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The Colin Kaepernick Syndrome Ver. 1.0.2

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/Kaepernick-Syndrome/

2/9/2016

Copyright 2016

Definition

Colin Kaepernick is, or was, or may still be, the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers football team for 2014-2017.  Colin came to the forefront of professional football when the then quarterback Alex Smith gave it his all to gain a first down by diving head first for the chain marker line.  Going head first made him an eligible runner and he received a concussion-producing blow to his head in a helmet-to-helmet collision.  The helmets are of no use in protecting the brain from colliding with its own skull, and when a collision causes rapid acceleration of the head, a severe concussion is the result.[i]

Colin Kaepernick brought some new talent to professional football; he could throw a fastball with the football, for he also was a pitcher in college baseball.  He could run like a gazelle.[ii]  These two talents helped Kaepernick lead the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl.  Kaepernick was defeating the competition with his individual skill package.  He had only one flaw, and that flaw was carried over from his baseball pitching days – he occasionally threw a wild pitch.  In professional football, the cost of a wild throw is often an interception and a touchdown for the opposing team.

The other teams did not like being beaten by this new skillful quarterback and looked to find ways to “Shut Him Down!”  This is now to be known as “The Colin Kaepernick Syndrome.”  The opposing teams reorganized; they needed to give Kaepernick less time to throw the ball.  He was sacked more times than any other quarterback in the NFL in 2015.  He was not allowed to escape from the pocket and use his high speed running skills.  The opposing teams in the NFL shut Kaepernick down.  In 2015, Kaepernick was put back on the bench and a new quarterback emerged for the 49ers.  Too many “arm pumps” for his touchdowns in the end-zone may have contributed to his downfall; it does not pay to gloat over your successes against the other teams.

Case Study 1

I first became aware of this “Colin Kaepernick Syndrome” when I played basketball in high school.  I had read in a Boy Scout news article stating that if you knew where you were on the basketball court, you could practice shooting baskets from these positions and become skilled at making baskets from these identified positions.  I picked a few positions on the free-throw arc – today  known as the three-point range – and had a successful shooting average of over 70 percent from these positions (though in these days, this shot was worth only two points, not the three points given today).

In one game, during my sophomore year, my long term boyhood friend and teammate guard since junior high basketball was feeding me the ball as we faced a zone defense in our guard positions.   When I tossed the ball back to him at the other guard position, the defender who had been guarding me would move over to guard him.  He fed the ball back to me and I turned and shot “my shot.”  After completing three of these shots in succession, there came a BOOMING voice from the coach of the opposing team, saying “SHUT HIM DOWN!!!!!!” The next time my friend fed me the ball, I had to duck a haymaker swing from the farm boy who was guarding me, and I was double-teamed. They were on me “like white on rice.”

After college and once I was into my career in physics, I joined a health club and joined in on the pickup basketball games. Being one of the shortest players on the court, I had to learn how to deal with the other taller players.  I quickly received the handle as “The Gun,” as I did not miss a basket from the outside.  This resulted in a big guy always in front of me to block my shot.  Putting my knowledge of physics to use, I knew that a target could be hit without being able to see the target, like a projectile from an artillery weapon. Therefore, I only needed to know where on the court I was, as the basket is always in the same place. I could shoot the ball on a trajectory and it would always hit the unseen target.  Since these were really tall guys, the trajectory needed to be very high to get over their out-stretched arms as they jumped into the air to block my shot. This turned out to improve my shooting average, as the downward momentum of the ball from this high arching ball made the basket look bigger to the ball, as the downward momentum of the ball would put the ball through the basket, even if the rim of the basket was contacted. [iii]

When the Golden State Warriors were in the NBA Finals in 2015, Steph Curry was their consistent three-point shooter.  The opposing team reacted to his skill as an outside shooter by assigning a defender to him whose assignment was to keep a hand in Steph’s face when he had the ball, in an attempt to shut him down. I sent off an email to the Warriors outlining my “High Arching Shot, Shot Blindly like an Artillery Piece.” I missed the last game of this series, and do not know if Steph received my message, but the Warriors won the championship and Steph has improved on his performance in 2016.

Case Study 2

When I graduated from college with a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Physics and Metallurgy, I accepted an offer to join the staff at a national scientific laboratory.  The first thing I heard from my new supervisor was, “We have never had anyone like you come to this laboratory before and we did not know how to classify you.”  So I was classified along with others who had much less education than I had and with supervisors of the same. Surviving  a “Reduction in Force” (RIF), working out of my field for three years, I entered into a classification that put me in direct competition, for salary, with others of this same classification, and still with both peers and management with less education than myself.

In one of our safety meetings, the supervisor brought in an incident that had happed in a different department.  This person put water in a glass beaker and put it into the microwave to bring it to a boil for tea.  When the tea bag was introduced to the water, the water exploded out of the beaker and scalded this individual.  I stated that, “Because the surface of the beaker was smooth, there was no place for nucleation to take place and the water had become superheated. When the tea bag was introduced to the water, it provided this nucleation point and a cascade of nucleation progressed rapidly throughout the beaker, causing a steam bubble that forced the scalding water out of the beaker and onto this individual, resulting in severe burns to the upper body.”  My peers, who were in competition with me to achieve a high ranking and thus a bigger piece of the wage pie, assailed my augment as crazy.  This incident was put under professional investigation and, a few weeks later at another safety meeting of my peers, the supervisor released the results of this investigation into the exploding water in the beaker. “The results of this investigation showed that, because the surface of the beaker was smooth, there was no place for nucleation to take place and the water had become superheated. When the tea bag was introduced to the water it provided this nucleation point and a cascade of nucleation progressed rapidly throughout the beaker, causing a steam bubble that forced the scalding water out of the beaker and onto this individual, resulting in severe burns to the upper body.”   This is clearly “The Colin Kaepernick Syndrome” in action.

