I have been spending sometime thinking about real concerete solutions to the problems facing our country today. In order to best do this I have made effort to be open to ideas wherever and from whomever they may come.
From the Wizard of Oz comes the phrase, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any path will take you there.” When we consider the paths that we all are taking in life, do we all know where that path is taking us? When I see some of the people who have made the most notable achievements in this world, they seem to be those with a clear idea of what they want to accomplish and posses a strong desire to accomplish it.
I have heard it said that no one will make it to heaven on accident. I don’t believe that Walt Disney stumbled upon Disneyland, or that any major achievement of success happens without a plan or path in place to take us there - plan first, act second.
Businesses make business plans, strategic plans, marketing plans and financial plans to achieve the goals desired. Under this philosophy sometimes I wonder if we should be voting for people to run for office? Should we rather vote for the programs we want to have enacted THEN pick the most efficient candidates for the selected public policy. Should we not be the one’s voting for certain bills to be passed, not voting for people to do who knows what in office? When we vote for elected officials it is if we don't know where were going as a people. Voting becomes a form of legalized gambling. Should our country be more focused on a "business" plan and less about who to put in office? Success comes first from vision, and second from accomplishing that vision. This seems to be true both personally and in business, why not in government too?
In someways I feel that voting people in and waiting to see what happens next opens a window for a power grabs by the few over the many. This is not a movie, this is government, this is our lives. We should not find out "what happens next" and just keep watching like a passive brainless audience.
Politicians lie, politicians are power hungry, and politicians can make "deals" that favor themselves over country. Programs don't - at least not without the people's consent. What if a program was outlined and was presented to the people for their vote. Say that program was to run a government program under "xyz" conditions. After these conditions are established and agreed upon, our elected officials are simply there to effectively carry out the plan of the people. Elected officials then become managers of the people's affairs, not the unrestricted leaders of our affairs and designers of our future. Crazy concept, I know.
Currently, we can vote an individual into office that may or may not do what they campaign on, and they may, as our president has done, wield entirely too much power over the lives of the citizens. If a national health care plan is to be put in place, it should be one that the people first know about, and second, vote on. To be forced to take whatever one president pushes on us is unconstitutional at a minimum. Our senators and representatives vote on bills they cannot possibly read let alone ponder and comprehend. If programs were well though out, and the people were given sufficient time to read them, much like propositions in an elective process, we would have far fewer programs in place that waste money, increase the size of government, without the voice of the people putting such things in place.