We'll call it ARM so I can save on the typing. As the news poured in today and I was going from link to link, it all became clear to me -- why not just stop the madness, loosen up and make it happen? The news is filled with huge problems and a couple of small answers here and there, but no answers of any significance.
I kept thinking of that pile of useless paper called a heathcare reform bill, and it occured to me -- this is not going to work. Not just the reform bill, but all of it. Government has reached the point of maximum incompetence, but don't get me wrong -- I'm not simply repeating the old government-is-bad narrative -- no I'm not that simple-minded like those redneck racist yahoos who are calling for the guvmint to git da hell outta thar bizness. Hell, I've read books, slick, I ain't yer average hick.
What I envisioned was nuthin' less than the rebirthin' of Amurica. And don't say you don't nothin' bout birthin' no nation, cuz I know you do. Okay, enuff with da dialect.
Well, maybe you don't know anything about rebirth, because you never studied the first birth in depth, but this is a new day, anyway, and, as they say -- "It's better than doing nothing!" Oh, this is much better than doing nothing.
The country is at a point where we all know that something must be done, so we'll start at a point of agreement. It would be good if President Obama went along with ARM, but it's not necessary. He is a good salesman, and those skills will be needed, and this is where presidents and congress-peeps can play a major role and redeem themselves in the slaunched-eyes of the public.
Since we've perversely placed the state at the center of America's attention when it comes to big issues of change, politicians will need to be leaders of the ARM. If not Obama, then the next president, or the next, depending on how bad our financial house is disordered, should speak frankly with the American people -- the upcoming Economic Summit would be a good opportunity. The message should transcend the ordinary emptiness of political speech, and should be aimed straight at society in general as a large group of individuals who have the power to transform the country and overcome our financial and social problems.
I believe there's a growing desire in the country to be empowered to create change. The powerlessness many people feel is frustrating -- people want to be able to do something. Despite the loss in wealth due to the recession, there is still a lot of wealth in America, but beyond wealth there's a great deal of untapped creative energy. If challenged, the people of this country could create a new America. Cynics will say the American people are ignorant and self-centered, but the cynics would be the first group of small minds to be left on the porch in a regenerative movement. The tension the nation feels between where we are and where we could be creates frustration, cynicism and pessimism, self-deating responses which keep us trapped in a looping downward spiral, but the creative tension can inspire a regenerative energy which breaks the country free of the negative loop into an optimistic future of innovation and creative solutions.
Using the bully pulpit, the president and members of the political class can embrace the private sector as the key to generative energy. An out-of-the-box possibility is a nation challenged to use its resources to, first, resolve the healthcare problem. An admission from the government players that any government solution will be inadequate to the needs of a large, diverse, free country, and that private solutions are the first choice, would remove the healthcare problem from the poliitical realm of partisan wrangling and special interest warfare to the private realm where resources are available to develope voluntary solutions which won't be subject to the corrupting influence of politics.
Now, in the Information Age, is the perfect time to begin the private resolution of problems such as healthcare which have become entangled in government programs which are quickly bleeding money and energy to little good effect. An environment of transparency, urgency and optimistic problem-solving should be created in America -- a new way of thinking and acting should be born. At no time in our history has it ever been this important to join public and private sources to move forward. The old game of government trying to get as much from the rich as they can get and the rich trying to hide as much as they can from the government poachers should end.
Look at all the wealth in the sports industry, in Hollywood, in the music industry, among billionaires like Gates, Buffett, Soros, Pickens, Turner, and all the millionaires across the country. If these people were brought into the game and asked to be vital players, the amount of resources and connections and positive energy is staggering. If businesspeople and the rich in general could trust government as an honest partner and they felt like their efforts to solve societal problems would truly be good for everyone concerned, there's no limits to the creative ideas and efforts which could change the direction of the nation. Just imagine what it would do for the psyche of the nation to truly feel like we are all in this together, and that as individuals we can make a difference and work together toward something excellent.
With a concerted effort of the public and private realms, the economy would turn around -- and as we grow in prospertiy and our standard of living rises, a constant focus placed on building a healthy, educated, safe and optimistic society will benefit us all.
I will extend this idea in a couple more posts to present particulars which I think are possible and desirable for the rebirth of America.