[We report; you decide. — Charley]
We need to address climate change! Massachusetts needs to solve it’s transportation crisis! Progressive politicians in Massachusetts have got to start acting…progressive!
These are the usual moans and groans I read here. Not only is it frustrating to read the same postings over time–it’s a sign of insanity. What is it Einstein (allegedly) said, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”.
That pretty much sums up my feelings every time I read about climate change or similar plea to change the current political status quo.
As I have argued here before (and was generally ignored) we can not achieve a single thing until the election system is reformed to weaken the special interests and the end protections of incumbency. So you can lobby, protest, blog all you want about all the issues we care about, put unless we change the rules of the game, we will continue to lose. Why would anyone expect the outcomes to be any different, if you continue to play by the same rules?
One example of the rules that Massachusetts plays by is the is “challenger repellent” rule that allows law makers to horde campaign cash overtime. Anyone even thinking of challenging an incumbent, rethinks the race when they realize the incumbent already has twice as much in the bank as needed to run a campaign. Commonwealth Magazine provides the ugly details. The incumbency protection system in Massachusetts and elsewhere is strong and, for whatever reason, is not viewed as an impediment to the very policy goals progressives want to pass. Why people ignore the structural issues that keeps kicking the tough issues down the road is beyond me.
I don’t think democratic reform is MORE important than climate change. But I do recognize that it has to get done first, so that we have a system that acts more in the public interest than the special interests funding the current status quo. So I am curious, why do people still bang there head against the wall demanding the same policy changes, year after year when you are doing nothing to change the dynamics of the system? It is the definition of political insanity.