5 Reasons, Pragmatic Idealism, Makes Sense, And Is Needed

Although, many people, complain about the attitude, performance, behavior, rhetoric, and direction / actions, of Donald Trump, as President, many of them, should take an objective, introspective, look, at themselves, and realize, while there were many reasons, he was elected in 2016, some of the prominent ones, include: voter apathy (less than half of eligible voters, voted); pouting because the Democratic candidate was not their, first choice; and, a degree of being, unrealistic, about what is probable, in terms of achieving, what it requires, and why, historically, a degree of compromise is needed, to reach a needed, meeting – of – the – minds, for the common good (or greater good). With that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, 5 reasons, pragmatic idealism, makes sense.

1. Often, won't get passed / approved: There's a need, to seek, common ground, or, partisan politics, will interfere with getting things done. After all, if any idea, goal, etc, isn't passed, and / or, approved, it will achieve little. Doesn't it make sense, to go, step – by – step, in a quest for something more ideal.

2. Greatest idea, without implementation, achieves little: Even the best, most essential, logical idea, if it isn't implemented, achieves little! We need leadership, which is willing, to speak to others, reach out, across the aisle, and put policy, the nation, and the greater good, ahead of partisan politics, etc!

3. Political realities: Anyone, watching the recent, Democratic candidate debates, probably, observed, quite a bit of quibbling about specific details, when they would be better served, by articulating broader strokes, which focused on the so – called, bread – and – butter, issues, including jobs, the overall economy, alternatives (more humane) towards immigration policies, environmental / Climate Change concerns, etc. When they focus on how idealistically – pure , they are, and the commitment to, Medicare for All, for example, they ignore the reality, which is, unless the Democrats take over control of both houses of Congress, as well as the Presidency, In 2020, they are, walking – the – plank! While many agree, universal health care, should be a right, the discussion should focus on the concept, and a way, to balance, what is, with what can be approved! This, also refers to, addressing the dangers of Climate Change, in a unifying manner, as opposed to a divisive one!

4. Motivating and inspiring the public: If change, for the better, is the objective, the emphasis must be, on a common sense, approach, which is, both, motivating and inspiring, to the public! The finest way, to get things done, is, to involve, the public, and have them, demand better, from their elected officials!

5. Bringing factions together: President Donald Trump, seems to have perfected, the politics of polarization, dividing the nation, and appealing to his core supporters, using empty promises, rhetoric and vitriol, and, appearing to deny, concepts and realities, such as Climate Change, and protecting the environment!

What good, is being idealistic, unless / until, it one gets something done, to address the need? This requires, a willingness, to be somewhat pragmatic, in order to achieve, worthwhile objectives, rather than merely talking about them!



Source by Richard Brody

This article is brought to you by Kokula Krishna Hari Kunasekaran! Visit Website or Follow back at @kkkhari

The Me – Too Movement: Relevant / Needed, Too Late, Or Rhetoric?

In the last year, or two, we have witnessed, far more public awareness, of the harassment, etc, experienced, by so many women, and the accused mis – deeds, of many public leaders, and / or well – known individuals. This has brought about a movement, referred to as, Me – Too , which has created a Social Media hash – tag, and the exposure of many people, which has led to, embarrassment, resignation, and / or legal ramifications. However, it seems, enforcement of this, is quite selective, where some accused, have quickly been exposed, and punished, while others, who proceed with a denial – strategy, untouched, at least, to date. The holder of the highest office, in our land, has been accused by more women, than most, with more facts and proof, than most, yet, he has proceeded, untouched, because he proclaims, he is the victim, and his accusers are liars! We are also witnessing a candidate for Justice of the Supreme Court, confronted with accusations of misconduct, several decades ago, and although his accuser came forward, having taken and passed a lie-detector test, and with statements from her therapist, that she stated this in therapy, 6 years ago (well before this particular man, was even mentioned as a possible justice), seemingly unfairly treated by the same Senators, who in 1991, stated, the need for an FBI investigation of an individual, then, refusing to consider, even an expedited one, now, to gather facts, before approving someone to the highest court, for a lifetime appointment. When politics, comes before the public good, there is something wrong!

1. While women have demonstrated, far more political resolve, this year, than ever before, in recent memory, is that enough, when certain right – wing politicians, seem to not care, or fear acting. Is it cowardice, political / personal agenda. self – interest, or fear of opposing the somewhat, flamboyant, occupant of the White House? What seemed outrageous, in the past, when, even when politics, create adversity, is the continuous, negative, nasty, rhetoric, employed by President Donald Trump, and the seemingly, amazing hold, he possesses, and loyalty over his core supporters / followers! We have had female Supreme Court Justices, US Senators, US Congressional Representatives, and candidates for both President and Vice President, yet, women, still seem, to be held to a double – standard, rather than considering, the essential necessity, of treating , women, with the respect, every human being deserves!

