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Are we a country whose democracy is active, or are we at a point where our democracy is approaching a state of inaction? Regardless of personal political viewpoint, many of our citizens believe the United States is at a crossroads.

Will we, or should we, remain a superpower?

What is our economic future?

How do we meet our citizens’ basic human needs?

Will our population have access to affordable healthcare?

Will our environment be clean and healthful?

What will insure our citizens have freedom to choose their leaders and have their voices heard?

How do we function in a world economy demanding increased consumer consumption while our planet requires conservation?

How will we provide our children with the necessary skills and education to thrive in an increasingly complex world?

Clearly no one has answers to all the above questions; it is doubtful any of us has a workable solution to any single major problem. But we all have ideas. The purpose of this blog is to provide a forum where creative ideas may be shared, discussed and debated.

Will any contributor make a difference? Perhaps, perhaps not, but knowledge can’t hurt.  However it is our sincere hope that if enough people can get together, perhaps their collective ideas can make a difference. We fervently believe in the adage “if not me, then who?”

In order to succeed we believe our participants need to abide by certain guidelines. We respect the right for everyone to have and voice their own unique opinions. We desire that discussion be open, frank, and honest. However, if ones honesty and frankness serve to shut down the conversation then we suggest tamping down the frankness.

Personal attacks, threats, the overuse of violent metaphors, or name calling will not be permitted. While we strongly desire differing ideas and views, we want people to be heard. If people have radically opposing ideas, it might be better to use gentle words. The purpose of this site is not to outscream each other; that will only result in hearing loss  It is strongly suggested ones opinions be based and coupled with facts. As Daniel Patrick Moynihan stated, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, they are not entitled to their own facts.”

While compromise and consensus may be nice, it is neither required nor may it even be desirable for many questions facing our country. So please contribute and join the democratic action.

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  1. Nathan, I very much agree with and support your explanation of what the democracyinactionblog.com is all about. Yes! It is a forum for individuals who are interested and passionate about our country to contribute their thoughts, ideas, questions, suggestions, etc. about the current “state of the union”. We are in a complex and precarious time in our development as a nation (or lack thereof). We have difficult problems to think about and attempt to find solutions.

    It is also a time of biting derision between political parties…”dirty politics” if you wish. We need to listen to one another and try to understand differing points of view. Without this we can only become more separate, more fearful and more aggressive…and we find ourselves in an endless loop. This blog welcomes new ideas and differing opinions without fear of exclusion. So join and write what you think and what you believe.

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