is our vision of America’s ideal future?
matter. Ideas have power. The ideas of the Declaration of
Independence and Constitution inspired Americans to continually perfect our
values-based democratic republic. The Declaration and the Constitution,
our national charters, combined tragic compromises of white supremacy and
slavery with the vision of freedom and equal rights for everyone. (On the
top bar under Purpose, open Of Our Nation to
see the history of civil war, constitutional amendments, and citizen movements
to realize the ideas of our vision.)
the nation’s start, there were two competing visions. Thomas Jefferson
envisioned a nation of independent farmers and craftsmen, with a small central
government mainly for defense. Alexander Hamilton envisioned an
industrial America with factories, banks and a strong central government to aid
world is very different from that of Jefferson and
Hamilton. Information technology and globalization have transformed
our economy. Some Americans have become rich and most others have fallen
behind. In our era of growing inequality and fears of terrorism, climate
danger, and social conflict, there is no shared vision for America’s future.
offer policies like medication which promises to cure fears of the
future. But these policies only address symptoms. The cure requires
a vision of an America based on the values of the Declaration and Constitution
designed for the new reality.
there is no shared vision, politics becomes a fight over policies without
the understanding of their overall benefit, relevancy and how they would be carried
citizens can change society. People’s ideas can change and sometimes
change rapidly. A vision provides ideas to focus change and policies that
lead toward a desired future. As we face new challenges, this
conference will work toward a vision, based on the best in America and
our founding values, to inspire action and realistic hope for a better
is fitting and proper we meet in the People's House, the US Congress.
Speakers will come from across the ideological spectrum. The
conference will be constructive, in the words of Lincoln “with malice toward
none, and charity for all” since “we are friends, we must not be enemies”.
the problems and challenges;
the ideal future that addresses those problems and meets those challenges;
- focus what
citizens can do through the political process and in civil society to realize
that ideal future.