Case Study 3

A few years later, at the turn into the twenty-first century, an incident occurred which involved our workspace being filled with dense toxic contact cement fumes. This was a high security Bay and was sealed off so tight a mouse could not get in to this Bay let alone fresh air! The visible ventilation fans in this very high celling bay could not bring fresh air into this area so the toxic fumes accumulated. This was a new team to this Bay and they were not familiar with this ventilation situation and they attempted to use floor model fans to move the air out of their immediate area and the toxic fumes accumulated in this entire Bay.  As the Safety Representative for this area, I confronted the team leader to his error in thinking and his actions taken trying to rid the fumes from his work area.  Again my solution to “move the units in front of a large local ventilation fan” was dismissed as CRAZY.  To achieve a high ranking and thus a bigger slice of the salary pie, one must accomplish the mission one is assigned, which does not include making errors in judgment along the way.  Is this ”The Colin Kaepernick Syndrome” in action?  Safety took a back seat to the competition for a bigger slice of the Salary Pie.

Case Study 4

I reported the above Case Study 3 incident to management and also reported my loss of being able to remember numbers.  The top manager asked me, “What was the first symptom to occur from this exposure to these toxic fumes?” I answered, “A loss of ability to make good decisions.”  He recognized the direct supervisor was on the scene of this incident and agreed that a lack of good decisions contributed to this industrial accident.

After living with a constant headache for two months, and after being charged with a couple of minor safety issues of my own, and being evaluated for a disability from this incident, I was directed to be evaluated for dismissal.  This may or may not have had something to do with my proposal to “Allow the Partial Participation in Management by the Rank-and-File,” as this proposal was based on the premise that “cooperation is better than competition” and threated the power structure of this management system.  The top supervisor accused me of trying to bring in a labor union and, on my exit, after thirty years of exemplary service to this organization, I received a deadpan wet dishrag handshake from both my direct supervisor and the top supervisor. This incident would also come under “The Colin Kaepernick Syndrome.”

The moral of this story: Never accept a position that puts you in competition for salary with peers and with management of lesser education than your own.

Conclusion

The Colin Kaepernick Syndrome” is real.  When in competition as a team, only team effort is acceptable for winning the game. Individual effort will be met with “Shut Him Down!!”  If your individual effort is beating the competition, don’t flaunt it in their face. Cooperation is better than competition in a group, even in the workplace, when this group is in competition with other groups.   

QED

[i] https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/football/

[ii] Coach Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers, 2014

[iii] https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/basketball/

Drugs and Teenagers Ver. 1.0.2

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/drugs

1/26/2016

Copyright 2016

Introduction

Over the last several decades, I have observed young and mature adults who had used drugs during their formative teenage years.  I noticed that their ‘‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’ ’ were definitely missing; their decisions were being made with their emotions.  I erroneously assumed that they had lost these reasoning and logic skill by using the drugs.  However, ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’ do not develop until about age twenty-three.  This is one of the difficulties parents have to deal with when raising teenagers. Their children have grown physically to an adult size, but they are operating on hormones and without ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’.

Therefore, I have now come to the conclusion that, because of the use of drugs (methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, etc.), these ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’ never developed in the first place. They did not lose these skills they never developed because of the interference of the drugs.  The result is that they become virtual teenagers for life, running on emotions.

Case Studies

Case Study 1

My daughter and I became separated when she was just entering her teenage years. When she was in high school and college, she was taking the drug of choice at the time, meth.  We had some occasions to interact after her high school and college years.  She got off the drugs soon after college and began raising a family and I continually noticed her lack of ability to employ ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’.  Now over forty years of age and a successful stay-at-home mom with three children, she still makes decisions based on her emotions at the time and seems unable to employ ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’  to her decision-making style.

Case Study 2

I suffered a toxic fumes exposure in the workplace and lost my ability to work with numbers. My short term memory was significantly impaired and my visioning skills disappeared.  After a dozen years of therapy, I dismissed my medical advisors and their medications and picked up my banjo and guitar and began playing music again (music therapy).  I have noticed much improvement over the last couple of years and have recently picked up my math and physics books to relearn math and physics.  It feels good to meet old friends like Max Plank of Planks Constant, Compton of the Compton Effect, Differentials and Integrals – terms I have not seen in a dozen years.

Case Study 3

When I partnered up about twenty-five years ago, I inherited a brother-in-law who had been on drugs of choice in his early years.  Although the lastborn of his siblings and therefore not expected to be outstanding in managing his affairs [i], he shows complete incompetence in making use of ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills ‘to manage his financial affairs.

Case Study 4

Thirty years ago, I was involved in leading a “Newly Single” group in a local church.  One of the members had a preschool daughter by her drug-using boyfriend.  The observation period was very short but long enough to notice this boyfriend was having extreme difficulty using ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’ and was under control of his emotions.

Conclusion

If a brain injury results after the ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’ were developed, these ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’ can be recovered and repaired because they were once there to begin with.  This is not the case with teenagers who use drugs, as they never developed ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’, and these ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’ cannot be recovered because they never developed in the first place.

QED

[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_Prodigal_Son/

 

Firstborns, Only Children and the Later Born Ver. 1.2.1

(Why Do First and Only Children, Always Get Voted the Most Likely to Succeed in Medicine, Science and Politics?)

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/adlerain-phy

1/7/2016

Copyright 2016

 

Introduction

The firstborn and the only child have some common personality and skill packages that give them a good chance of being successful in medicine, science and politics.  The personality characteristics of the only child can somewhat be considered like those of a super firstborn.  A short inventory of doctors, scientists and politicians reveals a significant population of firstborn and only children.  Only children come in two varieties: natural only child and functional only child.  The basic premises are that the only child grew up in their family of origin without the benefit of younger siblings to interact with.  Firstborns also come in different varieties: firstborn, firstborn male, and firstborn female, along with those who had at least five years separating them from their siblings.  Several of the past presidents of the USA were functional only children as shown in the chart.

