At the end of July Simon Sinek was on the Glenn Beck program to discuss his new book “Leaders Eat Last”. Beginning at the 17 minute mark of this clip Simon talks about the concept of “Long Term Greed”. Most companies only look at short term results instead of the long term health of the company. CEO’s and Management Teams try to structure their financial statements so that they will look good at the next shareholder meeting or quarterly earnings call. In many cases this short term focus and gain can lead to disastrous results in the long term.
Goldman Sachs was once the ideal model for “Long Term Greed”. They were thought of as being the company with higher ideals and values. Sometimes they would make a decision that was bad in the short term because they knew it would be good in the long run.
One example of focusing on the long term would be reinvesting profits in research and development of a new product instead of passing those profits on to investors. Another example would be an investment company investing in a company that produces modest returns, but that they think will be stable for decades to come, instead of investing in the new, hot tech company with huge returns right now, but won’t be in business in 5 years.
Politicians also focus on the next news cycle or election cycle instead of doing what is best for the country. It is all about the next sound byte or headline and what have you done for me lately. In 2008 if politicians had been looking out for the best interest of America in the long term instead of trying to get re-elected they would have taken a very different approach to the financial collapse and following recession. Instead of bailouts we would have let the companies that made bad loans fail. Instead of a stimulus package and raising tax on the 1% we would have heard politicians talking about how we have to cut spending across every sector and we need to cut taxes to encourage growth. They didn’t say any of those things though because they knew that those solutions would have been painful for everyone in the short term and would have ruined their chances for getting elected.
I invite those who read this to join with me in pondering and discussing if we are focusing on the short term gains or long term greed? When you post to your social media profile are you just trying to get the most likes, +1’s, reshares, or retweets when those posts might be hurting your message in the long term? Before you post do you stop and think “Is this going to help bring people to our side or push them away?” Are we choosing candidates to represent us based on a few sound bytes that we have heard, their looks, or their popularity when we should be focusing on their policies, vision, intelligence and integrity? When we are trying to reach those in the center or on the other side of the aisle are we using superficial slogans like Hope and Change or pretending to care with a one time service project and some staged pictures or are we digging in for the long haul and listening to these people, getting to know them and truly serving them in the way they need regardless of whether there are any cameras around?
In every aspect of life we can find examples of people sacrificing in the short term in order to reap much greater benefits in the long term. Take some time this week to think about your long term goals and if what you are currently doing has that long term goal in mind.
To those who say that it is none of their bosses business what happens in their bedroom I say that I agree with you 100%. Your boss should not be able to tell you who you can sleep with and what kind of contraception you can use. Because what happens in your bedroom is nobody’s business but your own nobody else should be forced to pay for what happens in your bedroom.
Some forms of contraception can have health benefits in addition to preventing pregnancy. Hobby Lobby understand this and so they cover 16 out of 20 kinds of birth control. The only kind they don’t cover are the kinds that terminate the pregnancy after the fertilization has already occurred such as the morning after pill and abortion.
Many on the left want to make laws based on what they like without regard for the right of their fellow citizens to choose. Conservatives want people to be free to make their own choices without interference from the government as long as those choices don’t take away someone elses choice. Some people, including the owners of Hobby Lobby, think that abortion takes away all the future choices of the baby by ending the baby’s life. People who are ok with abortion generally don’t think that the baby is a life at the point of abortion. This is where the two sides generally disagree, and disagreement is ok.
Let’s err on the side of freedom for both sides:
–The woman is free to have an abortion if she chooses
– Hobby Lobby is free from having to pay for it
Conservatives are losing in the arena of media and culture. If we are going to turn this country around we must make headway in the culture. This Sunday is Mother’s Day and I think that we should promote our own positive messages about mothers and motherhood.
Conservatives are losing in the arena of media and culture. If we are going to turn this country around we must make headway in the culture.
This week a YouTube video showing a young woman getting an abortion and explaining how happy this event was for her went viral. I am not going to share a link to this video because I don’t want to give this disturbing lack of respect for human life any more hits then it already has. This young woman mentioned how great she felt to be able to create life and how great it was to be able to take that life.
This Sunday is Mother’s Day and I think that we should counter this disgusting message with our own positive messages about mothers and motherhood. A good mother can truly change the world. The foundation of any civilized society is the family and if the family is the foundation the role of Mother would be the cornerstone. A good mother is the primary source from which her children gain knowledge. She teaches then to read, write, count, add, subtract, multiply, right, wrong, sharing, service, selflessnes, manners and countless other things.
I challenge you to think about what your mother has meant to you or what mothers mean to society and share this video with your personalized thoughts and the hashtags #itwasmom and #MothersDay. Lets share the message of all the good that mothers can accomplish and let the world know that motherhood can be a great force for good in the world.
