NEW CASTLE, Pa., Sept. 16, 2015 – The 2016 election cycle has had an early and intense start, but the antics of the political world do not necessarily translate into voter interest. Dysfunctional government, extreme polarization and a high degree of voter apathy have been constants that leave people to question the value of civil engagement.
Given the diversity of the American people and broad disagreement on fundamental issues, the question arises whether the United States is too big to be properly governed.
To respond to such a question, it is useful to look beyond America.
India is the largest democracy in the world with nearly 1.3 billion people. When one looks at the sheer number of people and subcultures within India, democracy seems incapable of balancing the diverse interests of the Indian peoples and maintaining some level of stablitity. In fact, no form of government would appear up to the task.
Yet despite these challenges, India is democratic, relatively stable, and increasingly prosperous. India does continue to struggle with deeply entrenched political, economic and social problems, but the same is true of most countries.
When focusing on the basics of government, such as education, economic development, and national security, the Indian government is able to find solutions that benefit the majority of Indians. In other words, the democratic government is successful when it addresses the broadest interests shared by the Indian Peoples.
The US government has been successful, because it also focused on addressing and balancing the interests of the American People.
Unfortunately, the American political system has been far too preoccupied with serving special interests groups instead of the majority.
As a government becomes success at providing the basic services of government, members of their communities tend to demand greater service. As governments mature and communities evolve, the issues they face become far more sophisticated and far more difficult to solve without creating more problems. If a government has learned to cater to special interests, it tends to solve problems facing those special interests. Such one-sided solutions can, in turn, create problems for others.
The US political system is so focused on catering to special interests that the US government fails to address and adequately solve the issues that actually affect the American People. Consequently, America is not too big to govern. The US government simply needs to start governing for the American People.