Notable Leaders with Similar Families of Origin

Person of Interest Sibling Status[i] Leadership Roles
Abraham Lincoln Lost younger sibling at early age.  A functional only child. President of USA during Civil War.
Theodore Roosevelt Lost younger brother at early age.  A functional only child. President of USA, leader of The Rough Riders at San Juwan Hill.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Raised by his mother and grandmother. A functionally only child. President of USA for four terms.  Strengthened the US infrastructure.
Thomas Edison[ii] An only child. Early American inventor extraordinaire.
J. Edgar Hoover[iii] Older siblings greater than ten years.  A functional only child. Head of the FBI for 50 years.

 

 

Bill Clinton Raised up alone as a functional only child. President of the USA.
Barack Obama Raised up alone as a functional only child. President of the USA.

 

Dr. James Dobson[iv] An only child. Head of Focus on the Family.
Teaching Pastor [v] An only child. Leader and teacher of a local church.

Adlerian Psychology is the study of birth order and its relationship to personality characteristics.  The foremost author in the late twentieth century and early twenty-first century is Dr. Kevin Leman.[vi]  Below is his chart of firstborn personalities – the benefits and handicaps.

Traits of a Firstborn[vii]

Trait Positive Aspects Negative Aspects
Perfectionist Does everything well. Overly critical and dissatisfied with his own performance.
Driven Ambitious, headed for success. Always under great pressure.
Organized Able to stay on top of everything. No room in life for flexibility.
Scholarly Able to think problems through and solve them. Sometimes thinks too much; is overly serious.
List Maker Get things done; knows where he’s going. Boxes himself in; becomes a slave to his list.
Logical Avoids pitfalls of compulsive behavior. Knows he’s right even when he isn’t.
Leader Plays an important part in his family, community, etc. Expected to do too much; always leaned on by others.
Compliant Known as a good guy. Known as an easy mark.
Aggressive Gets ahead in life; others look up to him. Tends to be selfish and to disregard the feelings of others.

 

Traits of Only Children [viii] (Super Firstborns)

Trait Positive Aspects Negative Aspects
Uncompromising Gets what they want. Others do not get what they want.
Communication Style “I want” this and “I want” that. Others do not get what they want.
Controlling Must be in control of all situations. Others are left out of participating in the solutions.
Must be the leader Natural take charge leaders. Cannot follow some else’s lead.

 

 

In charge of their life Knows where they are going. Does not always know how to get where they want to go or accept nontraditional methods.
Trusts in Tradition Steady guiding force of the proven whether successful or not; trusts the existing paradigm. Not receptive to out-of-the-box thinking; will reject a new paradigm.
Non-Negotiator They get what they want. No experience in negotiating a “Workable Compromise” with another sibling.
Successful against all odds As their mother or grandmother said, “They can be anything they want to be.” Good examples of “The Peter Principle” (promoted above their capabilities).
“Most important person on the planet” High Self-Esteem. They hear this from birth until the death of their parents. They never grow out of this and continue to think they are the most important person on the planet.
Prefers being around mature adults Associates with the more wise, from experience, adults Misses out with having fun with their peers.

 

Discussion

The largest difference between the Firstborn in the family and the Only-Child is their interaction and competition for their parent attention with their siblings.  The Firstborn with siblings is often put in charge of the younger siblings and develops leadership skills and a sensitivity to the feelings of their siblings.  They are often responsible for organizing the games they will play together and setting the rules of the games.  The Firstborns will develop a parental role towards their younger siblings looking after them and protecting them.  This will usually manifest itself in a “Tell Assertive” communicative style where they usually assert themselves by telling other what to do.   It’s little wonder that this family pecking order is reestablished in the workplace.  The Only-Child misses out on these interactions with siblings; this could be a natural or a functional Only-Child (one who lost their siblings early in life or was isolated from them in different ways) and comes into the workforce with a individualistic communication style (It’s all about me).

To meet the demands of their younger siblings, the Firstborn must learn the art of “negotiating workable compromises”, the Only-Child is not afforded this opportunity.  The Only-Child has no competition for their parent attention and is often made to think they are the most important person on the planet (which from their parents point of view they are the most important person on the planet).  The Firstborn has this position of being the most important person on the planet for a short period of time until the second child is born.  They get read to sleep at night and spend time alone with their parents for this short time, than the competition arrives and their exclusive access to their parents change and the amount of time the parents can focus on each child changes.  This can be shown experimentally by examining the forensic evidence in the family photo album.  There one can find many photos of the Firstborn alone, but the rest of the siblings are photographed with “The Gang” with the exception of the Lastborn who gets some individual attention from their parents when their siblings have left the nest.

The Middleborn

The middle kids usually develop good negotiating skills, they have had to establish “Their Space” between an older sibling and a younger sibling and keeping the peace between the older and younger sibling especially if all are the same sex.  This negotiating skill will manifest itself in an “Ask Assertive” communication style where they learn how to maintain control and the peace by asking questions to assert themselves over their siblings and coworkers.  They often find themselves in middle management positions keeping the peace between those running the organization, the firstborns, and the lastborn workers.   The middle-born child often tries to get through live without being noticed, they are just part of “The Gang” [ix]

The Lastborn

The Lastborn grows up with almost everything laid out for them by their older siblings and parents and they come into the workforce looking to be directed by others in the workforce.  They often want their own ‘Freedom’ but once on their own find it difficult to manage their affairs to keep them solvent.  They tend to be more sociable than their older siblings and an easy mark for being taken advantage of in adulthood. [x]   Probably from their social nature, the Sales Force seems to be disproportionately populated with the Lastborns in their family of origin, and comedians and philosophers are also well represented by the Lastborns (Anything to get out of doing real work).

