Policy is everywhere, why so?
We see policy being made all around us every day and sometimes it seems hourly. Policy is at home, in the churches, in business and most often it is all over the media being commented on – public political policy. When you get down to the very fundamental definition from the Latin and Greek, policy means ‘citizen,’ ‘citizenship’ and then ‘city’.
I am not exactly sure how the more accepted idea of policy moved from the individual citizen to the definition of ‘a course or principle of action adopted or proposed by a government, party, business, or individual’. Oh, ‘Individual’ is at the tail end of the definition! So in reality, it is the tail wagging the dog hence, ‘People Are Policy’.
Yet everything we encounter is:
- The rules (policies) of our house are….
- The school policies state that….
- This is the handbook of company policies….
- Here are the policies for our city….
- State and national policies toward xyz are….
It too often comes across that policy is left in the realm of ‘a course of action adopted or proposed by a government’ rather than getting down to the reality that the person or people involved are the ones putting their worldview into action. Now here’s the catch with words having meanings in that the archaic definition of policy is ‘prudent or expedient conduct or action’. Adding a little levity in here: when over the last twelve years have you really considered national policy in particular, prudent? Maybe expedient at best but prudent conduct or action – Really?
Looking at government in general and national in particular, my perspective and perceptions come through in the last question such that I do not believe, that over the last 100 years, we have had policy makers whose interest developed from a Foundational worldview.
More so, we can generalize the statement that a personal worldview is the great influencer in every one of the bullets already noted where policy is a part of life. Who and what develops the worldview of individual citizens? Well, we can get into the complexities of developing a person from birth but I would like to keep it simple. Let me run the logic this way: Since ‘People Are Policy’ – how they become problem solvers, which means they are policy makers, they receive their ability to do so from their parents, their church, their schools and sadly the combination of television and social media. These are the simple pieces to the pie that form an individual’s worldview.
The application of what now encompasses that perspective on life is in problem solving. Oh, now we are getting to the means of developing actions to deal with what is perceived as a problem based on this developed worldview. This becomes the core as to how one establishes their home, how they participate in business and why they think government should function one way or another.
What I have observed and lived through in my life are the results of other people applying their worldviews in a context not necessarily established on Foundational Principles. Those Foundational Principles were and have been either rejected or substituted. My perspective is that they have been rejected because of substitution with principles contrary to original intent for self-governance and on the larger scheme, political governance at all levels.
In this I mean that the principles of humanism, socialism, other ‘isms’ and economy over liberty have been substituted for the foundational original intent of those who colonized America and formalized a Constitutional Republic for all. Yes, as I have and am researching/studying the policies and policy makers of the nations foundation, I am finding that individuals and influential groups have always been the directors of policy that affect the lives of everyone else. And yes, their worldviews were the director of how they made or influenced a course or principle of actions to be adopted. Were those actions prudent or expedient? That is always finally determined by the outcome on those that the action is placed upon.
What is the point of this post? The complaining about policy on a government level and to some extent at the business level is tiring. I often wondered why? I have concluded that it is because most individuals have a genetic sense of what it means to be American and that we should be functioning Constitutionally but – and this is a big BUT – they don’t understand the underlying truths and principles of foundational intent; even worse, their worldview has been either substituted or perverted by the ‘isms’. The root of this goes to who influenced and established the worldview of the present, and more importantly, the future policy makers? What is their worldview and how does that align with Foundational Original Intent?
What we are experiencing in our present day is courses of action and adopted principles across all spectrums of public life that are not necessarily prudent based on the outcomes in businesses and particularly government. I would again like to put the levity of definition into the use of the word policy as ‘an illegal lottery or numbers game’. Boy oh boy, does that ring a bell with a lot of what we see affecting lives from government in general.
All in all, what do you want to see in our government decision process, which are principles of action that affect the lives of us citizens? Part of that you will have to answer based on your worldview. My thoughts on this are:
- There are fundamental Foundational principles and values which substantiate Constitutional truths for liberty
- There are moral and common sense fundamentals which establish business
- There are moral and virtuous courses of action that are established in Foundational principles of Original Intent
But, for the most part these have been hidden, lied about and substituted by the ‘isms’ such that the next generations’ worldview will not bring to fruition the genetic DNA assumptions of Americanism.
What to do about it? My recommendation is that we give those in high school through grad-school the truth and tools of Founders Original Intent for self-governance in life that will affect every aspect of policy making now and in the future. Since ‘People Are Policy’, each individual citizen that understands the roots of American Citizenship has the capacity to develop the ‘course or principle of action adopted or proposed by a government, party, business, or individual’ with prudent conduct and hopefully not just for expedient action.
I recommend students and adults get involved with participating in SACPS.org.