This week I offer why I wrote “President You.” Simply, it was disappointment in overly partisan congresses and divisive presidencies. That and my belief politicians fail to provide citizens with adequate information regarding public policy initiatives. Too often, elected officials accentuate their version of the positive while hiding detrimental negatives. You can probably come up with your own examples. “The survival of democracy depends on the ability of large numbers of people to make realistic choices in the light of adequate information,” wrote Aldous Huxley. Proponents of policy must include its disadvantages. How else can the voter make knowledgeable decisions?
“President You” shies away from a single ideology. Instead of any one dogmatic or partisan viewpoint, I wanted it to offer alternative perspectives. Many solutions presented are based on readily available information. The reader decides if the proposals of my fictional president align with his or her own beliefs or not. Among other things, I hope this book is a tool for generating thoughtful discussion on some of today’s political issues, which congresses and presidents seem unable or unwilling to resolve. It asks citizens to learn more about the issues and cast votes with greater knowledge.