This week’s Think Write Thursday topic is to write about 3 things I would do if I were the President of the United States. (Carole adds this bit of confidence to the topic: “I’m very certain that any one of us could do a fantastic job!”)
Well…. that certainly inspires some monumental thoughts! And, ones that I have never considered before. Me as President?!
Yeah, that would never in a million years happen.
However, perhaps I could offer some arm-chair coaching that could be entirely useful as well as incredibly helpful.
One of my favorite shows was Borgen – which was all about the government process in Denmark. And, while I realize this is far from reality – there are some things that I think are an excellent take away that could prove useful to improving our system here in the United States.
- Cabinet selection – rather than selecting donors who gave significantly, or your friends, or – god forbid, your family as those who advise you during your presidency. I think it would move this country in a much better direction and decrease the current state of gridlock that exists to sit down and negotiate with the political parties about their representation in the cabinet. This way everyone has a voice. Everyone is part of the process. And, I mean all parties – The Green Party, The Libertarian Party, Republicans and Democrats – both moderates and conservatives, and, yes, even the Tea Party. Perhaps, if everyone has a seat at the table – there would be incentive to govern and do so in a manner that represents all the people!
- While in my heart of hearts, I would love an extremely liberal court – I know that balance is the key to the courts success. And I think that a court that reflects our diverse nation is a very good thing. So, I would encourage the President (whoever they are) to improve that diversity with justices that reflect that.
- Finally, I would like America to make education important – as important as it should be. We are a nation that somehow has fallen far behind on the value of education. Educated citizens make informed decisions, they are not afraid of diversity, they are not fearful of differing opinions, and they understand what compromise is. They are also less likely to be influenced by the phenomenon of “fake news” and fear mongering. Healthy debate is crucial to democracy and an educated nation would not fear reasoned and informed debate – they would welcome it! And let’s remember, compromise is not losing – it is forging a way forward, creating something that everyone feels good about – something that everyone had input in creating.
There is my tiny bit of advice for anyone desiring to be President.
Tomorrow brings the close to what has been, in my opinion, a practically perfect presidency. Did he get everything right? Of course, he didn’t but his measured and thoughtful leadership have given this nation something they can be very proud of. I will close with some encouragement President Obama gave us to hold on to and inspire us in the coming days:
“Democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity – the idea that for all our outward differences, we are all in this together; that we rise or fall as one…I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours.”
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An inclusive Cabinet, balanced court, and emphasis on education – YES! I so want to be an active and participating citizen of that country!
I have a hard time understanding why we, as a country, can’t just make REASONABLE, balanced choices and decisions. It seems like it should be such a simple thing to do . . . (I know. I know. I live in a bubble.)
Excellent ideas and policies that would make American a better place. Education is key!!
Excellent suggestions. Man alive, I am sure going to miss President Obama.
I agree with all of this! It’s so overwhelming sometimes to think about how poorly we fund so much of this!
Bravo! Great post.
I think you’re on to something. Of all of these, I think education is the most important. I don’t understand the people who constantly decry the fact that our country is declining in the world yet seek to weaken our education system. If we invested in our schools and made college a priority (and reality) for all who wanted it, imagine the possibilities!
Education!!! and your idea about having the cabinet represent all the parties is really interesting. but what really got me was that last quotation; it made me cry… wow. I’m really going to miss him….
I don’t think I could ever be president, I think too much about what I want and not the good of the people. Loved reading your three things. Environment, education, women’s rights and equality are the top three of my list.