16 August 2012 ~ 9 Comments

Just how dysfunctional is Congress? And who is to blame?

This week in my online political book club for TheCopia.com, we’re reading Part 1 of Thomas Mann & Norm Ornstein’s recent book “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism”.

The first part of the book takes a look at the acrimony and hyperpartisanship that define Congressional politics today and what led us to this point.  With Congress’s approval rating at an abysmal 10 percent (even telemarketers received a higher rating) and the presidential campaign kicking into full gear, it’s a very timely topic.

As you read the first part of the book, consider these questions: How do you see the hyperpartisanship and polarization described by Mann & Ornstein playing out in the current election?  Do you agree with the authors that the Republican Party is more guilty than the Democrats of refusing to compromise, no matter the cost?

Join or log on to your account on TheCopia.com to read along and join the discussion:

1/ Sign-Up: If you haven’t already created a free account on TheCopia.com, you can sign up at thecopia.com/trippi.

2/ Download the book: Once you create your account, you’ll need to do two things in order to read the book along with us. You need to download an app or reader from Copia. (Instructions at: http://www.thecopia.com/about/applications.html) and then you need to download our book. Just search in the library for “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks” and click download. This is the only way that you’ll be able to see my in-page comments.

3/ Join the Discussion: All of the discussion questions will be posted in my group on thecopia.com.

4/ Read With Us: This book is a short read- and it’s going to be a great discussion. This week (August 14-20) we’ll read up until page 85 (Part I: The Problem). Next week (August 21-27) we’ll read the rest (Part II: What to Do About It).

If you have any questions or have an idea for the club, feel free to email copia@joetrippi.com.

9 Responses to “Just how dysfunctional is Congress? And who is to blame?”

  1. Lynnie Griffin 16 August 2012 at 12:45 pm Permalink

    As an Independent Voter ……

    They are ALL guilty …..

    Elephant of Ass !!

    Where is my MONEY !!!!

  2. A Laidlaw 16 August 2012 at 5:39 pm Permalink

    The Congress is polarised. Not the electorate.

    That is the root of the dysfunction. The US system of Government relies on the willingness of the various checks and balances to compromise. The current polarisation of the Congress makes compromise a dirty word.

    The polarisation of Congress will continue until a larger part of the electorate is engaged to actively participate on election days- gradually forcing parties to provide increasingly moderate electoral platforms and, more importantly, more moderate candidates.

  3. A Fallon 18 August 2012 at 10:36 am Permalink

    Joe dippy is a liberal non-American DB

  4. Lynn Levasseur 26 September 2012 at 12:23 am Permalink

    They are ALMOST all to blame……….but OBama is the one who’s implementing UN Agenda21, his 86th E.O. 13575, signed on 6/9/2011. It’s a diabolical plan for taking control over every aspect of the lives of 16% of the American people. From every freedom, to where & how you live, if you live. It’s mostly about reducing population. That’s why birth control and abortions are to be free for all. Look it up!!!

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