Whatever our differences, we all agree that those elected to represent us are not doing so effectively. The Pew Research Center wrote:
“Currently, just 19% [of Americans] say they can trust the government always or most of the time, among the lowest levels in the past half-century. Only 20% would describe government programs as being well-run. And elected officials are held in such low regard that 55% of the public says “ordinary Americans” would do a better job of solving national problems.”
Many organizations have proposed solutions but seem not to have been able to popularize or gain traction on them. Maybe that is because they are trying to promote these solutions to politicians instead of coming to us; the people. Politicians are not going to reform themselves or the system in which they are embedded. Therefore, we the people must, we can, and we will.
Let this be the start of a movement that will make it impossible for government to continue to ignore the people.
First, lets define the problems. What do you believe to be the 5 most important issues?* On October 16, we will publish a summary of all the suggestions received and will ask you to rank them to provide a consensus document. Based on what we believe to be the most pressing items we can begin to work together on solutions that can be implemented at the state and/or federal level.
In the meantime, let’s get the discussion started.*
*Please be polite and empathic. Comments that are intended to make others feel uncomfortable will not be accepted.