Elaine and I were among the millions who suffered through the worst case of “dick measuring” and name-calling either one of us has heard since junior high – so make that 50-years –in the insipid debate last night.
The debate format, too, was horrible. I was appalled that Dana Bash’s name made it on screen in a huge font, but the names of who was speaking – the candidate names, which is the whole point – showed up in an unpredictable, haphazard way.
The streaming sucked, too. Is is really important that four more posts have appeared? The appearance of self-promoting add-ons seemed to coincide with when our stream dropped.
In the end, out here at the end of the string, the most reliable audio came from our Amazon Echowhich grabbed the stream off WGTK out of Atlanta. The CNN stream was a throw-away out here.
As for opinions? Winners? Sure.
Dr. Ben Carson blew his chance to challenge by speaking political gobbledygook. Previously, he’d been dignified and more on point. He spoke politick last night…bad move.
A few came up in our estimate – Cruz and Carly – although we have plenty of questions there, as well.
The main gripe was the personality content and in this regard these talking heads wasted our time.
Yet, there is another way. The Ure Plan
The American presidential nomination approach is broken and this year’s slate of candidates can change the future – if they have the cajones to do so – by simply breaking with bad historical precedent.
Here’s how it would work:
1. All of the candidates (15) who made it to the debates last night should type up a one page resume and take a jet to some conference center for a week, sit down, close the doors, and sort out ALL their minute differences.
Then cut the pie between themselves. How about you be President, you be VP, you fix HHS, your take Defense, you take Commerce, and so forth.
I would recommend Jackson Hole on the theory that if it is good enough for the Fed…
2. Once the doors are locked,, the candidates would vote amongst themselves on who would be the best person to fill all of the key positions in a new Republican administration.
The voting would be simple: Each candidate would initial which jobs they see themselves holding not just for president but for other key posts as well.
Tabulate the results. Re-vote, tab again until consensus is reached.
As an example, since Chris Christie is a former U.S. Attorney, he might check president and vice president, but he might also be the best guy to be U.S. Attorney General.
Dt. Ben Carson would be the obvious pick to sort out healthcare and the V.A. debacle. HHS.
When comes to computers and security, Carly Fiorina really does have some computer smarts that would make her the obvious go-to person on national computing infrastructure. Bet she could call out Hillary’s email, huh?
Bobby Jindal would make a great Secretary of Commerce. Maybe look at Rand Paul for a budget position.
Donald Trump could check Secretary of State while Lindsey Graham may be a good Secretary of Defense.
3. These candidates themselves would “sign on” to the Unity wing of the GOP – something that is a cross between the Tea Party and corporate best-practices.
Think of this as an implementation team.
The election then becomes over who has the best implementation team, not the idiotic aristocratic personality crap that goes with Hil and Jeb who doesn’t use his last name (with reason).
When “The Team” is approved by the GOP convention-goers, then the GOP which holds both houses of congress could begin approval of the new positions even before the 2016 elections, such that IF The Team was to win in 2016, all of the key positions would be pre-filled, and there would be two months of approval work done before the hand of someone goes on the Bible in January of 2017.
We would have a complete government from Day One.
Here’s the point:
I like all of the candidates who were in the debate. Each has something to offer, yet none of them has everything.
Whoever has the vision and aptitude to build a real working Team ahead of time would be demonstrating true leadership.
But this dick-measuring, time-wasting, which kept me up past my bedtime with no reward or payday, has got to stop.
The Fix America implementation team might even be bi (or non)-partisan!
We need something called Unity and I have seen how in other countries how the concept of a slate, not just a personality, has really worked to the benefit of all.
Anyone with half a brain would agree, I believe: This is a fine crop of prospects. And in order to see who really has management skills and the required political savvy to run a messed up country which Obama et al have left us, what America needs is real leadership that can see another way, negotiate, and then implement. Who can be inclusive and harness some of the best hearts and minds out there.
Absent this approach, my fear is that some of the really solid resumes (like Carson and Jindal) will suffer from “burn out” by the end of these serial train wreck debates. We need people like them in office to sort out the crap. Outsiders with management experience.
If the candidates could cut the pie and actually do “Best of Class” management practices, we would again be unstoppable as a country. Dick-measuring bloviators have run their course.
I wouldn’t elect any of the socialist-lefties to office, even if ideologically well-intended like Bernie, and certainly not a crooked populist like what’s her name.
This would be an improvement, even if incremental.
The Ure Plan is an opportunity for the wannabes to demonstrate that they can build consensus among themselves. If they can’t build a consensus within 15, how then within 320-million?
