Applied to Compelling Questions
I remembered my old blog, written October of 2006, that imagines Nancy Pelosi making a speech: “I Am Determined To Focus the Attention Of Congress on Important Questions.” Nancy, in my imagination, asks congress to provide resources for a thorough study of several key questions. Nancy says:
The following questions stem from a central responsibility of leadership -- preparation for the future. If we are to bequeath to our children and grandchildren a democratic and free nation, a prosperous and peaceful future, we need to find the courage to participate in honest, open, and clear thinking. We must begin to answer compelling questions about the future.
Now that the Democrats have a forum of leadership, we need to demonstrate our commitment to the common good via clear thinking and shared problem solving; we need to structure a thoughtful process that shows no fear of objectivity and truth, and that seeks the best insights and ideas.
- How can the United States become a more effective democracy?
- How can the United States help more of its citizens to develop and reach their individual potentials?
- What economic policies would best help create more prosperity for all Americans as well as more world wide prosperity?
- How can world poverty be eliminated?
- What are the reasons for terrorism and what US policies would lead to terrorism being diminished or eliminated?
- What are the causes for war and what policies could the US follow that would help decrease the chances of war in the world?
- What policies should the US follow so that the danger of nuclear poisons and nuclear weapons may be eliminated?
- What policies should the US follow to develop energy?
- What policies should the US follow to best protect the environment, both worldwide and nationally?