2. Is this a result of Mr. Trump's, Presidency, or was he elected, because, so many Americans (or, at least, enough to elect him), feel the same biases and prejudices, and are willing to overlook, nearly anything, in order to get their desired, social agenda, through, regardless of whether it is what our Constitution, and Bill of Rights, represent?

Many feel, the tone of our politics, and national mood and discourse, since Trump, became President, is, at the very least, concerning. Wake up, America, or your children and grandchildren, will live in a country, which is no longer recognizable!



Source by Richard Brody

This article is brought to you by Kokula Krishna Hari Kunasekaran! Visit Website or Follow back at @kkkhari

The 5 E's Needed For America To Emphasize

Regardless of one's personal, political perspective, position, or emphasis, most people recognize, we are currently witnessing, national conditions, and political climate, we have rarely exhibited or previously observed, at least, in recent times! America, today, appears to be, a divided nation, and, rather than, bipartisan, willingness, for the common good, we are witnessing certain components of our nation, pitted against, another! We need, what I refer to, as, the 5 E 's needed, for the United States of America, to emphasize, and focus upon. With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly review, discuss, examine, and consider, why this is so relevant, necessary, and sustainable, today.

1. Environment: As President Macron, of France, recently said, regarding the need, for paying attention to our environment, in a responsible manner, there is, No Planet B ! President Donald Trump appointed as his Cabinet Secretary, for the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), Scott Pruitt, a man, who spent much of his career suing and fighting, against environmental controls and regulations. Since Trump was elected, we have witnessed, him, withdrawing the United States, from the Paris Accord (the only free nation, to do so), continuously denying and hiding details regarding climate change, a relaxation of clean water regulations, such as dumping , etc, abandoning gas mileage standards, for automobiles, etc. If we fail to pay attention, how will explain it, to future generations? Ignoring these aspects, risks the health, etc, of our citizens!

2. Energy: London, England, has announced automobiles, sold, there, after 2030, must not use fossil fuel! Costa Rica has legislated far more focus on energy conservation. Even, China, has announced plans and focus on being more energy – responsible! However, this President and Cabinet Secretary, have positioned us, to become, obstructionists, rather than the leaders, we have always been! Denying the need, for, responsible, responsive, energy policy, focused on sustainability, doesn't make the necessity, go away!

3. Economic: When Donald Trump, was a candidate, he proclaimed, his focus would be, on making America, great, again, and improving the lot of middle – Americans, and the middle – class! The tax plan, which the Republican party passed, in the latter part of 2016, has made, only, the benefits to the wealthiest and corporations, permanent, while any middle – class benefits, temporary. In addition, independent economic studies, indicate, the vast majority of the benefits, go to the wealthiest. The reality is, this is a re – hash, of trickle – down economics, which has been attempted previously (most recently during the administration of ronald reagan), and was not beneficial to most americans!

4. Evolving: We live in, an ever – evolving world, and, thus, Mr. Trump's slogan, Make America Great Again, by its very verbage, focuses on the past, rather than the needs, into the future! We can't afford to continue to fail to address this evolution, because, if we do, America will never continue, its leadership position, in the world!

5. Emphasis: America's emphasis must be, on the freedoms and liberties, which differentiate us, from much of the rest of the world, in a positive manner! We can't only address those we like, and / or agree to, because any attack on any liberty, is an attack on all of them, and the American way of life!

This article has attempted to merely, touch – upon, some of the essential components, needed to continue to keep, America great! Remember these 5 E 's, at least, as a starting point!



Source by Richard Brody

This article is brought to you by Kokula Krishna Hari Kunasekaran! Visit Website or Follow back at @kkkhari

The Me – Too Movement: Relevant/ Needed, Too Late, Or Rhetoric?

In the last year, or two, we have witnessed, far more public awareness, of the harassment, etc, experienced, by so many women, and the accused mis – deeds, of many public leaders, and/ or well – known individuals. This has brought about a movement, referred to as, Me – Too, which has created a Social Media hash – tag, and the exposure of many people, which has led to, embarrassment, resignation, and/ or legal ramifications. However, it seems, enforcement of this, is quite selective, where some accused, have quickly been exposed, and punished, while others, who proceed with a denial – strategy, untouched, at least, to date. The holder of the highest office, in our land, has been accused by more women, than most, with more facts and proof, than most, yet, he has proceeded, untouched, because he proclaims, he is the victim, and his accusers are liars! We are also witnessing a candidate for Justice of the Supreme Court, confronted with accusations of misconduct, several decades ago, and although his accuser came forward, having taken and passed a lie- detector test, and with statements from her therapist, that she stated this in therapy, 6 years ago (well before this particular man, was even mentioned as a possible Justice), seemingly unfairly treated by the same Senators, who in 1991, stated, the need for an FBI investigation of an individual, then, refusing to consider, even an expedited one, now, to gather facts, before approving someone to the highest court, for a lifetime appointment. When politics, comes before the public good, there is something wrong!

