Contemplating the American Presidency

On this Presidents Day, it seems appropriate to contemplate the state of the American Presidency Post-Globalism. Normally, you can expect to see information that is narrowly focused on the process of makerspace development. However, as you spend time with your family on this Presidents Day, it seems appropriate to talk about what you and your community need from the next President of the United States.

Some of the more popular pundits like to say that the American Presidency is built around a cult of personality. They like to say that the presidency is more about raising money from the wealthy and less about building a legacy of support for the middle and working class. This is easy to say given the price tag associated with the last presidential campaign and the projected costs of running a creditable one in 2016.

What’s missing however is any talk about the fact that we the people get the President that we vote for. Contrary to popular belief, representative government is the highest form social organization. It assumes that representatives are the most capable of making good decisions about our most pressing challenges like, “How do we empower a growing creative class. Also, how do we compete for the new jobs that will emerge later in the 21st century?”

A President, no matter how strong, is still just a politician. As such, they can do no more than what the people want them to do. They have access to the bully pulpit. However, they are not the only people with access to a platform in this continuously-connected society. There are self-help gurus with almost as much reach on a daily basis as the commander in chief. So, it is incumbent on us to build a Strategic Network for Industry Cluster Empowerment.

Politicians aren’t inherently strong leaders. They must be people of their times. They cannot stand apart those times and legislate from on high for very long. In the past, this has meant tapping into an emerging movement. Today, this means joining a strategic network that seeks to empower the entire community not just a small subset. It means investing in makerspace development so that the entire community benefits from better jobs.

Zachary Alexander