Digger Cartwright - My Own Words
Author | Industrialist | Philanthropist
Solution #7 to the Dysfunctional Political System in America
We all know that the current atmosphere in Washington, D.C. can be described as dysfunctional. I’ve been giving a lot of thought to ways that our dysfunctional political system could be fixed. Here’s what I’ve come up with.
Today, I'll expand on solution #7:
Make Congress Like Jury Duty—This is a pretty revolutionary concept. Let’s make serving in
the Congress like jury duty. If you meet certain qualifications (education, citizenship, etc.) and
if your number gets called up, you’re going to be the congressman or senator for the next two
years or six years, respectively. If this system is good enough to determine a person’s fate in
a court of law, why wouldn’t this work in running our country? Your number gets called, and
you’ll be expected to show up in Washington to serve your term. While in Washington, these
people can be housed and fed as part of the package, given a per diem and salary as previously
discussed, or a combination of this. I think it would bring more common sense to Washington
and make the Congress more like our Founding Fathers had envisioned. And, it does away with
endless campaigning that diverts time resources from the candidate and billions of dollars that
could be better spent elsewhere on campaigning. There are millions of American citizens and
taxpayers who have good ideas that could help our country. However, politicians are always
telling us why our ideas won’t work and why their ideas are the best. Does anyone else find this
insulting? It sounds like the members of the Congress are intellectual elitists—you know, the
kind of people who know better than you and who, therefore, should do the thinking for you.
America has massive problems ahead. Let’s get some new ideas and new people from all walks
of life working together to solve these challenges. I think we would be surprised at how much
more efficiently and effectively the Congress would be.