1. Fact-based debate; and a broadly educated electorate to vet persuaders.
2. Generosity over hoarding.
3. Unwind exploitation.
Soundtrack: I am Hilary Clinton and I am here as a candidate for the great office of president of the United States. I have, as you know, a wide range of experience in government service and its processes. More important, however, is what convictions and perspectives emerge as a framework for the future of our evolving democracy. Every election presents a tipping point opportunity to influence complex and conflicted political, social, and global issues. I am convinced that resolution of those issues requires not bombast, but a return to the voter's perspective, and voter access to issue information, education, and opportunity in the voter's own life.
1. First value determination. Fact-based debate. An educated electorate. That democracy flourishes with dissemination of reliable fact; and that it is difficult for a voter to vet facts without a broad, balanced literary and pragmatic, universal, analytical education. Voters need the tools to weigh what is presented, and to assess independently when an opinion, a position, is obstructive, repetitive, or useful.
- Without ability to vet, votes can become reflex, a mere matter of group identity. With vetting, a voter might decide that good arguments can be made for constructive compromise. Prevent voter vetting, and it is easy to present compromise as weakness. FN 1
2. Second value determination. Generosity over hoarding. That resources used for widening opportunity are not zero sum. A gain in one area such as education, transportation, health, livable employment, put within reach of one group, can result in broad other benefits to those and also to other groups. A national hoarding, defensive frame of mind diminishes the hoarder and the nation. Venture your capital into human capital. See what happens. Without that, government will remain the default provider of basic sustenance. To get the government out, you need to step in. Consider.
A hoarding cultural mindset will be our undoing, and runs counter to Founders of great religions and wise political systems. They found increased returns in mutuality of respect and responsibility.
3. Third value determination. Unwind exploitation. That it is time to critique our own history and learn from our best, shelve our worst. Debate whether our origins in conquest, by empire, then feudalism, then colonialism, have led to an overdose of exploitation in our current capitalism. This is a loyal debate, a patriotic debate.
- Then recognize that instability here and elsewhere has deep roots in not only sectarian and cultural divisions in other nations, but also here. Has a history of exploitation, forced conformity to some political or religious agenda, supremacism as a value passed down the generations as to ethnicity or gender, weakened us all. Exploitation in those areas persist, to the detriment of economies and social productivity. With education and free access to debate these matters, I believe that voters may turn from the reflex, obedience vote, where it may occur, to a wiser, individual assessment vote. Is it the fear of those restricting voting, that real competition based on merit may arise? If so, re-energize to open the vote.
Start here, now, at home. Debate exploitation, whether social restrictions, corporate practice, voter hindrance. How much, if any, is acceptable. If acceptable, what off-ramps to a life of opportunity can and will we build. Our self-interest is in solutions for the future, not buttressing the past.
FN 1 Conviction that democracy requires broad education.
Turn to education and information access. Despite complex and conflicted special interests, it is possible for a workable decision to be made by a voter faced with persuaders. With education, and analysis, you, a voter, can assess whether the financial and other interests of the candidates still broadly conform to your own individual and family interests, aspirations. How much of life needs to be page-referenced for that decision to be made will always be a partisan issue. We are back to education, skills in analysis. Without that backdrop, an adoption of another's opinion is reflex, not necessarily wise for that voter.
- Scout out carefully news sources outside your usual loyalty circle, challenge any opinion that fails to present clearly and reasonably verifiably the underlying facts on which the opinion is built. How much challenge, investigation, is enough for the issue?
- Demand full quotations, not relying on excerpts. Demand documents, not summaries alone. And remain vigilant. There is a point where issues must be decided, then rest. Voters, not persuaders, can make that determination.