Despite one’s political orientation and beliefs, almost everybody recognizes the dysfunction that makes a political system work ineffectively.
Now, more than ever, this has become apparent. We have seen many occurrences where political leaders tend to place politics and their self-interest ahead of the needs, objectives and concerns of their constituents and the public. With that in mind, this post will try to take a look at five methods to make political systems and leaders more just.
1. Hold Political Leaders Accountable
While one may hope we choose agents who focus mostly on the needs, objectives, and benefits of those they serve and represent, we frequently witness the contrary! Regrettably, we often see leaders who appear to care more about their interests, than the greater good.
For instance, the US was expected to have a spending plan in place by last October, but because of Congressional dysfunction, we have experienced various short-lived procedures. Is that any way to run a federal government, or should the political leaders be liable for not doing their jobs? We have just seen our federal government formally close down because they didn’t do their tasks!
What if there was an implication for them when they didn’t serve as they should, for example not being paid throughout a shutdown and some of their advantages being temporarily removed? If they were held liable for their actions, we’d see less dysfunction!
2. Necessary Principles
Shouldn’t there be a rigorous ethical code that authorities need to live up to, consisting of removal of disputes of interest, and other types of personal habits? Speaking about it, or responding does not make them ethical, but authentic penalties and implications might.
3. Remove Gerrymandering
Politicians appear to try to make it as simple as possible for them to preserve their positions. This power-seeking actions frequently keeps them from focusing their attention on the best interests of the general public. Gerrymandering hinders real representative federal government because it produces specific political leaders to stay in control even when it may be jeopardizing the best interest of the general public.
4. Make Legislation Fair
Recently, throughout so-called legal fights concerning healthcare and tax reform, we have seen many unassociated parties included to get administrative assistance. Wouldn’t it be much better if political leaders needed to vote on particular matters without making it conditional? How can we call it representative democracy when surveys suggest around 80% of the general public assistance, the so-called Dreamers, yet, the political leaders, still, cannot pass proper, responsive legislation?
5. Lawmaker’s Attitude Towards Pension and Health Care
Wouldn’t there be more focus on doing what’s in the public’s interest if lawmaker’s had the very same needs and top priorities? If they had the very same concerns, such as retirement and healthcare, it might be considered a top priority.
We need to hold those in power accountable for their actions. The onus rests upon them to serve and represent the public in the best possible way.