Expanding Human Dignity & The American Dream
Unlike many countries in the world, being an American doesn’t point to a place of birth or ethnicity. Some have no choice but to be born here. Some do have a choice and decide to actually sacrifice and come here. Living up to those enshrined founding documents, we learn that our glory and strength is the patchwork heritage of people who came to America from every corner of the Earth to believe in three simple words: Opportunity For All.
I believe in an opportunity society. An America that Gives the opportunity to go to college. An America that Gives the opportunity to buy a home. This is The American Dream I know. No purpose is more important.
Abraham Lincoln once observed – “You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wager by pulling down the wage player. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”
A kaleidoscope leader in a kaleidoscope world sees all the children of God equal regardless of their race, customs and the way they love.
A kaleidoscope leader in a kaleidoscope world lays the cement that seals the nations’ shared idealism.
A kaleidoscope leader in a kaleidoscope world constantly listens and gives credit to people with opposite opinions in public.
A kaleidoscope leader in a kaleidoscope world comprehends that better does not necessarily mean bigger.
A kaleidoscope leader in a kaleidoscope world assembles cabinet members who regard their work as important as their core values.
A kaleidoscope leader in a kaleidoscope world protects that precious balance between security, which is too often threatened, and human rights, which are too often denied.
Francis Bacon once observed: “It is not possible to run a course aright when the goal itself has not been rightly placed.” I genuinely believe that over the skyline, humanity’s goal is where all citizens realize that we are a part of a single system, bonded to each other through altruism. Then with heart and hand, our common course will run aright.
A lady in Los Angeles once came to me and observed: “Unlike the reality of being a daughter where I have no say on who my parents are, marriage and democracy fits and starts with one sanctity – You have a say.”
Wealth, Honor, Knowledge and Sovereignty, are all social desires that only exist within a society. And though they often come from an egotistical place, these desires have evolved humankind but made man define happiness in proportion to them.
May I offer a choice: Is it better to suppress these desires or channel them to genuine altruism?
A world-class education program should always be inferior to the tender care of a parent.
Left and Right may not see eye to eye on abortion, but the American people see the purpose of wiping out unwanted pregnancies.
Left and Right may not see eye to eye on gay marriage, but the American people see the purpose of upholding a moral right where our gay and lesbian brothers are entitled to the same civil rights of each citizen.
And keeping that precious balance between security and liberty, the American people see the purpose of upholding the second amendment while shielding innocent civilians from the terror of criminals with guns.
Thomas Jefferson once observed: “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
The American people respect that many members of the media work earnestly to become the breadwinners of their families and they genuinely wish for a media market where opinions are not presented as facts and ratings do not replace the truth.
When the politicians serve the self-interests of the fundraisers, and ballots cannot stop this cycle … democracy is taken away from The People.
You and I are told that we have to pick between left or right. I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as left or right. There’s only up or down.
Earth is Mankind’s Capital. We have a duty to preserve the planet.
In essence, do we participate in the politics of receiving or the politics of Giving? That’s the Creator’s greatest hope for America and all Mankind.
A genuine democracy doesn’t mean a different place on the map, but it fits and starts with a different perspective.
On Good Government
The 7 attributes of good government & leadership
- Humanity: Giving, good intentions.
- Moral Courage: ethics, transparency, bravery, pragmatism
- Justice: citizenship, fairness, opportunity to all, defending human rights.
- Wisdom: vision, open-mindedness, broad perspective, creativity, innovation.
- Communication: simple, passionate, guidance.
- Temperance: humility, self-control, gratitude, and adaptability with the pace of time.
- Transcendence: appreciation for organization and excellence, universal intellect.
I don’t believe in progress that for sure will fall on us when we act tomorrow. I believe in progress that maybe will come if we act now.
May I offer a choice: would you want to make $3,000 a month while everyone else makes only $1,000? Or, would you want to make $4,000 a month while everyone else makes $7,000? Should you genuinely choose the latter … you have a real start.
Time is sensed when you experience real change.
The American Miracle is the heartbeat of our collective ethos. And it is realized when the economic market recognizes all citizens as a single unit and rewards the drive and self-reliance of working middle-class families.
I genuinely wish to lift the life of every citizen towards human dignity and universal brotherhood. Men, Women and Children alike.
Our planet is full of space for each one to enjoy prosperities.
History’s echoing lesson is that greed should not poison our path nor defy the bright blue skies above our eyes.
Self-centered pleasures and greed are the poor debt of a few who fear unconditional giving and the inevitable progress of humanity towards unity and harmony.
In the name of Unity, come my fellow citizens … get your moral courage, get your kindness, get your human miracle, that miracle to light the darkness, to purify the greed, to fight for a higher cause.
With heart and hand let us set sail to that place over the horizon … there our star shines the land of a new mightier world, a united world, full of life, light and harmony.
