Feeling like there's nothing common about sense in politics? We need clear objectives and policies that logically steer us towards our objectives, leveraging data and observations whenever possible. Our current political climate contains too much hypocrisy, self-righteousness, and logical contradiction.
The words in the Pledge of Allegiance, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, the Gettysburg Address, and several public speeches by American heroes highlight our national principles and values that serve as a guiding light, calling us to be greater and better. National symbols also remind us of who we can choose to be.
Do we want the truth? Or would we prefer more convenient "alternative facts?" Should our policies align with our principles? Or should we betray our principles and values whenever it suits us? Do we want to stay in blissful ignorance or do we have the courage to face our fears?
Political games don't solve problems or create opportunities. Neither does policy that fails to address root causes. If government is for the people, any time or resources not spent for the people is waste.
Rights of Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness; More Perfect Union; Equal Justice; Domestic Tranquility; Common Defense; General Welfare; Liberty and Justice for All; Government of the People, by the People, and for the People
The earliest leaders of the nation were not perfect but got a truly impressive amount of greatness of principle packed into the nation's founding documents and early historical events. Throughout American history, our nation has at times heroically advanced these pillars; and our nation has at times colossally failed to even acknowledge some pillars. Nearly all of our modern causes can still be enveloped by at least one of these pillars.
It's easier to bring out our best selves when our needs are satisfied. Economic growth and prosperity are poor excuses to betray our beliefs, principles, and values. I understand nobody likes to hear this; but at some point, we may have to live with "enough" and someday perhaps even "less." For now, let's focus on sustainable growth with a win-win mentality.
The unhealthy accelerate the spread of disease and are unable to fully contribute to society. Healthy workers are more productive. Healthy children learn better in school. Healthy parents better raise healthy children. Nutrition and preventive care are the foundation of low-cost health.
Liberty, equality, and justice FOR ALL. All have equal access to both justice and liberty. Liberty to do what we want without inflicting harm. Justice to correct and prevent harm. We need justice reform: incentives, processes, and organizations. People accused of crimes have rights (e.g., protection from unreasonable search and seizure; due process of law; legal counsel; speedy trial by impartial jury; protection from excessive bail, fines, punishment; life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness).
The greatest strength and potential weakness of our nation is us, the people. To strengthen our nation, we must strengthen our people. We must be able to think critically, analytically, logically, and creatively to advance our nation's objectives. We require understanding, empathy, and compassion to make sure we don't lose ourselves or betray our own values.
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