Introduction to the New American Agenda
Rebuilding the American Dream for the 21st Century
The American Reality. Recent polls confirm that the majority of the American people believe that the U.S. Government is fundamentally broken. Our global leadership is waning in critical areas from student test scores and economic competitiveness to public safety and life expectancy. Our infrastructure is crumbling before our eyes. Government institutions, bloated from generations of accretive growth, are debilitated by run-away bureaucracies with little or no accountability to the American people for advancing their objectives. All the while, our national debt soars as we spend more to achieve less than our international counterparts.
From the boardroom to the classroom, there is a pervasive sense of helplessness and anxiety among the American people. They see a dysfunctional government held hostage by divisive partisan ideology and entrenched interests that have “gamed the system” at the expense of the common good of the nation. Now, even our democratic processes are under attack by foreign powers. With the national debt approaching an all-time high and no end in sight.
After a quarter millennium, the great American Experiment in self-governance “of the people, by the people and for the people” is in some peril. In business terms, it is time for a quarterly review; a serious examination and restructuring to secure the American Dream for us and our posterity. We are not subjects of a monarch; we are shareholders in a nation. Our citizenship gives us a vested interest, but also a responsibility to preserve and protect both our freedom and the opportunity to pursue happiness.
The State of the American Dream. The great promise of America is the self-evident truth that we are all created equal with inalienable rights. The founders of our country believed that these core principles are essential to the flourishing of the human spirit and the establishment of a stable, prosperous society. Each generation has defined their own version of the AMERICAN DREAM but the underlying principles of Freedom and Opportunity have endured.
The American experiment promised that a country built on these principles would enable all to transcend the circumstances of their birth, with the promise that their children would have the opportunity to “do better” than they did. Our ancestors toiled and sacrificed, innovated and inspired, fought and died – all to preserve and protect the idea of America for themselves and their posterity.
It is, however, incumbent upon each generation to ensure that the American Dream is protected. For the first time in our history, the majority of American parents do not think their kids will be better off than they are. The circumstances of a person’s birth are becoming more and more determinant of their destiny. All the while, the country appears hopelessly polarized; swinging from one extreme to the other having lost the sense of unity, collective purpose and pride of knowing we are in fact the guiding light of the world.
The American Millennium Society. Founded on the 225th anniversary of the adjournment of the Constitutional Convention, the American Millennium Society is a non-partisan, non-ideological, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to using American principles to define and advance the achievement of the American Dream in the 21st century. The Society defines the missions of public and charitable institutions in terms upon which the vast majority of Americans would agree, clarifies the value in achieving those goals and formulates practical strategies to restructure and vector all available resources to deliver results with the highest return on the investments made.
Transcending the contemporary political debate by convening the best of our nation’s wealth of talent and enabling a robust, wide-ranging, and realistic discussion about the nation’s long-term, systemic challenges, the Society is unfettered by ideological or political constraints that create the false impression that our nation is divided. We enable the restructuring of public institutions using data-driven analysis and the most advanced management science techniques that have been proven in the private sector. Dedicated to the singular goal of advancing the interests of American citizens, the Society will work to gain their support for modernizing our public institutions to assure American Dream is a reality for the next quarter millennium.
The New American Agenda
The American Millennium Society’s New American Agenda endeavors to take a careful and honest look at where we are as a nation find the path that will assure the American Dream lives on in the 21st century. Each of us as citizens has the power to be a part of changing the game – but we need to understand the playing field, and be prepared to establish new rules for ourselves, our communities and our public institutions.
Using the fundamental principles of freedom and opportunity as the cornerstone of American prosperity, the society supports comprehensive solutions redefine the American Dream for the 21st century. Our mission to enable “We, the People” to bring this to life so that the people of every community can live the American Dream.
The Approach: Another Way to Say It
A New American Agenda will be developed for local, city, state and national applications.