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Monday, September 13, 2010
The Human Factor.
What is the common thread that runs through the social unease that we see today in almost all aspects of our life? I’ll give you a hint; that “thread” was there since Moses led his people on their long desert outing so many ages ago. Here is another hint. Americans tried to codify it in our Constitution with the words “We The People”.
I’m sure most of your answers are right although the terminology might vary. “The Human Factor” is what I call it. Better yet, the disregard for the “Human Factor”. If you called it “Individual Liberty” you are nearly there.
Remember also that the phrase “We the People” was not an afterthought or a phrase thrown in somewhere in the Constitution to embellish another point. “We the People” was the first phrase written extra large in the Preamble – it was the whole point of the Constitution.
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We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
I am not a Libertarian, I realize as did our Founding Fathers that there is a place for government, that there has to be laws and police and military and roads; however, I also understand that we need these things for one purpose and that is to “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity,…” All else limits the People’s liberty.
So the answer of “Individual Liberty or Freedom” is almost there. However, don’t forget the “We” in “We the People”. We, understanding the need for a government for the reasons stated in the preamble also understand the need to limit that government which is what “We” did in the body of the Constitution.
In using the phrase “The Human Factor” I am trying to expand the scope of “We the People” to include all of society not just government.
For example, yesterday I hooked up to Direct TV after a self imposed exile from TV for over two years. After the flush of watching the Lions and the Tigers live and the Crimson Tide put down Joe Pa; I managed to watch a type of reality show I think the name of was “Undercover Boss”. The story was about the head of a Waste Management co. going undercover and doing the actual work of his lowest employees. He rode the back of the garbage truck, he sucked up and cleaned out their porta potties, he picked up loose garbage from the garbage disposal sites (at which he was fired), worked at the weigh in station for the garbage trucks etc.
Though it was fun to see a “Suit” cleaning out the porta potty, the main thing I (and the COO) took away was the disconnect there was between the boardroom and those who have to carry out their edicts. The built up and institutionalized disconnect from the “Human Factor”. Several examples come to mind.
The woman (think some one’s mother/grandmother) having to carry around a can to go to bathroom in so she wouldn’t have to break the route on her garbage truck and fall behind. Another example was the middle management guy who took advantage of an employee by having her do the jobs of 3 people so he could look good. The COO also realized his responsibility for going along with and rewarding these practices.
That all shows how “Big Business” tries to stifle the “Human Factor”
I see this disregard however all around me. “Big Labor” is equally at fault for disregarding the “Human Factor” the workers. Perhaps it is morally even more disgusting in that they claim to be the sole guardians of the workers or in my terms, “The Human Factor”.
“Big” government, business, labor, media and Political Parties all make up this ever-increasing hostility to the “Human Factor”. We all sense it as we talk to machines over the telephone; get the runaround from city hall or tech support person at Verizon. As the COO from Waste Management found out, every company disregards the “Human Factor” and the bigger the company, government, union, media or party the more layers there are to help disregard it.
As you probably know, I’m involved in local politics. Even at the local level, the Politicos seem to think of the voters as pretty stupid and unable to grasp basic concepts. I too catch myself falling into that trap. The trap is they (me) think of our basic concepts are the only ones and those of the others as not worthy of our efforts.
With the advent of the new media myself and the public is learning to put up a defense to this trashing of the “Human Factor”. The Tea Party movement is the current face of that (self) defense. This movement however carries its own seeds of destruction with it. The Tea Party needs to listen to its own credo about limited government; in this case “de-centralized” power. The Tea Party needs to also pay attention to the “Human Factor”, it must never grow out of its grass roots.
Politico writers JAMES HOHMANN & KENNETH P. VOGEL wrote the below linked article about the problems consolidation of Tea Party groups is causing.
From my personal perspective I agree with the following 3 paragraphs lifted from the politico article.
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Activists insisted the energy level in the decentralized movement remains high, but it is manifesting itself in countless local tea party group’s efforts to sway elections.
“It’s stronger. It’s just disbursed,” said Roger Wood, 58, who owns a small printing business in Pittsburg, Ks. “It’s hard to count the number of organizations now.”
Wood himself cofounded the Southeast Kansas Conservative Group, which will host a Constitution Day barbecue to support a candidate running for state legislature next week.
I’ve been to DC rallys and to Lansing Tea Party rallies and local events as well. I didn’t go this year because I was too busy and I went to the State GOP convention where I could put into practice what I’ve learned in the Tea Party. I partied last year now I’m getting to work.
“Big” business and labor must pay attention to their workers, “Big” government and the Parties must pay attention to it voters and Precinct Delegates. “Big” Tea Party needs to pay attention to the local Tea Parties. “Big” media needs to pay attention to the alternative media. All the “Bigs” if they want to stay big need to allow the grass roots to rule from the Bottom Up.
Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative.