Addressing this core dysfunction of our democracy is about as all-American a cause as you can find in today's polarized political environment. And it is due time for all of us to come together and fix it.
As is typically the case, the race for the presidency dominated the news headlines throughout the election cycle. But in our system of government, the presidency is not where the real power lies -- the real power lies with Congress.
Money is merely a symptom of the root problems of disconnect -- nearly all of the problems with our government can be traced back to the disconnect between citizens and the government.
Negative campaigning prevents many good candidates from entering politics and leaves us with candidates who are comfortable with conflict. Government becomes populated with people who are primed for conflict, which causes deadlocks and paralysis.