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Equality Issues in America 2016
Today, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are denied many of the basic rights that most Americans enjoy. Certainly, the movement for full equality has has come incredibly far in a short period of time – from the first-ever LGBT-inclusive hate crimes law Congress passed in 2009, to executive orders prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors in 2014, to nationwide marriage equality in 2015. But many barriers remain, and LGBT Americans still face discrimination in many facets of their lives.
I would make discrimination illegal. The businesses that reject LGBT people should not exist. The "religious freedom" is complete bs. Religion is for the church, not for their public shops.
Traits We Are Looking For
1) A tiger team starts from a place of high performance because of the teaming skills that each person brings to the table from the get-go. Our new President will need to find the best and brightest in our nation – crossing over party lines – to lead some dramatic tiger teams to solve the huge problems we are facing with jobs, energy, and social issues.
2) This election has been so divisive and the ideological conflicts are so deep that our new President must deliberately spend time focused on conflict mediation between the various perspectives. A body that attacks itself will implode. He will need to be a peace maker and a unity-builder similar to Nelson Mandela and his Ubuntu philosophy.
3) Our new President must be a master negotiator who works deliberately on both the substantive issues as well as the relationship ones. Fisher and Ury in Getting to Yes, suggest “in fact, the ongoing relationship is far more important than the outcome of any particular negotiation.” Imagine a new President who builds from a Zone of Acceptance, rather than accentuating the Zone of Rejection, who acts outside others’ expectations so that they will be more open to hearing what he has to say.
4) The best leaders know how to manage boundaries, including difficulty personalities. They refuse to let the “toxic” minority cripple the majority. They understand their own personality blind spots and build leadership teams that bring diversity of thought to compensate for those shortcomings.
5) We need a Mr. Everything, a man who brings us together with a clear and commanding picture of all that is good within our nation. We need a leader with amazing courage to do what is unlikely; who surprises us with his compassion, intellect, humility, unwavering faith and overwhelming commitment to the good of nation above all else.