This may not be the most strange presidential campaign in America’s history, even though it has the following:
- The first serious woman candidate;
- The first serious black candidate;
- The first serious ex-POW candidate.
Perhaps the strangest presidential campaign was the first; that of 1800, following George Washington’s retirement in 1797. Adams, the sitting president, and Hamilton, the self-appointed capitalistic heir to Washington, distrusted the “unchecked” masses and their populist leaders, Jefferson, Madison, and Burr who sought an agrarian democratic society and endorsed Paine’s “Rights of Man.” Sounds like our Democratic “Socialists” versus our Republican “Capitalists” in the current election, doesn’t it?!
There is one thing missing that was present until 1797. There was a “Thinking President,” one who modeled all of the conditions that have gone on to make America great. His name was Washington.
Before and during his terms in office (1789–1797), George Washington modeled all of the conditions of a “Thinking President:”
- He related collaboratively and even interdependently to the diverse voices of America in order to facilitate an inclusive “Peace in Our Time.”
- He encouraged representative and even enlightened governance in order to facilitate “Participation among the People.”
- He modeled capitalistic and even entrepreneurial enterprise in order to facilitate “Prosperity in our Nation.”
These were the principles that dictate our “Freedom Scores:” Cultural Relating, Participative Governance, Free Enterprise.
Regarding our Freedom Scores, we offer the following substantive dimensions of “The Free Enterprise Model” modeled by a “Thinking President” (see Figure 1):
- Entrepreneurial Enterprise,
- Enlightened Citizenry,
- Interdependent Relating.
Deductively-modeled, the Policy-Making Cell that is dedicated to positioning in the Global Marketplace is “The 5-5-5- Cell.” This is where enlightened Policy Markers generate the conditions that ensure “The Pillars of Prosperity.” Of course, there are requirements for Generative Processing Systems as well as Continuous Organizational Realignment Systems dedicated to accomplishing the Entrepreneurial Enterprise, Participative Governance, and Cultural Relating goals.
Figure 1. The Free Enterprise Model
In summary, the Free Enterprise Model ensures achieving, once again, global leadership in “The Pillars of Civilization:” Peace, Participation, Prosperity.
This, then, is “The Thinking President’s Positioning:”
Entrepreneurial enterprise functions are achieved by enlightened governance participation components enabled by interdependent cultural relating processes.
This is “The Freedom Mission:” it may be rotated for the different civilization functions of Peace and Participation.
For a “Thinking President,” this means that the current American Enterprise Model (see Figure 2) must once again implement Generative-Innovator Positioning. As may be viewed, American Enterprise leads in the GICCA Marketplace. In other terms, Generativity drives Free Enterprise Economics, requires Free Participative Governance, and is enabled by Interdependent Cultural Relating.
Figure 2. The American Enterprise Model in the Global Marketplace
The Freedom Scores for a Thinking President may be viewed in Table 5. He or she strives for the highest levels of Freedom (Levels 4.0 and 5.0):
- Interdependency-driven Collaboration in Cultural Relating;
- Enlightened Citizen-driven Representative Governance;
- Entrepreneurial-driven Capitalistic Enterprise.
As may be noted, while the highest levels are not always possible, they are always the drivers.
TABLE 5: Freedom Scores for the Thinking President
In summary, if you are unhappy with the ratings that we have published, then learn the scales in the earlier edition of “The Thinking President” (freedomblog.com, January, 2008, pp. 15–40) and analyze the candidates’ positions and platforms and formulate your own “Freedom Scores for Candidates.”
Better still, demand that the candidates deal realistically with the validated conditions of The American Experience: Cultural Relating, Participative Governance, Free Enterprise!
The “Darkest Hour” is upon us. This is an expression employed by both President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchhill at the beginning of The Second World War. It also applies to this campaign, for the “American Ship-of-State” has veered badly off-course.
The person who takes the helm will determine the future of America and the world:
- Whether we will actualize the brilliant “Promise of America?”
- Or be discarded on the “trash-heap” of history along with a multitude of other failed experiments in totalitarian control!
The final irony is this: McCain was trained by the military academies to protect and build up the American system that the Alinsky-trained Democratic candidates were trained to attack and tear down. It should be a confrontational campaign between Socialism and Capitalism!