Personal Experience in Adlerian Psychology

At a national science laboratory platform speakers club, I once had the podium in an impromptu speaking session.  The meeting was held in a large conference room holding over a dozen people.  I asked the members of this speakers club if they were the firstborns in their families of origin.  All the people in the room, except for me, raised their hand indicating they were the firstborns in their families.  I performed a similar experiment in a study group at a local church again with about a dozen members.  I asked how many men in this class had an older brother.  Ninety percent of the men raised their hands.  I then asked how many women in this class were the oldest in their family of origin, and found that eighty percent of the men with older brothers came to class with their firstborn wives!  At another church where I had previously been a member and knew several men in this church, I asked if they had an older brother. Their answers were “yes.” Even the young preacher had an older brother.  Does this mean that ninety percent of men who are involved with the mission of a church have an older brother?  I asked the young preacher if his older brother went into the field of science, he replied in the affirmative.  Does this writer have an older brother?  Yes.  He is ten years older; that would qualify this writer as a functional only child.  Is this writer involved with the mission of the church?  This is the same writer of the blog: http://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/.

The Case of DNA

Does DNA play a role in our personality traits and skill packages?  In a recent program on PBS, the latest developments of DNA science were disclosed and revealed that our DNA changes with our experience, so as we learn new skills (and knowledge), our DNA changes to reflect these additions to our skill packages.  Therefore, when the parents, who are young and inexperienced, have their first children, the DNA passed down to these first children will be different than the DNA passed down to later children because the DNA of the parents have changed with their adult experiences.  All of the children in a family will then receive different skill packages from the same parents.

Conclusion

Why Do First and Only Children, Always Get Voted the Most Likely to Succeed in Medicine, Science and Politics?  Because of their innate knowledge from their parent’s DNA, the Environmental knowledge from their family of origin, getting praise for their academic achievements, being placed in leadership roles in their family of origin, firstborn’s develop skills of leadership, academic achievers, organizers and they pay close attention to the details.  Ditto the only-child but more intense, more controlling, very high level of self-esteem (They can be anything they want to be” (mom/grandmother).

This may explain the data showing that our sales force is composed mostly of lastborns, middle management is populated with Middleborns, and the younger of two brothers are involved with a church mission with their firstborn wife.

QED

 

[i] http://deadpresidents.tumblr.com/post/15457991558/which-presidents-were-the-oldest-child-the

[ii] PBS 2015

[iii] ibid

[iv] Personal information

[v] ibid

[vi] http://drleman.com

[vii] Dr. Kevin Leman, “The First Born Advantage” Revell pub., 2008, P 69

[viii] Personal observations while working with the USA’s Best of the Best at a national science Laboratory and a local church

[ix] http://drleman.com

[x] Luke 15:11-24

We got Trouble, Trouble, Trouble, Right here in the USA, It starts with ‘W’ and that Stands for Women? Ver. 1.0.1

    The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/women

    8/9/2015

The First Presidential Debate:

    We just had our first real Presidential debate. I believe there were 10 men on the stage each with their own podium. The debate moderator was a female news reporter from a major news outlet. The front runner in the polls was center stage and the only non-politician on the stage. I did not watch the debate as I’m sure many Americans did not watch the debate. If the debate was about candidates voicing their opinions on the important issues that our country faces, then unless one actively watched the debate, we know nothing about the views of the candidates on any issue, as the news media insisted on making how we speak and regard women as the principle issue in this Presidential campaign.

      From the news reports, apparently the female debate moderator posed a question to the front runner, the non-politician who is a little rough around the edges, something like President Harry Truman or President Theodore Roosevelt. She was evidently taking questions from the general population and putting them before the candidates. The question she posed to the front runner was about remarks he in the past had made about women, such as about their weight, their looks, and probably their intelligence. This Debate Moderator obviously never heard her mother teach her that “People who live in class houses should not throw rocks”. The front runner was greatly taken back by this question that had absolutely nothing to do with national issues and took the question as an ad hominem question designed to disqualify him for the office of President based on his attitude towards women. The front runner responded to this female debate moderator with some ad hominem statements of his own, designed to prove her incompetence of being an impartial debate moderator. The front runner is now being accused of bringing earthy and inappropriate language into a Presidential debate. I believe one of the derogatory comments the front runner was accused of making to women is that they were FAT.

    Fat is a Good Thing:

We have had, thanks to advances in agricultural technology, a feast environment in which to live. The media has portrayed women as slender – with the exception of “Mike and Molly” – and as runway models and even slender model television news reporters. All this hype has led us Americans to think that women should all be like these role models the media has displayed.

    The population of Homo sapiens is increasing on this planet and agricultural land is decreasing to accommodate the increased population and, of course, keep our unemployment down and our economy up with this new construction. It should not take a seer to see a famine coming. Women are created to hold more fat than men. Men were created to have more muscle than women. When times of famines were a natural part of life, women were better suited to survive
    the famine than men because they had stored up more fat than the men. A 20th century example was the German siege on Stalingrad. It was the women who survived this siege because of their fat content. Therefore calling a woman FAT is to give her a compliment; she is getting ready for the next famine and these runway models and model news reporters will be the first to succumb to the famine.

Bad Language not fit for President:

    Other candidates have now argued that the front runner’s language skills are inappropriate for the office of President and that he has offended 53% of the voting citizens and their party could never win the election against the other party’s front runner, who is also a female.

      Much Discussion Ahead:

    These events of recent activity have so many issues involved with them; it may not be possible to address them all in anything less than several volumes of written works. This writer will attempt, at least, to scratch the surface of the national issues involved in these discussions and charges.

