I had an epiphany last night. I was not the first to have it. Basically, we need to end Congressional districts looking like this:
But this isn't even my main issue. My issue is that because the districts are homogeneous, the way to win them is to appeal to all of these people who have the same beliefs. This may sound innocuous, even virtuous, until you think about it for a moment and observe the political reality of the United States today.
You see, I am not one of those people who believes we are really as polarized and divided as all that. Sure, there are always whackos. But most people are pretty darn moderate when it comes right down to it.
For example, I may have a fantasy about going into the office tomorrow and telling my boss what an incompetent dickhead he is. But you know I won't do that. Burning bridges is retarded, and also it doesn't look nice to other people. Not to mention that hey, are you ever really 100% sure you are right about something like that? So instead I'll go in and pretend to go along with the flow until I find a better job.
That's how people really are.
But I believe the core of the problem we have in this country now is that the two "sides" feel compelled to pander to their bases precisely because they have been so cut and dried into nice digestable chunks whenever redistricting takes place.
Imagine if every congressional district was square, or something close to that. You would have a cross section of ALL people in there. And what would you then have to do to win?
Why, you'd need to be an intelligent, sensible, reasonable person. And can you imagine a Congress filled with those? Not to mention the opportunities for alternate parties.
There is more than one solution to this problem, and I think they all need to be explored. Then, we'll just have to convince every member of Congress to jeopardize their positions for the good of the country!