When I hear other presidential candidates, such as Obama, say that ‘Change is from the Bottom’ , I recoil !
It comes across as a token and patronizing excuse of what one’s empowerment should be. I say, ‘thanks, but no thanks, as this is not personal empowerment for me’. I want much more as a U.S. Citizen. In other words, how about at least some details !
Fundamental change has to be from the top down by whom we have entrusted with leadership. Let me provide an example of what I mean. Consider this in terms of credit practices in the United States and how the government affects commercial lending, and how this propels predatory lending practices.
As the IRS can set penalties and interest, as well as late fees, which all compound on each other, so do banks and credit lenders who follow this lead. Loan sharks follow the lead of predatory credit practices within a realm of even less regulation.
If the IRS served the U.S. Citizen in management of only taxes that were constitutional, made interest and payment plans which would be workable with the everyday U.S. Citizen, the U.S. Government can then place similar regulation on commercial lending practices. They could no longer be predatory.
The U.S. government though has no teeth in making such regulation while itself has similar punitive measures in tax collection. When commercial credit is regulated, there is far less room for Loan Sharking. Also there is far less need for it. People are no longer as desperate for credit in order to pay for other punitive credit.
Personal Empowerment starts at the community level. But this can only be ‘ if and only if’ our government has provided the environment for us to stand on our own two feet. Our Communities then can coherently set their expectations for representation in The House and Senate.
To Accomplish this, all communities must be able to have in their capacities the ability to see that all are a vital part of this nation where all are included: in other words, ‘Let not this country be with out you’!
This requires that our government becomes cost effective in serving the people; that our economy works for us as opposed to we working for it; and that our communities can afford as their priority, our health, safety and welfare.
This must first come from the leadership that we have entrusted for our nation if to empower the US Citizen with real representation.
This is a tall order for a President to accomplish. for our nation. Considering the burden of our present day events, it can only be achieved through real guidelines. The ones I see for our nation are:
1- Transparent and Accountable Government to serve the People
2- The Dignity of Human Rights in our mutual regard
3- Balanced Trade to return industry and jobs back to our shores
4- Economic Solvency for Our National Security
5- To Conduct Foreign Policy that demonstrates a standard of mutual respect
These five principles are based on the lessons afforded by three great leaders: JFK sought to have Transparent and Accountable Government; FDR sought to provide the means to achieve quality of life for every citizen; but then let us not forget George Washington’s words: “Let us raise a standard that the wise and honest can repair”.
I see that with these guidelines, we can assure the framework of the U.S. Constitution, and its Bill of Rights; and have Government for the people; a fair tax that is constitutional; fund needed programs like Education and Health care , and not at tax payer costs; and assure our National Security while conducting foreign policy that we as Americans can stand behind.
In this manner, every US Citizen in their own right becomes empowered to participate in our nation’s leadership. That’s when you can really turn a page for change !
This is my commitment to you in respecting your vote,
Orion Karl Daley
Presidential Candidate for 2008
Author – The New Deal ISBN: 1419670948
for the Strategic Future of our nation
Balanced Party http://unity2008.org
New York, NY,