I’ve been listening to my entire life.

  4. Awesome positive twist, Mark. Yes, I think we can all agree that Washington DC is close to being FUBAR.
    Now, what’s the solution? Lets see how quickly we degenerate to liberal vs. conservative views.
    In line w/ Thumbster, I have come to a simple conclusion:
    Government is inherently inefficient at a systemic level. Therefore, as its size increases, its efficiency decreases. Therefore, if we want a more effective government, we need a smaller government. If we want a smaller government, it needs to do less. If we want it to do less, we need to cut its budget.
    We all know about the 80/20 rule. What sucks up 80% of our money? Social Security, Medicare, and Defense.
    Which two do we drop?
    One final reform proposed by Fred Barnes of TheWeeklyStandard.Com: term limits for all elected officials, not just the President.
    Do the numbers on who is most corrupt and there’s a direct correlation to how much time they have been “serving”.

  5. Long time lurker, first time poster.
    Free advice (worth what you paid for it)
    I respect you and your ideas. I agree with many/most of them. Still, it’s very likely that you will have to find something stronger than a negative to really coalesce the sort of group that you’re talking about for it to do any good.
    Even ignoring that aspect, assume your group is able to do those things you hoped,. Suddenly you’re not only dealing with the difficulty of finding the correct ideals, but now the trappings of power (and how to personally deal with it) are added.
    You’re just delaying the eventual disintegrating debate– like the founding fathers did with slavery.

  6. Mark-
    I am an ordained minister on the right end of the conservative spectrum but I completely agree with you. The system is broken and there is plenty of blame on both sides. I don’t know if term limits is the answer but it’s gotten so bad I find myself tuning out all together. That however, will not fix the problem. Conservatives and liberals alike need to engage in a civilized dialog about fixing the problems and then let’s debate ideas. Love your blog! BTW- I live in Bob Ney’s district (OH-18) so I have an acute understanding of corruption in Congress.

  7. So am I the only one who thinks that the opportunity is incredibly ripe for a McCain centrist Reform party?
    I think Sharon just demonstrated how well that could work in Israel, and he seems to have successfully marginalized the right wingers who were against any kind of concilliation on the settlements. Such a brilliant idea that it looks like it will work even after he is dead. (Ok, I’m not an Israel expert here, but I think thats more or less what is going on. Similar thing maybe in Germany as well).
    McCain has lot in common with Sharon (both ex-warriors) — and maybe he could marginalize the corrupt fundamentalist machine.
    Seems to me that our biggest problem is not graft, but the primary system: having to choose between a candidate who is too right or too left. And most Americans, given that choice, will choose too right. Answer: 3rd Party. But that requires flexibility and pragmatism.
    Here is the risk:
    “i’m finding i agree more and more with mccain even though i’m pretty sure i couldnt support him for president.”
    Guys like you wouldn’t vote for McCain, you would vote for Hillary Clinton or Kerry or whoever (thinking they maybe they could win this time) and we wind up getting another mediocre candidate subordinate to special interests.

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