CBC Asks: Is politics broken? No, says Aisha Moodie-Mills
Aisha Moodie-Mills is a U. S. political strategist, policy analyst, and media entrepreneur with 15 years of experience in politics and policy. She is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and has served as an adviser to more than 40 members of Congress.
The political process is indeed broken, but democracy is not. And as former President Bill Clinton once said, "there's nothing wrong with America that can't be fixed by what's right with America."
Weak campaign finance laws have soiled the political process, and hyper-partisanship in Washington has turned off voters, but the power of the people to petition their government and get results has not waned. All across the U.S., young people in particular are making their voices heard, from the streets to the tweets, and policy-makers are forced to listen and respond.
From the Dreamers who are driving immigration reform to the #BlackLivesMatter movement that has sparked federal action towards criminal justice reform, we are reminded that power remains in the hands of the people. And the people, not the politicians, ultimately bring about change.