Bipartisanship Is To Democratic Governance What Relativity Is To Physics
September 10, 2012
As promised in my last blog, I shall describe the scientific basis of bipartisanship today.
The scientific basis of bipartisanship is the fact that it is to democratic governance what relativity is to physics.
Relativity enabled Einstein to propel our civilization from the horse and buggy days of Newton's physics to today's digital-atomic age of nuclear power, computerization and GPS navigation.
When Einstein discovered relativity he realized that it was almost completely the opposite of everything dictated by common sense and Newtonian physics. He also realized that everything in common sense, Newtonian Physics and relativity, even though they were opposites, obeyed the laws of physics implicitly making the laws of physics a commonality shared by everything. Then he unified the opposing factors and forces of Newtonian Physics and relativity, as well as he could, by reconciling them using the laws of physics as the shared commonality and made them work in sequence repeatedly to accomplish all the incredible things he did. Unfortunately, Einstein did not say that common sense was included in this process and extend relativity to common sense and everyday life.
Before Einstein energized his mind and his world, information travelled at the speed of the pony and everything happened very slowly. Now, information travels at the speed of light and everything happen very fast. (A Lesson to be Learned from the Health Care Fiasco
As dramatic progress was occurring in the world of science and technology, our democracy, our government, and the common sense we use to run them were all stuck in the days of the horse drawn buggy, anchored there by the fact that our founding fathers wrote our constitution using common sense as it prevailed then. The fact that Einstein did not say that common sense is an integral part of Newtonian physics, the fact that Einstein did not extend relativity to common sense, and the fact that we have not amended our constitution to replace common sense with the coordinated thinking necessary to incorporate relativity into it, common sense has prevailed in its primitive form until today. As a result, our Congress has lagged behind the real world by light years and the distance increases with every passing moment.
Our outdated Congress is programmed to work only when one party has a majority the way things were in the old days. In a partisan congress, the will of the majority prevails, eclipses the will of the minority, drowns it and forms a weak, unnatural, inefficient alliance that the majority will manipulate by force using man-made laws based on common sense that makes no sense anyway. This arrangement functions poorly at best and is doomed to fail eventually every time.
When opinions are equally balanced the way they are today in and out of Congress, no party has a clear majority. Opposing factors and forces being equal or almost equal, will work in unison only by the accident of chance. When that happens, the government will work well temporarily. Most of the time, the people and their government will work against one another. Such a government will be dysfunctional at best and non-functional always, the way it is today.
To incorporate relativity and the coordinated thinking necessary to put it to work in common sense and democratic governance, our next President must amend the constitution and make bipartisanship mandatory in all democratic decision-making processes and insure that opposing factors, forces, views and opinions are reconciled every time a decision is made. Then, and only then, will he be able to jump start our government, our country and our economy, electrify the people by unifying them, and propel them into the digital-atomic age the way Einstein was able to do all these things to physics and technology. Congress will then help us solve the problems that seem to defy solution today, rapidly, repeatedly and efficiently instead of making them worse and creating new ones. If our next President does not do this, our problems will increase in number, magnitude and force exponentially, jeopardize the great American Dream and allow it to deteriorate into the greatest American nightmare.
Tomorrow, on the anniversary of 9/11 I shall publish a summary of a letter I wrote to President Bush describing how he could have taken the first step towards making bipartisanship mandatory in democratic decision-making processes, a letter he ignored and a chance he squandered. (Open Letter To President Bush etc
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