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The American Presidency
1. The American Presidency

Posted by Bob on January 1st, 2008

There is a story told at Mt. Vernon about George Washington’s famous boat ride on the Potomac River. With him in the boat were two sworn enemies, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. Jefferson’s vision of America was of an “Agrarian Democracy.” Hamilton’s vision emphasized “Entrepreneurial Capitalism.”

While Washington did not have the depth of knowledge of either, his vision was of “Inclusive Relating.” And so it was that when the trio embarked upon their journey into the future of America, Washington insisted upon “Mutual Thinking for Mutual Purposes” and so generated the first definition of “Interdependency.” He threatened not to return his processing partners to land until they had merged their thoughts in one vision of America.

They did merge and America did emerge. Thank God!

The merged vision was encapsulated in the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain and King George’s “History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of our absolute Tyranny over these States.”

In the 1776 Declaration of Independence, the “Rights and Responsibilities of Leadership,” were firmly established:

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness—That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the Governed, that whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

In the preamble to the United States Constitution of 1787, our “Founding Fathers” began by defining its citizens as policy-makers:

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.

For the first time in the history of humankind, the citizens were empowered by constitutionally-mandated powers to direct the governance of the United States.

Accordingly, all governing powers were invested in a representative form of democracy with an all-important “Balance of Powers:”

  • All legislative powers were vested in a Congress, consisting of a Senate and House of Representatives (Article I).
  • All executive powers were vested in a President (Article II).
  • All judicial powers were vested in one Supreme Court with inferior courts in support (Article III).

With articles calculated to define States Rights (Article IV), Amending Processes (Article V), and Pre-existing Conditions (Article VI), the Constitution was adopted and ratified.

While the focus of the U.S. Constitution was upon governance, related dimensions were soon to emerge as pre-potent conditions of a free and evolving citizenry. Some were in apparent conflict.

In the interest of the 2008 election, we are going to present you with the following scales for awarding “Freedom Scores” to the candidates.

This brief and cryptic history reveals that George Washington became the model for the presidency of these United States long before his election. In other words, the presidency was defined in terms of his own executive characteristics:

  • Inclusive in relating;
  • Participation in governance;
  • Entrepreneurial in enterprise.

These dimensions defined the enduring character of the presidency and its candidates.

The American Presidency
2. Interdependent Relating

Posted by Bob on January 2nd, 2008

Relating reflects Washington’s strongest attribute. Of course, through the centuries, the emigrant and migrant population of the U.S. have modified this dimension to emphasize relating to culture and class.

Cultural Relating reflects the levels of relationships that take place within, between, and among cultures. Cultural relating is the phenomenon that transformed America from a “boiling cauldron of exclusivity” to a “melting pot of diversity.”

Only in America during the second half of the 20th century did “Human Relating” skills-building experiences take hold with classes and cultures. Only in America did this Human Relating culminate in “Interdependent Processing.”

We may view the Cultural Relating Scale in Table 1. As may be noted, the levels are developmental from 1 to 5. Independency is the threshold learning experience. This means that relators are empowered to move independently up or down. Below level 3, the relations are competitive and dependent. Above level 3, the relations are collaborative and interdependent.

At level 3, Independency, relators share individual images of experiences or phenomena with each other. This makes all initiatives possible. Independency is illustrated by the behavioral operations of “Get and Give:” Each “gets” the others’ images before “giving” his or her images.

At level 4, Collaboration, the relators share images in order to converge or “merge” images. The behavioral operations of “Get, Give, and Merge” are based upon decision-making with participants’ values and environmental or contextual requirements. A productive “merged” image serves to maximize meeting all values and requirements at the highest levels.

At level 5, Interdependency, the relators have already “merged” images before “going” to interdependent processing. The behavioral operations of “Merge and Go” illustrate interdependency. The behavioral operations of “mutual processing for mutual benefit” define interdependent processing.

