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Politics & Power

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Reforming America: Realistic Solutions

Once we’ve identified the real issues and filtered out the sensationalism it’s important that we come up with realistic solutions. Too often idealism is not tempered with reality. People get so caught up in what "should" be that they lose sight of what is actually achievable given the resources at our disposal and the realities of human interactions. We have to learn to accept that there are no "perfect world" solutions coming anytime soon. People, society and life in general are all flawed, imperfect things and they need to be dealt with as such.

One thing that is not going to happen short of a global civil war between the haves and the have-nots is a major shift in the power structure of the nation or the world. The people in power are going to hold that power unless it is wrested from their cold, dead hands. They are not going to allow legislation to pass that will substantially change their status in life. They will spend whatever it takes to keep the people in power friendly to their interests. Even the seeming victories for the people like Wall Street reform measures passing the House of Representatives are usually well tempered with protections for the wealthy. The politicians are overwhelmingly influenced by the wealthy because they have the means to be a constant presence in the political arena in person or by proxy through lobbyists. Grassroots organizations simply cannot sustain a fight against that level of influence that would result in ultimate victory of the "little people" over the wealthy.

Knowing that you can’t strip the powerful of their power directly using the system you can adjust your strategy to serve the interests of the people at large while finding a benefit to those in power. Finding ways to partner the interests of those in need with those of means is one way to effect positive change. There are more often than not symbiotic relationships that exist which merely need to be highlighted to encourage those in power to support people in need because in the end it is in their best interests to do so.

Beyond knowing your limitations and finding ways to work within them you need to think about what the actual result of your plan would be if it were successful. For example, what would happen if every child in America were to graduate college? What would the future workforce’s prevailing attitudes be and would that be good for the long term economic health of America? Do we want a nation comprised of nothing but well-educated professionals who would likely be unwilling to do many of the "dirty" jobs needed to keep our society functional? Who would do those jobs? Would the new crop of bright minds figure out how to automate those jobs so nobody would have to do them? What is realistic to expect?

Change is usually a difficult and painful process for most involved. It is not often a glorious arrival. More often it is a hard fought battle that has many casualties before all is said and done. If one is to take on the task of working to bring major change it is wise to make sure that the fight is one worth winning. When you look dispassionately at the facts and likely outcomes of a course of action you may find that the specific change you are seeking would in fact be worse than the reality you have in front of you.

To bring about beneficial change you need to temper ideology with reality. Serving the greater good usually involves a lot of compromise and sacrifice. If you are going to ask people to do those things you need to be able to show them why it’s good for them to do so and how it will be bad for them not to in realistic terms. Slippery slopes and what might come if many loosely connected events align are pretty weak motivators in the long term. If you want real change you need to be able to point to a real outcome that people can get behind and show that you have a realistic plan to get there.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom | Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article



Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net





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