As Americans, we the people, continue to be troubled by an array of challenges facing our nation and the failure of the political system to address them. Trust in our governing institutions has reached historic lows as Congress’ approval ratings sinks into the single digits. The legitimacy of the Supreme Court is increasingly questioned. Gridlock and hyper-partisanship have paralyzed our governing bodies, resulting in the least productive Congress in recent history and a political climate that makes problem solving all but impossible. The public’s voice is drowned out as political leaders become ever-more dependent on a relatively small group of large donors and special interests. A growing number of Americans are becoming alienated from the political process.
As a nation we the people are facing major challenges that our political representatives fail to address adequately:
A few of the symptoms of the pathology of the current US political system.
Distrust and alienation from the federal government and the toxic political process
The fiscal health of the nation: The budget, debt and deficit
Unfairness of the tax system: tax code of 64, 000 pages
Inequality of opportunity, income, wealth and employment
An unjust, dysfunctional and expensive healthcare system
An out of control legal system, police and prison system
Failure to respond to climate change
The surveillance state: Privacy and dignity under assault by government and corporations
A decaying infrastructure of roads, and bridges
A declining public educational system out of reach for many Americans
We the people can and must do better...and we need you to take part in an effort to Re-Claim the Role of the Citizen to reflect the realities of the twenty-first century. With so much at stake for our nation, it’s time to stop kvetching and start acting.
Components of the James Madison Project and Citizenism
Part one: James Madison and the Republican Experiment - Setting the Framework
Part two: The Mortal Diseases of the Political System - Cancer and the Political System
Part three: Americanization & Civic Rituals
Part four: The Pain Opioid Epidemic Project
Part five: Reimagine the Constitution
Part six: Citizens4health and The Case of the Healthcare System
Part Seven: Health of the Nation & The Pursuit of Happiness
Part Eight: The 2020 Election