In your acceptance speech, you listed out the challenges that our nation faces. You noted two wars, a damaged economy, and a planet in peril. You asserted that those obstacles could be overcome by striving for a more perfect union. In this glorious moment, I hold you to that ideal. Plus, as a parent, I implore you to incorporate Parental Concern to guide your actions and decisions; as that is a a powerful and ancient-PC that heartily trumps the lesser "politically correct"!
On 9/11/01, my two boys were about the age that your two daughters are now. At the dinner table that night they asked two questions: "Why did they do this to us?," and "What can we do to help those who are suffering?"
Those deeply philosophical questions essentially challege the common parents' abilities to protect, promote and care for family. That powerful inspiration led to travels through governance, human rights, nuclear proliferation, weapons of mass destruction, political economy, the prevention of deadly conflict, and terrorism through the International Peace Studies Masters program at the United Nations mandated University for Peace. And, through those travels, it became clear that leaders in the world are limited in their abilities to affect change. They just do not have sufficient power. That became most evident in the program on Environmental Security, where the criticism that "authoritative leaders are not authoritative," was continually leveled. Yet, you rallied common citizens, including milllions of parents, with the hope of change. All of those citizens gave you the power of their choice -- and you must strive to enable them to continue to offer that power to you!
Of the challenges that you listed in your speech, there are those that immediately and directly affect families' current abilities to care for the youngest citizens. Essentially, those are issues of inequality and inequity. Plus, you noted a huge challenge that affects their future. And, that environmental peril is a global issue that requires our county's participation and influence. All of those issues are huge and must be addressed concurrently as they threaten the common citizens ability to take care of themselves and their families, both today and tomorrow. As if in response, you continually stated the need to make democracy more representative and inclusive. You are right -- you can not affect the needed changes without us!
Mr. President, millions of citizens and millions of families have given you their power. You need to maintain that connection. To your credit, you have done a lot to remain connected. Unfortunately, there is a common trend for citizens to return home and wait for leaders to fulfill their desires. In addition, our political structures limit a direct connection between leaders and citizens. You must, however, continue to inspire action, plus struggle to evolve those structures in order to keep and strengthen your connection to the common citizens.
Those will be dramatic challenges. And, as you struggle, I remind you to look at your children. They can reveal a power you will continually share with the common citizens -- love, hope and energy for our children's futures. (Martin Luther King, Jr. demonstrated that power, as he changed the structures -- unaided by any political authority.) Incorporate that power of Parental Concern into your actions and decisions. Speak to us directly, tell us how we can help you, as we that awesome power in great reserve -- and we can continue to offer you more!
John J. Ramirez, Jr.
(For those that agree with these sentiments, please go President-elect Obama's Citizen Briefing Book,
( http://citizensbriefingbook.change.gov/ ), select "Economy"- and scroll to the entry, Guided by a new PC, Writ Large -- PARENTAL CONCERN, and vote, "Up."-)