Topics that Need Discussion:

     The role of women in national politics
     The voting rights of women in national politics
     An elitist society, that lends itself to promoting the educated and the educated from our elite colleges
     The dynamics of men and women serving together
     The focus of our nation on the equal rights of women in our society
     The basic difference of men and women
     The difference of how women vote for a President and how men vote for a President
     How men and women think, act and make decisions
     The priorities of men and women
     The functions of men and women in our nation
     The different styles of leadership of men and women
     The extreme: a matriarchal controlled nation

      The Role of Women in our Nation</ul>

      There are basic instincts involved with men and women. Men have a natural propensity to protect women. Historically, wars often took the lives of many men. Women are the only ones who have the ability to reproduce and replace the missing generation of men with newborn boys and raise them into manhood. Women are the future of our country; without women our country has no future. For this reason we protect our women and keep them out of harm’s way.

    A friend of mine recently brought forward information concerning Israel’s experience with women on the front lines of a combat situation during their six-day war in the mid-1960s. He said that many of the men were killed trying to protect the women on the front line of this war. In a small group discussion in a church, two of the male class leaders were adamant about protecting women and had judged the front runner of the debate as acting wrongly towards a woman.

      The front runner claims that if we focus on our attitudes towards women, we will never get anywhere in solving our real national problems. Most women and most men seem adamant that women need to be treated respectfully and certainly not be offended. This writer finds many uses for the statement made by Sam Houston, the Texas Ranger that defeated Santa Anna and gave us Texas. He said, “There is no honor in waging war against a woman.” This statement was no doubt directed to his wife who had filed for divorce, but seems to be applicable to many situations. If we, as a nation, put our focus on how we think, act and talk about women, our adversaries could well take advantage of this situation and overrun us or we could become so ineffective in solving our nation’s issues that we end up “Shooting ourselves in the foot.”

    If other candidates for the Chief Executive of our country think that we need to solicit the votes of the women in our nation, then in effect we are putting women in control of our government. This leads to two choices of focus. 1) We seek the women’s vote and address the issues that the women of our country want to address and ensure that they get the respect they deserve. 2) We address the issues that need to be addressed instead of trying to socially engineer our candidates for the Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief of our armed forces to the way that we think they should be groomed.

      A Parallel to Bad Language Inappropriate for President:

        There is an interesting parallel that this writer thinks should be presented to this situation of men’s manners and language skills. This parallel lies in the biography of Mr. John Newton. John Newton was the only son of a sea captain in Liverpool, England, which was a working class community. John was not treated very kindly by the other boys in his community. This was probably the result of a clash in the social order, noticeable to others because of John’s greater inheritance of innate knowledge from his sea captain father. John’s mother instilled in John the Gospel message until he was six years old, when she died of tuberculosis. John was exceptional in his ability to write fluently at the age of three, and memorized long text his mother gave to study. At the age of eight, he was sent off to boarding school. At age 10, he finished his formal education and went to sea with his sea captain father. By this time, John exhibited much behavior in being tough. He was mischievous, vulgar and blasphemous (degrading God), and in some countries, this is a crime punishable by death.

      Mr. Newton became involved in the slave trade, as was a common and accepted practice in this time period of history. He landed a position as first mate on a slave ship whose captain was a friend of John’s father. On their return to England, after delivering their slaves to the West Indies and America, in a route crossing the North Atlantic Ocean, the ship experienced a strong hurricane force storm that put the ship in danger of sinking. In an effort to save the ship and its crew, John Newton came to his knees and asked God for his grace. The situation changed and the ship limped to land for repairs with all the crew safe.

    Mr. Newton, with his attention turned back to the Gospel message that his mother had taught him, began a long self-study of God’s Grace. He landed a government position in the service of collecting duties from the incoming ships into Liverpool. This position afforded him and his wife a comfortable living in this working class community. John’s religious studies led him to interfacing with the new Methodist, Baptist and independent churches of England. The congregations of these churches were two social steps below his in-laws and his wife. The only church that would keep the peace in his family was the Church of England. Mr. Newton applied for ordination into the Church of England several times over about a five-year period, being rejected at every attempt. The Church of England was an elitist society and required its priests to have a degree from Cambridge or Oxford, and John’s formal education ended at the age of 10! John was self-taught in the study of God’s Grace. It was not until a wealthy landowner with political power in the Church of England, Lord Dartmouth, took an interest in Mr. Newton as a potential religious leader that John Newton was ordained into the Church of England and given a Parish in Olney, a working class community.

