Many paradigms have been shifted during the past several years in our understanding of how our political system is supposed to work. The presidential election of 2016 in particular generated a heightened sense of pessimism among many Americans that our system is not functioning appropriately. Unfortunately, rather than generating a “can do” spirit that manifests itself in an outpouring of determination to identify root causes of dysfunction and fix them, we see instead a general fatalistic sense that this is something we must continue to live with. It is time for a renewed sense of urgency to perform one of the most fundamental tasks the Founding Fathers required of us when they established “we the people” as the sovereign authority of the American republic: to fix our system if it is not working properly. One option we must consider for dealing with the dysfunction in Congress — a root cause of much else that is out of sync — is the Public Check on Congress collective accountability proposal outlined in this website.
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