Democracy is in trouble, a group of high-level former officials say in a new, sweeping report based on a year and a half of deliberations.
The nation is polarized, Congress is gridlocked, and Americans are disengaged, argue the authors of the report produced by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform, released Tuesday. Things have gotten so bad that the commission’s co-chairs — three former senators, a former governor and a former cabinet member — ask in their opening letter “Can our democracy function effectively in such a partisan era?”
The answer, they say, is yes, but the nation will have to implement reforms to ensure that the nation’s democracy “will once again be able to respond to national challenges, despite our ideological differences,” they argue. Many of those reforms start in the states.