It is my desire to see an ideology develop that does not claim to have all the answers, but instead is interested in identifying the problems, setting priorities and working with others to find solutions, hoping that the others we are working with are equally concerned about solving the problems instead of advancing its own political or social agendas.
Political parties are a reality. They are not going to go away. People of similar opinions will come together to advance their agenda. However, it does seem possible that the political parties could recognize the problems facing our country, prioritize them, bend a little, not worry about who gets the biggest office or wins the next election or worry about offending potential campaign contributors and instead the needs of the people first. I know this sounds idealistic, especially from someone who is a former newspaper reporter and was a PR representative for a major industry, that had its own agenda.
The solution is for our political leaders is to learn the art of political compromise--and it is an art. Elected officials must stop concentrating on the next election and bringing money home to their district or state, but instead look for the common need.
It will not be easy, but it can be done. Our country pulled together in time of War, back in the first two world wars--you know the wars to end all wars. We as a people must demand that our political leaders address priorities, simplify our system of government and as the preamble to the Constitution of the United States notes among other things, "promote the general welfare and provide for the common defense."