Many Americans want problems fixed, such as our high deficit spending, our high un-and-under employment rate (only 44% of Americans have a full-time job with a regular paycheck), climate change is devastating the planet and threatening health, and many feel the impact of illegal immigration. We’re constantly trying to fix problems rather than design a future.
In his recent blog post, Peter Fiekowsky, who’s heading up the Citizens Climate Lobby 100 Year Plan wrote, “A powerful campaign requires a good outcome.” He cited Kennedy’s declaration in 1961 that America would put a man on the moon and bring him back safely by the end of the decade.
Yet our news is blanketed by problems. Where are the discussions of what our real goals should be? Very few people are like Peter in asking what we want for our future and then flesh that out.
We do the same thing when it comes to political reform. Most Americans would settle for passing an anti-corruption law or a campaign finance law and simply hope it will have a sufficiently positive effect. The media reports on problems that have continued to plague us for decades.
What do I really want for our future? I want Congress to be fully accountable to citizens. I want them to be responsive to our problems and work on solutions. I want us to reimagine the American dream and do what we do best, build it using innovation and team-work. The private sector will have a huge role to play. And so will government.
We need Congress to be freed from the influence of money and the dominance of parties. We need to have a truly American democracy, where Congress is accountable to us, the citizens. Only then will have a government of, by and for the people. Only then will we have the freedom to build the American dream.