Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Teamwork in Democratic Governments

Countries throughout the world are increasingly becoming democracies governed by leaders who serve at the will of the people. This has been made possible by higher literacy rates and more sophisticated methods of communication so people living in each country are much better informed. Ideally it might be expected that those chosen to be leaders in government would participate as a well functioning team knowing what needs to be done and working together to get it done. However, what we are seeing in many countries including the U. S. are democratic governments that are still far from ideal and often lack teamwork.

The central problem seems to be the method by which leaders are chosen. In the current system in the U.S. there are long periods in which the candidates are given the opportunity to publicly criticize each other and the person who convinces the most people that the other candidates are worse gets the position. In an evolving civilization democracies are the best form of government, but the current method of choosing leaders is still fairly primitive because political campaigning never ends and successful teamwork rarely occurs. It seems to me that it is time for some of the great minds of our world to get together and come up with a better way of choosing leaders where the results still reflect the will of the people, but permit those chosen to work together with more effective teamwork. If we can devise ways to travel to the moon we should be able to devise a better democratic way of choosing our leaders.
     Robert C. Frank
    Author of Christ’s Team