The Good Government Quandary.

A demagogue susceptible democracy never makes great government.

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The political party system government based on a mostly static, in practice, document greatly constrains and muddles a more perfect union aspiration. We cannot escape our quandary without a workaround. Democratic politics is centered on a dream state philosophy. “Once we get to a dream state of policy tools and legislative rules, then we will be able to accomplish so much!”. Unfortunately, getting to the dream state requires the dream state. And demagoguery is always unwinding that knot, before barely anything solid and long-term is accomplished.

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Put another way, tying a Gordian knot to allow the dream state to function unabated long enough to attain the goals desired requires another Gordian knot to tie up the demagogues.

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Republicans call their catch-22 solution avoidance strategy, small government theory. We are seeing it played out in thoroughly ugly detail, and suffering via the pandemic, although the GOP strategy really got the undoing process started in the 1980s with Ronald Reagan. His administration put many nails in the coffin of ever reaching the dream state. For example, it made the CDC administrator a political position rather than a civil service employee administrator. Such an administrator would have had much more autonomy to call the shots on a pandemic, according to Michael Lewis in his book, The Premonition: A Pandemic Story.

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That said, Republicans have created a simultaneous, yet much more insidious, catch-22 with their small government theory. The GOP must at least, attempt to prove that government is done wrong, and run badly. Therefore, we get the COVID-19 debacle, which included the CDC non-response, and its internal debacle. The USPS multi-decade debacle. The shutdowns. Wars without end. Constant border debacles. However, missing from all of these debacles is GOP’s idea of government running like a business. That is their catch-22.

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If you want to prove that government is doing badly, you never want to improve government. Who could run a successful business with that type of philosophy? That means their running like a business talking-point is a lie. Who would have figured? They will outlay billions ineffectively to public-private partnerships, but these are not efficient businesses. They rack up unwarranted profits, or have huge cost overruns, and often give us an inferior product or late delivery, e.g. pandemic response supplies, Hanford nuclear waste site, Blackwater, other defense contractors, charter schools, and private prisons are perfect example of this grift. Read Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud by Tom Mueller, and Whistleblowers: Honesty in America from Washington to Trump by Allison Stanger.

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The Republicans are trapped in this concept to the detriment of millions each day, and everyone’s future, from health care to climate change. Their destruction of government also does not bode well for democracy long term, or for the Democrats short term. Only about 5% of voters are required to flip elections back and forth. Each time Republicans destroy one more piece of government, fewer people believe government and politicians are working for them. Ironically, Republicans win because they are destroying government, which in turn destroys democracy.

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The only way out that I see is by doing a workaround. Getting your greatest presidential choice elected for eight years, or having a few great election waves like 2018 cannot fill the void Republicans have been making, and will make, in the meantime. Both of these in some partial or complete form are necessary, just never will they be sufficient. Unless we have unbroken full control for two straight decades, the results can be no more than meager in the next couple decades. Of course, I am not suggesting full control, because that has other dangerous ramifications.

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Rather the workaround would create a parallel strategy. First, it must be parallel for at least two practical reasons. (1) If the parallel workaround fails in a partial or complete way, you do not want to lose momentum on the political side. (2) By moving in a parallel fashion, the ramp up can be more realistic, and would not require everyone to make a huge choice between political or parallel. However, I believe there will be many who are not as directly tied to campaigning who will join the workaround effort, so as not to put a drag on the politically energized. Most defections from the political side would likely occur only after much solid ground is underneath the workaround.

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The parallel workaround is a non-political solution based concept for every American who wants government that looks out for the common good, is effective, and as streamlined as possible. Spend as much as we can to solve problems, but waste little on what is wasteful to humanity. Tax as little as possible, but only make that determination after serious thought and work is done to figure out what makes the most sense for We The People in our entirety. No free lunches, except when they make possible a better future. No capitalism or socialism, that is for the political and wealthy powerful side to fight over. The workaround is about a better and more pure democracy.

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I call the parallel workaround our We The People System. I believe it can do much more with very similar dollars now collected. Though the last few decades likely require an infusion from that top percent or so who have made our current bad government possible. The WTP System is a countervailing force to mega-wealth, and demagoguery in politics. It requires 60+% of workers and citizens to be involved in at least some minimal capacity. There will be massively advanced tools for the system to aggregate data, and our power to overcome obstacles that have thwarted We The People for time immemorial. Rather than a magical, utopian idea, it is a rethinking and reformatting of our possibilities using the latest technology combined with a parallel nationwide democratic process.

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We can no longer be 50 separate states and other territories. As we distance ourselves from each other state by state, and by political demagogue affiliation, We The People lose more power. Our ultimate power resides in 90–99% of us sticking as close together as we can. The 50–50 power we now have in two parties is no power at all due partly to how our legislatures are set up. Only those in top percents have the power.

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Even if 80% of adults voted, now it is less than 60%, it is likely that the votes will eventually end up at near 50–50 again. Instead by excluding party politics, and only being focused on single issues, i.e. solutions, in this parallel influencing system, we could almost always go above the 60% mark in a positive fashion. The WTP System utilizes its collective efforts to push the political system to acquiesce to our countervailing-powered solutions.

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I could keep going on with my reasons the parallel system is cool, or would make things better. However, review the first five paragraphs over again, and again until you see the trap we are in doing the same political thing over, and over, and over, and over again. Learn more about the WTP System; read the following linked stories below.

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By Richard The Chwalek.

Writer/Consultant. Wife/Two-20 something daughters. Flyover Midwesterner. RN/Engineer son, been there/done some, antiracist, feminist, ecotarotcardist, politics

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