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goobster  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Election night, Norway. And get this...

Or we could throw out hundreds of legislators and elect a Brand New Congress.

I love the pluck of these people, and idea that a lot of small efforts will add up to one big result. I hope this gets some momentum and becomes A Thing.




blackbootz  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Not sure how I feel about this. What's to stop the Brand New Congress from turning into the Old Congress? It seems like there's a systemic problem re: congressmen turn into professional fundraisers who entertain a revolving door of lobbyists. Also, the issue is that state legislatures and governors are able to draw congressional districts more or less however they want, creating all-but-assured partisan victories where the congressman is picked in district primaries, which we all know pulls candidates further right (or left) of center. I feel like this Brand New Congress would sour, no matter how idealistic its inaugural class is, within a few election cycles.

I'm not convinced this is a feasible or worthwhile solution. Granted I, too, think the current arrangement is a metastatic cancer so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

goobster  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The big idea behind BNC is to replace career politicians with real people who have actually held a job at some point in their life, and have some grasp on the reality everyday Americans face.

Congresscritters are so inured and shielded against facing the everyday issues everyday people face - healthcare, transit, rent, job searches, etc. - that they spend their time dealing with moronic statues in parks, rather than addressing anything of material value.

In addition, the longer you are in Congress, the less work you do. As you become more senior, more of your time is taken up with fundraising and meeting with lobbyists, because seniority = power.

If you replace half of Congress with actual Americans who have had jobs (recently) and lived in the real world, the thought is that the cycle of politician-lobbyist-fundraiser could be broken, or at least drastically altered.

In short, the system is ineffective. Small changes (See: Tea Party) will have no meaningful effect.

So BNC is attempting to address the problem in a big way, that is statistically and practically possible... it just needs a head of steam, which is hard to drum up when people are so politically tired, right now. And this may be its biggest hurdle. But, hey, when something goes viral, change can happen realdamnquick. So maybe there's a chance...

OftenBen  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    What's to stop the Brand New Congress from turning into the Old Congress?

I have suggestions, but they are all too drastic to ever be entertained.

The least objectionable I can come up with is have each elected official be under the direct observation of a third party they can in no way influence, and if that person decides that they are corrupt, out they go and a special election is held.