What Can Americans Do To Make A Difference In The Four Years 2013-2017

Who says Americans cannot solve America's problems? Working together we can even help solve the World's problems!

We have over 300,000,000 "problem solvers" available.
We have over 300,000,000 "problem solvers" available. | Source

Author's Note: So much of Election 2012 looked like "hatchet jobs" that first we need to find that damned hatchet and bury it!

America has enough brains, brawn, and talent to solve all America's problems. They are not few, but we are many. In fact, we have over 300,000,000 American "problem solvers" and we can even help solve the World's problems


There is one condition. We can only accomplish these goals by working together, working hard, consistently, and being willing to sacrifice the "Me, My, Mine" for a lot more "We, Us, Ours."

Here is what it will take, and what it will look like, if we are to succeed.

The Unemployment/Under-employment Problem:

Every one of the Americans with the "brain, brawn and talent" we need has to be able to look for and find worthwhile employment to meet America's needs, their personal needs, and the needs of other Americans who are dependent on them.

The Education Problem:

We cannot remain a strong, safe, and competent force in the world, if we don't produce the "brain, brawn, and talent" needed to staff our government, maintain our military, run our businesses, and meet the other demands of the next four years in an increasingly competitive world. That will require that K to C (Kindergarten to College) can meet or exceed the educational standards of our competitors. Is there anything we want more than to have all of America's children fully prepared to pursue successful lives in all the years ahead of them?

The National Security Problem:

With enemies who consider themselves "at war with America" all the elements of national security need continued funding at their current high levels. The security of America's long borders remains a major concern for everything from monitoring incoming shipments to preventing illegal border crossings. The safety of every American and every American institution is under threat.

The Entitlements Problem:

While the American economy was strong and robust Americans funded programs designed to protect almost every American from almost any eventuality. Older programs such as Social Security were allowed to continue based on the average life expectancy of Americans back in the 1930s, medical reimbursements were based on the lower medical costs of the time, and programs were added without careful attention to how they would be funded. Every branch of government, and especially the Congress, must take steps to update these programs so that benefits are fair and properly funded both for now and for the future needs of all Americans.

The Tax Code Problem:

In the most recent election process both sides made clear that reform is needed to make the current tax code clearer and fairer while meeting the legitimate revenue needs of America. One objective must be to continue protecting those Americans living in poverty, while spreading the tax burden more equally among those who are to be taxed.

The Immigration and Illegal Immigrants Problem:

A divisive factor which continues to stir controversy among all segments of American society is the subject of what to do to have a comprehensive immigration policy which encourages legal immigration and deals with illegal immigration. If America is to have the national unity it must have to deal with its other problems, this problem must be dealt with and given the priority it deserves, realizing as we do so that illegal entry into America is also a national security problem.

The Crime Problem:

Criminal activity in America can affect every American. It skirts the tax code, does physical harm, and is a constant threat to the goal of "domestic tranquility" and to the most vulnerable Americans. Criminals and gangs are "the enemy within." Prisons are expensive and actually breed crime and recidivism, White collar crime and organized crime with their scams, cyber theft, drugs, and pimps are a national disgrace. Americans can support law enforcement better to insure an improved quality of daily living. Courts which are back logged need attention so that justice can be served, and police and sheriffs departments need adequate funding and adequately trained and equipped personnel to do what Americans have a right to expect them to do.

The need for national unity problem:

As the recent election campaigns did far too little to make "the way ahead" more clearly defined, a first order of business in the new Congress must be to define it. Congress has real power to do this, and it's not necessary to wait for a State of The Union address to tackle the problem of national unity. The House of Representatives is just that, men and women elected to represent their district within their state. That is their job and Americans have a right to expect them to earn their pay and perks. The United State Senate is made up of elected men and women chosen for their important role of advise and consent. They are not elected to obstruct the will of the people, but to protect and support Americans' hopes and wishes for a better tomorrow. Grandstanding is for victory dances in the end zone. Government is supposed to move the ball down the field to allow the American team, all of us, to participate in that victory dance.

