Rihanna and Senator Susan Collins turn a ‘Song & Dance’ into Giving People and Communities a Real Chance #HometownChat

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Hot Shot (New-School): “Real Talk with Industry Players and Biz Leaders”
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#HometownChat – “Smart Community, Special Service, Civic Dreams”

These days pop star Rihanna is going big on making her voice heard. Sometimes this shows-up on the mainstage but recently it was in meeting with the new French President on the world stage. She and Senator Susan Collins are turning a ‘song & dance’ into giving people and communities a real chance.

Collins was one of the key players with the recent healthcare vote. She’s been a steady head on doing some things to stabilize the health insurance market. While others tried a tactic of making ‘threats to see them sweat,’ she continues to believe that the ‘repeal and replace’ song & dance is played-out.

Meantime, when Riri isn’t working with top-notch record producers, she’s busy working on her Foundation efforts as well as the Global Citizen initiative. She’s hoping to gain support from the new French leader on creating educational opportunities that can benefit those beyond her pop culture community of fans.

As a public official, Collins is aware of the American landscape known as the Rust Belt. This area includes places where industries like steel, coal and automotive once played a major part in the economy of those regions. It’s as if officials who understand these communities qualify for the Rust Belt Award.

What we have today isn’t just Rust Belt related, but also could feel like the rusting of community or the American Dream. It’s why Collins sees her vote and approach to public service as central to her ‘We the People’ oath. So the choices presented to gov’t officials, ‘party people’ and citizens everywhere involve:

  1. Leading to change the system or aiming to destroy the system.
  2. Serving to play politics or committing to advance sound policy.
  3. Winning to score important points or wrecking the country to make a political point.
  4. Moving things forward for the better or rolling things back for the worst.

There’s a push to get fresh blood in the political arena. This means having new people running for office across all levels of government. They will have a chance to focus on leading to change the system or aiming to destroy the system. It takes leadership to help change things while storms often destroy things.

Think about how we relate to storms. One view is based on radar image which shows the spread of rain. The other based on satellite image showing the spread of terrain. Having a positive impact on the social system means dealing with the ‘rain of issues’ over the terrain of communities in order to change things.

In every sports league there’s a system of rules and relationships that keep things jumping. Whether it’s through the NFL’s front office or the NBA’s referees and fan clubs, various individuals have a role to play in its success. But what would happen if the hype of the game exceeds the return value of the game?

That could be what’s clouding public service. Politics is good for selling ideas in media. But policy is good for selling results in government. When hype of politics exceeds purpose of policy we end up with people choosing to play politics over advancing sound policy. It’s a kind of ‘Make America Constipate Again.’

Yea it’s no secret that winning is part of playing the game. There’s a time to play offense and a time to play defense. There’re times to score points and times to hold the other side from scoring points. All this happens within the rules of the game. Those rules are there to protect players, the game and the brand.

When rule changes come up, it’s about improving without wrecking the game. The idea of changing rules or flipping the script can be good for effectiveness. It shouldn’t simply be about trying to score political points or possibly wrecking the country to make a point. The Constitution & Rules protect our institutions.

It’s often said that the difference between an optimist and a pessimist is in how they see a glass of water. The optimist sees it as half-full while the pessimist sees it as half-empty. This is also true for how public officials might view their proposed policy, whether it’s in moving things forward or rolling things back.

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Collins probably realizes that if things involve some kind of repeal or rollback to darker times then that might present a pessimist view. But if the idea is to move things forward to the next version-in-time then that might offer a more full and optimist view. Isn’t that what the American Dream should be about?

Rihanna understands that if there were such a thing as a fill-up station for the American Dream, that education would be an important part. Even beyond that, it’s about achieving a fuller measure of equality, healthcare, justice and empowerment. That’s not just in having a better deal. It’s going after a fuller deal.

History has shown that progress takes small steps by man (woman) and giant steps by mankind. It’s what can happen if we let Community 3.0 bring a new ‘song and dance’ to politics, everyday people and the American Dream. This could deliver fresh effects in the Rust Belt and United Streets of America.

So if public officials as well as the rest of Americans are serious about doing the right thing for citizens in town and country then there’s a next-level choice they’ll have to make. They can choose to keep seeing things rolling back in time or moving forward to something beautiful that’s fueled by American Oxygen.

Block Talkback: Can the Rust Belt regions or other communities forge a new identity or will we see more rusting of America?’

Groove-tracks: Rihanna – American Oxygen – https://youtu.be/Ao8cGLIMtvg

Eminem – Beautiful –  https://youtu.be/lgT1AidzRWM

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