Politics and Government

Politics and Government


Big Questions

Do democratic voters in the 2020 election want

  • moderation
  • revolution, or
  • to just beat Donald Trump, however we do it?

Listen Up Democrats

Unpopular policies like the

abolishment of private health insurance, and

total defunding of police, are


How do we live in a 50-50 country?

Can we do better, or at least improve upon, our two-party system?

Can we solve the spoiler problem in our elections?

Big Picture

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Political Theory


  • Political systems
    • Levels & structures of government
      • Supranational political systems
      • National political systems
      • Urban governments
      • Other subnational political systems
    • Types and models of political systems
  • Branches of government
    • Executive Branch
      • Whitehouse
    • Legislative Branch
    • Judicial Branch
  • Public administration


The Culture of Politics

The dysfunction and gridlock we see in federal and state governments across the country is a reflection of the culture of professional politicians who are, for the most part, attorneys by background. I might be wrong that they would be the first to admit it, but attorneys by nature are aggressive, smart, cunning, and willing to push the limits of the law, norms, rules and ethics (like Trump) to win in the name of justice for their client. Their bread-and-butter tactic is the plea bargain, as opposed to the jury trial where there is at least some open discussion by an impartial jury of citizens. Attorneys know that in the plea bargaining process, leverage is everything and you build leverage by saying “no,” and being stubborn and relentless in your demands until the very last moment and settling for the best financial outcome one can achieve. This, unfortunately, leaves little room for so-called bipartisanship, dialogue, listening, real consideration of the opposing parties viewpoint, collaboration, and certainly not empathy. In law, attorneys don’t cry.

The culture of politics and its dysfunction and gridlock disserves the American people. Politicians need to leave their stubborn and aggressive tactics at home with their private practice. If they are elected to office and in spite of what their party may say, they need to bring their bipartisan A-game to Washington in service of the people.





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