Thursday, December 14, 2017

Winning, Losing, and Grace

Grant me devotion, not sanctimony

Former political party guy Brian Shoeneman tweeted this morning:
When I prompted him for recommendations Mr. Shoeneman replied: "I honestly don’t know how to fix it." Grace and wisdom in one short sentence.

And I won't be presumptuous (or foolish) enough to offer fixes either. But as an independent and outsider, denouncing the proposition of winning an election and defeating an opponent at all cost is a start.

There are good people in both major parties. But many other good people have been sidelined, marginalized, and alienated by the thrill and prospect of partisan victory. Without the agony of lost principles and code of conduct, the parties become chaos. Pervasive pain must extend beyond too few votes; it must include diminished humanity and humility.

If my words here are too philosophical, let's look at politics as a business. As an independent, I am my own brand: I put myself out there with no cushion, with only my self to blame for failure and only supporters to lean on for success. Political parties are also brands, and they have done too little to hone and protect their brands. Corporations do not do everything their stockholders want them to do; they are not democracies. And while my outsider's view may not be couched in reality, parties and party leaders need to lead – not just succumb to populist whims for the sake of winning.

So grant our leaders courage to lead, wisdom to listen, and serenity when saying "no".

Friday, October 6, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Tale of Two Curves

The difference between government revenue and personal remittance

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sing a Song of Six Picks

Do citizens have a "right" to many competitive products and services?