Citizen Briefs: Challenges facing 21-century United States
The US constitution, the DNA for the federal government, has been remarkable in providing a fairly stable framework to weather the past 225 years and achieve remarkable success in creating a government that has seen peaceful national elections and succession of political power. During this time the United States has become a global superpower and the standard of living of our citizens has been unprecedented. However, the current political environment highlights the shortcomings of the political system that has emerged in the twenty-first century. The political process, defined by the constitution, has been corrupted to the point that it is an existential threat to the US. Culture wars, congressional paralysis if not obstructionism, a polarized electorate, global challenges, the surveillance state, concern regard growing national debt, growing inequality, money’s impact on the political election have all contributed to growing distrust of the federal government.
More and more Americans have been questioning if our political system (Tax) is rigged. The rising inequality and polarization have been a source of great concern for the future of our nation. Americans are viewing their government as removed and not addressing their needs. The role of citizen, claimed by Judge Brandies to be “the most important public office in the country” has been relegated to consumers of increasing election cycle messaging aimed to potentiate “mutual animosities”. It can be different. The James Madison Projects is inspired by the belief that We the People Can do better. By focusing on the vision that animated our founders and has energized Americans to achieve greatness.
Distrust: Distrust and alienation from the federal government and the toxic political process
Fiscal Health: The fiscal health of the nation: The budget, debt and deficit
Taxation: Unfairness of the tax system: tax code of 64, 000 pages
Inequality: Inequality of opportunity, income, wealth and employment
The Pain Opioid Epidemic: Impact of the opioids on more and more Americans
Healthcare: An unjust, uniequal, dysfunctional and expensive healthcare system
Gun Violence: Coming soon
Immigration: Coming soon
Justice: An out of control legal system, police and prison system
Environment: Failure to respond to climate change
Surveillance: The surveillance state: Privacy and dignity under assault by government and corporations
Infrastructure: A decaying infrastructure of roads, and bridges
Education: A declining public educational system out of reach for many Americans
Declaration of War: Lack of national consensus of how the United States should undertake a decision to go to war.