On November 7th, 2012, 4 men need to be recalled to active duty for 60 days of government service.
They are Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush. Each may bring 3 assistants with them.
Why would we do this?
To build an independent task force to prioritize and strategize on how to address this nation’s problems and how to realize the opportunities before us.
Why recall presidents? Why not experts? Why not technical experts?
Because these 4 men have all been the chief executive and know that no campaign agenda will survive fully once in office. These 4 men have no further political ambition. We have seen former presidents work together to produce excellent results before. The burden of the office is lifted. There is no election at stake. There is a lot of hard earned experience that could be leveraged in the name of statesmanship and patriotism instead of party loyalty.
Why 60 days?
So the plan may be before the president and congress by the time everyone is ready to get to work in 2013. There will be some familiar faces and some new ones in our government. We won’t have the scorecard completed until the election is over, but we could have a bi-partisan plan in place by the time they all took office for the term to which they were elected.
Politically and philosophically, this country is split in half—or so nearly so that compromise, tradeoffs, and perhaps even a little synergy and creativity will be needed to get anything of substance done in the New Year. This is not such a bad thing. Our representatives will have to talk to and listen to each other to get anything done.
Would it not be easier if they were handed a blueprint for the first steps?
Would it not be more expeditious if 4 men of presidential stature proposed the give-and-take in advance?
Would 4 men who held the oval office not be the best equipped to move beyond politics to solutions?
There have been bipartisan commissions before. Sometimes their recommendations were followed and sometimes their efforts were squandered. Sometimes the bipartisan group could not produce anything of substance.
But would 4 former chief executives settle for anything less than something workable—perhaps even something excellent? Would they not work together to produce the best possible strategy for a nation struggling to maintain both liberty and an economy? Would they not be the wisest counsel available for addressing our current wars and those conflicts which seem to be looming on the horizon? Could they not come up with the best approach for job creation and deficit reduction?
I say, let’s recall these 4 men to active duty for 60 days and have them work out the basics before the next terms begin.
Let’s jumpstart the cooperative process in our government before the new government convenes. Let’s give them no choice but to hit the deck running.