Why Me?

Direction for US

Leaders must understand the desired destination, how to arrive at the destination, the consequences of different routes, and the reasons the outcomes result from decisions. Leaders work independently and interdependently to achieve meaningful desired results. Better leaders understand their ideas are seldom the best, so they reason with those they represent.

Wayne Gretzky once said, "I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been." Is our nation "[skating] to where the puck is going to be?" Is our nation preparing to conquer future challenges? Do our leaders even recognize what the future challenges are likely to be? Whatever future challenges arise, do you trust our leaders to effectively solve them? The battlefield is shifting from weapons to innovation, science, technology, and economics. I have a PhD in Business Operations Management from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, a top business school. I learned business and economics from some of the most expert minds in the world and was mentored for a brief time by the Nobel laureate Dale Mortensen, a labor economist. I also earned an MS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin where I again learned from some of the most expert scientific and engineering minds in the world. I know the destination and how to get there - I can "skate to where the puck is going to be."

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Logic and Reason in Politics?

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.

Principles and Values

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.

Understanding, Empathy, Compassion

Understanding, Empathy, Compassion

We must seek to understand all those similar to and different from ourselves. Although we can learn a lot by self reflection, we can also learn a lot by understanding others' perspectives. Often, we can learn the most from those most different from ourselves.

Honesty, Integrity, and Courage

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?

Issues

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.

American Pillars

American Pillars

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.

ECONOMY AND TRADE

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.

PUBLIC HEALTH

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

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).

DEMOCRACY

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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