      John Newton’s reputation as one of the world’s great preachers flourished in his position of curate in this Olney working class Parish. He began writing hymns to supplement his sermons. For his sermon of January 1, 1773, celebrating a new year and a new beginning, he wrote the song that would become “Amazing Grace”. This was published by Mr. Newton in 1779 in a Hymnal the “Olney Hymns,” with the uninspiring title of “Faith’s Review and Expectations,” and it was #41 in the Olney Hymnal. He had collaborated on this hymnal with William Cowper, who became known as one of England’s great poets, and this song remained in obscurity for 60 years. The song that John had written for the 1773 New Year became known as “Amazing Grace.” England ignored this song; it first appeared in writing, at least the last two verses in Harriett Beecher Stowe’s book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” in 1852. It ironically was being sung by the decedents of the slaves that John Newton had brought to America when he was a captain of a slave ship. It had been handed down by oral tradition and was first published in William Walker’s book “The Southern Harmony” in 1835. The last verse, which begins “When we’ve been there ten thousand years,” and had been around orally for half a century in Afro-American worship, was added after the first three verses by Edwin Othello Excell in 1910 in “Coronation Hymns,” and is the accepted 20th century form of “Amazing Grace”. Aretha Franklin took “Amazing Grace” from Gospel Music to popular music by recording it in 1947. It shifted into political consciousness of Black America when she teamed up with Martin Luther King in the 1960s and put “Amazing Grace” on its way to becoming our official National Spiritual Anthem. Judy Collins took “Amazing Grace” beyond the church walls in 1970 as the final track on “Whales and Nightingales.” Many recordings of “Amazing Grace” were recorded onward after 1970. The bagpipes of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards created the use of “Amazing Grace” as a melancholy lament appropriate for sorrowful occasions, and its use at funerals grew widely as when Judy Collins sang it at the funeral of her son in 1992 and it was sung as part of the memorial mass for John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1999. “Amazing Grace” came to be used frequently at joyful church services, weddings, baptisms, celebrations of anniversaries, and on important public occasions ranging from the opening of baseball games to ceremonies of national mourning, such as the loss of the astronauts on the space shuttle Challenger in 1986, and the 3,000 deaths at Ground Zero in New York after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, and led by President Barrack Obama at the memorial service of those killed in a church who were attending a Bible Study group in 2015. In light of its recent history and usage, “Amazing Grace” has been called the Spiritual National Anthem of America. This is a description that can be applied even more widely on an international canvas, for the hymn soars above most boundaries as a simple celebration of the experience of grace. It is sung not only by Christians but by Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and people of no particular faith.

    John Newton was influential in the abolishment of slavery in Great Britain and died the same year that England abolished slavery in Great Britain.i

      Who do We want for President?

    What if we compare the life of John Newton, and all that he did for mankind, to the life of the front runner in these Presidential debates? Are we to stand firm and condemn his crude language as inappropriate for the office of President of the USA? Certainly John Newton’s vulgarity and blasphemous words are a greater sin than speaking harshly to a female, news media reporter and debate moderator who deserved what she got for bringing to the debate this sexist “red herring.” Has the USA, like the Church of England, become an elitist society, where one must have a degree from one our prestigious colleges like Harvard Law School to become President of the USA? Is this the result of soliciting the women’s vote? Do women chose their President on different criteria than men chose their President? Are men really from Mars and women from Venus? Germany had a democratic government and the women of Germany overwhelmingly supported Adolf Hitler, for he promised to give them what they wanted. He promoted himself as the savior of Germany and he won the hearts of the women of Germany. Is that who we want for a President – someone who will promise our women what they want to hear in order to solicit their vote and win the election? Or do we want a President that speaks frankly and out front of the issues this country needs to address and how to address these issues? Will the front runner offend certain voting blocs and risk losing the election because he did not promise these voting blocs what they wanted?

The Election System the Founding Fathers Wanted:

    Our Founding Fathers set up the President to be elected by the representative of the states. They did this to isolate the President from public opinion, which would allow our President to do what he thought was best for our country. Our President is no longer isolated from public opinion and therefore must promise the various voting blocs what they want in order to get elected. Once elected, the President can, for the most part, do what he thinks is best for the country, at least in his last and final term of office. If he needs to get reelected, then the President is still greatly subject to public opinion.

      The News Media in Control of our Government:

    The Founding Fathers had set up the election system to somewhat isolate Senators from public opinion, giving them six year terms and counting on the short memories of the voters so they could do what they thought was best for the country. The Founding Fathers gave Congressmen only a two-year term in office so that they would be sensitive to their constituents and represent public opinion. We now have an election system of government where the Chief Executive is subject and partially controlled by public opinion. And who is it that makes the public opinion known? Of course, it is the news media. Therefore, in effect, it is the news media that is in control of our government.

Was the news media upset with the front runner’s words to their representative as the debate moderator and did not the men of the news media come to her rescue and ban the front runner from participating in future debates? Yes, the men came to protect their female counterparts; this is the natural propensity of men to take care of the women.

    How does these actions Affect Voter Rights?

      The female debate moderator was lucky that she was not asking her sexist questions of me. How dare she bring sexism into a Presidential debate, this is a “Red Herring”. If this is a representative of the women in this country, we may have to revoke their right to vote so that we can address the really important issues this country faces and not these “Red Herrings” that a female debate moderator did not have the sense to hold back in the first place. She is lucky that I am not her boss. If I were her boss, I would have handed her a broom and a bowl cleaning brush and sent her to sweep the floors and clean the latrines.

    QED

      i Jonathan Aitken, “John Newton” “From Disgrace to Amazing Grace” Crossway, 2007

We Got Trouble, Trouble, Trouble, Right here in the USA, it Starts with “SCS” and that Stands for Social Class Structure Ver. 1.1.2
September 3, 2014

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired
https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/social-class

Introduction

This post is about finding harmony in your own personal social class. Developing close relationships outside of your own social class can result in disharmony, which is not something one would want to live with on a daily basis.

There seems to have developed five “Social Class Structures” within our national boundaries: “No College Education,” “First Generation College Educated,” and “Second-Third Generation College Educated,” “In God’s Kingdom,” and “Out of God’s Kingdom.” The effects of these five class structures on our nation are profound. When looking for a life partner, our soulmate, it’s important to find a partner that is in the same social class as you for the following reasons: both parties grew up and were raised in similar situation and those experiences will be in common to both parties; both parties’ parents are of the same social class thus can relate to their in-laws as well; mixing social classes is going to cause some friction in a partnership somewhere along the path of life, which is a situation no partnership should have to address. To meet someone in your own social class, you will need to place yourself in an environment where others of your social class gather. This could be as simple as choosing the right college or attending functions that your social class attends.

There are two blogs on the web that are of interest to anyone interested in national issues: https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/ and http://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/ . They both will be referenced in this post.

The Back Story

The information for this post is from an analysis of this philosopher’s family of origin and his experience with different social class structures in his personal adventure through life.

