During the last six years of the Obama Administration, we had political gridlock in Washington, primarily driven by the radicals elected due to gerrymandering. I had hoped that the Republican takeover of all branches of government would have resolved the problem of gridlock, but it has not. The radicals remain.
Now, I read the latest survey out of India, which is the world’s biggest democracy, where 53% of the voters favor a strong-man form of government instead of democracy, just to break the deadlock and get things moving again. Surveys in Indonesia and South Africa found the same thing — exasperation with democracy.
The strong-man president of Turkey, Recep Erdogan, famously said “democracy is like a street car. When you get to your stop, you get off.”
It may be that we have out-lived the need for democracy, but many of us still have a romantic notion of what democracy can be and are reluctant to let it die. The only way to save democracy is to increase the speed of decision-making or legislating in Washington. How?