- Americans like to complain about the political gridlock in Congress where nothing much gets done
- Christopher Karpowitz and Chad Raphael: Public forums can be used to successfully tackle big issues
Christopher F. Karpowitz is co-director of the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy and associate professor of political science at Brigham Young University. Chad Raphael is professor of communications at Santa Clara University. They are authors of "Deliberation, Democracy, and Civic Forums" (Cambridge University Press). The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the authors.
(CNN)Americans like to complain about the endless political gridlock in our capital. But if we're honest we need to look in the mirror too. Many of us abandoned the field by not voting in last year's midterm elections. Those of us who did vote elected more fire breathers than bridge builders to Congress.