The single biggest differentiator of a Democratic Republic from other forms of government is the smooth transition of power from one leader to the next. The United States did not have, and is not having, a smooth transition from President Obama to President Trump. That means that there are serious fractures in the Republic.
I’m reminded of the pledge of allegiance: “to the Republic for which it [the flag] stands, one Nation under God…” As the strong moral and ethical base of the United States is removed, the Republic becomes inoperable.
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I’ve been the recipient of a significant amount of diversity and inclusion training recently. The core principle of inclusion training is partially correct: it is a good idea to include many people. However, the principle is not complete. It is a good idea to include as many people as possible based on their merit and expected contribution.
In other words, Americans are for inclusion, and we extend that principle to immigration. We are happy to include you in our society, but if, and only if, you integrate with our society. This is why immigration is such a huge deal. We do need a smart immigration policy and that must include integration. By integrating, immigrants prove their merit and expected contribution.
If you doubt it, go outside, and gaze at the stars. If you can’t see the stars, wait until it’s dark. If you still can’t see the stars, move.
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It is a decision to commit murder. It’s society’s right and duty to kill when someone commits premeditated murder. Note the difference between murder and killing. Murder is immoral, while killing is an ethical action. Murder is criminal, while killing is judicial.
There is a lot of talk about “radicals,” “extremists,” and so forth. That talk is foolish because it is important to methodically build on strengths. It is not good to try to change the world overnight. Rather a solid and meticulous plan needs to be put in place that slowly improves the human experience.
Many of the 2019 class of US congressional delegates disagree with this principle. They are convinced that the US must change, that we are somehow obligated to replace morality with tolerance. Nothing can be further from reality. It’s very simple, and it’s a principle: build on strength to compensate for weakness.
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This is a saying that comes from my wife: you get what you get, and you don’t throw a fit. Basically she is telling us to be content with what we have even though our expectations are considerably higher. To her credit, she is a fantastic provider and care-giver, so she’s really not asking much! Often, though this is applied with the kids when a meal doesn’t match their expectations for sugar-frosted-cocoa-infused-ADD-bombs.
My mother used to help me understand that hard work is required if you want to eat. Today, many years later, I still realize that weeding is literally back-breaking work. If you want fresh chard, you have to work the soil, water the plants, and remove the weeds. It’s a never ending cycle. But the cycle is important, as is the lesson: everything worthwhile takes effort; even eating.
There are lots of interesting analysis, theories, and projections in financials. However, the basic principle is that for you to be stable and in a better place tomorrow than you are today, you have to produce more than you consume. This has a lot of applications, but here are a few:
- Don’t allow unfunded liabilities. Your pension is probably underfunded. If it is, don’t rely on it for retirement.
- Use credit cards for their utility and convenience, not for over consumption. This one is kind of tough, because all credit card transactions are extremely expensive.
- Make sure your work is productive, and not simply a time filler. If you can’t clearly articulate what you produce, then it’s time to assess why you’re in your present job.
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I find it amazing that very few people understand the direct correlation between doing good things and being in a position to negotiate. If you find that you are fearful, it’s probably because you are doing something that is wrong. There is nothing to fear if you’re doing what is right. So, consistently making good decisions places you in a great position.
When someone gets in trouble, think corrective or disciplinary actions, they tend to get very defensive. I find the best approach is to try to talk through what the expectations are, and demonstrate that I’m looking at the overall picture, not isolated incidents. I also do this with my children. When I’m talking about honoring our elders, it is insufficient to constantly wait to be given tasks, they should anticipate need.
This is the principle, as people, we are engaged in helping our community, our family, and ourselves every day. Rather than waiting for needs to become acute, it’s better to plan ahead and be addressing needs when they are relatively minor. Just like an ounce of prevention versus a pound of cure.