Paul David Miller, PhD. (University of Texas at Austin, Research Fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission) said, “Self-government is at root a culture of public responsibility among a citizenry, that is, a widely accepted norm that citizens can and should take a role in public decision making. People must believe that they have the right, duty, and ability to govern themselves.”

Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, to discuss what has become an issue in a democratic society where few people vote, are key experts in the field of self-governance:

  • David G. Drumm, J.D. – Partner, Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, L.L.P.; Chair of the Board, Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, and
  • Tom Giovanetti – President of The Institute for Policy Innovation.

Left to Right: Tom Giovanett and David G. Drumm, J.D.

Addressed are key questions:

  1. Are we as Americans capable of civic involvement to the extent that we are knowledgeable about issues and can resolve most of society’s problems without excessive government involvement?
  2. Are we capable of selecting and electing honest politicians?

We ask: Can we be a self-governing nation when so many people are ignorant about civic issues? Are Americans too overwhelmed, throwing their hands up and thinking their voice does not matter?

Our founders attempted to lay out a path that allowed us as American citizens to set our own policy without oversight from an external authority and that we would be free from outside controls except those we could influence. Yet, has government and our election process become such that this is no longer possible?

They were concerned that a 51% “majority” would force the 49% into accepting its mandates, and decisions. They asked that as a society we understand that we are responsible for what occurs in government through the people we elect, and that we respect that only a responsible, educated , virtuous people can self-govern. We need to ask, are we good enough for a democracy that is personal self-governance?

An individual citizen then must be active, have an informed perspective, and self-organize for various purposes. If we as citizens are not, then voting is essentially a lottery and a spinning of the roulette wheel. People may complain about their elected officials, yet we have elected them and if we’ve done a poor job doing so then we should not expect good government or good governance.
Yet while many Americans feel the government is dysfunctional and not responsive to the people themselves, the system still works. People can change government policy if they so wish. The key is being informed and responsible.

Join us as we talk about things that matter… with people who care. And please don’t forget that for the last 27 years it is you, our viewer, who keeps us on the air.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

Thanks for joining us,

Niki McCuistion
Co-Founder, Executive Producer, Producer
Business Consultant / Executive Coach, specializing in Organizational Culture Change, Governance and Strategic Planning
214-750-5157
www.nikimccuistion.com
nikin@nikimccuistion.com

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2.26.2017 – 2326

There are more than 120,000 men, women and children in the United States (nearly 12,000 in Texas alone) who need an organ transplant to live. A single donor can save as many as 8 lives through organ donation and help as many as 75 people through cornea and tissue donation. Every 10 minutes someone new is added to the national transplant waiting list. Still, about 8,000 people die every year waiting for an organ, an average of 22 people each day.

Left to Right: Dr. Klintmalm, Patti Niles, Ronnie Matthews, Dennis and Niki

Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, to talk about this critical need are:

  • Göran B.G. Klintmalm M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S.: Chief & Chairman, the Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute, Past President, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas
  • Patti Niles: President/CEO Southwest Transplant Alliance, one of 58 federally designated nonprofit organ procurement organizations
  • Ronnie Matthews: Father of the late Cam’ron Matthews, a donor

During a school football game, Cam’ron, age 16, collapsed on the field. Not long beforehand Cam’ron had applied for a driver’s permit and had checked the box to indicate he wanted to be a registered donor. Cam’ron was a hero. His compassionate gift helped save 6 lives. His father, Ronnie Matthews says “there is nothing more touching that someone who looks you in the eye and says, ‘I would not be alive today if it weren’t for your son.'”

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The Southwest Transplant Alliance Team

According to Dr. Klintmalm, “3.2 organs can be recovered from an average donor; however, not all organs in every donor are usable. And we have to evaluate whether an organ is going to be good for a recipient or detrimental.”

In 2015, a record breaking 30,000 organ transplants were performed in the United States, more than in any previous year. Approximately 1% of people who die in Texas, die in a way where they can be an organ donor. The risk for a transplant procedure is relatively small. However, there are many other factors at risk; from blood types not matching to any medical condition the donor may have.

In 2016, Southwest Transplant Alliance surpassed their goal. President/CEO Patti Niles says, “Each year we set a goal to save more lives with organs transplanted. For 2017 we set a stretch goal of 1,300 transplanted organs. While this is a number and a goal, it represents lives saved. All of this starts with the ‘yes’ from registered organ donors and families that have made the incredibly generous decision to donate. We encourage everyone to register their decision by visiting donatelifetexas.org.”

You too can save lives. Go to donatelifetexas.org and register as a donor.

Join us as we talk about things that matter… with people who care. And please don’t forget that for the last 27 years it is you, our viewer, who keeps us on the air.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

Thanks for joining us,

Niki McCuistion
Co-Founder, Executive Producer, Producer
Business Consultant / Executive Coach, specializing in Organizational Culture Change, Governance and Strategic Planning
214-750-5157
www.nikimccuistion.com
nikin@nikimccuistion.com