The race for the office of President of the United States is on. Ted Cruz made his announcement on March 23, followed by Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.
The rallying cries are beginning. One calling for Liberty, as if we do not have it anymore, one talking about getting ready, as if we have something to prepare for, one talking about taking America back, a slogan that has been heard for centuries, but where has America gone, and one asking to bring America into the 21st Century as if we haven't already crossed that threshold. As the rhetoric begins and as it moves forward towards election day 2016, the more they will talk, the more they will debate, the more they will ask us to take sides.
Why? Isn't America a country for every American? In a country with unlimited potential and ideas, why are we asked to pick one party over another? Why are we asked to pick one ideology over another? Why is the choice so myopic, conservative vs. liberal, as opposed to who is the best candidate over another candidate?
There is truth on both sides of the argument. Conservatism usually tries to preserve an idea that came to fruition from what is usually labeled, at that moment in time, liberal or progressive. I choose the word visionary. The birth of the United States of America was a liberal, progressive, visionary idea for not only England, but the entire world. The terms liberal, progressive, visionary, usually arise from a foundation of a proven track record, often times labeled conservative.
Prior to the writing of the U.S. Constitution, John Adams was asked to write the Constitution for what he called during most of his life "his country," Massachusetts. David McCullough wrote in his 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography about John Adams, that he took the best from what he believed to be the two longest and most respected governments that history had ever recorded, Rome and Britain. From that beginning structure he added and created one of the most respected constitutions that is still used today by Massachusetts, that was also used as a basis for the U.S. Constitution, and that has been used as a guide to this day for constitutions around the world.
The Bible has an old testament and a new testament. When Christians began to follow Jesus they created a new testament. Jesus was progressive and modern during the period of his lifetime. He rattled the conservative establishment.
When John Kennedy was asked to pass the torch to a new generation, he did not destroy what the generation created before him, but used it as a foundation to ask all Americans to give to their country.
John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE ( Born: October 9, 1940, Liverpool, United Kingdom - Died: December 8, 1980, New York City, NY ) was an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the Beatles, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. | Photo: |
Steve Jobs, whose vision moved us away from the traditional style of communication and completely revolutionized how we communicate, said that he introduced calligraphy, a very old style of communication, to computers.
Lin-Manuel Miranda writes about Hamilton and introduces one of our Founding Parents in a Hip-Hop themed Broadway musical.
Conservative is not better than liberal, liberal is not better than conservative. They are constantly at odds and constantly in support of each other.
We as a people and as a nation have the intelligence to take both sides and find the balance that has always given us the strength to move forward though and because of our differences. That is why we are an exceptional society.
So why are our political parties so myopic? Why are they limiting themselves to two, separate ideologies instead of taking the best for all Americans, and asking us to choose the best from the two and not the limitations that hold them back from rising to a level of leadership we deserve?
Can you for a moment say to yourself what John Lennon
wrote about in his beautiful song Imagine?
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one
Then take a moment and dream, surprise yourself, allow yourself to think for yourself, and tell our leaders what is required of them in both parties, to take off the reigns of liberal and conservative, and to strive for a level and quality of leadership this great country deserves, and then please share your ideas and suggestions here, and with the world.