I noticed a survey on FreePress.org last week with very interesting results. They asked what people would choose as the priorities for the next FCC chair. I was curious, so I filled out the survey so as to see what the accumulated results were. I was suprised with what I found. Take the survey yourself and then read on for my reaction.
In his New York Times editorial for today, David Brooks mentions the following exchange during an interview with Barack Obama:
When I asked him to articulate the central doctrine of his foreign policy, he said, “The single objective of keeping America safe is best served when people in other nations are secure and feel invested.”
That’s either profound or vacuous, depending on your point of view.
If I had to pick one of Brooks' two labels for the statement I'd call it profound, but I don't know if it qualifies because the idea is so damn sensible. I wish more politicians would make it part of their policy.
No matter what your political persuasion, no matter what your religion, I'm sure we can all agree on one particular goal for us as Americans: we want to feel safe and secure. It's a reasonable goal for any citizen or country around the world. But what's the right way to achieve it?