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Unconventional Thinking

This election season we will hear politicians talking about programs and spending but how many of them will propose unconventional solutions to problems where conventional methods have thus far failed? How many of them will give us the same tried and failed plans of their predecessors? The future of our nation may rest in the hands of this crop of politicians who could decide the direction our nation is to take for the next decade and beyond. If we are to find success and avoid the pitfalls of past empires now may be our last chance to elect leaders to right the national ship.

The problems facing our nation are beyond substantial. Despite the hype around the issues of illegal immigration, gay marriage and the agendas of the religious right and liberal left, there are much more impactful issues facing the American people. Issues such as adults without the education needed to find meaningful employment and the shifting of the job market from high paying manufacturing jobs to low paying service industry jobs will require solutions of a nature previously unknown in America. We will need to look at entire segments of the population differently, avoiding the assumptions of the past, in order to find ways to bring the entire population forward.

With literally millions of convicts and ex-convicts in the United States and millions of other people with high potential for becoming criminals because of a lack of opportunity in their communities we will need to learn how to utilize skills differently if we are to overcome the culture that promotes a permanent underclass in America. In addition to the people that have been historically disenfranchised there are now tens of thousands of workers with limited skill sets based on assumptions of a lack of need to learn anything beyond the skills needed to perform the jobs that had supported their communities for decades. Now that the jobs have been sent overseas, the people left behind have a choice to either settle for service jobs with companies like Wal-Mart or move out of the towns they have called home in the hopes of finding work elsewhere.

The challenge facing our leaders in the near future will include a need to find ways in which to incorporate these people into the workforce in a meaningful way. Obviously the idea that they can be employed in low paying low skilled jobs will not be any incentive for them to pursue legal employment. When the options for many are eight hours a day making minimum wage or a couple hours a day making tens of thousands of dollars a month in drug deals it seems unlikely that they will choose the “proper” path. For the ones who took great pride for years in the products they produced and now have the choice of working for Wal-Mart as a door greeter or moving away from the friends and family in the hopes that there might be some work somewhere that can actually support their family there is an impossible decision to be made with no real win possible. How can our leaders hope to right this situation without thinking outside the box? The truth is they can’t. The problems cannot be solved by allowing the free market to right itself and the government can’t employ all of the people.

The leaders that will take America into a prosperous future for more than the elite few will be those who find ways to make America work for her people. The choices will likely be hard and unpopular with the elite but they will be the choices that save us from divisions that grow to the point of causing violent upheaval on a mass scale. The question for us to ask ourselves now is which leaders will have what it takes to take the bold unconventional steps to solve the problems in America and not be hamstrung by the ideas of the past that limit our options to simply what others think might be possible. Leaders who are beholden to the ways of the past cannot be our future.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | Give your feedback on this article. | Visit Troy's blog at http://reform-america.blogspot.com | Visit Troy's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/reform_america

Dennis Kucinich Takes A Shot At Impeaching Dick Cheney

Ohio Representative and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich put forth a measure in the House of Representatives to impeach Dick Cheney for activities leading up to the Iraq war this week. Despite the quick move by Democratic leadership to shuttle the measure off to the Judicial Committee in order to remove it from open debate, Kucinich found some level of victory in his move to remove the Vice President. With eroding support from the Republican Party members of the House seeking reelection in 2008 the Bush administration is having increasing difficulty in controlling the debate around pre-war activities on the part of administration officials. This action and the failure of Republicans to block it points to waning power on the part of the administration on Capitol Hill.

Kucinich who is well known for his liberal activism and personal habits such as carrying around a copy of the Constitution in his pocket called the move an effort to let the American people “know who's on the side of the Constitution.” While some might see this as an attempt to boost his ratings in the polls leading up to the New Hampshire primary and Iowa caucuses most Washington insiders agree that Kucinich is likely being genuine in his statements about his motivation. While this is not the first run Kucinich has made for the White House, he is not seen by most as a political opportunist. Often called too idealistic to be president his reputation and track record speak to strong convictions and sincere motives when it comes to his actions as a politician.

The move to send the issue to the Judicial Committee will likely kill any chances the Vice President will be impeached based on this action and result in the public perception of the action by Kucinich being reduced to a symbolic gesture. The lack of political will to pursue impeachment of the Vice President on the part of Kucinich’s fellow Democrats points to some level of fear over the outcome of the upcoming elections and a desire to not “rock the boat” too much until after the election. By the time the issue makes it out of committee it will be known who George W. Bush’s successor will be and the issue will be rendered moot by the amount of time left in the term of the Vice President.

With the polls showing Kucinich trailing far behind fellow Democrats in the presidential primary race, this action will likely have little impact on the Ohio Democrat’s chances to win his party’s presidential nomination. As for the possibility of any impeachment action being taken against the Vice President, that will be more than likely determined by the Judicial Committee. Beltway observers give impeachment little chance of moving forward but are mixed on what impact they feel the proposing of impeachment by a low-polling presidential candidate will have on the election overall. Any boost in votes this brings will take away from someone. The question becomes who and whether it will be enough to impact the nomination.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | Give your feedback on this article. | Visit Troy's blog at http://reform-america.blogspot.com | Visit Troy's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/reform_america

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