We have been given an inadequate framework for the development of smart policy:
This contrast provides an oversimplified view of our political system. It rests on the false assumption that we have only two choices: either the government can solve all our problems, or only individuals and businesses can.
Let’s consider a more complete depiction of the relationships between people and their government:
Every decision we make as a nation should put our families, individuals and communities FIRST — not big businesses and not big government bureaucracies.
Unfortunately for all of us, extreme factions of our media-driven political discourse have conditioned us to view our government through the lens of two divergent, exclusive political viewpoints on all major issues. This flawed paradigm suggests that only one of two solutions is available for policy proposals–left vs. right, liberal vs. conservative, big government vs. small government–while also minimizing the possibilities of developing prudent legislative nuances. A better way to develop policy is to approach it from a principled yet pragmatic viewpoint that puts the wellbeing and support of our families, individuals and communities as our first priority.
- Bring unwavering, principled pragmatism to the legislative process. Minimize blindly-followed ideologies or emotion-charged reactions.
- Seek out models for effective government at the local, state, and international levels in order to put proven solutions into practice. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel with every new legislative challenge we face. Find what works; write it into law.
- Create a renewed emphasis on the power of relationships in forming a truly great society – first in our homes and communities, and then at every level of organization and government. Engage mentors, families and communities to strengthen and heal the culture.
- Emphasize what government can do well and what it can’t do well. Domestically, the government can do two things very well: legislate and invest. Large bureaucracies reduce government effectiveness.
- Work across the aisle. Form alliances between wise men and women of good will. Seek first to understand; then be understood. Believe in the power of our shared values to form consensus.
- Lead by example. Eradicate the ends-justifying-means culture that has destroyed the integrity of our legislative process and representative government.
- Consider costs vs. benefits and long term vs. short-term in all legislative matters.
- Every 30 years, conduct a comprehensive overhaul of our federal laws to eliminate redundancy, ineffectiveness and waste. Let’s usher in an era of simplified legislation.