What is a major cause behind our political gridlock in the US Congress? Why do the extreme elements of the two major parties fail to find a compromise?
EACH SIDE HAS A DIFFERENT VISION FOR THE FUTURE.
POLITICIANS ARE LIKE GENERALS STILL FIGHTING THE LAST WAR.
THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO LEAD AS THEY DID IN THE PAST CENTURIES. … [Critics say they want to take us backwards].
THEY BELIEVE THAT “MIGHT MAKES RIGHT”.
THEY MAY BELIEVE IN ANOTHER WAR TO END WARS.
THEY BELIEVE IN DOMINATING AN OPPONENT.
THE DEMOCRATS BELIEVE THAT WARS CAN BE PREVENTED BY DIPLOMACY. … [Not by military actions].
DEMOCRATS BELIEVE THAT WARS ARE CAUSED BY FAILED DIPLOMACY.
DEMOCRATS BELIEVE IN PEACEFUL SOLUTIONS & MUTUAL RESPECT.
DEMOCRATS HAVE MORE FAITH IN THE INDIVIDUAL.
REPUBLICANS HOLD THE INDIVIDUAL to a subservient position.
The reader may think of many other differences between the two major parties and they are correct, but the opinions above are believed to be at the core of dissension.
The author thinks, as many progressives do, that the digital age has changed everything and that wars can now be prevented by diplomacy for the first time in human history. Republicans are still fighting the pre-digital battle that they can not win.
WHY HAS THE DIGITAL AGE CHANGED EVERYTHING?
The basic reason is that “knowledge is power” and that knowledge can no longer be held in secret as before the digital age. The masses now have knowledge and power and they cannot be ignored as before.
WHAT ARE THE VISIONS PROJECTED BY EACH PARTY?
Many of today’s world leaders are “old-school” and think similar to those of the 19th century political leaders and generals. Their policies are no longer effective similar to the General still fighting the last war. These are mostly the Republicans and conservatives. Progressives, such as President Obama have a different vision of our future. He sees the changes required for this 21st century. He sees that new approaches are needed for current and future prosperity. He sees that our prosperity is closely linked to that of all countries. He sees that wars of the future will have a totally different nature than wars of the past. Wars will be replaced by peaceful negotiations under laws involving mutually beneficial commercial agreements between nations. … Wars will become obsolete. … They are no longer profitable.