These are troubling times. Social unrest, reinforced by increasingly polarized politics, made worse by the pandemic, has caused an increased sense of division in society and discontent with the government.
Considering the circumstances, it may be time to seriously consider strengthening political parties as a means of restoring the orderly order of government and the calm of society.
Gladden Pappin, assistant professor of politics at the University of Dallas, writing in American Affairs, pointed out that “satisfaction with American political institutions is declining.”
In his February 2020 article, Pappin continued: “It is evident that there is no institution within which the disparate interests of the country can negotiate their differences with real consequences for political decision-making. “
Political parties may be able to fill this void. As important historical institutions, they have been an integral part of American electoral and government processes. As such, they can help restore confidence and efficiency in government and decision-making.
Americans currently feel alienated from their own government.
There is no better example than the blind appearance they show of the use of executive decrees by recent presidents to implement policy.
If the government worked effectively, Congress would approach policy making through the legislative process rather than handing over responsibility to presidents who turned to executive decrees …
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