Hamilton Blames "Excessive Party Loyalty" In Washington
Former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton is speaking out against what he calls "excessive party loyalty" in Washington.
Hamilton says given continuing battles over Obamacare and now the possibility of a government shutdown, excessive party loyalty is threatening the very fabric of American government. Hamilton says Americans' first loyalty should be to upholding the Constitution and making sure that the country works. He says this often involves compromise.
Hamilton, currently Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University, says the two-party system isn't the cause of current gridlock, but he says partisanship and "ideological purity" make progress more difficult.
Hamilton says America has often been productive with the two party system, but excessive ideology is currently a big threat. In short, he says "the center" is where most Americans reside politically and that's where things get done.