THEIR own self-interest? Or ours?

I think people always operate in their own self-interest. Always. And I think we rarely know what someone else sees as their own self-interest. Instead, we impose on them what we believe they should be interested in.

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A Teaching Moment, Squandered

Give 30 minutes to walk out and return, then give an hour to study of these basic tenets of being a citizen in the US, their history, the difficulties of conflicts between rights and safety, how bills become law, and how protests change (or don't change) law, how courts decide conflicts. Basic civics education.

Winning Elections

If you consider that an election is just marketing, then you would do what a marketer would do -- look at who is gaining market share and copy what they are doing. Why? Because you are going after the same market, the same population of consumers. So, if McDonald's introduces Filet-o-Fish with huge success, Burger... Continue Reading →

“You Get What You Measure”

You get what you measure. That's another well-known truth in business organizations. When you want a particular kind of outcome (say, increased customer base for a lagging product), you require your workers to measure that outcome and report the results. The effect is that workers focus on improving their measurements - sometimes to the detriment... Continue Reading →

“I meant to do that.”

This chaos, this havoc, this loss of reliability and stability proves the foregone conclusion: that government doesn't work, cannot work. So chaos, incompetence, corruption, havoc all play into driving this message. So all of this havoc, all of this chaos, all of this pain may be "proving" that government isn't needed at all. This has all been part of a well-crafted plan, then?

“We have met the enemy and he is us.”

A favorite quotation from American founding documents is this partial quote: "We, the people." Taken from the Preamble (and thus the first words) of the U.S. Constitution, "We, the people" is meant to illustrate the primacy of the people of the United States over other powers, especially the powers of the government formed by that same Constitution. But this reading misses the mark. I take those opening words to reflect that the people and the government are one and the same. This seems like an important point in the discussion of 2nd Amendment rights. It is also an important point in many other aspects of how the people and the government relate to one another. And understanding that point drives many of the policies we operate under, and advocate for or against, today. If we hold that "the government" is some entity that exists outside of, separate from, and in enmity against, the people, then many of the policies of the Republican party follow quite naturally.

Grace

He has had a chance to demonstrate his ability to lead, his ability to negotiate, his ability to command, his ability to help. And he has demonstrated weakness, ignorance, and arrogance instead. It is not about giving him a chance. It's about honestly assessing what he has said and done, how he has behaved, over these past 2 years. He has been weighed, he has been measured, and he has been found wanting.

I remember Nixon's "enemies list" - a list of people and organizations that Nixon considered to be major political opponents. So I expect the new president - being far more paranoid and more sensitive to any criticism - to have an enemies list as well. And it would, of course, include anyone who is effective... Continue Reading →

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