Rarely in the course of human history has an idea and the document which grew out of it, has set in motion a massive change in the experience of so many people around the globe.
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, polarized electorate, global challenges, surveillance state, concern regard growing national debt, growing inequality, money’s impact on 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 to 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 Project 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.
The James Madison Project is developed by Citizens4Health, an organization motivated by the belief that citizen engagement will contribute to solutions to the big problems that confront our nation.
Our program provides a different approach from the current toxic political debate on how to address the challenges facing our healthcare system (and our nation).
For example, when it comes to healthcare, we focus on one question:
How can we all (patients, doctors and healthcare institutions; citizens, non-for profit organizations and government; consumers and the "private" sector corporations) achieve a sustainable system that provides access to excellent quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans?