I think that would work quite well as it would help dissolve the party lines that have sprung up.
Actually that just amplifies the problem of a two party system, and a prime example was Adams/Jefferson. What happened was that Jefferson made it damn near impossible for Adams to do anything/get anything done. Then when it came time for the next election, Jefferson did the whole "See? Adams was totes useless. Vote for me!" Seeing as how the same shit happens in congress without the runner up being VP, I can only imagine what the result would be like in the current political climate. Political parties aside, I think the biggest reason for our current state is the over-reliance on government to fix/solve/do everything for so long, rather than do what the Founders intended where the people and states run themselves as they see fit so long as they don't violate federal law or do things that only national governments can do (i.e. declare war, create alliances, negotiate trade deals with other nations).
As a result, government has reached farther than intended and now we feel the effects of it. While it's always important and necessary to elect the right people for the job every single time, that doesn't always happen. With that being the case, I think it goes without saying that you want to limit what the head honcho and the powers that be can do. While their are certainly limits to this (alliances with foreign nations come to mind), I'm pretty sure we can all think of a few realms where we don't want politicians in. As someone who is going to student teach later this year and continues to see the continued degradation of the educational foundation on incoming freshman (I work as a student tutor), education is definitely something I want them to stay far, FAR away from. Given the track record of the US Department of Education as a whole and examining the after effects of what its done, it's heartbreaking to see so many students get cheated out of a quality education. Now, I have nothing against laws that bar schools from discriminating against students and make schools give half a shit about those who have disabilities; those laws are necessary. However, it has extended far beyond that. Many students now lack the ability to understand cause and effect relationships, one of the most basic forms of analysis. Standards have been plummeting for years and yet many seem to be wanting more government involved, despite having a shit track record for...well everything. I call it "The Reverse Midas Effect," where everything they touch turns not to gold, but to shit. And American society is paying for it. I apologize for the tangent, but education really hits home for me; to see it torn to pieces is heartbreaking. I'm fairly certain we can all think of a few areas ourselves that have the same effect.
Tangent aside, I think it can serve as something to learn from. To make a long point short, when people hand over control over to others (beyond what they are originally suppose to do), they now become reliant on that other person or group to A) do right by them and B) not catastrophically fuck up. It creates a system that relies so much on one person/group doing everything right all the time while taking care of everyone else. If this were a person to person relationship, this would likely be classified as a co-dependent relationship (which is something to be avoided at all costs). If this is something that people actively try to stay away from, then why not apply the same logic to government? Hell, the Declaration of Independence is reads like a breakup letter to England.
Honestly, I think the best way to start fixing the problem is to take back some control and responsibility that was given up over time and just let the states do more on their own. IIRC, it was argued in The Wealth of Nations that individuals tend to make better decisions than giant groups. Group projects tend to suck for a reason. As a side note, going back to the "olden days," the US Constitution states that Congress has to meet at least twice a year. Representatives could literally meet up, shoot the shit, and then bugger off back home and that would technically qualify as a meetup. Considering how they do only two things at this point (jack and shit), I'd rather them just meet up for a day, eat some snacks, and fuck off. New amendment idea: Term limits for congress, and no salary. The Founders never intended this to be a representative's full time place of employment.
Also, can society as a whole calm the fuck down? I'm all up for debate and sharing of ideas since it's a sign of a healthy society, but the amount of shrieking that goes on nowadays is enough to make a psychotic banshee yearn for some goddamn peace and quiet.
Edited by NobleShadowHunter, 07 July 2017 - 05:50 PM.