A Chartered Path
As a child of the 50's, a student in the 60's and when I started my professional career in the early 1970's all through-out those years the United States was evolving slowly at first then more rapidly into a nation that ceased to learn from the lessons of the past as to what made America the greatest nation. This noble experiment democracy; a republic under god, one nation indivisible. Today, our founding fathers would look down upon this nation and probably say "What the heck have you done to this nation." No longer are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness available to all. It seems that this nation is caught in a vicious cycle of financial and cultural decline. Our elected officials now rule by a self serving bureaucratic way of governance. All brought on by the embellishment of personal wealth and power over the multitudes less fortunate.They are no longer concerned on proposing and passing meaningful legislation that will enable every citizen to actually achieve a better quality of life.
Just once we would like to see a candidate or elected official start by having a plan of direction short and long term that will actually produce for every one of their constituents financial improvement, more employment opportunities [with real living wages], health care coverage, greater educational opportunities, and a presence of real security for ourselves and our environment. Any plan of direction must include four phases: one for their direct constituency, one for their state, one for our country, and one of international issues.
With the Republicans all clamoring for position now in hope of grabbing the Republican nomination for 2012 all are coming up empty on the how to's to actually put in place a plan of direction that will in effect produce the lasting affects that are so necessary for the majority of the population of the United States. We have to go as far back to 1961 when John F. Kennedy laid the groundwork for this nation. His plan of direction that lasted over ten years produced so many great accomplishments. A unity of purpose ensued in realizing the goals set forth by JFK. Today their is no unity of purpose only distention, a certain degree of animosity toward a President, and utter discord among our elected officials at all levels of government.
The late Senator Edward Kennedy was probably the closest of any one elected official in recent years that tried and partially succeeded in part of all that he tried to accomplish. He had a concise plan of direction for all four phases short and long term. Now the question do we finish his most important work that he started, That being Universal Health Care. The nation owes it to his legacy and for all that he accomplished and all that he tried to do. The recent grumbling by most Republicans concerning last years passing of the Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 have put an enormous impasse on the effectiveness of any healthcare reform that still needs to be accomplished if this nation ever expects to regain fiscal stability. Congress and the President must decide that tough decisions must be made now for the future of the nation. This is true for raising the debt ceiling, for reforming the Health Care bill of 2010, and creating new policies that will stimulate living wage job creation in this country.
"United we stand, Divided we fall" How often do we actually remember this quote, and especially the words of Abraham Lincoln "A nation divided cannot stand" Well folks, guess what, this nation is so divided now with multi facet organizations with each one grabbing to exploit the other in self serving determination of ideals that we all for the most part have forgotten the true meaning behind the Declaration Of Independence and our own Constitution.
It is through education that a process of self determination will produce a unity of purpose for a population. And, only through an educated public can carry out the responsibilities to ensure a democracy, a republic such as our will keep growing and prospering. The task at hand now is our leaders to actually apply what we have learned about events in history that either shaped a nation or rendered a nation to succumbed to only repeat events that caused nations to fall.
A lasting legacy could be a realization of certain leaders in our nation today if they choose to become students of history first educators second then legislators. Understanding circumstances that led to events that either lead to reprisals or create new policies is crucial in interpretation of the many crisis we are faced with today. This is why it is so important to visualize past events through the circumstances that led to them in determining the path upon which policies are made today.
What policies that worked in the past much like FDR's New Deal, putting together the WPA, and other initiatives produced what was to become the greatest economic expansion following World War II in the history of the United States. Using a similar approach today with the implementation of National Economic Reform will again produce the circumstances from which positive economic growth will occur, will produce a resurgence of unity in purpose for a nation, and reestablish a society where liberty, justice, morality, and education for all take president above all else.