For the past century Liberals have dominated the discussion in and about education. Historically Liberal politicians have been able to count on educators and teachers unions being among the strongest parts of their base. As Common Core is rolled out we are beginning to see some dissension in the ranks of the educators. I believe that this is the perfect time for conservatives to get their foot in the door and begin to make meaningful changes to bring our educational system into the new millennium and here is how we can do it.
- Walk before you run. Don’t jump straight to school choice, vouchers or charter schools. Start by talking with teachers about their ideas and how they would like to run their classroom if they had the autonomy. Ask them questions like “Do you care about the kids in your class? If you had the choice to do what you want in your classroom, what would you change?”
- Emphasize that we want to give them the authority to make the decisions in their classroom. Ask them questions like “Do you like having administrators, many of which have never been in your classroom and aren’t teachers themselves, micro managing everything that you do in your classroom?” If we take the authority to make decisions from the federal level and bring it back to the local level then the teachers will have more autonomy to make the decisions on how they teach in their classroom. The further from the source the decision making gets the more administration and oversight you will need.
- Talk about the money. In their district how much money is being spent per student? Point out that they are only seeing a fraction of that for them to use in the classroom. Where is all of the rest of it going? What could they do if we are able to put almost all of that money in the classroom to use at their discretion?
- We are not against unions. When they ask you if you are anti-union or why you want to do away with unions you can say something like “I am not against teachers unions as long as it is giving you the choice whether you want to join or not and they are empowering you to teach the students the way that the students will benefit the most and not forcing you to follow a cookie cutter, on approach fits all mold.” When you break their preconceived notions by telling them that you are not anti-union like they suspect it will make them think twice and they will stop and listen to you.
- Every student is different so how can one method fit all the students in the class, district, city, state or the country? Are all your students the same? Do they have the same personalities? Do they learn the same way? Of course not. So why should we have a one size fits all curriculum like Common Core that forces you to teach all of the students the same way.
- We are not against standardized tests, but we need to realize that not all students learn the same or perform well on tests. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” -Albert Einstein
- Build a relationship of trust. Once you have built a rapport and established a relationship of trust by talking to the teachers about the things that matter to them we can start to apply these same principles to other aspects of life, such as healthcare. Once that trust is there they will probably begin to ask you about other things.
- We need to begin laying the groundwork for 2016 now. We can’t gain significant ground in the few months before an election. We need to be laying the groundwork on this for the next few years so that we will have moved the needle of popular opinion enough that when the election comes along this can be a winning issue for conservative candidates.
If we start laying the groundwork now by building relationships of trust we can make this a winning discussion in the 2016 election cycle, but more importantly we can bring our educational system into the new millennium and give the rising generation a renewal of hope for a bright future.
Thanks to Leslie P for sharing a post today about how we conservatives need to act more like liberals. I agree that it is time to change our tactics and to work like liberals do. I think Leslie’s comparison of the ways liberals are similar to Evangelicals is spot on.
As one who has spent two years as a full time missionary in a foreign country please allow me to share a few of the things that I found very effective in this method.
1. Living the principles and being happy. I have seen the change in my happiness and state of mind between when I live the principles that I am taught in my church and when I am not living according to those teachings. Since Conservatism has essentially those same principles of kindness, love, service, hard work, self reliance, family, study etc… I can also say that living a conservative lifestyle makes me a much happier person. Often when a person sees how happy you are, especially if they knew you when you weren’t happy, they will ask why. This will give you a chance to tell them why and this also brings me to my second point.
2. Be able to testify of the truth through personal experience. Being able to tell someone for example that welfare is only supposed to be a temporary help for you to learn new skills and get back on your feet is much more powerful coming from someone like +Te Tillet who was on welfare at one point in her life, but worked hard to better herself and get back on her feet then coming from someone like me who has only recently graduated from college and been in a career under 10 years. Her family will also benefit immeasurably from her hard work and character because when they come across struggles in their lives they will be able to look back on that example. Stick to the conservative principles that you know and testify of them through the power borne of experience.
3. My third and final point is service. Most of the close relationships I have in my life were either started or have been strengthened through acts of service. When we serve others we come to know and love them far better than any other way. As you work hard side by side with someone you get to see not only the face they put on out in public, but their inner self as well. They will open up to you as you open your heart to them in service. This is where lasting relationships will be forged and where trust will be gained. As we are out serving in our communities it will inspire others to go and do likewise and we can make this country a better place one neighborhood at a time.
Join with me in reaching out to those in your circles of influence and speaking of the conservative principles that have made your life better. But don’t just tell them, show them through your example and service.