This post heralds a new look for Fulfilling the American Promise in the Connected Age. Carl redesigned the former look after his 22-year-old son told him he half expected to see images of a cigar in an ashtray and a glass of single-malt scotch accompanying the stodgy leather notebook motif of the original site. He was right – it’s time to freshen up.
Fresh new looks don’t imply we didn’t believe in what we’re doing, however. All the things we wrote about our current Congress, political extremes, equal access to education and opportunity, and the effects of the information age are still relevant. The implementation of our governance system is still broken and it needs freshening up too.
As previously, the New American Center will be the principle focus of our project and we’ll still emphasize leadership, opportunity and the connections that both bind and separate us. Just as a brief review of our definition, the New American Center is “the core of America that distances itself from extreme outlooks of ‘right’ or ‘left’ and embraces competition and compromise as normal ways to get things done.” That’s still our position as we go forward with the new look.
Enough of our readers have expressed in personal emails that we must continue to address the benefits of integrating compromise and competition, just as the Founders did. We’ll take that advice but we’ll try to more frequently look at our topics through the lens of the upcoming generations…those young Americans who did not really have a role in creating the current narrow-minded, walled-off environment.
Many of our readers may be familiar with what may be a very old quote: “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” This statement has been claimed by many, including Native Americans, Australian politicians, and a host of others you’ll discover if you do a web search for its origins. Anthropologist/ethnologist Jane Goodall was quoted a few years ago as saying that we don’t even appear to be borrowing it any longer…we’re stealing it, since it seems we have no intent to pay it back.
Any parent, whether a member of a governing body like our Congress or not, should be concerned with the role our older generations have in paying back the future debt we owe our children. Our words claim we do worry about it…a significant portion of political speeches reference the burden we’re placing on our future generations. Yet from the “actions” that come forth from our legislative bodies, these are just words designed to make the speaker feel good. Somehow, these words don’t seem to inspire any kind of collaborative effort, however. That sad state of affairs is what drove us when we talked about the pathetic state of legislative leadership in past posts.
Our blog posts in the future will capitalize on the original FAPITCA themes as presented in the Principles but we will try, based on feedback from some younger readers, to present them in a more encouraging light that better reflects the perspectives of the so-called Generation Y and the Millennials. They are our future and they have children to consider now also. We should support these younger generations and leave to them a system of effective governance, access to opportunity and a bountiful natural environment that’s even better than what our forefathers left to us, not worse.
We must find ways to lead from the Center in ways that minimize conflict between political, commercial and academic worlds so they can focus on preserving and conserving an America for which our children will praise their elders rather than condemn them. You may notice a shift in tone and style from time to time as we seek to share a message that also resonates with a younger generation, for they are the future of our Republic.
We want to help ensure we pay back our lenders the best possible return and provide them an even better nation to borrow from their children.
Originally posted by Carl and Chuck Hunt, 3/8/2014
Editors Note: We updated the Principles of FAPITCA on 3/8/2014 to reflect the new perspectives addressed in this post. This is in keeping with our intent for the Principles and Objectives to be dynamic and to mirror the Values we set forth.