A difficult question. It may seem easy on paper and in wishful thinking, but I’m almost positive all presidents have a little trouble in bringing their personal goals to fruition. Things I propose may be very difficult to do. It’s not easy to say “I want this to happen” and because you’re president, it happens. That said, these things are not impossible.
I would significantly increase the amount of government spending on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The unity NASA has created with other countries is astronomical. To complete the International Space Station, emphasis on international, NASA partnered with fourteen other countries to produce what is arguably the most important spacefaring achievement of mankind. What better common goal to unite the world in than exploring the universe in which we live?
On the ground, it’s not seeming like the US and Russia are getting along well. However, when united by the pursuit of knowledge, the US and Russia partner to become the two most space-faring nations. The top two contributors to the ISS are the US and Russia. American astronauts, Russian cosmonauts and loads of other nation-nauts all work together to further our understanding of the stars.
A second way to promote peace and unity is to stay out of other peoples’ business. As president, I’d make sure to iterate that point every so often. It seems a lot of the issues today arise from someone sticking their nose into the lives of others and trying to dictate someone else’s actions because of their beliefs. As long as it’s not doing anyone any harm, or affecting your life very directly, it’s fine to let that person do what they wish. It’s very simple to acknowledge that people will always disagree with you and the sooner that’s realized, the easier we’ll all get along.
Most government officials don’t know what it’s like to be an average, everyday person. They usually come from prominent families or are related to an existing official and so have an easy way in. Others work hard to get to the position they want, but can’t really connect to the majority of Americans. Here’s what I propose: Everyday people are selected to personally voice their opinions on what they think is best for the country right now. These people will be from all walks of life, at all education levels, and all occupations. The selections will be mostly random and the interviews in person. The opinions of the people are carefully examined and made available for Americans to vote on at a local, to international level. This way, we can see what problems affect everyday people, we can get a new perspective on the average person, and implement ideas most politicians wouldn’t think of.
Like I said, it’s probably not this simple. There are most likely a lot of legal hoops to jump through and budgets to balance and a lot that goes in inside the mind of any president. It’s definitely a taxing job and one that I’m sure many would not want because of the workload. However, these ideas may be a step in the right direction.