Fix the System

The poltical system of the USA is facing major issues of which the average citizen is unaware. The power to fix these issues lies solely in the hands of the public.

Location: Peabody, Massachusetts, United States

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Response to a campaign worker

I received an email from a friend of mine in the LDS church who was trying to help drum up support for a (potential?) new Presidential candidate. After responding to his request, I offered my 'two cents' as follows:

From everyone I have talked to in the church who identifies as Republican, and from what I know about the Republican party, the two do not seem to match very well. Mormon Republicans tend to be ethically and fiscally conservative in ways that the Republican party seems to be using as hooks only, and is primarily focusing on growing big business income as the main party diving force.

This focus on the money of Big Business is particularly incongruous with Church doctrine, and is damaging to our spirituality. "But the laborer in Zion shall labor for Zion; for if they labor for money they shall perish." (2 Ne 26:31) I worry that many people do not recognize the scope and depth of the relationship between Big Business and the Republican party, and do not spend enough time examining the issues to recognize whether or not they agree with it. I think that most people would find that they DID NOT agree, if they truly understood.

I also believe that this deception on the part of Big Business and lack of understanding by the Republican base extends to much of the country and represents a fault line in the Republican party that is nearing the point of shearing. I do not believe that it would take much to cause this division in the Republican party. Additionally, I believe that most of the party is on one side of the divide, and that it is only the figurative head that would find itself without a body.

I, myself, am a problem solver. I see the incongruity of the direction of the Republican party with the morals of the Republican base, and see a problem to be solved. The solution, as I see it, is for a charismatic, moralled leader to force the schism by publicly returning to the cause of the Republican base, and rejecting the party platform drafted by Big Business.

There are several things that this leader would need to do:

* Educate the public on the influence of Big Business in politics
* Re-examine issues to find a stance more appropriate to the Republican base
* Educate the public on why the stance has changed and why the new stance helps them
* Ignore attempts by Big Business to interfere

This is, obviously, a vague and incomplete list, but gives the basic idea.

One issue in particular, that needs to be re-examined is environmental policy. There is no longer any room for a party that does not believe that we need to find better, more efficient ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. We are simply running out of resources. Failure to reverse our national course on these issues will be catastrophic.

Anyway, as you can see, I have a lot to say on these issues. I hope you can pass this on, not as advice, because the course outlined would be very unlikely to help a presidential candidate win an election, but as input. It is what I believe the Republican base needs. The people would be served, but perhaps not the politician - not in the short term, anyway.


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