copyright © 2009 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org
Wherever Americans turn, they are asked the same question; what issue is most important to you. If you could, what would you tell the President of the United States to do? What do you think must be his priority, or the country’s greatest concern. Television commentators turn microphones on citizens. Radio announcers inquire; what does the audience think. Newspapers poll. Organizations count survey ballots. Legislators look for constituent answers in electronic mailboxes. Each attempts to usher in a new era. They want the common people to help shape the discussion.
Is the war in Iraq or Afghanistan the subject you believe he, or we should address first. Do you have faith that Universal, Single Payer, Not for Profit Health Care would cure this nation’s ill? Could education, or an equal opportunity to compete be the solution to our problems? Must Congress restore the Constitution with the support of our Commander-In-Chief? Might it be that Climate Change is our most pressing problem? Civil Rights afforded to gays, straights, Blacks, Browns, persons, no matter their race, color, or creed certainly needs to be a serious consideration, as does the oft-identified issue number one, the economy.
Democrats say they will deliver solutions. Republicans repeat the contention, they know what we should do first and last. Independents insist neither political Party addresses their anxieties. The apathetic feel there is no reason to participate. Partisan politics polarize the nation’s ability to act.
A few might muse; pragmatism may be the most powerful position. Surely, the stream of replies to this issue-oriented inquiry will vary. Each will test reason. Yet, no lone logic will satisfy everyone within the electorate. Thus, I submit an inclusively that is more true for me.
Were I able to speak to the President of the United States of America, if I could stand before Congress and address what matters most to me, I would say there is no interest of greatest import.
For me, all issues are interrelated. None can be considered more important than another. Perhaps if people acknowledge that no man is an island we will become better as a world, as a country within a whole. A lack of green technology starves the people and the planet. Inadequate health care and education exacerbate the emptiness felt by any or all. A hungry globe spawns war for dominance. People want what they need. Too frequently, individuals and nations are willing to fight for what they think is right, whatever will ensure their own existence.
Mother Nature is no exception. As she struggles for survival, she does all she can to sustain balance. Her cries unheeded cause greater harm. Wounds, left unattended bleed. The pus from these lesions spills out on Earthy beings. If we the people allow any of our ills to thrive, surely, no one will survive.
Please Mister President, do not ignore that we are one. United we will stand. If we divide the issues, we all will ultimately fall.
Sources for surveys . . .
- President You. Democracy for America
- Social, Political, and Economic Issues. The Library, University of California, Berkeley.
- Progress Report. Cable News Network.
- Politics. National Public Broadcasting Services.
- RealClearPolitics Poll Averages.
- Poll Finds Obama Dividing Nation On Guantanamo, Closing Splits Voters. By Michael P. Tremoglie. The Bulletin. Tuesday, February 3, 2009