THE TIME HAS COME FOR A NEW POLITICAL PARADIGM
The vast majority of people with whom I’ve spoken over the past several years are frustrated with what has been happening in Washington, D.C. Our elected officials appear to be more interested in running perpetual campaigns than in attending to the Nation’s business. It’s time to correct that problem.
I predominantly worked in the world of corporate turnarounds for the past 30 years: sometimes fixing a department; sometimes fixing a division; and sometimes fixing an entire company. My experience spans high-tech, low-tech and no-tech businesses ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. They shared one common trait: if they had been referred to me, they had been pronounced dead-on-arrival, the toe tag was on, and they were zipping up the body bag (i.e., they were out of money, out of ideas, and out of hope). My job was essentially to “revive the patient.”
A majority of Americans seem to believe that Washington, D.C. is out of money, out of ideas, and out of hope.
One thing I can guarantee: in times like these, there needs to be a paradigm shift that leverages every resource, refocuses everyone involved, and tests every decision against the Vision, Mission and Values to which the company … or Country … is committed. Luckily, we have the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights (and additional Amendments) to guide the way.
Drawing upon the Declaration, every proposed solution should be vetted as to whether:
- It treats every citizen equally
- It protects life
- It preserves liberty, and
- It provides an opportunity to pursue happiness
Drawing upon the Constitution, every proposed solution should be vetted as to whether:
- It contributes to forming a more perfect Union
- It establishes justice
- It insures domestic tranquility
- It provides for the common defense
- It promotes the general welfare, and
- It secures the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity
Every proposed solution does not need to touch upon every point, but every proposed solution should readily be identifiable with at least one of these precepts. If you think that is somewhat mundane, pick the issue of your choice and test it against these principles. You will see how easy it is to separate partisanship from citizenship.
It’s time to restore America, and I can only do it with your help.