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Friday, February 23, 2018

A Good America: We Can Do Better

A good America is a country that looks out for life today and life tomorrow with an eye on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for every American.

Health Care
More and better is the way to go when it comes to health care. We should afford every American the best quality of health care possible. This will cost money--money to afford that health care for all, money for prevention, and money to train wonderful health care professionals. This includes dental care and mental health care too.

One big problem we face today is that too many Americans are satisfied with slick sound bites and the voice and choice of manipulative marketeers. To truly uplift our country, we need to uplift education. Massachusetts has been a leader in education. With a strong department of education and teachers' union, there have been substantial good decisions and directions forged in education in this state. A well educated populous will make good decisions for all, decisions that profit from reading, research, analysis, expert consultation, and collaboration. This is vital when it comes to a good America.

We are a country full of wonderful natural resources and we have to treat these natural resources like the gold that they are. To misuse and mismanage these wonderful resources spell disaster for our country. Right now many administrators like @POTUS seek short term financial gain for themselves and cronies rather than protect and promote our wonderful natural resources--this is greedy, selfish, and short sighted with regard to a good America.

The CDC does good research as does so many of our wonderful universities and research organizations. This research points the way to greater safety and good living for all. We can't ignore this research, and we can't halt more research. We need that kind of thoughtful, intelligent, scientific work to make safer communities for all. Right now many administrators don't care about the safety of most Americans, and choose instead to protect the safety of their families and cronies. And by not choosing the safety for all, they increase their wealth and power too. This is greedy and selfish and not what we need when it comes to developing a good America.

Values: Take Care of Children, The Elderly, and the Most Vulnerable Amongst Us
In so many ways in our nation today, we are not looking out for the needs of children, the elderly, and our most vulnerable citizens. Everywhere we look, we see evidence of this, and to make a good America, we need to look out for these citizens and do all we can to uplift their lives. When the weakest amongst us is well supported, our country is stronger. This is critical when it comes to a good America.

Modernization Can Result in Betterment for All
Take modernization seriously and do it in conjunction with environmental protection and human dignity. To be modern doesn't mean we have to be less human, instead to be modern means that we can use new technology to reflect respect and support for human dignity and good living. We don't have to rape and pillage the environment to live well. We don't have to let some rise up while others are left behind for a good America. We can look at issues deeply and support streams of positive change that include good research, expert consultation, debate, collaboration, and intelligent decision making.

This is a turning point in our country. We are all challenged by a greedy, selfish, and untrustworthy administration who utilizes demeaning comments, slick sound bites, little research or analysis, and self-serving policies/decisions to lead our country. This is a giant overcorrection that will hopefully wake up all 323,000,000 Americans so that they use their voices to stand up for what is right and good so that all Americans have the opportunity for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Don't stay silent, and commit to advocacy in some way now to support a good America.

Impatient for Change, But We Can Do Better

When I see a problem and recognize a solution, I become impatient for change. I want it now. However, change, no matter how good it is, takes time.

Especially today when we have a seemingly greedy and selfish POTUS and #GOP administrative team, we have to be thoughtful and patient with regard to change even though the impetus for change is great.

There will always be problems in life, the worst thing we can do is ignore those problems. It is also not such a great idea to be impatient either as impatience can sometimes lead us too fast with change ideas, and those ideas may not be the result of good research, analysis, expert consultation, and collaboration.

So what are average citizens to do in the face of big problems that affect their lives and livelihood?

I keep referring to Timothy D. Snyder's book, On Tyranny, because he clearly demonstrates what average citizens should do and why we must act to keep our democracy strong. Taking care of our democracy has to become a daily effort by every American--all 323,000,000 of us if we want a strong community.

Join Unions and Other Political Advocacy Groups
As Snyder suggests, we have to join unions and other strong organizations to build our collective voice, rights, and capacity--without strong, collective organizations, average Americans won't have the voices and power they need to promote the opportunity for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans. So I suggest that you join your union, read their reports, and join in their advocacy when and how you can to support the good life for all Americans, not just a few wealthy and powerful Americans who sit at the top with regard to power and money.

Read the Research; Become Informed
We also have to consult the research. Those at the top who care only for themselves and their cronies, don't want you to know the truth, and they don't want you to read the research, analyze, and consult experts who have spent their lives dedicated to issues that plague us. As Snyder suggests we need to take the time to become informed, and not be satisfied with slick sound bites and disrespectful tweets alone.

Know that Problems will Always Exist
My impatience leads me to want to solve the problems right now, but the reality is that problems will always exist. When one goes, another will come. Hence problem solving with the goal of good living is a lifelong effort so it needs to be part of your everyday activity and effort. How do you fit good citizenship into your daily routine--what do you do? These are some efforts I'll continue to take part in.
  • Read a reliable news source(s) every day. Know what's going on.
  • Listen to reliable news shows daily. Stay informed.
  • Join Twitter and follow good Americans. Block those that demean others and fill Twitter with slick sound bites instead of good links and research. When you establish a reliable, respectful, and intelligent Twitter PLN, you have a daily connection to good minds, advocacy, research, and information. 
  • Converse, discuss, and debate with friends, family members, and others. Make sure that you are getting out there and discussing the issues in public forums. Be open to new ideas and willing to change your mind when new information moves you in that direction.
  • Forward positive initiatives and actions at home, in your work place, and in the community that will elevate the way we live and work with each other.
  • Have an eye on the future, and do what you can to make a good future for generations to come. 
We All Have to Do Our Part
Don't let a few Americans choose for all 323,000,000 Americans. In the last election less than 1/3 of the voters chose President Trump and now he has tremendous power over all 323,000,000 Americans--is this the kind of country we want, or do we want a country where the majority has substantial voice and choice over what happens. Encourage your family members, neighbors, and friends to register and ready to vote. Do the same. I know we can do better.

Take Care of the 323,000,000 - Register and Ready to Vote

Imagine if Trump turned away from the 5,000,000 NRA members to better care for the ~325,000,000 Americans by following the lead of countries like Australia and RESTRICTING, REDUCING, and REGULATING gun use to lessen senseless violence.

Imagine if Trump and his cronies actually read the research, used good process, analyzed the situation honestly, and consulted experts in the field to make thoughtful decisions that truly spell positive change.

Imagine if Trump decided to spend less time on slick sound bites and marketing to truly lead our country forward with laws that demonstrate dignity to humanity, laws that recognize the human factor such as laws that allow DACA a path to citizenship rather than taking people away from the families they love and care for and sending them back to countries they don't know.

Imagine if Trump spoke, tweeted, and led with respect rather than using multiple demeaning comments to disrespect and diminish hard working, dedicated Americans.

Imagine if the 200,000,000+ registered voters in the United States did vote and voted for people who really care about developing a good, strong country--the kind of country that provides the supports that lead to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all.

Unfortunately Trump is mired in the swamp of cronies, will for wealth, and manipulation. He's not interested in the ~325,000,000 Americans, but instead committed to his own #wealth, #self, #popularity and that of a few family members and cronies.

I hope that the ~325,000,000 will begin to stand up, use their voices, and vote for what is right and good for themselves, their family members, neighbors, and communities. It's time to register and prepare to vote in upcoming elections. It may mean that people have to use a vacation day, rent a car, do some research in order to get to polling booths, but it's worth the effort to get ready to vote earlier than later so next time we're not led by a President that less than 1/3 of American voters supported in the last election. We can do better.