I believe that I have discovered the proper Vision for our nation, some potential answers to our generation’s questions, and that I now see the next step in becoming a more perfect Union. For me, discovering our nation’s proper Vision required re-discovering our purpose. With a new clarity, I now understand what our founders were trying to do when they created US. If ‘We the People’ are to re-discover the vision of the ‘US,’ if We are to illuminate our society’s path forward, We must do nothing short of revealing the meaning of life, our purpose in this world, what we are meant to do… We must re-discover that we are One; We, mankind, our species, One Body.
“The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.” – Thomas Paine
It was under this revelation, this belief that all the world is a country, that all of mankind is a body, a Life seeking to reach its destination, a fetus desiring to be born, that America was founded. We are a nation created in the hope of bettering the body of Us, fostering the health of mankind, furthering the development of our species. That was the purpose this nation was founded upon, that is why our forefathers fought tooth and nail to ensure our existence, why they insisted so fundamentally on equal rights for all members, and why they formed a constitutional republic as our governing body. This is what We the People must re-discover if we are to get our country back on its proper course. America is supposed to be the light, a beacon for the world, the “city on a hill,” the example and the avenue in which the world unites as One.
“We have it in our power to begin the world over again. A situation, similar to the present, hath not happened since the days of Noah until now. The birthday of a new world is at hand…” – Thomas Paine
This can once again become our destiny if we can but again embrace our Vision and act upon it.
“Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.” – Theodore Roosevelt
The world is ready for Us to usher in a new era of balanced budgets, stable currencies, and brotherly peace. But we are a broken country, a house divided, nearly bankrupt, with both of our political platforms each containing half of the right answer – a portion of our proper vision. America We must, if we are ever to come together as One people and move forward, simultaneously accept and reject both platforms so as to, rather than accept a political platform, embrace a Vision.
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” – Abraham Lincoln
I find it interesting that the right answer is not a solution which seeks to tone down Republican and Democratic rhetoric in an attempt to find middle ground. Instead, the solution is only found by entirely embracing each party’s view on one issue while summarily dismissing each party’s view on another. And then I realized something amazing: This discovery isn’t anything new at all – instead, it is simply re-discovering what our founders and forefathers had discovered long ago.
“In politics the middle way is none at all.” – John Adams
America will regain her proper Vision and direction only after she makes this discovery:
The historically Republican view of limited government and private enterprise is the best way to promote the general welfare, and the historically Democratic view of government regulation of capitalism and taxes on our most successful is the best way to legislate and tax.
“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
The problem is, once we re-discover America’s Vision, We shortly thereafter realize that a vote for either party is a vote to reject our proper course. Instead, it is a vote to continue the illusion that Government Social programs are the best way to help our poor, or that Trickle Down Economics is the best way to promote our industry. Whichever way we vote, we are voting for a failed philosophy and a broken future.
“Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.” – Ronald Reagan
“Now, anybody who thinks that we can move this economy forward with just a few folks at the top doing well, hoping that it’s going to trickle down to working people who are running faster and faster just to keep up, you’ll never see it.” – Barack Obama
For any of you who believe that both the above statements are true, to all of us who find both of our current political “platforms” lacking, I would love to hear your thoughts on how We the People can re-discover our Vision… and as to how We can find our candidate. Whatever the case, I’ve posted a proposal for our future Healthcare plan on the New Deal 3 page And of course, my “in-progress” New Deal 3 Summary page is open for the speed version – for all of us who simply don’t have the time to read my pontifications and ramblings. As always, I welcome and appreciate any feedback, push back, or constructive criticism.
“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” – Ronald Reagan
Yours in Faith.