The new administration has been in office for less than 30 days. The patterns they showed on the campaign trail remain: avoid important issues using distraction and misdirection. The constant stream of ridiculous tweets and even the Muslim travel ban are examples of this.
How can YOU stay focused on the most important issues in the face of this constant clamor? The answer's something my parents attempted to teach me when I was young - too young to appreciate their wisdom: Keep A List.
Here's my prioritized list of political issues to focus on in the current administration, and a note about why I have this order:
2. Boost the economic welfare of the lower and middle classes (rural and urban)
3. Secure civil liberties
4. Improve our educational system
5. Make healthcare available and affordable for all (special focus on family planning).
6. Stabilize global boundaries and economics (w/ a focus on improving the lives of the poorest)
We do not need to spend time or money further securing ourselves from terrorism. There have been only 112 deaths from terrorism in the United States from 2005-2015. Each was tragic, but each of the 15,000 homicides we had in just one of those years was equally tragic.
Isolating ourselves from the world should not be a priority. To the contrary, I believe openness has economics, morality and history on its side. Cutting ourselves off is not the way to lead the world to peace.
I hope this is a helpful list for you. If you disagree with the items or the order I'd love to hear about it, I'm open to learning new things and happy to discuss.