America's citizens concerned with the way the Trump approach to campaigning seems to have intensified personality conflicts, the loss of meaningful debate about any or all substantive issues relevant to ecological or environmental concerns, which should be key platform items in the current election, has also intensified. The loss is palpable.
Editorials in major newspapers and regular television news programs observe that the major threats to our environment at this time may not be addressed separately. As a whole, they equally affect all nations on Planet Earth in an interconnected manner:
- The current climate crisis affects
- patterns of water availability, distribution and agricultural production;
- management of our continental coastlines;
- how and whether energy is produced and consumed in responsible manner;
- economic patterns of production, transport and consumption of goods.
- The social and political unrest, internally via violence and externally via terrorist menaces, feeds economic insecurity and lack of opportunity for unequally educated sectors of the population in developed, developing or underdeveloped areas.
- Our cities are becoming overwhelmed with internal migrations from rural areas. This affects infrastructure overload, housing production lag as well as land use practices that are no longer efficient and fair.
- The citizenry is assailed by aggressive marketing strategies oriented to special interest or other social, cultural and economic conditions in such a divisive manner as to keep communication and dialogue limited to opinion-stating and seduction strategies that run contrary to rational civic endeavors.
This last issue explains the baiting demagogy of current debates; it also intensifies the urgent need to revive program-oriented rational conversation.
To address this problematic state of affairs with a proposal we believe has the proper perspective on these commanding issues requires open-minded, fair consideration.
- The USA as a country should consider a way to activate some form of obligatory service, civil or military, to help restart a sense of national unity across the various divides eroding it.
- The USA as a nation should not allow large segments of our population to feel disenfranchised because of lack of economic and housing opportunities. It should seek to develop infrastructure projects on Federal land and areas of jurisdiction that will provide work on projects such as light rail transport, high speed train transport, middle-density housing with recycled building materials within a coordinated urban land management plan for cities currently experiencing economic degradation and population depletion.
- Under governmental administration, such projects need to have a strong interface with private interests in order to slowly restructure the skills of the workforce, give training and opportunity for meaningful work to various types and degrees of abilities: crafts, mechanical, artistic, agricultural, intellectual, advanced technological, et al.
- Anchoring these projects in a mix of local and distant places will favour a renewal of the sense of belonging to THE LAND beyond the curiosities of mediated earth and space exploration programs.
- The above does not exclude other domains of meaningful areas of social and economic activity that can benefit from such programs.
We, the People, need to express our hope and assert our choice:
- For an honest assessment in a politically and practically sound perspective.
- For the urgent redirection of the political debate during the upcoming stages of the election towards these and other substantial issues.