We’ve had some fun on the Peoplenomics side of the house, kicking around the pluses – and minuses – of Going Rural.
Some subscribers (like Mark) make some legit arguments against it on points like airports. Besides, Big Cities is where the money is.
But, my point is a lot of those shiny deal points are all there by accident. This being the case, shouldn’t we be looking at changing our paradigms to fit our objectives, rather than hanging on to the wrong paradigms ’til death do us part?
Sitting out among the trees Wednesday, what comes to me is that there is a huge flaw in the American democratic Republic (for which it stands, yada, yada): While we elect people, that in no way assures us that anything will change.
Peter Drucker was the guru of this kind of problem in the 1980’s with his series of books that focused on something called “Management by Objectives.”
Drucker – who passed away in 2005 – left behind a rich legacy that continued to produce great books on the art of business. I call it “art” in that while there are plenty of formulistic tools to help run a company better (revenue per employee metrics, for example), there is also a lot of “heart and hands” in it.
Along comes The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization (J-B Leader to Leader Institute/PF Drucker Foundation) ($8-bucks on Kindle) and the “two-by-four to the head” is improving your business by Asking the Right Questions.
Now back to the flaw in America: We do not DO this in a structured, apolitical, manage for the best-outcomes way. INSTEAD we “elect” people who we (usually in error) believe will tend to the Will of the People. Sadly, as I’ve written for years: Accountability of Public Officials ends the day they are elected and lasts until about 3-months prior to their next run for office.
That’s why the “Going Rural?” article on Peoplenomics this week.
Honestly, I love rural. Elaine and I talk about it almost every day. “Who wants to live in a city with all those [fill in the blank, based on the day’s news flow] people?”
The five questions that lead to effective management (to paraphrase the book) go like this:
“What is Our Mission?”
Right off the bat, America is in trouble. We used to want to be the moral high-ground for the world. “Give us your tired, your poor, yada, yada.” But, not – in any of the Founding documents I’ve read – has that included “Give us your drug gangs, your unaccompanied children, your un-vetted refugees who can’t make peace in their own homelands and so forth.
To be sure, there are some who believe that the American framework does extend beyond our border, but anyone with a nickel’s worth of sense would conclude no, if Other Countries are serious about being “America-like” they are welcome to translate our Constitution into whatever their local tongue is and run with it.
The hell of it is that the liberal Open Borders supporters are actually giving despots a way out. “If you like America so much, go there!”
We don’t need more people right now. We’ve got nearly 330-million of ’em as it is. Absorbing another Central America countries drug war children isn’t going to fix America.
What needs fixing?
That’s not the right second question. Instead, counsels his approach, go next to asking “Who is our Customer?”
Again, immigration is a grand topic to sharpen our mental acuity with. Radical Islamists are distinctly not our customer. They want to see our business model go away and be replaced. Definitely not our customer.
Same is true with children without parents. They deserve a few bucks to relief agencies, no doubt. But they are not the customer.
Neither are drug gangs, the United Nations, the G20 Finance Ministers, or any of the other pushy, grabby, and rude who show up in headlines every day. They are not the customer.
THE CUSTOMER is those of us who are here legally and are law-abiding, and with any luck, making some contribution – however small – to the advancement of America. Making something to sell (or better, export) and maybe helping our fellow countrypersons along the way.
Yeah. That’s the Customer. Next question?
“What Does the Customer Value?”
Again, we’re not talking open borders, refugees, or any of those hot-button issues that the emotional crooks-in-office play for personal gain.
I’d offer that what at least one customer wants is a short list of deliverables that any good government should be glad to deliver.
- Full employment and a predictable economy.
- Money that holds its value.
- A country where the “government’s cut” doesn’t go up, year-after-year and is capped at portion of income levels where things were in 1970. Which was the last time one family member could support four others.
- A country where a change of government reflecting the Will of the People is not obstructed.
- A peaceful country, maintaining peace through its integrity more than its arsenal, through its excellence in all things, not domination and subjugation of foreign peoples and resources.
- A country that leads the world in technoly, human development, and space.
- A country that values quality of life and actively manages cities and regions to better (and more-evenly) utilize the vast American land resources we hold.
- A country of genuine equality. No white discrimination against blacks, and visa versa. No reparations, except from living slave owners which might include the S&P 500 companies. No white shaming, black shaming, fat shaming, no racism nor attacks by anyone.
- A country where civil discourse is revered. No shouting down a speaker over a disagreement. Don’t interrupt. Or, do so at risk of jail. Free speech means you can go outside and talk all you want. Not in an assembly of people you happen to dislike. That’s not “free speech” – that’s revolutionary (usually violent) instigation and incitement.
- No gender and sexual orientation marketing in schools. No public money for sex modifications, and such. Humans got by for how many millennia without it? So, not now, either.
- A country with a single voice. We all do English except as an elective at the college level. ESL for two years only, so as to make it a transition, not a bureaucratic institution.
- Last: A country that will help when necessary, but which will demand the best for its people. It’s a crime, for example, how institutions of higher education have jacked up the cost of colleague for institutional gain and not student benefit. There’s no reason why a minimal government degree of some sort shouldn’t be had for $5,000 TOPS. The NSA server farm at Provo, Utah could be delivering education, not surveillance, for example.
OK, We is the Customer and the Customer has a shopping list (which we can quibble over endlessly in the comment section following).
“What Are Our Results?”
Oh, God. We could start with money (the root of all business) and note the US dollar buys 4-cents worth of goods before the Federal Reserve came along. Yep. Steak dinner in 1913 was $1.00. Today? $25, except at the Ruth’s Chris in Tulsa, dinner was north of $100 per person. In 1913, that would be $4-dollars…
We have spoiled children, a brain cancer epidemic in the wings because people cook their brains with phones. We have a debt and deficit that seems unstoppable. And we have an elected government doing battle daily with the Obama Shadow (coup) government and Deep State.
When it comes to deliverables? Our highways and infrastructure are a mess and pension funds are likely to steal home equity in states like Illinois to pay off the pension funds in return for delivering *(democrat) votes on demand.
Drucker’s final question?
“What is our Plan?”
Other than elect Trump and pray?
We don’t have one.
Which is why I modestly propose we have a National Day of Mourning for the Old America and focus on the direct, measurable, achievable small steps we can all get behind to remake America in our new image.
As luck would have it, we don’t need a new holiday. We already have it.
The Fourth of July is in 41-days.
We won’t be ready.
Write when you get rich,