September 29, 2022

Presentation of a “different type of political party” for CT

Things got so bad in America that a Super Bowl commercial for Jeep featured Bruce Springsteen preaching reconciliation. The lingering aftermath of the 2020 election exposed structural weaknesses in American democracy that, left unchecked, will continue to erode the foundations of our government “of the people, by the people and for the people.” Our democracy is in danger. It’s time to get up.

The hyper-partisanship that has been building in Washington for two decades and the exploitation by former President Donald Trump of the deep divisions within our political institutions have left our country with two different countries: one that accepts the 2020 elections. were righteous and one who still fiercely believes the election was stolen.

68% of Republicans believe the election was stolen from Trump, according to a nationwide Fox News poll. Of Trump’s voters, 77% believe he actually won, while 26% of Independents and 10% of Democrats also share the same belief.

But the political divide between Republican and Democratic voters and the chasm between the Democratic and Republican parties began long before the 2020 election and will continue unless we find another way.

The division has been fueled for decades by acrimony and partisanship in Washington and the blue / red divide has grown steadily as the number of wedge issues and their exploitation to fuel party bases increased. regularly. The winner takes any attitude that makes compromise impossible.

As a result, the serious issues facing our nation are sidelined in favor of naked partisanship. Our duopoly-controlled government consistently places the acquisition and maintenance of political power before solving the problems most important to the people and our common quest to create opportunity and a better nation for our children.

Today, political decisions are evaluated under the angle of “will it work well with our base?” Progress is not measured by the extent to which a proposal has advanced the nation, but by its success in advancing the party and the submissive politician. Representatives who challenge the party and party leaders pay the price. The crippling effect on members of Congress is so severe that they sometimes look like a bunch of lemmings. The problem is, they are dragging our nation with them over the cliff.

Gaining and maintaining a majority is the goal of the Democratic and Republican parties, and their fear of losing dominates everything from gun violence and immigration to COVID-19 and climate change. Even the reaction to the insurgency on Capitol Hill was largely along party lines.

This dynamic creates intransigence and dead ends within our government, hampering progress on the key issues that matter to people. Rather than paying the price for their dysfunction, both parties are exonerated from liability as they blame each other and then everyone “takes sides” – again.

More than ever, there is little compromise in Washington. There is the red platform and the blue platform for almost any problem. Each of the parties imposes dogmatic discipline on a range of problems, leaving individual lawmakers with no opportunity to mix and match and no chance to seek solutions to individual problems. Results are not achieved by cooperative problem solving, but by the majority imposing its will – and the cycle continues.

To escape what one political scientist, Lee Drutman, has rightly described as our “catastrophic two-part loop,” something new and disruptive is needed. SAM (the Serve America movement) is that different kind of political party. It does not define itself on the left / right ideological axis, but is rather a big tent party built around the principles of good government.

SAM believes that our elected representatives should be rewarded for their adherence to the shared values ​​of accountability, transparency, problem solving and electoral competition – values ​​that are by no means defined as red or blue, left or right. Through the SAM lens, public servants are challenged to serve their constituents, broadly defined, to solve important issues of our nation and state, to restore confidence in government, and to foster progress.

SAM believes that together we can mend America’s broken politics, but it will take new and different approaches. Einstein’s definition of insanity was “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Not only has our political downward spiral proven this rule, but our insanity continues to have drastic impacts on Americans. We have to break the cycle.

If you firmly believe that your party, whether Democrat or Republican, is always right, then SAM is not for you. But if you think, like us, that we have taken sides in America for too long, that compromise is a virtue, and that our political process needs to be corrected, then consider SAM’s government approach and join SAM.

Monte Frank, candidate for lieutenant governor in 2018, chairs SAM CT, an affiliate of SAM (Serve America Movement), made up of current and former Democrats, Republicans and Independents who have come together with a common goal: to fix our broken policy. in America.