The Mortal Diseases of the Political System 

Cancer and the Political System

Case Presentations 

The Case of the Frustrated Citizen

For the past decade I have experienced increasing frustration associated with the national political scene.  Seeking to be an engaged citizen, it appeared my choices were limited. For too long I have felt marginalized and disengaged from politics as the dialogue has become more and more partisan, answering to the demands of extreme constituencies on the left and right. 


The Case of the US 1776  Will focus on the Declaration of Independence and layout the structure for the convention. (Coming July 4th) 


The Case of the US 1786  Will focus on the VIces of the Confederacy and layout the structure for the convention. (Coming May 2020) 


The Case of the US 2020  Will focus on the challenges of the United States in 2020. (Coming July 4th) 


The Case of the US Healthcare System (Coming September 2020) 

The  Pain Opioid Epidemic Case Presentation  (Coming March 2020)

Re-Claim the Role of the Citizen 


The Mortal Diseases of the Political System and The Cancer and the Political System 


The Mortal Diseases of the Political System focuses on the role of the government in meeting its responsibility to the people, citizens,  for whom it was instituted. This aspect of the project explores the structure and dysfunction of the  US body politic including the Federal, State and local government. In addition to framing the challenges as symptoms of the disease of the body politic, this initiative utilizes the Medical Case Presentation as a framework for dialogue and action to address challenges and potential solutions for the political ecosystem.


The Medical Case Presentation structure offers a framework for a citizen-oriented treatment plan that provides a comprehensive, multi-stakeholder and multi-phase road map for citizen involvement in their political ecosystem. The medical case presentation process encourages citizens to engage in a healthy action-oriented collaborative process that addresses the complexity of the social and political challenges confronting our nation. Using the medical case presentation promotes objective and nonpartisan dialogue built on openness, transparency and participation to explore the various elements that contribute to a problem in order to generate a meaningful treatment plan. Associated psychological issues including cognitive biases, needed incentives and triggers for negative emotions are identified and explored in order to minimize their negative impact and maximize their positive potential. Through progress notes addressing key assessment goals, we are able to adapt to shifting factors to continually address new situations and create potential solutions.


The Cancer of the US Political System Case: The Case Presentation of Cancer of the US Political System uses cancer as a metaphor for the US political system. Cancer as a metaphor serves to highlight the symptoms of the pathology of the US political system.  The Cancer  Case builds on the understanding of the biological cancer process and current treatment approaches as a framework to address the political cancer that has developed in our body politic. We use The Medical Case Presentation as a framework to address the problem list that is the modern cancer in the body politic.  It is our goal to a more deliberative, respectable solutions-oriented process inspired by hope and built on a compromise that serves the public. Our treatment plan focuses on citizens as crucial contributors to the healing process. The series starts with an examination of the similarities of the biology of cancer and the current US political system.

Citizen Briefs: Challenges facing 21-century United States presents an overview of the vices of the political system. In the coming years we will address the following symptoms of the “body politic” 


  • Distrust: Distrust and alienation from the federal government and the toxic political process 

  • Inequality: Inequality of opportunity, political status, income, wealth and employment

  • Healthcare: An unjust, dysfunctional and expensive healthcare (medical) system

  • Justice: An out of control legal system, police and prison system 

  • Immigration: A broken system that has been a source of divisiveness. 

  • Environment: Failure to respond to climate change

  • Surveillance: The surveillance state: Privacy and dignity under assault by government and corporations

  • Fiscal Health: The fiscal health of the nation: The budget, debt and deficit

  • Taxation: Unfairness of the tax system that favors the rich and well connected 

  • Infrastructure: A decaying infrastructure of roads, bridges and other public spaces 

  • Education: A declining public educational system out of reach for many Americans 

  • Declaration of War:  Lack of consensus on how the United States should undertake a decision to go to war.

Develop my Political Ecosystem

We will explore the impact of the constitution on our political ecosystem. How did the constitution shape our political ecosystem. Using the complexity lens, we put the political system under the microscope. 

Engage with  My Political Toolbox

My Political Ecosystem provides easy access to your specific ecosystem from local to national as well at the tools to actively participate in our democracy.

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The Medical Case Presentation is an essential framework for a focused disciplined approach to addressing medical problems.

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