Democracy’s beacon beams bright when a citizen votes. So let your voice make a difference and ask yourself a simple question: What ballot should I choose? Is it the one with a title in money or in politics or the one with a genuine life story?
Sir Winston Churchill once observed: “When we look back on all the perils through which we have passed and at the mighty foes that we have laid low and all the dark and deadly designs that we have frustrated, why should we fear our future?”
The Federal government has a part to play in matters of social compassion. To lead and create a market where the disadvantaged can upgrade their dignity by finding a new opportunity, the elderly are cared for and the unborn are protected and later made self-managed. And yet, except the sacred prayer for our men and women and uniform, no other prayer should the government utter more fervently than the hope to genuinely unite all races and ethnic origins toward universal unity and world peace.
Members of Parliament and Congress should act in their judicial houses as many married couples do in their home: Genuine, Simple, Unconditional.
Stand With Women
To act and organize for women means that women, like men, should have the same opportunities to aspire and achieve without artificial barriers holding them back. It’s not anything against men, just a passion for equal citizenship stature for both sexes.
A mother deserves to get a day off without getting threats from her employer.
Every nation on Earth must recognize the inherent God-given talents bestowed to women. Ultimately, they are the educators of our next generation.
I support women becoming successful in the workplace without some people liking them less.
In the past, there were no women in the orchestra. Some intelligent person devised a simple solution: drop a curtain between the auditioners and the people trying out. And behold, women began to get jobs in symphony orchestras.
I believe that teaching is the noblest profession and teachers are the most underpaid heroes. Ask yourself: “Do the children of these heroes deserve to see them in despair?”
A nation which rewards drive and honors labor must let women experience a reality where both sexes enjoy an Equal pay for an equal day’s work.
Prosperous Economy & American Jobs
Good intentions lead to giving ethical policies.
Ethical policies lead to opportunity for all.
Opportunity for all leads to the confidence of citizens in the market.
The confidence of citizens in the market leads to a prosperous economy.
A world of shared prosperity means a global economy that advances opportunity for all people.
It’s not how many hours you work a day, but how you use your mind.
True, no two people experience the exact same experience when they hear the same sound. It’s totally subjective. Regardless of what our senses take in, what we eventually perceive of it and how we act as a result are very personal. History shares with us though, that when great causes were on the move in the world, citizens experienced the same experience. When it comes to our common destiny, our collective perception is One and we equally discharge our duty with distinction and determination.
If there is an aspiring young student out there who can’t afford going to school, I feel that my future is incomplete.
If there is a grandmother out there who can’t afford paying for her medications, I feel that my health is at danger.
If there is an immigrant out there who is separated from his family, I feel that my own family is across the ocean.
If there is a mother out there who fears the violence of the streets, I feel that my freedom is violated.
“E pluribus Unum”: Out of many, one. We are one family. This belief is what makes American miracles work.
The burden of high-tax rates where working men and women are sending their earnings to the spiral growing demands of the Federal institution can stop productivity of free enterprise and eliminate savings.
One of America’s founding father, Doctor Benjamin Franklin, believed that the success of Free Enterprise and ultimately the American Dream depend on the ethical standards entrepreneurs and business leaders uphold.
When they choose self-centered interests in the expense of others, the market plunges into an economic crisis which sweeps the lives of people with the worst crisis of all – human misery and personal indignity.
Living up to the altruistic nature of the American Dream means measuring economic prosperity not by the number of conglomerates we have or the profits of Forbes’s billionaires, but by how many parents can save up for their children’s college education and a dignified retirement. It means shielding our brave men and women in uniform from fading into poverty as they shielded us from terror. It means taking a day off to protect an ailing parent without the fear of being fired. It means young men and women will have the knowledge on how to access capital after they could afford a world-class education.
A good job is a matter of moral dignity, not only a paycheck. A chance to fulfill your dreams.
I believe in Government’s Lift, not intrusion.
Progressive Policies are those which are not based on polls or popularity, but based on ethics and innovation with the pace of time.
Don’t be so obsessed with your individual rights so that you forget about your mutual responsibilities. The path to a progressive democracy and human purpose doesn’t end with the casting of a Ballot. As Nelson Mandela said, “to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
The 40th President of The United States once said:
Not too long ago, two friends of mine were talking to a Cuban refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Castro, and in the midst of his story, one of my friends turned to the other and said, “We don’t know how lucky we are.” And the Cuban stopped and said, “How lucky are you? I had some place to escape to.” And in that sentence he told us the entire story. If we lose freedom here, there’s no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.
The good citizens I meet in small towns, libraries and parks accept the reality that government can’t solve all their urgent issues. Yet, a point in their heart senses that with more humane intentions, government can create a better place where every child gets a shot in education and senior citizens retire with personal dignity.
