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An open letter to Congress

I have been voting for 40 years. Over those four decades, I have watched the infantile, internicene bickering between the parties reduce our country from the strongest, most noble nation on the face of the earth to a broken shadow of its former self, virtually bankrupt, both financially and morally. And it saddens me.

Presidents come and go. The balance of power in Congress swings from side to side. Sometimes the White House and Capitol Hill belong to the same party, and sometimes they don't. Yet somehow, regardless of political alignments, nothing ever seems to get done except finger-pointing, squabbling, and squandering the hard-earned money of the American people. It seems to take a trillion dollars of your money and mine to get a million-dollar bill funded, the remainder going up in wasted time, porkbarrel riders and earmarks, debates, filibusters and attack advertising, and the endless lawsuits brought by disgruntled special interests who didn't get their way and the attorneys who serve them, eager for billable hours.

So here's a suggestion for you. The next time you see something in our society that's not working, and say to yourself, "Someone ought to do something about that," instead of pointing out that the President, or the other side of the aisle isn't making the right decisions, try looking in the mirror and saying, "Wait a minute... I'm somebody. I'm going to do something about that."

Eric Coomes is 17. By selling his photography, he's raised $10,000 for Marfan Syndrome awareness, a disease that affects his younger brother.

Joshua Ginsberg, a grocery bagger from Staten Island, organized a food drive for the needy of his community.

Spencer Brodsky, a teenager from Maryland, singlehandedly raised enough money to send 420 high-efficiency stoves to the women of Darfur, enabling them to cook with 1/4 of the wood they normally used.

If young people like this can singlehandedly make a large difference in the lives of hundreds, how much more could the 500-odd hugely-influential power-brokers who roam the halls of Congress do if they put their minds to it? If each congressperson and senator would adopt one pet project and push it during your term of office, the impact on our country could be incalculable... and you might even find yourself forgetting to blame someone else for our country's problems.

I'm tired of hearing about who's the problem, or whose fault things are. Get off your assets and do something to lift the human condition. Thank you.


Oh, and I'm not just whistling in the dark here.

A safe place to learn is a rare commodity in today's world. By the time a young man or young woman graduates from high school, he or she has gained academic skills to varying degrees, and also a host of extraneous knowledge and belief systems gathered along the way from family members, teachers, administrators and fellow students. Combined with maturation experiences which are at best challenging and at worst cruel and exclusionary (typically written off as part of the "normal process of growing up"), the result is students who are ill-prepared to recognize, let alone activate, the greatness inherent in each of them. Very few, on their own, move forward to become powerful contributors to the world in which they live. Kids like the ones mentioned above are, sadly, the exception rather than the rule.

One solution is to build an educational environment from the ground up which will provide students with both academic excellence and a four-year immersion in the theory and practice of discovering and developing their God-given right to be world champions, a school for powerful young leaders who will be armed, ready and willing to make a huge difference in the world.

I'm working to build that school. It will be an environment of unimpeachable safety and unparalleled excellence where every member of every class wins, and where students learn to be responsible not only for their own success but also for the success of their entire team. It's called the Academy of Greatness. And if you'd like to help me, just click on the link above and find the button that says "Donate."

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Mar. 19th, 2009 09:02 am (UTC)
A happy non-sequitur for passing on to certain someones if you please :)


Mar. 19th, 2009 09:49 am (UTC)
Oh, yah - and I know exactly who needs to get this... Great find!
Mar. 19th, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
I wish you success, tho I'd've chosen a different name for the academy.


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