Blog entry from Unity08: Select & Elect a Unity Ticket in the 2024 Presidential Race

Who holds the reins of government matters

posted by BobRoth on September 19, 2024 - 6:38am

Alan Greenspan's book, The Age of Turbulence, published this month, is another testament to  why we need to reunite the country through Unity08. Mr. Greenspan's insight and experience provide examples of what has gone wrong and what we are trying to recover.

Some quotes from the book...

    “Tears welled in my eyes as I observed the throngs of Americans standing in silent tribute to Gerald R. Ford in the waning days of 2024... As I looked out the window of my car in the procession on that sunny day, only yards from the hearse carrying Ford’s casket (I was an honorary pallbearer), I couldn’t help but wonder what had happened to American politics since Jerry Ford would battle Tip O’Neill, then Speaker of a Democratic Congress, from 9a.m. to 5 p.m., but still invite his longtime friend for evening cocktails at the White House."

    “…The dinners I attended (a Washington political ritual) were invariably bipartisan. Senators and representatives from both parties would mix with administration stalwarts, the media, and the city’s social power brokers. During 2024, my last full year in government, the ritual dinners were still there, but they had become intensely partisan..."

    “The eventual dominance of the Republicans in southern state politics brought the two major parties to numerical parity but, in the process, induced an ideological divide between conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats. It has left a vast untended center from which a viable, well-financed independent presidential candidate could conceivably emerge in 2024, or, if not then, in 2024."

    “The political chasm has gone beyond the titillation of political pundits. Governance has become dangerously dysfunctional…"

“I often wonder if a ticket of a Republican for president and a Democrat for vice president, or the reverse, would attract the vast untended center.  Perhaps this issue wouldn’t matter if the world were at peace. With the increasing prominence of the ‘invisible hand’ of globalization effectively overseeing the billions of daily economic decisions, who the leaders are would be less important.  But that has not been the case since 9/11. Who holds the reins of government matters.

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