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GRIDLOCK: The need to clarify context before content

Letter by Gene E Harvey, Puyallup on June 13, 2011 at 11:20 am | 45 Comments »
June 13, 2011 11:20 am

There are two very important aspects to consider in any creative or problem-solving endeavor, appropriate perspective (frame) and thoughtful deliberation or creative activity (image). Appropriate perspective involves accurately identifying the situation and its context that we intend to address. Thoughtful deliberation or creative activity refers to the manner in which we explore solutions or produce a result.

In order to optimally carry out this process in the public arena, one must have a degree of self-awareness regarding our human propensity to engage in self-promoting behaviors, an intention to succeed with minimal adverse effect on others, and a sincere desire to attain some degree of benefit for society as a whole.

Unfortunately, the current political orientations are at logger-heads over ideological differences than in areas of discourse that promise creative solutions reached through a degree of compromise. Republicans, in general, focus on resisting President Obama’s aggressive expansion of governmental power; well beyond any in the history of our republic. Democrats, in an effort to support the president’s far-reaching plans, avoid acknowledging their massive governmental expansion and seem more interested in demonizing Republicans than reaching any degree of curtailing the ever-increasing scope of government.

The expansion of government is a frame issue which means it provides a context for potential discussion. Without clarifying the proper scope of government, no other working out of issues is possible.

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