Time for a Third Party (EP.94)

Third Party

Summary:

No, I am not talking about a new party that will rise up and put us back on the right path. I am not talking about taking over one of the lesser parties and having that one rise up and take over.

I am talking about infiltrating each and every one of the existing parties, including Independents and Unaffiliateds, with a return to common goals, common sense, and a focus on what is best for America–not what is best for the individual politicians and their parties.

For the next 10 minutes, we will unpack what this would mean to us individually and to our country.

Transcript:

No, I am not talking about a new party that will rise up and put us back on the right path. I am not talking about taking over one of the lesser parties and having that one rise up and take over.

I am talking about infiltrating each and every one of the existing parties, including Independents and Unaffiliateds, with a return to common goals, common sense, and a focus on what is best for America–not what is best for the individual politicians and their parties.

For the next 10 minutes, we will unpack what this would mean to us individually and to our country.

I don’t believe for a moment that we the people and our political parties are nearly as divided as the leaders, both in politics and in the media, want us to believe. The division we see and hear about every day is largely manufactured by the press and the parties. It is in their selfish best interest to create and widen the divisions that make them look good and their opposition look bad. And keep us focused on them, and not the issues that we all face.

Let’s look at some of the most controversial issues and ask ourselves why we are seeing all the snarling, insults and accusations–and little, if any, progress. Ready?

Immigration Reform. Stop with the wall/no wall shouting and posturing. Start with secure borders, including walls where engineers deem them the best solution, then build a path to legal residency for the 10M-20M who reside here illegally. This would include DACA, E-Verify and visa tracking. Yes, this would be amnesty, but with a secure border, the last one. And as we all know, repeat amnesties is another way of creating open borders. But this clear and workable solution would expose the people, on both sides, who want open borders, and are not yet ready to ‘fess up.

Healthcare. Enough Single Payer yelling back and forth. Start with tort reform, and the ability to sell health insurance across state lines. Perhaps add some sort of drug price monitoring. Tort reform would greatly reduce the crippling medically-related legal fees–and most of Congress is comprised of lawyers.

Social Security. When it was first enacted in 1940, the payoff age, 65, was 3 years past the then current life expectancy of 62 years; today it is 82 years. We could immediately fix Social Security by adjusting the payoff age by half of the increasing life expectancy. Not retroactively, but going forward. Social Security would then be solvent, and retirees would be getting far more than when it was first enacted. Seems like a win-win.

Charter schools and school vouchers. The loudest voices want more money and have all the money go to public schools. Let’s tackle this issue with a look at what I believe should everyone’s goal. The best Pre K-12 education with the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars. Test every solution against that goal. Are the voices demanding that all the money go to public schools willing to have this as a goal?

The list goes on and on; even the most controversial issues can be reduced to common goals, and a path to reach them. All of these–I believe obvious–solutions have two major flaws:

1. The leaders in the media and the political parties would have no idea what to say in front of a camera if they could  not accuse “others” of being anti-American, borderline criminal, dishonest or robots doing the bidding of evil organizations like the NRA or Planned Parenthood.

2. These same leaders would actually have to lead, rather than simply out-accuse or out-promise their opponents. And accusing and promising is so much easier than leading.

Today’s key point. The Revolution 2.0™ movement, our way of thinking, i.e., seeking common goals, and there are always bedrock common goals to be found, applying hard facts (courts call hard facts evidence), and applying non agenda-based reasoning to these facts to achieve the common goals, is a process that absolutely works. And this process needs be applied inside the existing power structures: the parties and the media. The Progressive Caucus does its work inside the Democratic Party; the Freedom Caucus does its work inside the Republican Party. Revolution 2.0 must do its work inside the parties and the media. This is not a partisan movement; it is a American movement. It must appear–with you in it–everywhere.

I get it that no matter how carefully and sincerely we follow the aforementioned Revolution 2.0 process, there will be disagreements and tensions. However, and this is a huge however, this process will yield creative tensions, not  dysfunctional friction. Dysfunctional friction is what we have now. Creative tension is one of the Revolution 2.0 goals. And that’s what we all want, isn’t it?

