“but Mister, how can you be upset at a debate since democracy is how we kept the peace in my country”. My newly arrived student from Bosnia checking my American privilege, but also leaving us with a warning. Clausewitz said war is politics by other means, but I worry too often we got it flipped in this country and politics has become war by other means. I worry we are losing a common set of facts, a shared sense of purpose, and a unifying narrative of what it means to be an American. Party line votes are now the norm and not the exception. The candidates appeal to their party base and not the independent majority of American voters. We are experiencing minority rule through the courts, through the Senate, and through the Electoral College. The solutions to these problems go beyond electing one candidate or one party, they require a wholesale revision and modernization of American democracy. It will take all hands on deck.
Voting Yes on 2 this November is one way to avoid this Balkanization by ensuring every candidate is elected by a majority and every choice matters without a spoiler. It will make our politics civil again by rewarding candidates who cooperate instead of divide. I urge every voter to support it. It’s not the only solution, but its a start, and we have to start somewhere soon.