Americans can’t seem to agree on much these days. We do agree the country has serious problems. We agree that our elected officials are not solving those problems. Beyond that, we seem hopelessly divided. Even here in Tennessee the Tea Partiers argue with the RINO’s, Blue Dogs argue with the Yellow Dogs. Everybody’s shouting, nobody’s listening, and our country is careening toward government shutdown and yet another debt/credit disaster.
But while everyone’s been shouting, a quiet consensus has emerged among academics, economists and business leaders. They see that our nation’s ills aren’t so intractable after all. The economy is slowly improving. Unemployment is gradually falling. The deficit, subject of so much fear and loathing, has actually FALLEN BY HALF in the last two years. The continuing crises in the Middle East notwithstanding, we are gradually extricating ourselves from the quicksand of Iraq and Afghanistan, and a nuclear proliferation deal with Iran seems possible.
Experts now recognize that the real threat to our nation’s future is the hyper-partisan political gridlock in government. Not just in Washington, but also in state capitals all around the country. In the immortal words of Pogo, “We have met the enemy . . . and he is us!”
Theodore Roosevelt, no stranger to gridlock and crisis said, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and worst thing you can do is nothing.”
That is why Lt. General John Castellaw, USMC, (Ret.), Former Congressman John Tanner, and business and community leader Mike McWherter, along with other respected Tennesseans, are working together with CPI to continue the great Volunteer State tradition of honest, reasoned public discourse. We believe that if Tennesseans work together in good faith, there is nothing we can’t do – no problem we can’t solve.
It only takes three things:
1. A willingness to find new, creative ideas
2. A willingness to support reasonable, common sense solutions
3. A willingness to work in good faith with people who disagree with us