Jackie Gingrich Cushman

David Broder’s recent op-ed column in the Washington Post, “Gingrich gets points for visionary ideas,” notes that “If big ideas and big ambitions can bring Republicans back to life, Gingrich is ready to supply them. And I have learned not to underestimate him.

Broder has been following Gingrich since before that fall homecoming day.

The question is, are the American People ready to get involved and participate in such a huge undertaking?

Jay Bookman’s column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Our generation is all too good at taking the easy way out,” reflects the belief that we, as Americans, often  wait for others to become involved before doing so ourselves.  We often assume that “government” will fix the problem; often forgetting that government is made up of citizens and that, since we are citizens, it is our responsibility to act.

Bookman states, “The temptation to avoid pain and sacrifice, or to put it off as long as possible, is nothing new. In the previous century, the epitome of moral cowardice was probably Neville Chamberlain, the British prime minister who in 1938 tried to appease Adolph Hitler by handing him Czechoslovakia. But of course, war came anyway.

“If these days are any different, it's because the people we are trying to appease are ourselves.” 

This is the pessimistic view, that America has become lazy and disengaged.  We all know that growth and development require us to move beyond our comfort zone.  Possibly it is time for those of us comfortable with others being active and engaged to become engaged ourselves.

It’s not enough to wait for the world to change as pop singer John Maier sings, but instead we should follow Gandhi’s advice to “be the change you want to see in the world.” 

As Americans, we have been blessed.  It is our turn as American citizens to give back to the country that has blessed us. 

It is my belief that, as a nation, we are ready for hope and inspiration rather than fear and desperation, and that once inspired, the American people will work together to create a better future for our children and grandchildren.

Gingrich’s quote, which appeared in Broder’s June 30, 1974 column titled “Bright lights on the GOP front,” is as applicable today as it was then.  The then dark-haired professor said, “as a conservative, I believe in organic growth, and win or lose, the sweat and labor of this campaign is the price I pay to earn the right to stand there on November 6th and say, ‘this is where I think we have to go from here.’”

After three additional decades of hard work, Gingrich will be providing his insight this week in regards to where the American people should go from here. 

The Opening Presentation on September 27th will be at the Cobb Galleria Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  The September 29th Solutions Day workshops will be help at the University of West Georgia, in Carrollton, Georgia, not long after the homecoming day parade.  All activities will be available online at americansolutions.com and through DirecTV and the Dish network.   

In this endeavor, the job of the American people is to show up for Solutions Day (remember, it is often said that 80 percent of success is just showing up). It is the goal of American Solutions to fundamentally change government.  This can be accomplished by communicating to the American People the vision of a world that works, thereby creating hope and inspiration for us to move forward together. 

I look forward to seeing you at Solutions Day and seeing what happens next.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.