Common Ground

May 26, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

One of the primary beliefs fueling the contentiousness of politics in America today is the conviction of opposing sides that there is no common ground from which to build consensus. But, despite extreme polarity in political circles, that’s just not true of the general public. Americans are a pragmatic bunch, and in the end, we’re far more interested in solving problems than we are in ideological bickering. In fact, if you’re on and you’re reading this post, that’s probably how you feel!

Given that that’s the case, what are some practical things that you can do—you know, to actually solve some problems? In a recent interview with U.S. News and World Report, former Senator Olympia Snowe offers a suggestion. In fact, her new book is titled Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress.

Far from just hawking a new publication, however, Snowe is expanding on her reputation as a centrist deal-maker in an attempt to right Congress. She’s joined with the Bipartisan Policy Center in order to effect positive change from outside the halls of power. She notes, “The Bipartisan Policy Center has just launched this new Common Ground project, in conjunction with Citizens for Political Reform with the release of my book, so there will be an avenue and a catalyst for people to weigh in—we’re trying to create a national movement to be the counterweight to the extremes that exist in politics today that is fueling this polarization.”

If the Common Ground project from Citizens for Political Reform sounds like something you’d like to participate in, you can check out the website. It sounds like a perfect venue for someone who wants to fire Congress and improve our nation!

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