Who is this philosopher and Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter behind these two earth-shaking blogs, and where did those troubleshooting skills come from? In short, his parents; his father was a graduate of the University of Chicago and his mother a graduate of a girl’s college in Milwaukee when less than three percent of the women in this county had even seen a college campus. His mother had received an award from her high school for reading every book in the school library; she never went to bed without reading a book. Are these skills passed down through our DNA? Take a look at public figures like politicians, actors, musicians and singers. Proverbs that have been around for centuries: “Like father, like son;” “The chips don’t fall too far from the stump;” “Generals are not made, they are born.” – General George Patton. These indicate there is a transfer of skills from one generation to the next.

In the early 1940s, it was considered more important for a male to go to college than it was for females. Females went to college to marry a college man. This philosopher had five older sisters and two older brothers. Three sisters were in out-of-state college at the time of his birth and lost their college funding due to the financial strain of the new addition to the family. However, they all were in college long enough to marry college men. The other two sisters did not receive the opportunity to go to college from the family and married below their social middle class standing, resulting in a mismatch of social class and in unpleasant and unsuccessful relationships, which included physical and verbal abuse. This philosopher has experienced these same phenomena of marrying below his social class with unsuccessful results.

This philosopher’s father served in World War I as a veterinarian; his oldest brother served in World War II and another brother on the U.S.S. Enterprise as a radio operator and the latter went to college on the G.I. Bill. When his father died in his last semester in high school, his older sister, now influential in family affairs, decided he was not smart enough to go to college, despite his science teacher’s lobbying for him to study physics. His good grades in math and science did not hold up against the other subjects. His then oldest nearest sister stated, “You were lucky to graduate from high school; you will never make it in college.” He received an offer to go west and work in a saw mill in Oregon; this was the only offer on the table from his family. All of these social middle class children from his family of origin should have been sent off to college so they could meet a partner in the same social class in which they were raised. It is very difficult to meet someone in your middle class in a country saturated with lower working class citizens.

College Almost a Prerequisite

The situation is changing as we send more and more of our children to college. It now becomes important to send the kids to a college where they can meet a partner in their same social class. First generation college students should go to first generation colleges and second and third generation college students should go to colleges that promote this class of student.

Visualization Skills, Inherited or Developed

The military draft was still in effect when this philosopher graduated from high school and this philosopher ended up supporting the war effort in the South Pacific as a jet engine mechanic in the United States Air Force. At 22 years of age, he had earned the reputation as the “Top Gun Jet Engine Troubleshooter” on the flight line of this Material Air Transport Command that sent in helicopters and caskets into Vietnam. The helicopters were left in Vietnam and the caskets were filled with the fallen and were sent back to their families in the states. About 50,000 of the fallen from the Vietnam War were sent back to the states for their families to bury. Where did this visualization skill that made him the “Top Gun Jet Engine Troubleshooter” come from? Why was he the only one who had this skill? This visualization skill had to be passed down from his veterinarian father. Or were they developed by listening to the Sunday night stories on the radio?

Gunsmoke was a lot better on the radio than on television and in books. These listening and reading activities were a lot better at developing visualization skills than all the television and computer games combined. See https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/visulization/

Having completed his military service with an honorable discharge, he followed his older brother’s example and attended an engineering technical school on the G.I. Bill. He majored in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Metallurgy and Physics, graduating in the top ten percent of his class. He received an offer from the then Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), one of two weapons labs managed by the University of California. LLNL then became the top national lab, extending its capabilities into energy, antiterrorist, biomedical, transportation and many more areas of expertise.

At LLNL, this philosopher, again, gained the reputation as the “Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter”, solving national crises issues on major government projects related to physics and engineering under the Departments of Energy and Defense, again by using the visualization skills he inherited from his father and/or developed through training.

A Philosopher, Developed or Inherited Skill

After about 10 years of service to UC, a co-worker, who was highly educated (PhD), with people skills, observed that this not-yet philosopher’s skill package was just like Plato’s and Aristotle’s and I should consider reading their works. I thought at the time that these two giant philosophers would be way above my ability to understand them. But after another decade, I acted on this suggestion and studied philosophy. Was this no-yet philosopher already a philosopher before ever reading a book on philosophy? Yes, this is probably the case. Was it an inherited skill? Yes, this is probably the case.

The Healing Power of Music

After 29 years in this troubleshooting activity, I was present during an industrial incident involving toxic fumes. This exposure resulted in a loss of my visualization skills and short-term memory function. This resulted in this philosopher leaving the workplace on a disability and retirement and a decade of therapy. This philosopher had set aside his banjo and guitar during this decade of therapy, until an incident involving an Arizona politician who took an assassin’s bullet to the head. She was receiving music therapy from a guitarist and making progress. This philosopher followed her lead and again began playing his banjo and guitar, and he started regaining what he had lost, his mental visualization skills and his short-term memory function.

Thus I decided to continue applying his troubleshooting skills to National Crises Issues, hence the two blogs on politics and religion. I focused on religion because religion was one of the main issues that caused the destruction of my own family of four plus the dog in addition to the mixed social class, middle and working classes. A social class is our main national enemy, and is now, in these 20th and 21st centuries, killing our citizens and this social class is extremely religious. Our nation and other nations, certainly have, out of good intentions, added so much onto the original objectives of the Messenger (the Savior), that visited this planet 2,000 years ago, that the emphasis is now more on the Messenger than on the message of the Messenger. How can this “killing of our citizens” situation be addressed when there is so much disparity in our belief systems? See:
https://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/tag/conclusion/
https://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/tag/baptism/

Class Structure

Social Class structure is really based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what you can do for yourself; ask what you can do for your country.” This was easy for JFK to say; he was brought up in a family at the top of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, and JFK’s whole family was concerned about “Country,” because all their basic needs in life were already fulfilled (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow’s_hierarchy_of_needs). This Philosopher has noticed that first generation college students seem still concerned about meeting their own needs rather than that of the country. It’s hard to change how we were brought up by our parents. Were they concerned about meeting their everyday needs or were their everyday needs already met? If one is still concerned about meeting their everyday needs, their focus is going to be on themselves. If their everyday needs are already met, they can focus on the country.

