Inspiration from India

Who says the political process can't evolve in positive ways? India is a country that has been plagued by corruption, from the lowest levels of government to the highest. One year ago, a nascent anti-corruption movement gave birth to a new political party, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which translates to the Common Man Party. The broom is the party's election symbol.

In Delhi state elections last week, the good government types hoped that the party might steal a handful of parliament seats. Instead, the AAP shocked the country by winning 28 of 70 seats in the state assembly (more than one of the established national parties and nearly as many as the other). The Economic Times (of India) reported, "Their campaign caught popular imagination in a manner that shocked Delhi's political grandees."

Wouldn't something like that be cool in the U.S.?

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