Urgently, America’s highest imperative now is a new ethic of leadership which produces laws and regulations of government that support the greatest possible good, for the largest number of people, over the longest period of time, at the lowest necessary cost. This moral compass of America is embedded in the words of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. It is the greatest promise ever made to all Americans. These words matter, however they are interpreted by successive generations in constantly changing times.
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
The Preamble introduces the Constitution and in its 52 words sets forth the national purpose of the United States. It is the moral foundation of our leadership at home and in the world. Most of all, it is the greatest promise America has made to itself as the guide for this nation and its place in the world since the Constitution was ratified in 1789. And we keep our promises by respecting the law.
Those who lead, run, and support the public challenges they have accepted, are bound to do so in order to form a more perfect union. Turbulent politics simply make matters worse. Building trust is a core value. Working relationships require bipartisanship that puts the country’s interests before the self interests of those at the pinnacle of leadership. The actions of those selected to lead, then filter down to others charged with their implementation.
This very publicly polarized leadership and the very publicly divided follower-ship is a symptom of the problem that is engendered by both sides in Washington, D.C., by officials across the nation and now it has gravitated and been reinforced around the globe. The 100 million no-shows in 2016 were a reflection of this dangerous divide. And this division has let loose an avalanche of invective and foul play among politicians as well as their enemies and their advocates.
Any democracy such as ours is exceedingly difficult to lead, to run and to finance according to any rules of law and order. The founders created a system of checks and balances to make it difficult for tyranny to raise its ugly head in the experiment they created as this new nation. The current turbulent politics simply make matters worse. Building trust is a core necessity. Working relationships require bipartisanship that puts the country’s interests before the interests of self-interested lobbies with virtually unlimited financial clout. In the absence of a consensus at the top of the line, there is a greater danger looming on the bottom line.
Moving forward necessitates the active engagement—participation in some part or parts of the political process—of every able-bodied citizen because the resistance of special interests to constructive change could only be overcome in the court of public opinion and realized by a strong federal government whose elected officials and administrative staff are dedicated to the well-being of “We the People.” That court of public opinion would include the ongoing messages of politicians, pundits, and pollsters in the midst of a diversely inclusive every day public debate. The 100 million no-shows would be an important part of that.
Public understanding and reaffirmation of America’s promise leads to an improved and increased well-being across the board. Integral to that process is the promotion and support of citizen productivity. Enabling each person to realize “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” is the bottom line and always most powerful when it secures an optimum result from every asset, starting with the people themselves. The invention of the good is far less costly than repair of the bad. To accomplish that, there are three major issues we must address contemporaneously: economic growth, national security and global governability.
ECONOMIC GROWTH represents the greatest possible good that aims to offer the opportunity and encourage the efforts needed to fosterthe prosperity that helps steer the ship of state. Since it is clear that what we focus on is what we measure, we must develop analyses of the net investment in our people that will foster their well-being. This will result in greater productivity with continual enhancements of their capabilities. And this increased well-being and prosperity will lead to increases of all kinds of productivity that will lead, in turn, to economic growth and cultural evolution. And this will generate greater public and private investment in the nation’s development. As a matter of simple reason, we must address that as a top priority now.