Seeing Clearly to Chart America’s Way Forward

    2020 Vision: Seizing the New Kennedy Moment

    America faces today nearly certain financial collapse. It is not a collapse that is caused by our inability to solve our problems. Rather, it is caused by our unwillingness to galvanize the American People around an ideal larger than themselves which provides the hope they need to chart America’s way forward and, as the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has said, “Win the Future”.

    As Proverbs 29:18 states: Where there is no vision, the people perish.

    Hindsight, they say, is “always 20/20”. However, we can’t afford to wait until the year 2020 to look back and see, with hindsight, what we should have done. America needs a leader today who can look into the future with 2020 vision and say “This is how we’re going to not just take that hill, but how we’re going to go to the other side of that hill.”

    For the would-be nominee of the Republican Party, a cogently articulated plan is needed to lay the foundation of a vision which galvanizes America to rise to the challenge of its current “man on the moon” moment. Make no mistake, EVERY Republican candidate will bow to the idol of “energy independence” just as the John Stewart video satire makes clear. They will all sing the chorus of “Drill, Baby, Drill!” But, the only candidate who can win in 2012 is the one he articulates a 2020 Vision built on three key pillars. These pillars are:

    1. The need to create jobs related to energy exports.
    2. The threat of global terrorism funded with petro-dollars.
    3. The courage to strip away self-made impediments that prevent us from becoming energy self-sufficient.

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    The one thing Jimmy Carter got right — and the one thing even many Tea Party congressmen get wrong

    You don’t have to be an “environmentalist wacko” to have concerns about our heavy reliance on fossil fuels. Long before I ever heard the word “environmentalist” — and long before “greenhouse effect,” “global warming” or “climate change” had entered common parlance — energy conservation was an urgent topic. If you came of age when I did, or before, you probably remember the first national “energy | Read More »