SOLUTION: More representatives

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American politics is unhinged. I attended a congressional town hall and observed the degrading of representative governance. Congressional offices are input-flooded, with little detailed office response. This overload is the rule, not a particular representative’s fault. Representing close to 800,000, representatives become the elites who supposedly have superior abilities to know what is best for the rest.

Citizens have become estranged, prefer complacency, and feel disaffected from the federal government. This creates a vacuum that is frequently filled by mobilized fringe interest groups and moneyed lobbyists.

The solution? Technology is exponentially growing and specialized. America could increase representation by adding House membership. It is not necessary for all representatives to convene in D.C. There could be 6-12 federalized districts, reducing D.C. from being a most destabilizing strategic target.

With one representative for every 50,000 people, local concerns would be acknowledged, not turned over to distant bureaucracy. Presently, regional challenges are marginalized in the national dialogue. Specialized bipartisan subcommittees focused on health care, education, student debt, national debt, infrastructure, cybersecurity, immigration, etc. would be handled by 6,500 “subcommittee” representatives.

Change is the constant. Americans could be the true enemy of indifference, widespread ignorance and poverty for our finite world.

GERALD WEITZ, D.D.S.

Viola

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