IT DOES NOT HAVE TO STAY THIS WAY. But……
WILL IT BE THE SAME, GET WORSE OR BETTER?
Historically, 10% of the 435 Members of Congress change each election. Fifty-five and ninety-three new members were elected in the last two elections compared to the average of forty-three. In a few elections, it will largely be a new Congress.
However, just electing new Members of Congress or state legislatures does not guarantee positive change regardless of party. We have seen an accelerating decline in civility and dysfunction over the last twenty-five years. Candidates are largely selected on political issue positions. The key question overlooked by voters is how well prepared a candidate is to make changes. It is one thing to talk about change and another to know how to work in a dysfunctional organization and make it better?
The founders of the BLP believe candidates can and should learn how to work amid conflict before getting elected. We believe that leadership skills to change the rules must be learned. It is not easy to change organizations and stand up to conventional practices and rules. Corporations invest billions of dollars to prepare people to be leaders, to think creatively and make changes for the better. The BLP is simply applying the same concept to people who will represent us. Preparing candidates with skills to be effective once they are elected simply makes sense and the time has come to start making this investment.
Our democracy needs change agents who are prepared to lead organizational change, better prepared to handle ever increasingly complex issues and will take George Washington’s advice to push back against destructive hyper-partisanship. The BLP leadership have the tools and experience to prepare the next generation to be better. Have hope and act by contributing funds and ideas to the BLP.