A dynamic economy with more and more citizens finding dignified jobs and paying taxes is one of the strongest tools to advance the economy and reduce budget deficits.
A simplified tax system with incentives will spring new opportunities and unleash the entrepreneurial mind of citizens to the treasures of technology, arts, music, and science.
People may not come from a wealthy pedigree or have a fancy degree, but they possess the most potent weapon of all: a genuine passion for a world of shared prosperity. And when you give Man an opportunity at life, a step forward … young and old will naturally do extraordinary things to materialize this dream into a celebration.
Major public companies are important engines of economic prosperity and their board of directors have a paramount moral duty to see that these national assets thrive for the good of all citizens.
- Engage the top management into a challenging discussion on how to think creatively about current trends and the global market in the next decade rather than obsess with fleeting quarterly numbers.
- Inspire personal leadership rather than being immersed and absorbed with the overflow of bureaucratic topics.
Foreign Affairs & National Security
Peace isn’t a fleeting matter of interests and does not rest only on the recognition of the inalienable rights of man.
Peace means genuine Giving; for without it, there will be no real Unity.
One of the best Foreign Affairs approaches can be summed up when President Regan quoted the words Ghandi had spoken shortly after his visit to Britain in his quest for Independent India – “I am not conscious of a single experience throughout my 3 months in England and Europe … that made me feel after all, that East is East and West is West. On the contrary, I have been convinced more than ever, that human nature is much the same, no matter under what clime it flourishes, and that if you approached people with Trust and Affection you would have ten-fold trust and a thousand-fold affection, returned to you.”
Inequality anywhere is a threat to equality everywhere.
We need international cooperation for global security and for American influence around the world.
Face to face meetings and frank talks are the best way to air tensions and avoid mere treaties to paper over fundamental differences.
A reality of global security means a world without the threat and spread of nuclear weapons.
Terrorist networks are possessed on casting the world into the abyss of a new dark age made more sinister by perverted ideology. When we have won the battle for ideals, the war on terrorism will be over. Upon this battle depends the survival of our collective humanity.
I often contemplate a simple truth; the inanimate, vegetative and animate levels of nature cannot take pleasure in exploiting others and seeking sovereignty over another. Why politicians then?
History reminds us that the true force, our national might, is not fortified in a city named The Pentagon. The terror of 9/11 caused the walls of the city to flame for days, but it could not dampen the might of those American employees who showed up at The Pentagon on September 12th.
In the cyclical days of politics and the marketplace officials often use unauthentic language. Truth is better used by using simple, genuine language.
Journeyed to the moon and lighting the world with our inventions, despite all the welter of change, the mission of American men and women at arms stays the same as centuries ago. It exemplifies one of the greatest act of patriotism by risking imprisonment, torture, permanent injuries and sacrificing one’s own life for the liberty and security of innocent civilians.
History and politics teach us that what makes sense does not always mean it shall works.
The might of our example is more powerful than the example of our might.
You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, there is a price we will not pay, there is a point beyond which they must not advance.
Foreign Relation’s bedrock is a True altruistic work to increase our union, the ties among all the nations of the world. To give meaning to altruism, we first need to let it change us.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is not for some citizens for some of the time. But for all humanity all the time. This topic is second to none.
Nations don’t mistrust each other because they are armed; they are armed because they mistrust each other.
We need international cooperation for global security and for American influence around the world.
The lives of people are surrounded by poverty, manacles of war and inner quicksands of despair; yet, we don’t recognize it until these pains flitter with a tragedy. They long for a fresh start and though we will never meet them, it’s our moral duty to lift them up from the pit of darkness to the beaming sunlight of human dignity and happiness, promised to all of God’s Children
The lives of people around the world are surrounded by poverty, manacles of terrorism, unpredictable weather, rising seas and inner quicksands of despair. America has risen up since its birth, and partnered with nations to lift up the impoverished corners of the world. America always invested in an achievable promise where we share information and men power in order to combat global obstacles and pave a path to better infrastructure, smarter cities, swifter technologies, free trade, public health, cleaner water, greener agriculture, and most importantly human dignity.
Build the military to meet future threats and concurrently restore a more pragmatic diplomacy to obstruct cruel regimes from obtaining nuclear war heads and fund terrorist networks.
Flipping the pages of our collective story, we see that our selfless forbearers marched on through the scorching heat and bitter cold to stop the advancement of self-centered governments.
Often, inflicting punishment will not be effective in changing behavior; Rewarding and forgiving may gain greater cooperation.
Indeed in the face of threats to freedom around the world, realized by unemployment surge, totalitarian terrorism and by what nuclear weapons could mean to our very existence … sister democracies should bring philosophers, judges, politicians and citizens to meet and explore how to further turn democratic principles into practices; to advance individual liberty, the availability of rich opportunities, and the personal growth of citizens.