Everyone has been taught the value of teamwork since they were a little kid. It’s one of the most important activites to accomplishing tasks in groups. However, the most significant group of people in the United States and arguable on the planet just can’t work together. The 535 members (5 vacant) of the United States Congress just cant seem to get together on anything beneficial. It’s Team A versus Team B with the United States population being the losers.
What exactly is bipartisanship? It’s the cooperation, agreement, and compromise between two major political parties. We took a look at the voting records of congress during Trump’s administration to see the results. Being bipartisan requires someone to vote both sides of the table and to show independent thinking aside from voting party lines. We used a basis point of 15 points so someone could vote 15% in favor or against their party and be considered bipartisan. During Trumps administration we saw 15 people participate in bipartisan voting of which only 10 remain in office. One bipartisan republican lost his seat while 4 bipartisan democrats lost theirs. We only see 10 remaining members of congress who show independent thinking.
The political parties often want you to believe the other one is wrong. The truth is, if we followed this logic, everyone would be wrong 100% of the time. That’s just not true. In reality, all 4 groups of individuals in office bring something to the table. That’s right. Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, and Republicans can all bring something to the table. However, congress doesn’t want to work together. In fact, it seems to be a passionate activity to not cooperate with others.
Our congress members are supposed to represent their constituents. These individuals are supposed to work together for the betterment of the United States. However, we only see 10 members of congress practicing such behavior. Who are the real people in congress? Justin Amash, Brian Frizpatrick, Collin Peterson, Henry Cuellar, Joe Manchin III, Krysten Sinema, Angus King Jr, Doug Jones, Mark Warner, and Jacky Rosen. These people exhibit bipartisanship and hold up what was once considered a true congress. It leave for a pretty empty room of alleged representation for the United States people. Congress currently has an approval rating of 30% with the American public. When will society stop voting in people who stand in the way of fair and proper representation? It’s time for more bipartisanship in the United States Congress.