    Meeting Life’s Needs – Not Just Physical, but Spiritual

How is it determined that someone’s everyday needs have been met? At this point this Philosopher thinks it best to refer to the blog: https://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/tag/conclusion/ as one’s everyday needs can be met by connecting with our Father in Heaven who will supply all our everyday needs. There are two additional class structures in the world in addition to upper class, middle class and working class which correlate with college education. These are those under the Kingdom of God and those outside the Kingdom of God. Thus it is not just a financial requirement to have our everyday needs met, but by one’s own belief system.
What is the result of a marriage between middle and working classes? Or partnering within God’s Kingdom with outside God’s Kingdom? One is concerned about them and the other is concerned about “country” or “world.” The checkbook is going to be an issue of concern as each will be supporting a different cause. This economic conflict could easily affect all of their interpersonal relations. This applies also to first generation college graduates and second or third generation college graduates, as their value systems will be different.

We got Trouble, Trouble, Trouble, Right here in the USA, It starts with “P” and that stands for the Peter Principle Ver. 1.0.1
The Philosopher
https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/peter-principle
4/22/2015

The Peter Principle:

“In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence … in time every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties … Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.”i This principle was published in 1968 by Lawrence Johnston Peter and received much acclaim.

In this time period the makeup of the workforce of the USA was much different, the technical workforce was male dominated. In this early twenty-first century women have entered the workforce almost in an equal proportion to the men. Women are graduating from college in technical fields and moving up in the management hierarchy. These two income families have caused quite a disturbance in the economics of the USA. The basic economic theory is that the “price of a commodity” will be determined by “supply and demand”. With two income families the demand for bigger and better housing has increased. As the demand for more housing increases the sale prices increase. Single income families are now having difficulty competing with the two income families for housing. Urban areas are now constantly trying to force the building of “Affordable Housing” for the single income households. To compete with the two income households more untrained workers are entering the workforce, when a mother has her kids in a position where she can contribute to the family income they enter the workforce often in customer relations. This phenomenon has now expanded the definition of the Peter Principle to the entry level of employment.

With all these new ‘non-decision makers’ in customer relations getting something more complicated than routine accomplished can be a difficult, frustrating and time-consuming process, often involving appeals to the ‘decision making’ level of management. It’s the time-consuming part that is of interest to economist because this is an inefficiency that increases ‘the cost of doing businesses which in-turn lowers the national economic operating efficiency which in-turn increases our national debt because we are spending more time and money than necessary to operate this nation.

When some the better educated (classroom educated with degrees) get themselves promoted to positions of responsibility the situation can become quite sever. Personalities weigh into this process. In the family circus, the Firstborns and especially only children are usually the academic achievers in the family. They are also the perfectionists and they pay close attention to the details and are very organized, sometimes beyond all reasonable expectations. Therefore, they become naturals for being “In Charge”, the “Leader of the Pack”, The “King of the Mountain”, etc. They have the power to demand that their perfection, detailed, organized personality characteristic is met by the organization to which they are “In Charge”! This could be termed “The Peter Principle of overeducating”. Some of these personalities have been overeducated until they are above their capabilities of running a cost effective or even goal effective organization. “Control” is a big part of their personality and especially from only children in the sibling less families we hear the words “I Want”, “I don’t want” and “look what I have accomplished by myself”. Getting anything accomplished, in an organization run by one of these personalities, can be difficult and certainly not cost effective.

The same is true for the other end of the family circus, the lastborn. Lastborns are usually defined as having a same sex older sibling within five years of age. They are not well known for their leadership skills, but more for their creativity and having fun. They often think they can talk themselves out of any situation and can talk others into any situation. Is it any wonder our salesforce is predominately made up of lastborn adult children; they hardly ever grow out of the fun of having fun and they think they can talk anybody into buying anything? When one of these lastborns gets themselves overeducated and “In Charge” it could be a rough ride for those who have to work with them and since having fun and not being able to balance a budget, (budget? What’s that?). The expense account should have a constant audit by one of those “Only Children” who can balance a budget and bring organization to the organization.

Who then are the “Perfect Leaders”:

From the family circus there is a disappearing category called the “Middleborns”. Families are getting smaller, it’s hard to get a bunch of kids through college these days and college has become important in our society, so “Middleborns” are a somewhat disappearing breed. But, the personality characteristics that standout for the “Middleborns” is their ability to negotiate a “Workable Compromise” just what is needed to move an organization forward to meet the organizations goals with cost effectiveness. The “Middleborns” will strive to keep peace in the organization for this is their natural operating mode being squeezed between a same sex old sibling and a same sex younger sibling all within five years age of each other. In this situation, they learned how to negotiate for their space and this skill can be applied to an organization as well, usually as a “Middle Manager”ii

This leaves us to an obvious solution:

the Firstborns, only children and lastborns just need to learn how to negotiate a “Workable Compromise” and their organizations will operate with cost and objective effectiveness. And we will have eliminated “The Peter Principle” from our vocabulary when it comes to leading an organization. And also if the customer service representatives learn how to negotiate and are authorized to negotiate a “Workable Compromise” “The Peter Principle” can be eliminated where the organization meets the public. The whole key to improving the cost effectiveness and the objective effectiveness in an organization is to negotiate a “Workable Compromise”.
QED


References:
i http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurence_J._Peter
ii http://www.drleman.com