Planning Over Personality

John Coffey is the author of Political Football™: The Super Bowl of Politics™, the creator of President Truth™ to Make America More Perfectly United™, and the founder of TruthParty®.com, America's Political Peace Plan™. He has developed two Tools for Truth™, called Truth Track™ and Truth Trap™, to fight fake news, focus elections, and revolutionize political reporting to empower the people.    Email:   usa@TruthParty.com

John Coffey is the author of Political Football™: The Super Bowl of Politics™, the creator of President Truth™ to Make America More Perfectly United™, and the founder of TruthParty®.com, America's Political Peace Plan™. He has developed two Tools for Truth™, called Truth Track™ and Truth Trap™, to fight fake news, focus elections, and revolutionize political reporting to empower the people.

Email: usa@TruthParty.com

In the hurried pace of modern life, it is wise to occasionally pause to look back to a simpler era for revealing bedrock wisdom, benevolent guidance, and better goal posts. A good starting point for finding wisdom is with the great thinker named Aristotle, who believed that nothing improves aim like having a target. This aim of Aristotle is actually a perfect fit for politics and should be universally applied through the Power of Planning to pursue, promote, and produce "a more perfect Union." To enact effective political reform, the presentation of a public plan detailing each candidate's purpose, proposition, and path for leading progress needs to be the target of American politics.

To assist the American people in selecting the best presidential candidate, the upcoming 2020 election needs to be run with the intention of choosing candidates based on the rightful reasoning of a prepared plan, rather than the ruthless passion of a provocative personality. In this modern world of change, elections will increasingly need to seek a path of reason, reform, and results to move the nation closer to a renaissance, and further away from a revolution. By creating an atmosphere that values ideas, the people will be given new tools to establish a truce, examine the truth, and enjoy more trust. From now on, America needs an election process that is focused on producing fair, objective, and reasoned results, to make sure that the logic in elections will trump any loyalty protections.

Every election should have a kick-off event that provides a common success statement from each candidate describing a purpose, a plan, and a path for creating popular support. With this type of Smart Start™ to elections, a societal shift will begin to happen from the politics of division to a New Dimension for Democracy™ filled with more political vision. By using the three most important questions in politics: why are you running; what is your plan; and how will you get action; this trio represents the Core of a Candidate™, and essentially creates Candidate Cards™ that can be used to publicize each person's plan for comparison purposes. These three common comparison questions can essentially reveal what is planned by the candidate, and can uncover the heart, the head, and the hand of each contestant in a way that is most meaningful. This strategy of promoting the process of planning in politics is meant to help the government develop better focus, and more successfully pursue the public interest by strengthening the overriding structure of society. Think of how often the essential answers to these three questions get lost in personal attacks and tabloid style news. With a platform that is simple and straightforward, the American people would have a resource to truly learn about the plans of each candidate. 

To facilitate the comparison of candidates, plans should be in a standard format conceptually, but since elections are competitions of leadership, the content of the plans should be unrestricted, and broadly open-ended to reveal each candidate’s true priorities for governing. Initially these proposed plans are to be aggregated at TruthParty®.com, but it is easy to anticipate that as this political project expands and succeeds, other media outlets will likely support this initiative to better inform voters with more truthful information. This public proposal is essentially a Citizen Challenge for Change, which is specifically designed to uplift American politics, enhance the media, and empower the people.

The objective of this proposal is to have each and every candidate running for President of the United States, and eventually all political candidates, to present a public plan prior to the first debates to focus attention, highlight ideas, and establish measurable markers of performance. This kick-off proposal is to spur the production of a nationally scheduled, informative news program that is perhaps a one hour event consisting of a composite of the 2020 presidential candidates in two-minute segments that present public plans, possibly bracketed with various football coaches sharing successful game plan stories as one-minute spacers, amounting to approximately twenty candidates and twenty coaches. Unfortunately, the media's current coverage model of election campaigns is primarily based on each candidate's polls, purses, and punches, leaving the American people feeling generally put down, pushed out, and brushed off. Therefore, a societal system of planning in politics would produce a new, fresh, and thoughtful product for the press to responsibly process in the service of the public interest, and act as a productive substitute for the less significant, time-consuming, and sensationalized stories. 

Every election needs a kick-off event to present a common success statement from each candidate that details a purpose, a plan, and a path for creating popular support amongst the American people. This inaugural event in the 2020 election cycle would be perfectly scheduled as a national presentation on June 16, 2019, followed by a public poll that compares each candidate based primarily on the presented plans for fixing politics, the people, and the planet. With the first debate in the 2020 race for president scheduled for June 26-27, the date of June 16 allows ten days for polling each candidate's plan to determine who has the best plan. Then, to close-out the election debate season, an updated plan presentation with the remaining candidates will be appropriately scheduled, with a subsequent public poll conducted, to select America's final Best Plan™ for 2020, to serve as an additional guide for voters, based on rightful reasoning, and not resentful, reactionary, and ruthless passion.

At some point, America must break the fever of forever fighting, and start to create a finer focus on the future. This approach of focus instead of fighting can help shift the nation's attention, attitude, and actions from combative to cooperative, and from destructive to constructive. By creating a keener vision on what’s ahead, with a greater focus on which way to be led, there will be less time and energy for Americans to lament, resent, or feel contempt. With a more truthful target to aim at, and a finer focus on the future, America will finally be on the right track to declare a truce, air the truth, and share more trust.

It is planning, not personality that will fix the state of the nation.