Summary:

Have all of America's challenges been listed here? Certainly not, but these are at the top of the list. Without getting Americans back to work, paying fair taxes that fund national security, better education, and the fight against crime, these American problems will not be solved. Without a Congress of a House and a Senate in which the will of the people finds expression in the work of the day, stalemate will prevail at the very time that progress and problem solving are required.

Americans working together can solve all of America's problems, and a stronger America can play a leadership role in a world today which needs the stability and strength a stronger, more stable, more united America can provide.

The time for Republican and Democrat "party rhetoric," "attack ads," and just plain posturing is over. Now it is time for all Americans of every party and persuasion to do the work required in their personal lives, family life, and in the challenges ahead. The end zone is yards, even years, away. It is time for a winning playbook and the team effort required to get us to the real victory dance.

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© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.






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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

It all makes so much sense...and only if we could unite people to make this country a safe and wonderful place that it has always been. You said it like it is..Great Hub, Voted up and share.


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flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

You got my vote up! I really enjoyed reading your concerned and thoughtful article.


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SommerDalton 4 years ago

This is great, I totally agree Americans can do way more than just vote!! Voted up plus 3!


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Perspycacious - This is excellent. Well written and right on point. Each of us needs to contributei9n every way we can and we need to insist that our elected officials (We Pay Them) consistently work in a "bipartisan -- hands across the aisles" manner to tackle these problems. Sharing. Theresa


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India

Great article....... Hope your dreams come true.


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alifeofdesign 4 years ago from New Hamphire

The key is working together for the benefit of each and everyone of us. The needs of the one do not outweigh the needs of the many. I agree, TOGETHER, we could accomplish much-America has done it before. I've always been perplexed at our apparent need to label ourselves, especially in politics. At election time, I often feel like many people are simply choosing their favorite team-the Red Sox vs. the Yankees. Collectively, WE are the team.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

If you agree with some or even all of these points, I suggest you make three copies and send one to each of your two senators and one to your representative in Congress when you know who they will be for 2013-2017. Doing so cannot hurt. Your out-of-pocket cost is only the envelopes, stamps, and copies. If you send it to their congressional email, it will cost you nothing you don't already pay for. I suspect they may not reply, or if they do you will get a form letter reply sent to you by one of their staff, but I also know that sending it is an easy way to state your expectations for their performance of their duties in office. (You can find the addresses on Google or Bing.)


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC

Well P, you said it very well. It's really very simple. "They" won't fix it...we will!

My contribution is to tighten my boot straps, dig deeper into my imagination, and live within my means without expectation of someone else fixing it for me. You are correct! We can do it. The question is...will we?

Thanks for who you are and what you stand for!

"Voted" up!

Bruce


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

I was personally involved in SF's public schools. I raised funds and public awareness. I am no one special. I am an example of what's possible when people get involved.


Janhorner 4 years ago

I reside in the UK but the points you high light are those that are a huge problem here as well.

Many people believe that if immigration had been controlled correctly from the outset matters would be a lot better. I am not prejudiced against any other countries, but at the end of the day Australia and New New Zealand have ways of welcoming immigrants from various countries which I term as sensible obligations which must be met by the immigrant before being allowed entry.

I have very little time for the politicians in power at the moment because they appear incapable of making intelligent decisions, and come over as being particularly arrogant!

That's it on politics from me! Voted your excellent hub up!

Jan


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alanlsg 4 years ago from The World

So true for all countries and teams as teamwork is to treat everyone as myself willingly openly recycle knowledge and the me, my, mine attitude has to be changed.

Great hub voted up awesome, useful and interesting.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

I wonder whether or not the public opinion has painted Republicans in Congress so thoroughly as the "obstructionists" that the Democrats in Congress may feel they have a free ride in not having to "work across the aisles." We each need to watch our own congressional delegations and hold both fully accountable for supporting bipartisanship. We sent them there, and if we want bipartisanship. we may have to demand our own representatives and senators exercise bipartisanship.


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Perspycacious 22 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Here we are two years later, having just elected a rebalancing of the Congress and with politicians already focused on filling their war chests and rhetoric for 2016.

Be active. It's the only way the citizens can make a difference. What do you want the future of America to be like? Now it's our time to campaign for that.

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