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My Forward Journey: Cliff Hamill

By Cliff Hamill

The Greatest Generation emerged victorious from the tumult of World War II, a conflict that tested the mettle and spirit of an entire generation. In the aftermath, as the shadow of the communist USSR loomed large, this resilient generation spearheaded the Marshall Plan, a beacon of hope that played a pivotal role in the reconstruction of Europe and Japan. With unparalleled commitment, they forged the world’s most formidable military, laid the foundation for a modern infrastructure, including the interstate highway system, and cultivated an education system that became the benchmark for excellence worldwide. Their efforts ushered in an era of economic prosperity, giving rise to a vibrant middle class that became the emblem of aspiration for all nations cherishing freedom.

However, as the baton passed to the Baby Boomers and subsequent generations, a palpable shift in societal attitudes towards fiscal responsibility began to surface. This period, notably marked by the presidency of Ronald Reagan, witnessed the burgeoning aversion to taxation, a sentiment that gradually became ingrained in the American psyche. Concurrently, the advent of cable news and the entrenchment of the Republican and Democratic Parties as dominant forces in American politics fostered an environment where the pursuit of power overshadowed the imperative to address and fulfill the electorate's needs. This era ushered in a political stalemate, characterized by an unwavering reluctance to compromise—a stark departure from the collaborative ethos that once defined American governance. Amidst this backdrop, the nation grappled with the repercussions of technological advancements such as AI and increased production efficiency, phenomena that precipitated the displacement of millions of American jobs.

It was against this backdrop of growing disenchantment and perceived entitlement—a syndrome I term "the apathy of the entitled"—that the essence of American citizenship seemed to devolve. The collective appreciation for the sacrifices and achievements of the Greatest Generation dimmed, as the privileges and opportunities afforded by our nation were increasingly taken for granted. This generational complacency, fixated on personal financial security to the detriment of societal progress, underscored a profound disconnection from the ethos of collective responsibility and gratitude.

The emergence of the Forward Party signaled a pivotal moment of introspection and potential recalibration. This organization, with its visionary outlook, underscored the necessity of data-driven pragmatism and a commitment to transparent, deliberate processes in the pursuit of legislative success. The Forward Party's ethos of legislative achievement through cooperation resonated deeply with those yearning for a return to a more unified, productive discourse in American politics. By eschewing the rigid partisan loyalties to the traditional "R" or "D" alignments, the Forward Party championed the idea that our commonalities far outweigh our differences. This principle, rooted in the pursuit of consensus and legislative progress, offered a beacon of hope—a testament to the potential for American renewal through collaboration and mutual respect.

The Forward Party's dedication to a transparent, collective approach to governance represents a beacon of hope in an era marked by division and stagnation. Its commitment to pragmatic solutions over partisan allegiance heralds a promising pathway forward, inviting all Americans to partake in a renewed vision of what it means to be an engaged, responsible citizen in a vibrant, evolving democracy. This account not only pays tribute to the enduring legacy of the Greatest Generation but also issues a compelling invitation to embrace the foundational values of cooperation, respect, and shared purpose that constitute the cornerstone of a thriving, unifying society.



Cliff joined the North Carolina Forward Party in its early days, where he volunteered in signature gathering and event hosting, as well as contributing blog pieces on political reform. He is also a member of Braver Angels, an organization dedicated to depolarizing America.



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