At Revolution 2.0, we are here to change America. Inserting ourselves and our thinking everywhere is a major part of how we do exactly that.

All of this ties to the core, driving principles at Revolution 2.0, which are:

  1. Personal Responsibility; take it, teach it and,
  2. Be Your Brother’s Keeper. The answer to the biblical question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” is a ringing, unequivocal “Yes.” There is no other answer.

If we apply those two core principles simultaneously, never only one or the other, we will always be on the right path. Depending upon what we face, one principle or the other may appropriately be given more emphasis, but they are always acted upon together.

The Founders were declared traitors by the British Crown, and their lives were forfeit if caught. We risk very little by stepping up and participating. In fact, we risk our futures if we don’t. I am inviting you, recruiting you, to join Revolution 2.0™ today. Join with me in using what we know how to do–what we know we must do–to everyone’s advantage. Let’s practice thinking well of others as we seek common goals, research the facts that apply to those goals, and use non agenda-based reasoning to achieve those goals together. Practice personal responsibility and be your brother’s keeper.

Let’s continue to build on the revolutionary vision that we inherited. Read the blog, listen to the podcast, subscribe, act. Here’s what I mean my “acting.”

  • Read the blogs and/or listen to the podcasts.
  • Comment in the blogs. Let others know that you are thinking.
  • Subscribe and recommend that others subscribe as well.
  • Attach links from blogs into your social media feeds. Share your thoughts about the link.
  • From time-to-time, attach links to blogs in emails that mention related subjects. Or just send the links to family and friends.

Revolution 1.0 in 1776 was built by people talking to other people, agreeing and disagreeing, but always finding ways to stay united and going forward. Revolution 2.0 will be built the same way.

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Join me. Let’s grow this together.

Links and References

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Contact

As we get ready to wrap up, please do reach out with comments or questions about this podcast or anything that comes to mind.  You can email me at will@revolution2-0.org, or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. And you can subscribe to the podcast on your favorite device through Apple Podcasts, Google, or Stitcher.

Now it is time for our usual parting thought. It is not enough to be informed. It is not enough to be a well informed voter. We need to act.  And if we, you and I, don’t do something, then the others who are doing something, will continue to run the show.

Remember: Knowledge by itself is like running a winning race, then stopping just before the finish line.

Will Luden, writing to you from my home office at 7,200’ in Colorado Springs.

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I am your host, Will Luden, former long-time high-tech CEO and Board Chair. I had no idea when I started this podcast that it would become the highest calling of my professional career. Lincoln famously hoped that a government, “…of the people, by the people and for the people…”, would not perish from this earth. My hope, the reason for Revolution 2.0 ”A Booster Shot”, is that a government based on common goals, achieved by applying non agenda-based reasoning to core facts, will allow us to continue to build on our mutual inheritance of a legacy of dedication to seemingly impossible ideals, a legacy that also includes a history of achieving them.
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2 Responses

  1. Charles Reply

    You’re absolutely right. The old tactic of divide and conquer is what both parties are up to now. I’m irritated the border wall wasn’t funded the past 2 years by Republicans controlling the house… due to the #nevertrump politicians and house leaders being in the back pocket of the Chamber and big business looking for cheap labor. Now it’s a challenge with the Democrats who approved funding under Obama, but now are using the wall funding as a political tool to strengthen their own hold on power. This is no longer the people’s business, but rather the politicians placing themselves in a separate “class” than the rest of us, and then using that power to turn us against each other, rather than focusing our anger on their political games. Term limits in the house and senate could help be that first step in turning the tide back to more reasonable solutions.

    • Will Luden Reply

      Charley, yes the politicians are using us a pawns to get what they want, not what is right for the country. We need to wake up and see what is going, and not allow that any longer. Term limits are certainly a part of that waking up. Will

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