The People Have Spoken
The Founding Fathers were hunters and gatherers in a new world, embracing a dream of living off the land, and destined to create communities mutually supporting the citizenry while maintaining a free society. Since the time the colonists were threatened by the British, the need to form mutually supported groups were needed to preserve liberty. The Magna Carta was inspiration during the American Revolution and foundation for the 5th Amendment of the United States (US) Constitution. Mutually supported communities continued to be formed and the free market society was established. It took years for the US Constitution to be completed ratified, yet the lessons then apply in the world today. It’s time to move forward.
Formal education and years as a public administrator have provided an appreciation of the principles of the US Constitution. Application of the principles of administration is essential to ensure equality, liberty, and justice to those in the country. Public administrators and elected officials respond and work for the citizenry – those put in a position of responsibility can and are replaced at the time of election. Programs and services to the citizens of the country are to be mutually supported as a community.
Prior to the election results this message was posted on a website:
It is amazing the venom coming from those displaying support for the country and the electoral process, yet only if you agree with the same view. Disagreement, dialogue, and decisions made this country…with unity.
Pointing fingers at what did not happen is a focus on the past, not the future. Hopefully, regardless of the election result, there can be a return to the values and principal with unity. There were many responses about crying all night, upset at a state or the country for voting in a certain manner. There was a lack of response on the responsibility to vote and elect the representative to govern the country. There seems to currently be a lack of support for those elected and a lack of support of the U.S. Constitution.
The people have spoken!
The founding fathers were truly transitional – aware of the need for discourse, disagreement, and decision. The founding fathers found a way to move forward and let the people vote; those elected would represent their people, and mutually support the best interest of a majority of the citizens of the United States.
The basic principles of a collaborative orientation apply to the founding fathers and for the country to move forward today.
- Purpose – The elected officials have a purpose; service to others and to represent their constituents. The constituents are whom an elected official is responsible.
- Decision Making – Action is required to move the country forward. Decision making in a partisan party lines is inaction. Discourse, disagreement and compromise are needed for decision making.
- Openness – The US is a representative republic – the power resides with those entitled to vote and those representatives responsible to the voters. Openness in information is needed across the board for effective decision making.
It is time to think of unity as a nation. Michael Wolfe on Oct 22, 2012 related in USA Today that the super PAC’s and candidates spent
over 4 billion dollars on advertising. Arguably the advertising accomplished nothing except polarizing the nation. Polarization has resulted in anger and finger pointing with a focus on the past. Nothing can be done about the past or present, we can only look at the future. Unifying and applying the founding fathers initial principles to move the country forward may bring many people closer to appreciation of the constitutional principles and values of the republic.