I recently came across a somewhat interesting opinion piece on the CBC entitled "The problem with too much democracy".
The piece is really a two piece critique of the US American electoral system, on one hand calling out the system itself for overwhelming the electorate with a staggering amount of elections (having national elections every two years plus primaries on the off years, on top of various ballot initiatives who's constitutionality are often questionable) and on the other hand criticizing the US American electorate with forcing the level of political discord down to a childish game of finger pointing and name calling.
Since I found the piece interesting, I have decided to ask the people two questions related to the fascinating, if not sometimes puzzling, US American political systems and its electorate.
The first question is: do you think a case could be made that reducing the frequency of elections (e.g. reducing the term of senators from 6 years to 4 years and increasing the terms of congressmen and congresswomen from 2 years to 4 years, thus eliminating midterm elections), reducing the length of campaigns (e.g. holding all primaries on the same day) or eliminating certain elections (e.g. making it harder to submit a ballot initiative and/or eliminating the elections of judges, district attorneys and sheriffs) could help raise the level of political discord in the United States?
The second question is: what actions do you think US American voters can concretely take to force their politicians to raise the intellectual value of political discord in the United States?