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March 21, 2013 6:00 AM Age: 7 yrs
Our Institutions Need to be ReformedCategory: Larry Checco
Source: Larry Checco, featured commentator
Question: What’s the core problem with these United States of America?
Answer: Our institutions are failing us—miserably! And the problem is systemic.
The sad fact is how these institutions function define us as a culture and a society—morally, ethically, legally and spiritually—and many of us are more than disappointed with their performance.
In fact, we feel downright betrayed.
It’s a Matter of Trust
Part of what we’re experiencing as Americans is that shame, trust and sense of community are slowly but surely being leached from our collective conscience.
As the world attests to everyday, weak institutions lead to weak nations.
In 2005, we were all so enamored and hopeful when Iraqis went to the polls and voted to choose their nation's first full-term parliament since Saddam Hussein's ouster. But their purple ink-stained fingers—proof that they had voted—didn’t really amount to much in a country with little in the way of institutional infrastructure.
And this is the case, in lesser and larger degrees, in all nations where institutions have failed or for all intents and purposes are nonexistent.
American sociologist Charles Horton Cooley once said that “institutions—government, churches, industries, and the like—have properly no other function than to contribute to human freedom; and in so far as they fail, on the whole, to perform this function, they are wrong and need reconstruction.”
Something, as American citizens, we should take seriously.
Contents (c) 2013 by Larry Checco - All Rights Reserved
Larry Checco is president of Checco Communications. His latest book is entitled Aha! Moments in Brand Management: Commonsense Insights to a Stronger, Healthier Brand. Checco Communications is a consulting firm that specializes in branding.
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