- Posted September 30, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
A Grassroots Solution to Washington Gridlock?
On Sunday, I wrote an article about "Doing the Work of the People" which I also shared with CNN's iReport community. A lively discussion has ensued at iReport with surprising agreement on some points by members of the liberal persuasion and those of the conservative bent.
While myself a moderate, seems the ideas in the article which are more center road, seem to have found common ground with both sides. I even had one member who is of the far left side jokingly suggest I run for Congress.
This led to a question from iReporter blabbylips on whether a groundswell of grassroots' sentiment could alter the climate in Washington DC to push members of Congress and the President to action for the common good and to do the work of the people. She wondered if the majority of Americans could find areas of agreement without holding to a particular ideology or political persuasion.
This got the idea rolling that yes, perhaps there were issues which most Americans would agree even though our elected officials, those political beings whom seem to beholding more to re-election campaign efforts and special interests than to what is in the best interest of the nation as a whole, keep saying such common ground does not exist, drawing lines and acting like children trying to get their own way.
One area which blabby (for short) and I agree may be a step in the right direction deals with term limits for members of Congress. With that in mind, I thought it would be interesting to get a sense from Cornfield readers and members of the iReport community on how they felt or believe about term limits.
Naturally current Representatives and Senators may be reluctant to put limits on their own political ambition. It may take the people threatening and following through with removal of elected officials who won't bend to the will of the people and replacing them with candidates who make the people's will a priority.
I set up a survey to judge how agreeable Cornfield readers and the iReport community were of the idea. The "Grassroots Common Ground Survey" will run from today through next Monday, October 7, at midnight. I will then compile the results and report back on how the community responded.
The questions are in simple yes or no format. The nuances and details of each question can be fleshed out at a later time in a different report or survey. For now it is just getting an idea of how much common ground there is for term limits to force the Congress and President to do the work of the people. Results will be tabulated, though hidden during the survey period. I will post and analyze the results once tabulated.
From the Cornfield, you may participate in my unscientific polling by visiting:
I look forward to your responses and reporting back to you whether this may be a grassroots solution to Washington gridlock.