Posted by Kellie Ryan on October 21, 2015 at 3:06 PM
Paul Ryan changes stance on immigration reform to win support for House Speaker
Paul Ryan could be the next Speaker of the House. But, before he will consider taking on the role, he has laid out a few requirements—the first and foremost being that ALL Republicans must give him their unwavering support. According to the National Review, "He wants the bickering to end."
In order to ensure this devotion (and likely to appease the Tea Party), Ryan has "hinted strongly that he will not bring an immigration bill to the House floor."
Yes, you read that right. He wants his party to fall in line under a single goal—the benefit of the party. Party above everything else. Ever hear of Groupthink?
A politician, who was elected by his constituents to serve their interests, openly admitted that he would not abide by the wishes of the majority of Americans by steadfastly refusing to even consider a solution to the immigration crisis in this country.
Immigration reform has long been used as a political football for both parties to point fingers and "blame the enemy." Neither the Republican Party nor the Democratic Party is serving their constituents when they continuously refuse to make any headway on this issue.
A recent Gallup poll shows that 65% of Americans support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, including 50% of Republicans. Ryan's own website vows to "work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to craft comprehensive immigration reform..."
Paul Ryan's open plea for support in exchange for a promise that he will NOT EVEN CONSIDER an immigration reform bill is an indisputable illustration of the failure of our election system. The American people continue to elect leaders who outright refuse to represent their concerns.
The inability of our elected officials to pass bills that reflect the concerns of every day Americans is a direct result of the system in which they are elected.
According to Ballotpedia, in the 2014 midterm elections, only 6% of congressional races were considered "battleground districts." That means that 94% of congressional races were decided before the general election, in the primaries (elections that are controlled by the parties). This system encourages our elected officials to serve the narrow interests of the primary voters who got them elected.
The primaries are no longer a tool for parties to put forth their best candidate. The primaries are the first round of voting. We need to start treating them that way if we want our elected officials to start representing the interests of all voters.
The parties should not control our elections.
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