1. While women have demonstrated, far more political resolve, this year, than ever before, in recent memory, is that enough, when certain right – wing politicians, seem to not care, or fear acting. Is it cowardice, political/ personal agenda. self – interest, or fear of opposing the somewhat, flamboyant, occupant of the White House? What seemed outrageous, in the past, when, even when politics, create adversity, is the continuous, negative, nasty, rhetoric, employed by President Donald Trump, and the seemingly, amazing hold, he possesses, and loyalty over his core supporters/ followers! We have had female Supreme Court Justices, US Senators, US Congressional Representatives, and candidates for both President and Vice President, yet, women, still seem, to be held to a double – standard, rather than considering, the essential necessity, of treating, women, with the respect, every human being deserves!

2. Is this a result of Mr. Trump’s, Presidency, or was he elected, because, so many Americans (or, at least, enough to elect him), feel the same biases and prejudices, and are willing to overlook, nearly anything, in order to get their desired, social agenda, through, regardless of whether it is what our Constitution, and Bill of Rights, represent?

Many feel, the tone of our politics, and national mood and discourse, since Trump, became President, is, at the very least, concerning. Wake up, America, or your children and grandchildren, will live in a country, which is no longer recognizable!



Source by Richard Brody

This article is brought to you by Kokula Krishna Hari Kunasekaran! Visit Website or Follow back at @kkkhari

The 5 E’s Needed For America To Emphasize

Regardless of one’s personal, political perspective, position, or emphasis, most people recognize, we are currently witnessing, national conditions, and political climate, we have rarely exhibited or previously observed, at least, in recent times! America, today, appears to be, a divided nation, and, rather than, bipartisan, willingness, for the common good, we are witnessing certain components of our nation, pitted against, another! We need, what I refer to, as, the 5 E‘s needed, for the United States of America, to emphasize, and focus upon. With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly review, discuss, examine, and consider, why this is so relevant, necessary, and sustainable, today.

1. Environment: As President Macron, of France, recently said, regarding the need, for paying attention to our environment, in a responsible manner, there is, No Planet B! President Donald Trump appointed as his Cabinet Secretary, for the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), Scott Pruitt, a man, who spent much of his career suing and fighting, against environmental controls and regulations. Since Trump was elected, we have witnessed, him, withdrawing the United States, from the Paris Accord (the only free nation, to do so), continuously denying and hiding details regarding climate change, a relaxation of clean water regulations, such as dumping, etc, abandoning gas mileage standards, for automobiles, etc. If we fail to pay attention, how will explain it, to future generations? Ignoring these aspects, risks the health, etc, of our citizens!

2. Energy: London, England, has announced automobiles, sold, there, after 2030, must not use fossil fuel! Costa Rica has legislated far more focus on energy conservation. Even, China, has announced plans and focus on being more energy – responsible! However, this President and Cabinet Secretary, have positioned us, to become, obstructionists, rather than the leaders, we have always been! Denying the need, for, responsible, responsive, energy policy, focused on sustainability, doesn’t make the necessity, go away!

3. Economic: When Donald Trump, was a candidate, he proclaimed, his focus would be, on making America, great, again, and improving the lot of middle – Americans, and the middle – class! The tax plan, which the Republican party passed, in the latter part of 2016, has made, only, the benefits to the wealthiest and corporations, permanent, while any middle – class benefits, temporary. In addition, independent economic studies, indicate, the vast majority of the benefits, go to the wealthiest. The reality is, this is a re – hash, of Trickle – Down economics, which has been attempted previously (most recently during the administration of Ronald Reagan), and was not beneficial to most Americans!

4. Evolving: We live in, an ever – evolving world, and, thus, Mr. Trump’s slogan, Make America Great Again, by its very verbage, focuses on the past, rather than the needs, into the future! We can’t afford to continue to fail to address this evolution, because, if we do, America will never continue, its leadership position, in the world!

5. Emphasis: America’s emphasis must be, on the freedoms and liberties, which differentiate us, from much of the rest of the world, in a positive manner! We can’t only address those we like, and/ or agree to, because any attack on any liberty, is an attack on all of them, and the American way of life!

This article has attempted to merely, touch – upon, some of the essential components, needed to continue to keep, America great! Remember these 5 E‘s, at least, as a starting point!



Source by Richard Brody

This article is brought to you by Kokula Krishna Hari Kunasekaran! Visit Website or Follow back at @kkkhari