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About

When I started this blog, it was with the intention of providing a forum for reasoned debate, allowing both sides to present their ideas and arguments and enabling all of us to better understand each other. That has changed. With increasing opportunities to discuss the issues with wider ranges of individuals I quickly came to the conclusion that for many, the pursuit has less to do with finding the truth than with gathering power; less to do with finding common ground than with attacking “the enemy” personally as a way to avoid discussing the real issues.

Understanding the reasons we’re where we are as a country is paramount to understanding how to change the dysfunction and corruption in our government, as well as society. It starts with us as individuals – taking personal responsibility for our own lives; the maxim that only a virtuous society can remain free has been proven time and time again.

We must acknowledge that virtue is a choice we each make as individuals, and a virtuous society is built by honest, hardworking, virtuous individuals. A society cannot in and of itself be virtuous, nor can it force such on its citizens; that will not make it so. It must be a personal choice.

In the public policy arena, our focus must be not on immediate knee-jerk reactions to the problems we face as a nation, but rather on an examination of the pathways leading to those problems and ultimately, away from them.  What led to their creation in the first place?  What does the eventual result of intervention look like?  What are the consequences of not intervening at all?  Can we retain the freedom that has enabled our meteoric rise as a country while still controlling for the weaknesses of humanity?

“Beyond stage one” is a phrase used often by the renowned economist, Thomas Sowell, as he analyzes many of the problems of history, and of today; it is the examination of results beyond the immediate.  Our focus must always be on ultimate consequences, not on short-term results at the expense of long-term success and freedom.

PERSONAL

Carolyn046

Carolyn received a BS, cum laude, in political science.  She has been involved in political campaigns and teaching classes to women on politics and political issues.  She writes for various campaigns and political strategists, as well as other public policy-based organizations.

She is most interested in the convergence of public policy, economics, and philanthropy:  the ultimate effect of each on the personal development of the individual, and how that ensuing development (or lack thereof) ultimately impacts society.  To that end, she has also been involved in a variety of philanthropic and volunteer organizations which she believes help to lift upcoming generations of children out of the often challenging circumstances of their lives and enable them to see and develop their own individual potential.

To contact Carolyn about writing for your campaign or organization, including ghost writing, or to voice your next political ad, please email at carolynphippen@gmail.com.