Updated: Oct 10, 2019
By all accounts, both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are searching for a political agenda that appeals across all political orientations: Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. What these parties are offering do not have immediate cross-party appeal because they are rooted in "zero-sum politics and economics." In the current political climate, both parties believe that to lose political contests could mean that the winning political party will set the agenda and advantage their followers to the detriment of losers followers. At the end of the day, this is about "distributive justice" (who gets what, where, when, and why). This makes winning an existential imperative, almost a "life and death" exercise. And in such an environment, anything goes so long as you win: virulent majoritarianism, gerrymandering, voter suppression, etc.
Developing a political agenda that has cross-party appeal will require developing one that appeals to the political center in America while still appealing to voting groups on the left and the right. This means eschewing zero-sum politics and economics and embracing win-win politics and economics. This means focusing on recreating the political center by promoting the creation of a society rotted in justice, fairness, and inclusion. This will redefine the political center by finding common ground between the contesting parties. It is in this new political center that compromises and consensus are possible, where deals can be made and where disaffected non-voters are still to be had. It will also serve to mitigate the level of tribalism (“us vs. them") that serves to render compromise impossible to achieve. The solution that W&A is offering is designed to “thread this difficult needle.” It is designed to appeal to all Americans.
Tribal Politics: "Us vs. Them"
The American people want an end to tribal politics. But, what they want is not possible unless fundamental changes are wrought in the nature of politics, economics, and representation in America and worldwide. The solution that W&A is offering is designed to bring about the types of fundamental changes necessary to fix broken political systems in America and other democracies worldwide. It puts forward a vision of America that is rooted in its constitutional democratic values, and that seeks to shore up its constitutional order. Finally, W&A offers a vision of America’s future that is rooted in a just, fair, and inclusive “positive populism” as opposed to the vision of America’s future that is rooted in injustice, unfairness, and exclusive “negative populism” that is being espoused by others. It also seeks to create a "government of by and for the people" rather than one of by and for the wealthy and corporations.
If the political parties in America (and elsewhere) adopt the strategic plan being proposed by W&A it will allow them to make the necessary changes to unify the country, push back against foreign intervention in American elections, and reduce the level of tribal politics in America. It would then be promoting the values and principles of Representative Consensus Democracy, justice, fairness, and inclusion as opposed to others who advocate for a virulent form of Majoritarian Democracy, injustice, unfairness, and exclusion. Adopting the strategic plan being proposed by W&A will also help end hyper-polarization, rebuild the political center, make bipartisanship possible, make consensus possible, and address the issues of money in politics.
The case for EM-P being the solution to hyper-partisanship and polarization is made in Chapter 2-4 of Ensuring Justice, Fairness, and Inclusion in America and the “International Democracy Project, White paper No 04. We invite all to read the book and the white paper(s) and arm themselves with the information required to engage in the national debate over this issue in an informed manner.