Creating a Solution > Perpetuating a Problem

Tomorrow, I am attending what is to be one of many remote political gatherings of the coming season. For the politician I have solicited the following question: With such polarized attitudes and ideologies, how do you plan to maintain public support while equilaterally raising the metric of success in [prospective state] (specifically metrics related to happiness, across socio economic and ethnic brackets)?

Which can be deducted as: “What the are you going to do? And how?”

There are a couple chief difficulties in the domestic political sphere right now and they are not new:

Pretty tough if you add all of those things up, am I right? Illustrating the difficulties involved in maintaining, growing, and matching our government to the current times is not the point of this right however.

Instead I want to offer some logistical nuggets and brief facts of ideological history. But first I would like to offer a list to the reader.

1) Two Steering Wheels in a Nascar (Bad Redundancy)

2) Two Pilots in a Plane (Good Redundancy)

3) Siamese Twin Iron Man Competitors (Up for Debate)

4) Two Bill Cosbys (Bad Redundancy)

5) Two Tom Hanks (Great Redundancy)

6) Branches of Government Weighted by Checks and Balances (Good Redundancy)

7) Having more than one team for any given sport (Good Redundancy)

8) Having more than one person in a debate (Good Redundancy)

9) Having more than one person in a marriage (Good Redundancy, if it goes well)

You Fix It!

6, 7, and 8 are the important distinctions in that list that a large portion of the economic and political realms would be wise to review. From my limited knowledge of politics, the three branches are the federal government are prospectively, Judiciary (Ruling Law), Congressional (Creating Law), Presidential (Agile Usage). In this hypothesis of democracy, the federal government was just one trichotomy of checks and balances that could be overruled by the states within our union. However, as time has passed, many states have slowly become dependent on Federal Funding. A couple world wars, a trip to the moon, and depressions that required bailouts, the United States has become more 1 than 50. In fairness this is a reflection of major growth in how the world gears move. But this has also allowed for tyranny, for what is bad, and for what is a good, in all fairness. In reality the Presidential Branch and The Office of The Governor of the prospective States are the only governing components that can react at the speed in which the world moves and it seems the legislators and judiciaries are in a constant game of catch up. My argument here is that most of the legislative and judiciary outputs are hard to change. They are hard to change because of the breadth and depth in which they were built.

Because of the scale in which some of these institutions have grown, in and out of the political and economic realm, each one requires a major systematic failure for any changes to come to fruition. For example: a financial meltdown, we change it; healthcare breaks, we fix it?; international trade breaks, we fix it?; domestic agriculture breaks, we fix it?; and so on?.

Guess that probably needs to be fixed.

Part of the boat is sinking and everyday there is something new. All I know is that the remedy is somewhere in this recipe.

3 part, competition

1 part, logic

2 part, decision

3 part, willingness to change

4 part, respect (not necessarily agreement)

2 part, unified purpose

5 part, inspiration and creativity

100 part, hard work

That’s a (not the, but a) recipe for a more agile way to operate. I don’t know about the reader, but watching the news lately has left me with the impression that there aren’t many constants anymore and it doesn’t take a cross country carriage and steam boat to deliver information, yet it seems that some portions of the structure of our government are struct in nostalgia.

So, what can you do? Well, complaining is one of the worst ideas. You have the right to participate, not the right to do whatever you want. Participation looks a lot like this:

1) Message any and every politician: With such polarized attitudes and ideologies, how do you plan to maintain public support while equilaterally fixing [insert issue you care about] in [geo location you care about] ([then get specific and ask how they will cross party lines to make it happen])?

2) Voting

3) Advocacy

4) Volunteering

5) Informed Decision Making

Or, to consolidate: realize, ponder, seek outside opinion, storm, form, norm, and perform!

Democracy works best with involvement, opinion, and competition. More Activity == More Progress. Advocate for what you care about and be willing to be wrong. Being a spectator is simply never enough.