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I'm asking you to believe, not just in my ability to bring about real change...I'm asking you to believe in yours - Barack Obama, 2008.
To get the change we need, what you have heard me refer to many times as "real change", we need to break out of the current system and go straight to the American people - Newt Gingrich, 2008.
In the face of a politics that's shut you out, that's told you to settle, that's divided us for too long, you believe we can be one people, reaching for what's possible, building that more perfect union - Barack Obama, 2007.
[Our leaders have] an opportunity to break out of a system that resists real change, an opportunity to rally the American people to meet our greatest national challenges together, an opportunity to start moving government from the world that fails to the world that works - Newt Gingrich, 2008.
Both Barack Obama and Newt Gingrich share the same desire for change, for bringing the people together, uniting the country, moving beyond the politics of the past, and effecting real change. I bet they are not the only two. The problem is, Obama and Gingrich are at opposite ends of the political scale, one liberal and the other conservative, so how do we bring all the people together to unite behind them, when their solutions to our problems would be very different on a number of issues, and often stand in polar opposition to each other ? If we are going to move past these divisions, how do we do it ? Is it even possible to do it ?
I've heard Obama talk about the need for compromise, but I pretty much defy anyone to show me an Obama policy solution that is not also the standard boilerplate liberal Democratic policy solution. Many of us don't want that, so we can't unite behind it. Newt Gingrich has done something a little different. Newt took a pass on a run for the presidency, to the chagrin of many conservatives, and instead has been leading an organization called American Solutions, which has gone out to the american people and asked them what THEY want. That sounds like a pretty good start toward uniting the people to me, by determining what the people want, as opposed to what partisan politicians, political parties, or some special interest wants. After you figure out what the majority of americans want, you can start working to provide it for them. Gingrich calls this a solution, not just for red america or blue america, but for red, white, and blue america (clever, eh ?). As a result of polling people across all political boundaries, Gingrich has come up with what he calls the Platform Of The American People. These are a set of beliefs held by the vast majority of americans, beliefs that america could indeed unite behind, beliefs held by the majority of Democrats, the majority of Independents, and the majority of Republicans. Gingrich refers to this a "tripartisanship".
How much of the Platform Of The American People would Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton go along with ? Here, in summary, are some of Newt's findings. It's not a complete list of all issues, but it's a start.
In summary, americans want english to be the official language, and they want immigrants to this country to learn it. They also expect immigrants to assimilate to our culture, instead of our culture having to assimilate to them. Americans believe our rights are endowed by our Creator, and the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness should not be abridged. They don't want references to God removed from the Pledge Of Allegiance and all public areas. They believe religion and morality are irrevocably entwined, as did our founding fathers. Americans believe enforcing our borders is a national security issue, and that allowing illegals to remain in this country to seek the benefits of our society undermines the law. They believe in making worker visas and legal immigration easier, but want illegals who commit crimes deported. Americans want a much greater investment in science and technology to prepare for the future, that we need to be good stewards of our environment, and that the scientific breakthroughs will come from promoting entrepreneurship through financial incentives to business. Americans believe that our foreign oil dependency threatens our future, and that more domestic drilling and building of oil refineries should take place. Americans support the building of more nuclear power plants and the use of alternate fuels. Americans believe the income tax system is unfair, and that the death tax should be abolished. They believe that corporate income tax rates should be lowered to make our businesses more competitive in the global economy, and that financial incentives should be given to businesses who keep their operations in the United States. Americans believe the Social Security system is broken and must be fixed. They favor optional personal retirement accounts. They believe Social Security funds left in worker's accounts after the worker dies should be passed on to the worker's families instead of forfeited back to the state. Americans believe in defending america and her allies. They believe terrorist groups like Al Qaeda are a real threat, cannot be negotiated with, and should be defeated. Most americans agree the Iraq war is part of the larger war on terror.
Okay, Mr. Obama, the ball is in your court. There's some of the real change america wants. When you come out in favor of the above, like most of america does, then I will start buying into your concept of uniting america. Until then, you are just a partisan, advocating divisiveness, same as all the other partisans. Let's get you on the path to real unity and real change, instead of peddling only the same tired and discredited liberal policies. Then we might get somewhere.