Democrats versus Republicans including Tea Partiers
There is much talk about how the Republicans are going to blow away the Democrats in the November election. Yet, there is also talk about how the Tea Party might split loyalties.
Here is the way that I size up the situation as an American voter who is known for being a Democrat mostly, but sometimes a conservative on how to deal with the economy and foreign policy.
YankeeJim Voter Profile
As a voter, I have a unique set of experiences.
· Raised in Ohio – half rural and half Capital city, Columbus – Grandfather was a Democrat politician in a Republican neighborhood; parents were Democrats
· Lived in Ohio, Chicago, Illinois, Tampa, Florida, Los Angeles, California, San Francisco, California, Arlington, Virginia – coast to coast, north to south
· Active in politics in California, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia
Experience living in different communities across the nation, provides a rich perspective, I think.
What America needs now, and what the parties are providing
Different people will have different views about what America needs, so let’s start there.
My view is that America needs to consider the following:
1. Near term assessment of the current situation
c. National security
d. Social well being
2. A 100 year plan and strategy for economic growth and development – 12 two-term presidents
3. A Government Enterprise Performance Optimization System
4. An audit of government performance
America has had 221 years of Presidents with Washington being the first in 1789, and that adds up to 44 Presidents to Obama. My belief is that methods and technology have advanced sufficiently that Americans can expect their leadership to manage with greater precision and to anticipate, plan, and forecast better than before.
Let’s test the notion. Could William Howard Taft, President in 1910 or Woodrow Wilson in 1913 have laid forth a credible plan for 2010?
“The 1910s was a decade of great change for America. It was during this decade that the United States was first considered a world leader. Many of the issues of 1910 are ones we face today: including the escalation of immigration and poverty, labor and monopoly battles, work safety and child labor problems. World War I - the first 'war to end all wars' raged. The 1910s were the decade America came of age.”
With each topic above, Democrats and Republicans owe the American Public answers to key questions about what they envision, what they want to build, and how they plan to get us there. For instance…
There are many variables affecting planning and predicting, however, today we have much more experience and we possess powerful technology enabling modeling and simulating our future based on different scenarios.
What is the economic outcome that we desire beginning now and forecasting into the future? What is possible given constraints and circumstances? What is the envelope of possibilities?
What do the Democrats and Republicans have to say about it? What are their methods and technologies? What is their management approach?
We know for a fact that past Presidents who entered the office as maverick outsiders rarely do well because they cannot form a government team and work effectively with congress with a rapid ramp. People with strong intellect and ability have failed expectations largely due to that factor.
That does not bode well for Tea Party candidates. They may possess popular appeal, but they are as likely to be effective as sitting mavericks like Dennis Kucinich, for instance. He may be popular in Cleveland, but Cleveland has been on the down slope ever since he entered office.
We the People need to give much more detailed attention to the skill, knowledge, and experience (SKE) profile that we want in a President and in Congressional Representatives. Does anyone seriously think that Sarah Palin has the SKE and track record to govern? For crying out loud, she is a disaster. The people that follow her may be a chunk of the public – 15-20%, but the rest of country cannot afford to let the bottom rung of the bell shaped curve decide our future.
Average, above average, and top end of the electorate must take charge. Call us snobs or whatever; we must seize the reins in order to have a leading place in the world.
Much more on this topic to come…
“I believe that the single most important job of any President is to protect the American people. And I am equally convinced that doing that job effectively in the 21st century will require a new vision of American leadership and a new conception of our national security — a vision that draws from the lessons of the past, but is not bound by outdated thinking.
In today’s globalized world, the security of the American people is inextricably linked to the security of all people. When narco-trafficking and corruption threaten democracy in Latin America, it’s America’s problem too. When poor villagers in Indonesia have no choice but to send chickens to market infected with avian flu, it cannot be seen as a distant concern. When religious schools in Pakistan teach hatred to young children, our children are threatened as well.
Whether it’s global terrorism or pandemic disease, dramatic climate change or the proliferation of weapons of mass annihilation, the threats we face at the dawn of the 21st century can no longer be contained by borders and boundaries.
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Many Americans may find it tempting to turn inward, and cede our claim of leadership in world affairs.
I insist, however, that such an abandonment of our leadership is a mistake we must not make. America cannot meet the threats of this century alone, but the world cannot meet them without America. We must neither retreat from the world nor try to bully it into submission — we must lead the world, by deed and example.
We must lead by building a 21st century military to ensure the security of our people and advance the security of all people. We must lead by marshalling a global effort to stop the spread of the world’s most dangerous weapons. We must lead by building and strengthening the partnerships and alliances necessary to meet our common challenges and defeat our common threats.
And America must lead by reaching out to all those living disconnected lives of despair in the world’s forgotten corners — because while there will always be those who succumb to hate and strap bombs to their bodies, there are millions more who want to take another path — who want our beacon of hope to shine its light their way.
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America is the country that helped liberate a continent from the march of a madman. We are the country that told the brave people of a divided city that we were Berliners too. We sent generations of young people to serve as ambassadors for peace in countries all over the world. And we’re the country that rushed aid throughout Asia for the victims of a devastating tsunami.
Now it’s our moment to lead — our generation’s time to tell another great American story. So someday we can tell our children that this was the time when we helped forge peace in the Middle East. That this was the time when we confronted climate change and secured the weapons that could destroy the human race. This was the time when we brought opportunity to those forgotten corners of the world. And this was the time when we renewed the America that has led generations of weary travelers from all over the world to find opportunity, and liberty, and hope on our doorstep.”
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