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Two-Party Ain't No Party

Much of American politics continues to dive into an era where elected office is seemingly a game on being a professional divisionist; if we the people let them take us there.

On the one hand, you have Republicans struggling to govern cohesively despite the fact that they control most levels of state and federal government. And then you have the aging political machine of the Democrats, a party that refuses to leap toward absolute progressivism despite the loss of elections and losing the megaphone of millions of people embodied in the movement leftward toward Bernie Sanders. The best they got is a "Better Deal." Or, to be cynical: here's a bandaid. 

We need to regenerate trust, transparency, and faith in the public sector.

Sensible governance is required.

A devolution of governance back to the people. Represent us less, Elected Officials, and allow us to decide more. That is what governance in America requires today more than ever, regardless of political affiliation.

We have more information than ever to to move from a quaint representative model. The recurring exponential nature of technology will be at odds with the process of our democratic institutions—recurring and perhaps in perpetuity. 

Therefore, promoting an expansion in every citizen's civic sense of agency is a better direction for community life. We the People must be asked to decide more often and give action to the values that matter most to us. 

All government agencies and governing bodies should report to every single citizen, by mail or email, how every city, state, and federal dollar has been spent. Inform and allow public debate, public vote, and public input of every annual budget. A system of committees by, for, and of the people with the ability to veto and appeal the way we are represented...with direct digital input.

Gamify it!

Besides, lets just be real: what struggling American, whether Republican or Democrat, will go along with adding over $70 billion of bullets and bombs when they can barely provide for their primary needs of rent and bills. And we must renew our ideals to reflect the needs of those citizens across all political divides, with least and deserving most of opportunity. Class divide is the real barrier to upward mobility today.

Current elected office is too busy managing governing systems, campaigning, and keeping their stakeholders content while altogether not planning, or poorly planning, how to shift the public sector to a regenerative economy that has a net gain and does no harm to people and planet.

The machine-driven future will only put more pressure on political institutions as irrelevant and obsolete systems, deepening the ongoing American disenchantment with leadership by governing bodies. Perhaps American politics must seek radically new lenses on citizenship, or We the People just might keep staying home and not voting—spending our time liking Facebook posts instead.

Give the chain a tug, motivate and mobilize the people again.

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About The Author

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Henry Cross grew up in sunny Miami, Florida. Upon graduating high school, he moved to the politicized Washington, D.C. and double majored in History and Politics at the Catholic University. He served as a social studies teacher in Prince George’s County Public School in 2008-2009. In the fall of 2009, he moved to New York City to continue and grow his work in education and service.

He joined Hosh Yoga in 2011 as a teacher and Program Director. And since 2013, he founded and expanded programming for the organization with Hosh Kids and Hosh Seniors. Henry's entrepreneurial spirit helped developed the organizational, program, and financial capacity of the nonprofit to deliver self-sustaining and self-supporting health and wellness services to over 3,000 children, adults, and seniors every month in a cost-effective and fairly-priced way. And from 2014 to 2016, he participated in a philanthropic role by expanding the programming, policy, and public advocacy efforts of the Sonima Foundation as Community Relations Director.

His work has been featured by the Huffington PostElephant JournalBlog Talk RadioThe NYC Social Innovation FestivalSocial Venture Institute, and multiple Brooklyn and Queens newspapers. He is an appointed New York City official of Community Board 5 in Queens, serves on a Department of Youth and Community Development Neighborhood Advisory Board, and on the board of directors of the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association. And in 2015, Henry was selected as an business fellow and awarded Top 40 Under 40 Nonprofit Rising Star. He finds joy in his community work service everyday and loves ballroom dancing!

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