Martin Luther King’s quote, “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now” is a remarkably poignant metaphor for America in 2018. As a people, we appear hopelessly adrift in a world that within recent memory had defined us a beacon of freedom and prosperity but has now seemingly redefined us as a dysfunctional and divided nation.
When we look back on the last 25 years of income stagnation that the vast majority of Americans have experienced, it makes perfect sense to search for the root causes and even assign blame. Was it globalization? Bad public policy? Outright theft by greedy corporations and their political minions? Those damn Liberals? Or those damn Conservatives? In the end, it really doesn’t matter, since we’re quite literally, all in the same boat now. All that matters now is whether we can right our ship and like it or not, we’ll all need to work together to accomplish that.
How could the few of us reading this article move a country of 325 million people from dysfunctional and divided to effective and united? The first step is to admit we have a problem. Partisan politics and polarizing social media have exaggerated our differences. If we care about political progress that will benefit the overwhelming majority of us (instead of just the lucky few), we’ll need to become better informed about the issues (many are complex and not well suited to ‘sound bites’), organize to consolidate our resources (the economic power of the crowd) and mobilize in unity (find common ground and aggressively advocate for it).
We’re only a few weeks into this journey, but remain optimistic we are on the right path. We’ve raised more than $60,000 from a group of generous Founders, launched this website, and started adding our very first members. Please consider joining us as either a member or Founder today and give us the benefit of your experience and passion for positive change.