1. Improve how you select elected representatives at every level of government.
2. Improve the political party to which you belong through your vigilance and attention.
3. Strengthen self-knowledge as that will improve self-control and self-respect.
4. Make love for humanity as important as loving yourself.
5. Engage your government as your instrument to make life better for you and your community.
To keep calm and sanity in troubled times such as ours, we have to prioritize and segment our allocation of resources, time and effort. Survival and sustainment have both immediate and long-term aspects.
Individual capacity to attend to survival and sustainment requirements for persons and their families is variable based upon economics. The amount of discretionary time one can devote to government is limited no matter who you are.
In prioritizing actions that are most important, I suggest that selecting the best partners is most important. "Partners" are your elected representatives because they are an extension of you. They manage on your behalf and work for you. That is how even the poorest individual can increase their participation in self-governance.
I wrote, How to Select an American President, by James A. George with James A. Rodger (c) 2017, Archway Publishing to equip voters with improved knowledge about how to evaluate candidate representative's resumes. While the focus is the Office of President of the United States, the process applies to selecting every elected official.
The approach is straightforward. When you apply for a job, you must complete an application and submit a resume. Sometimes, the application is used as an equivalent for a resume. For more advanced positions, a resume is needed to provide "employers" with additional verifiable evidence of your possessing essential skill, knowledge, and experience.
Every voter citizen becomes the boss when it is time to vote. Learning how to evaluate candidates requires training and education for which there is an apparent void. Therefore, I am trying to help.
While some of you are reading my new book, I will be addressing how to improve political parties. We will have a long conversation along the way, with an eye on the future while we struggle to learn from our past mistakes.
Inspired by Psalm 100
"Psalm 100 King James Version (KJV)
1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting, and his truth endureth to all generations."
We live today, but it is about our future