Former broadcast journalist and author of “Unlock Congress,” Michael Golden, spoke to the students enrolled in POL 360 on March 12 about the problems he finds in the way Congress functions.
“His book has condensed this information making it accessible,” Professor Constance Mixon of the political science department recalled.
Michael Golden managed to send early copies for Mixon’s whole class and arranged a date with her for a lecture once they had finished reading the book.
Golden’s lecture provided insight into his findings in his upcoming book “Unlock Congress,” laying out four defects in our legislative body; money flood, rigged congressional races, two-year congressional terms, and the senate filibuster.
“The system doesn’t work as it was meant to operate,” said Golden.
As a result, there have been poor turnouts in voting, a deterrence in communication between the two parties, and a distortion of fair representation.
Golden offered solutions to the problems he dubbed “The Unlock Congress platform” which suggests rebalancing campaign finance rules, unrigging congressional races, extending U.S. house terms from two to four years, and abolishing the filibuster.
Junior Alex Romano, a political science major, provided a critical view of Golden’s platform.
“The four-year term can be successful if you get rid of the money flood … or else you’re going to get a congress that will successfully be able to push their agenda,” said Romano.
Golden also commented on the role of political officials. “I revere these people who go to Congress. They make sacrifices and muddy their reputation. I do believe they are trying to make a difference.”
Golden provided students with advice for getting into politics, saying, “Don’t demonize your opponents.”
Students commented on his passion and in-depth analysis of the American political system.
“He seemed quite passionate regarding problems within congress and although he only took up about an hour and a half, he laid out his plan nicely,” said junior Max Ohle.
The complexities of the inner-workings of the government are complicated, but, according to students, Golden was able to cover most of it in his book.
“The book added depth to the policy-making process in Washington,” said senior Pat Ackerman. “I found it to be interesting and definitely shows that the inner-workings of our government is not as simplistic as high school government classes make it out to be.”
Michael Golden’s book “Unlock Congress” is expected to be released on April 15. Golden looks to visit other college campuses to discuss more information on the inner workings of Congress.