Friday, October 21, 2016



We all face reality in our own time. When we do admit to our own humility we all think the best of ourselves. We all think we can be graceful and honorable as we step down in humility. Yet we also try to hold onto our dreams, our higher aspirations, even accepting some change to those aspirations when we face the realities of setbacks, too little support around our ideals, or even defeat.

Honestly, what would be your highest hope for a defeated presidential candidate who had to offer a concession speech? You can write out your ideas, a full 15-minute speech if you like and then offer the same to a candidate to let that campaign know how an honorable concession would sound, what it might include, and how it could be effective. Below is my offer to Mr. Donald J. Trump:

“Friends, friends! I’d like to get your attention. I have to tell you . . .  there’s a lot of work ahead now, yes, now! A lot of work!! Thanks to you, to my family and to so many millions, I say tons of millions of citizens, supporters, enthusiasts across this country we have really started something here, with this citizen banded campaign. We have really, really started something here! Now! Are you ready to work for more? Good, I’m ready too.

“In this campaign for the US President, all of you have backed me, have rallied behind me as your champion. If you still see me as your champion, then thanks!! I am honored and prepared to fight on, to do the work. And you too can do some work, in your communities and in your states. Yes, I’m giving you license, license to get more involved just as you have spurred me on to get more out of our nation, then I’m turning the tables on all of you to get more involved. Speak out at all sorts of meetings and keep this campaign of citizens going! Keep it going! I’ve offered you examples, I’ve offered you my courage, encouragement. Keep it going! You can speak out at city councils, and county commissions. You can lift up your schools, police forces and the businesses around your homes by joining the school boards, and chambers of commerce, community policing and citizen police reviews. Support your police forces, really we must. You can each take action, you can each continue to have your voices heard and your visions expressed. That’s what I’m encouraging you to do! Keep it up!!

“Cause now I have some sad news to share. I made the phone call, yes, I dialed the phone and just spoke with Secretary Clinton. I thanked her for a spirited competition and I have agreed that she and her campaign have won the race for the presidency. Yes, I did, yes. Hold on, but, hold on, you can not forget my opening message to you today. Yes, she won this race, but we are all still moving ahead with our efforts to have citizens heard and to have citizens play their roles! Keep it going! Now! Now! . . .  she will not dominate this country. Citizens will dominate, and citizens will direct this country and citizens will act to make things happen and she’ll be reacting to you and following your lead. You become the champions, all of you, all of the Trump voices, you become your own champions, taking action and leading this country into greatness. You can do this, keep it up and keep supporting each other to speak out, voice your best wishes for our nation. Keep it going!!

“And I thank you, I thank each and every one of you! Damn this is tough! You know, I have committed so many hours and so much energy and so many dreams, do you follow that? Commit your dreams to the best, to improving your country so it can be its best!! Commitment!! Do we all understand what it means to commit our dreams to our country? I wanted so much to please all of you, to fulfill the committed dreams, to make you know that we could get this done, have a truly great president. And now I have to thank you, each of you, thank you for committing your dreams to me and to this campaign. Thanks to Mike Pence, his family and staff, and to my wonderful wife and children! Thanks!! Thanks! Wow, through the primaries and the rallies, in hundreds of locations, the airports and convention centers, we have committed so much to making America great again, and I thank you and I am pleading with you to keep it going. Don’t give up on your champions, you are now the champions, don’t give up, keep it going! Keep it going!

“I’ll speak with you again, another day. For this good night may God bless the US of A and bless all of her citizens and their committed voices, their committed dreams. God bless and keep it going!”

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The ideas of each of us can have life, once you write them out and share them with others

Please accept this post in part as an attempt of inspiring myself, while also being a prompt from me to you, reader. We can each succeed in bringing new ideas to light and bringing them to life. That can't happen if we fervently say them out loud only to the mirror! We need to work through the details, say the words to listening ears and risk having them be cut apart by criticism, and maybe even parceled out (even stolen) for others to take only what are the truly valuable nuggets of our thoughts.

I have always told myself (and those around me) that we don't know what we think until we say it out loud. We really must do the work of expressing those fragments of thought and seeing how they are joined together by logic or by intuition or by emotion or by what ever other human expression.

I've been searching for a publishing company, yet have not finished any of my eleven chapters. I have outlined the entire book, but have yet to work out all those details. I wish I could find an illustrator, or really a graphic artist who would put comic book character and explanations to my ideas on income inequality. What good would it do to find a graphic artist when I don't have the text from which to draw the characters?? I need to do the hard work.

Re-writing the sections of each chapter could even be a useful exercise, I have told myself. Giving myself permission to express the ideas in a different way, coming at them from different angles could be liberating, invigorating. I have even been told that the best writers through away some 90 percent of what they write, are hyper critical of their own writing. I have not been that disciplined nor deliberate in letting go of something I have created. I too often think each is too precious. I hang onto the writing for too many wrong reasons, sentimental and self-aggrandizing reasons. By re-writing, I may find very good reason to pitch out one day's writing in favor of another day's advances. Let me get to it!

1. Profit motives are THE organizing principle for growing each of our households, enterprises/businesses and national economies if we are striving for and can measure greater value creation and continuous self-improvement each year.

2. Under the three options for modern economic life (owner, or employee, or dependent), great majorities of people must become dependent on keeping a job, being employees in this monetary-based world.

3. THE POWER of the market-based economy is found in the coincidental benefits possible for both buyer and seller, and in the mutual benefits for both employer and employee. The 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics celebrates the contracts between buyers and sellers, and the contracts between employers and employees.

4. While owners/employers take on the greater financial risks and other risks, they relieve the employees of some risks. Profits are among the benefits for employers, profits which can be traced back to taking economic advantage over the employees. The employees transform inputs into valuable and marketable goods and services. The employees must create more value than the value of their paychecks combined with the costs of the other inputs. That is a truism about profits. If there are no profits and no money to reinvest in the business, then the business must go bankrupt. Employers must take economic advantage over employees for the business to survive.

Now for two fronts of restraint on unlimited profits and unlimited income for employers/owners:

5. Individual rights and dignity of employees are not to be ignored because of profit opportunities (similar to court measures to prioritize minority rights before majority rule). Options other than ever-expanding profits are available to employers: expanded markets and expanded product lines, more training for employees, greater safety protocols, higher pay rates, etc.

6. Social norms and values restrain monetary profit opportunities within social systems created by culture, history and the consensus of communities.

7. Owners, corporations and the ultra-rich too often take unnecessary risks with employees, non-participants, and public resources. High monetary incentives and the associated social status with wealth become the focal objectives of business owners and the ultra-rich. Risks placed on others have been and continue to be ignored while seeking these high monetary incentives.

8. We live in a REGULATED-MARKET ECONOMY, and ours has never been a free market economy. Human values, morals, and culture have always regulated business agreements.

9. Society can regulate greed and regulate the associated risk-taking, especially once society members agree The Market does fail in regulating itself.

10. Human rights are unalienable rights. Our laws endow political organizations, corporations, labour unions, government bodies and other legal inventions with some abilities. Extending human rights to those legal inventions alienates those rights from the citizens.

11. Excessive income gaps create a second class of citizens.

Someone recently confronted me with the notion that writers work alone. During hours of writing sessions, work days are lonely. So I need to quit complaining about my solitude and get the work done, get the writing rolled out!