Fact is, if they can’t do even that one simple task, they won’t be able to do it for the country than desperately needs clear-headed thinking right now.
It’s nothing more than an H.R. problem: Who does America hire?
The present system emphasizes the personality aspect to the detriment of the requisite skills.
Ding, ding, ding – BROKEN!
Should republicans fail the best-of-class idea, then I can assure you we will get just another disaster in office – like Bush. Like Obama, and like president BJ.
With a Team approach, rather than Mr. Hair versus steady-hand Ben, America could reap 16-months of policy planning time and have a new administration ready to go. Plug and play like an old fashioned font module.
We have a choice here: We can keep repeating “do-overs” or we can break the mold and walk our talk.
If even half a dozen of the field formed a team, I would have more faith in their leadership than a singular television star because substance matters to me more than showmanship and real hair.
If The Don has the good business sense he claims, he would take exactly this course: Line up a Unity Wing and get ready over the next 16-months to do (to borrow a ChiCom phrase) a Great Leap Forward. Problem is””: Could he pull off a country-sized Apprentice? Or, would the candidates blow him out for not being a team player?
We could know in a week.
Without that kind of new thinking? We are stuck in the past and disaster blocks the way ahead.
America needs leadership – since we don’t have it now. This forthcoming election is not about republican or democrat parties.
It’s about evolving and adapting to the future….and that is something the Old Way of Doing things has failed at miserably.
So Dear Stupid Republicans, can you GTFU?
If you are a GOP functionary, please pass this along to those who can think and lead.
Hats Off to Pedro
Seldom do we receive such an eloquent and delightful response to a column as this one on our recent immigration discussions, as this from reader Pedro. It deserves to be shared widely:
On the 5th wave & staying long (or short) on stocks:
You have mentioned several times that there might possibly be one last blow-off top 5th wave left.
Let’s say one were to have money invested mostly in stocks for building retirement money. Would your opinion mean that, in theory, one could possibly leave that money invested in stocks until the next big rally (18,000’s?) and then exit the market at that time? or would one be best served by moving out now before the next lows come along? This conjectures are all assuming that this money is invested on stocks mainly thru slow-moving stock Fund retirement plans and such (no fast trading apps or similar).
On the never-ending whine on immigration:
I happen to be one of those brown-tinged folk who can speak some West Germanic languages and several Romance languages as well. That the pendulum will swing the other way is not a matter of *if*, but *when*. My birthplace is of no importance, but I will say for the benefit of the less educated among your readers that I am an American citizen just like my mother and father were, and their mothers and fathers as well. Not highly educated, mind you.
Just a guy born at the crossroads of two Empires none of which really care much about small territories. Armed with lots of the common sense that humans *can* develop when subjected to prolonged periods of scarcity and poverty, I realized early on that one should be fluent in the language of the coin of the realm if one wants to get ahead of the rabid, hungry pack of dogs biting at each others legs.
I agree with you on the point of the laws *must* be enforced equally to all, citizens and non-citizens. What does it say about a group of people when they decide to enforce the law differently based on the origin or social caste of the natural person committing the transgression? Part of what makes the US society better than the next one is precisely the equitable application of its laws, at least in appearance.
I suppose that if I really wanted selective application of the law based on the shade of my skin, how marketable is my last name, and how many people *owe* me, I could pick dozens of Central, South American or Middle Eastern countries to live in.
While I did not have to bribe my way into the US, nor take a swim across the (mostly dry) Rio Grande, I did make a conscious *choice* to live in the US. Why would I come to the mainland and pretend to live or do things like the place I came from? That boggles my mind.
On the other hand it also boggles my mind how a part of the US is constantly making a big deal about letting immigrants in. Seems like there are three camps: The “Do not let any non-whites in, period.” camp (arguably the most ignorant of the bunch), the “OMG we are so sorry for America’s pecadillos. As sacra facere, please come in and take all the benefits of what we have accomplished for free!”, and the third is those like Ure’s truly: “Justice is blind and all men are created equal” camp. I happen to think that what makes the concept of “America” great is that this country was based on the philosophy of Justice is blind and all men are created equal – not that the record is unblemished, but the *marketing* and general *intention* is (or was?) consistent.
Sometimes I seems there is some dark, unnameable force at work to undermine America from within. Although I am a healthy skeptic, I am not a fan of the unnecessary complications needed to assume any particular conspiracy theory is behind this. Maybe it is something as simple as plain *greed* (or run-away capitalism?) from those who have not *really* experienced hardship that makes them market half truths and outright lies in search for either the almighty click-for-$$$. Or is it all just a well executed long-term campaign of product placement (if you buy *this* then you show support for *that* kinda subconscious manipulation), I am not sure.
