PUBLIC POLICY /AMERICA’S POLITICAL HERITAGE

450px-george_washington_museum_statueConcerning the masses, as Karl Marx would postulate or it is concerning the natural rights of man, as Thomas Paine would no doubt have espoused, and somewhere, somehow in-between these mediums the gauntlet of social sciences is labelled up the entirety of public policy. Furthermore, in the attempt to understand America and her political heritage one would be well disposed to studyimages (1) these sciences.

Yet we at The Contemplative Thinker are completely dismayed insofar as to be a true believer in the grand scheme of things or especially understand how our Constitution was put together as well as how the Founders thought, moreover, how they came about their decisions with the rule of law. All one need do is to look at The Federalist Papers – a series of essay’s as to why America should adapt the Constitution – and as a personal courtesy one should also visit or revisit the tyrannical effects Americans were enduring just prior to the American Revolution would assist one in knowing why we were framed a constitutional democracy.

Subsequently, it is overwhelming important for one to understand the notion of “The Administrative State/Branch” of government or even the mere mention of someone taking Executive posture in this nation of the peopleimagesCA6MKTD1 and because Congress is in a different stance on any number of political issues that one declares “I’ve got a pen…and…I’ve got a phone…” for production of executive orders. Inasmuch as everything our baffled clown has done already, if or when he begins to even think that tyranny or self-rule is the way, then we guess, he will become none other than a lame duck president.

Shaping public policy is a complex and multifaceted process that involves the interplay of numerous individuals and interest groups competing and collaborating to influence policymakers to act in a particular way.

These individuals and groups use a variety of tactics and tools to advance their aims, including advocating their positions publicly, attempting to educate supporters and opponents, and mobilizing allies on a particular issue. Often, the need for public policy develops over time. In the past, there might have been no way to prevent the problem from occurring, but with current technologies a solution may appear. Public Policy is easier to establish when it affects smaller groups of people.

colonial timesAs an academic discipline, public policy brings in elements of many social science fields and concepts, including economics, sociology, political economy, program evaluation, policy analysis, and public management, all as applied to problems of governmental administration, management, and operations.

At the same time, the study of public policy is distinct from political science or economics, in its focus on the application of theory to practice. While the majority of public policy degrees are master’s and doctoral degrees, several universities also offer undergraduate education in public policy.

Public comment is a specific term of art used by various government agencies in the United States, a constitutional democratic republic, in several circumstances. Generally these circumstances are open public meetings of government bodies which set aside time for oral public comments, or comments, usually upon documents. Such documents may either be reports such as Draft Environmental Impact Reports (DEIR’s) or new regulations. There is typically a notice which is posted on the web and mailed to more or less ad hoc lists of interested parties known to the government agencies. If there is to be a change of regulations, there will be a formal notice of proposed rule-making.  signing

The basis for public comment is found in general political theory of constitutional democracy as originated during and after the French Enlightenment, particularly by Rousseau. This basis was elaborated in the American Revolution, and various thinkers such as Franklin, Jefferson, and Thomas Paine are associated with the rejection of tyrannical, closed government decision making in favor of open government.

The tradition of the New England Town Hall is believed being rooted in this early American movement, and the distillation of formal public comment in official proceedings is a direct application of this format in the workings of public administration itself. Therefore, we ask the question: If greater than say 60 to 70 percent of a nation’s population does not like the immigration reform policy set out by the Senate, why the Hades hasn’t considered the American public is well-beyond us.

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