The second critical ingredient or dimension that has been related to America’s greatness has been Participative Governance. Historically, the metaphor that represents America’s greatness on this dimension has been “We the People,” the constitutionally-mandated policy-makers of governance.
Listening with “the third ear” led me to hear the following affective message in the pronouncements from the Republican candidates:
|“When I am president, I will ensure the preservation of wealth and the stability of the upper one percent investment class (who are losing large numbers due to their poor judgments in changing markets) by introducing new tax relief for the rich and legislation for the corporate investments that they make. Labeled ‘No Multinational Corporation Left Behind,’ this legislation will ensure that America becomes the ‘Parasitic Consumer Host’ for all Multinationals and their foreign co-conspirators by continually declaring war on every country with energy resources. From this point forward, let us lead by making a vow that all Republicans will be ‘War Presidents’.”|
Applying the same affective sensitivity to the Democratic candidates yields the following economic pronouncements:
|“When I am president, I will introduce legislation for the redistribution of wealth by ‘taxing the rich’ (even though through their docility, 27% of the top one percent of earners have already fallen out of that category over the last decade—1996 to 2005) and ‘subsidizing the poor’ (even though 91 percent have risen above the bottom five percent of wage earners into the lower middle class over the last decade). By tearing the wealthy down and building the poor up, we can look to leadership in ‘The Equality of Income Distribution’ over the 21st century. Is that mobility or what!?”|