GOOOH: A New Way to Choose Our Representatives

Remember when average citizens were relatively uninvolved in politics? They’d go into the voting booths, cast a ballot, and then go back to their lives as usual. Even with knowing that politics is an ugly business, they still mostly trusted their elected officials to make the right decisions for this country.

That time has long passed. Everywhere you turn, ordinary Americans are engaged in the political process. Lack of trust in our elected officials has led usually passive Americans to review every bill in Congress with scrutiny. Warning our fellow patriots when new threats emerge from Washington, we have become a nation of Paul Reveres.

Both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are steering us in the wrong direction. No longer concerned with fiscal conservatism, Republicans have abandoned their platform of smaller government and personal responsibility in favor of an all-controlling nanny state. The Democrats are simply driving us there faster. And neither party seems concerned that its constituents would like to get off this highway altogether.

Despite recent polls showing that a large majority of Americans desire to replace every member of Congress, the Republicans are still running many of the same old incumbents. The Republican Party blatantly ignored the will of the people when it ran progressive candidate Dede Scozzafava in New York-23. When Republican-registered voters chose Doug Hoffman instead, Republican Party leaders should have been jolted back to consciousness. Instead, they continue backing the reelections of career Republican liberals like big-government John McCain, Obamacare Joseph Cao, and cap-and-trade supporter Lindsey Graham.

With the GOP failing to embrace the huge movement toward conservatism, we are speeding towards the 2010 elections with a broken two-party system. Worse, neither party is willing to do its part to fix it. Although third parties have a notorious reputation for taking votes away from Republicans and keeping Democrats in power, what’s the difference? Instead of continuing on this path, watching our republic crumble, we are in dire need of a radical change in leadership.

Seeking a new way to elect our representatives, GOOOH (pronounced “go”) may be the breakthrough the nation craves. GOOOH, which stands for Get Out of Our House, “is a non-partisan plan to evict the 435 career politicians in the U.S. House of Representatives and replace them with everyday Americans.”

These career politicians have been birthed from two flaws in the election system that GOOOH hopes to change. First, congressional seats have no term limits and both political parties have no regard for how Washington changes our officials. Representatives often go in with the best intentions but eventually mutate into campaign-driven, corruption-riddled egomaniacs. The longer representatives are there, the more removed they become from the American people. So, GOOOH candidates are required to sign a two-term-limit contract.

Secondly, both parties’ candidates are chosen by a group of elitists. If you’ve ever been to a fundraiser or meet-and-greet for either political party, you understand the elitist mentality ingrained in both parties. If you are not a rich retiree dripping in diamonds or Ph.D.s, don’t expect your opinion to count. Since most Americans are not, therein lies the problem of finding true citizen representatives.