I am nearing my mid 40’s. Since coming to the mainland (and Texas, thank God), I have grown from a debt-ridden, homeless, bankrupt young adult to a debt-free, employed, productive person. I do not even have a college degree yet (its in process though). I live in a small acreage lot which I own outright in a rural setting near the city I work in. I have a small, but productive garden in the back. If I wanted, I could quit in the next year and just get by doing odd jobs to bring enough money to pay the yearly rent owed to the government of The People. No loans nor family help nor hand-me-downs were used to realize *my* American dream, just hustle (in the honest way), sweat equity and get-it-done muscle. It helps to live below your means, and to realize that more often than not, *marketing* is bad for your pocket. Luxuries and shiny trinkets are for shills. If you want to spend money, spend it on *memories* (travel, education, and spiritual enlightening). Give back to The People, do things that *help* others in a meaningful way – start with your neighbors and your town.
I happen to think that critical thinking, prepping (the “hope-for-the-best-prepare-for-the-worst” kind), and good old fashioned hard work is what will see us thru this period of crass in-your-face social agnotology.
This was submitted in our Comments Section by Pedro the American and it echoes much of our thinking on point.
Agnotology (formerly agnatology) is the study of culturally induced ignorance or doubt, particularly the publication of inaccurate or misleading scientific data. The neologism was coined by Robert N. Proctor, a Stanford University professor specializing in the history of science and technology.
My problem with illegal immigration is NOT because of skin color. It’s because of what’s inside people’s heads. Those who illegally enter America don’t have respect for the Rule of Law.
Pedro the American should run for office. I’d vote for him. And I am proud that he reads the column and has shared his thoughts that differ little – if at all – from our own.
Sure, we have lots of bad Laws, but we can (if we are smart) change them.
The one point where I draw the line in multilingualism. We are either a best of class melting pot, or we are just a collapse waiting to happen.
The “Global Attack on Borders” is in full swing – and it is how the West can be brought to heel by the New World Order…just no one says so, just yet.
The Tower of Babel parable sums up the risks well…Thanks to Obama immigration without motivation, we are scaling that tower right now .
Political Correctness Disease has much in common with Altitude Sickness as we climb Babel ever higher.
Eventually, we become completely stupid and linguistically incapacitated…
Please press #2 if that doesn’t make sense, yet.
World of Woo-Woo (WoWW)
Been a while since I have written about encounters in the Reality Beyond Skin, but here are two items of interest.
Last night, at exactly 10:48 PM, Central time, I awoke with a start as someone yelled “George!!!” No idea who, just a loud voice in the dream state waking me up – it was that loud.
No, it wasn’t Elaine (who was sleeping soundly). So I have no idea who it was.
I focused on “What???” hard as I could, but only silence in return.
Yet going into this morning, I expect the phone to ring and a voice to deliver bad news…since it was than kind of cry. Not just a name, but a call for help or something like that.
Truly strange, though.
The Adventures of Ken (WoWW-II)
Then we have an update from reader Ken:
OH my god George I have Got to say that the odd things keep adding up lately.. I still haven’t found that cup from two Sundays ago.. I even went through the trash, laundry baskets etc…then there is this morning.. I am a person of habits and routine.. this morning wasn’t anything different. I got up made coffee took the dog for a walk made breakfast then settled in for my internet.. brought my cup of coffee over to reconcile the bankbooks and adjust the budget yada yada yada.. then check email delete the garbage and sit down to read my news and urban survival. I usually scan about twenty or so newspapers and drink my coffee eat a biscuit..same as ever this morning there seemed to be a few more stories that I got involved with rather than just scanning so the coffee cup was getting low and I thought I will have to get a refill pretty soon. when I finished reading urban survival I reached over to grab my coffee cup.. Where in the world did it go.. I was the only one here the wife didn’t grab it it sits about six inches from my hand and keyboard.. she was with the grandchild.. I got up looked all over.. baffled again by yet another missing coffee cup.. went into the kitchen and there it was in the sink ready to be washed and put away.. How it got there I have no clue.. So I washed it refilled it and came back in to write another odd incident to you.. Needless to say I am keeping a close eye on that dumb cup till I am through with morning joe..
My morning joe seems to have disappeared, too…so time to start waxing and get on to waning. Although the markets – like the “debate” last night, are flat.
Write when you break-even,