Gary Gronneberg, Fargo, Published October 17 2013
Letter: A multi-party solution proposedOur system of two major parties controlling the federal government has achieved exactly what happens when two persons, partners, or political parties cannot agree – stalemate. The current situation exemplifies the need for more diversity of political parties.
At the very least, the country needs another major party, such as the Independent Party. In essence, the third party would be the tiebreaker when the other two parties have nearly opposite political beliefs and agendas and are unable to compromise.
Since building a new Independent Party doesn’t seem likely, I suggest another more practical option. Separate the members of Congress on the basis of their primary political principles. This should create five political groups: the far-right tea party; the moderate Republican RINO Party; the conservative Democrat Blue Dog Party; the left wing Democrat Liberal Party; and all other unaffiliated members Independent Party. When Congress needs to act, three groups would usually need to agree on the legislation, but the coalition could be different on different issues. For example, on fiscally conservative appropriations, the Tea Party, the Blue Dog Party, and the RINO Party might agree. On socially liberal entitlement programs, the Liberal Party, the Independent Party, and the Blue Dog Party might agree.
To resolve the present stalemate, I suggest each side choose three pieces of legislation to form the “better-late-than-never compromise”: the Republicans want a one-year delay in the Afordable Care Act individual mandate, repeal of the tax on medical devices, and requiring members of Congress to participate in the health insurance exchanges – the Democrats want stricter gun registration laws; a federal law preempting state law restrictions on abortion; and an update of the immigration laws. Each party obtains their desired legislation in the spirit of compromise.
Which party will say “yes” to this solution first?