About The American Leader
The American Leader cuts through the partisan distractions, disinformation, and distortions of evidence and motivations that are so prevalent in our daily news feed in order to present the kind of results-minded perspective that partisan interests often prevent us from considering. With a focus on solving problems facing civil society, we offer executive-style intelligence briefs on the nation’s problems and provide context for understanding the tensions in American society that drive political debate around specific issues. In addition, we profile citizens who are taking bold action in government, business, and their communities to make positive change. Our aim is to make it easy for you, a citizen CEO of our democracy, to gain the insights you need to become more knowledgeable and engaged in the matters that affect us most.
On the surface of the 24/7 news stream that is our window on the world, politics sometimes seems to be more about winning than solving problems – and sometimes this emphasis on partisan competition makes it difficult to see what problems are really being addressed. Deep currents of change run beneath our daily news feeds, and only occasionally do we get a clear view of what’s happening beneath the surface. It is the one essential truth of democracy that when the public is able to focus on a problem, politicians typically respond with a solution so that they can keep on winning and holding on to their elected office. In this era of extreme partisanship, however, where radical change in the nation’s policies has been the underlying goal, our view through that window of news media has been clouded by denials that problems exist, campaigns to discredit outspoken leaders, and dangerous actions that have undermined trust in the very institutions on which our democracy depends for its survival.
The American Leader, like democracy itself, is a work in progress that peers beneath the headlines and top stories to focus on problem solving rather than partisan competition. We emphasize results rather than storytelling. We look at issues like big government and climate change and wealth inequality through a lens that sees through the political propaganda that clouds our news and social media. Unlike the headline driven media, we offer a constant laser-like view on how to best move the nation forward on such systemic issues in a manner that supports the life, liberty, and happiness of all Americans. In doing so, we raise the bar on what we expect from our elected representatives and business leaders – and ourselves.
In a society that traditionally gives its greatest respect to the CEOs of the most bold and innovative companies, we will dare to assert ourselves as the citizen CEOs of American democracy. We, the people, don’t have to accept the leadership of elected representatives who cast votes for solutions that are “politically feasible” but not effective, or worse, for policies that hurt the majority of Americans. The American Leader provides a framework to help us understand the problems we face so that we can act more decisively for the common good in the voting booth, on the job, and in our communities.
Our Guiding Principles
We launch The American Leader at a time when people and the news media are accused of being biased, as if “bias” were a bad thing. Thus, we find it necessary to identify some of our biases. So, these are among the biases – otherwise known as guiding principles – that you will find here on the site:
- It’s ok to be biased – most people have a bias. Most of us can probably do a better job at recognizing our own biases in order to engage more productively with people who have a different perspective.
- Bias is not a reason to end debate nor to disregard a person’s point of view; rather, it is a useful starting point for finding common ground. We are concerned that some people who accuse others of being biased do so to close their minds to the views of people who disagree with them and to avoid engaging in common purpose with them.
- Common purpose, not divisive speech or distortion and denial of facts, is what makes America great. Our broad national purpose is to remain indivisible in the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness for all. Coming together to solve the problems of American society – and then agreeing to the right balance of solutions – is a work in progress.
- Problems don’t go away just because we choose not to believe they are real or because they are inconvenient to our business or our politics. As citizen CEOs, we need to work really hard to clarify our different priorities and build common ground around the most effective solutions, not just the ones that are easy for our partners to accept.
- Democrats and Republicans are partners in American democracy, just as government and business are partners in sustaining the American economy. When the partners don’t work together, when party is placed before country or business interests ahead of those of the community, the greater good suffers.