Table 1. Cultural Relating Scale
Cultural Relating Scale

Below level 3, the relations are competitive and/or dependent. At level 2, Competitiveness, orders are given and tasks are performed. Behaviorally, this level is manifested in “Give and Go” orders. There is no “getting” of images from the others’ frames of reference.

At level 1, Dependency, there is no attempt to even relate to give orders or instructions. Behaviorally, this is communicated only by “Go” and reduces the actor to helplessness and dependency.

Now you may rate yourself or others on Cultural Relating. As helpers or leaders of others (parent, teacher, supervisor, manager, representative) rate whether you or others engage in the following Relating Behaviors:

Ratings of Cultural Relating
Ratings of Cultural Relating

You may be surprised or even shocked at the levels of Relating Behaviors. Most people rate themselves at Level 1 and pride themselves at Level 2 (Authoritarian).

In summary, relating is a necessary stage in all human endeavor. It ensures that all parties—those acting and being acted upon—have input and feedback to the process. At the highest levels of interdependent processing, it ensures the mutual benefits to which we dedicate our processing.

Again, the function of Cultural Relating is Peaceful Relations within, between, and among the citizens of the nation, its states, and their local communities.

Ultimately, we get what we process for—interdependently and continuously.

The American Presidency
3. Enlightened Citizenry

Posted by Bob on January 3rd, 2008

When Washington refused “The American Kingship,” he defined the presidency as a representative of “We the People,” the constitutionally-mandated policy-makers. This was the Constitution’s greatest vision: An Enlightened Citizenry.

Enlightened Citizenry reflects the levels of citizen participation within, between, and among governments. An enlightened citizenry is what transformed America from “dependent minions of colonial justice” to “constitutionally-mandated policy-makers of governance.”

While empowered by the Constitution of 1789, it was not until 1870, after a great Civil War, that race, color, and conditions of servitude were eliminated as conditions of the right to vote (Amendment XV). Further incriminating, it was not until 1920 that sex was eliminated as a condition of the rights of citizens. To be sure, it was not until the second half of the 20th century—following World War II—that Americans began to understand the meaning of “We the People.” We have since led the movement for World Governance and World Justice. Indeed, the success of this movement is contingent upon the success of “The Great Experiment:” American Cultural Relating, Participative Governance, and Free Enterprise.

We may view the Participative Governance Scale in Table 2. Once again, the levels are developmental. Also, level 3, Independency, is the threshold learning experience that enables independence of direction. Below level 3, the authoritarian and totalitarian governance systems dominate. Above level 3, the enlightened and representative systems dominate as critical sources of empowering citizens.

At level 3, Independency, would-be participants share both democratic and authoritarian governance responses. This is illustrated by the behavioral operations of “Get and Give.” Each participant “gets” the images of others before “giving” his or her own image.

At level 4, Representation, participants share images in order to “merge” new images. The “merged” images center around the definition of direct participation in democracy “as the level most facilitative of participative governance.” The behavioral operations of “Get, Give and Merge” serve to maximize meeting producers’ values and governance requirements.

Table 2. Participative Governance Scale
Participative Governance Scale

At level 5, Enlightened Citizenry, the citizens have already “merged” images of participative governance before “going” to interdependent processing for generating new missions for governance and justice. The behavioral operations of “Merge and Go” illustrate the enlightened interdependency.

Below level 3, the enterprise is constructed selectively by authoritarianism or totally by totalitarianism. At level 2, Authoritarian, orders are “given” in a discriminatory manner for the areas to be controlled. There is no “getting” of images as the “Give and Go” behavioral operations dominate.

At level 1, Totalitarian, there is implied coverage of the totality of the human experience as communicated only by the direction, “Go!”

Again, you may rate yourself or others on Participative Governance. As a helper or leader, rate yourself or others in the following Participative Behaviors:

Ratings of Participative Governance
Ratings of Participative Governance

Once again, you may be surprised or shocked at the low levels of Participative Behaviors. For example, if a representative does not “get” your image on an issue, then he or she is not even minimally effective in that role.

Remember, the function of Participative Governance is Participation within, between, and among the citizens of the nation, its states, and local governance.

Ultimately, enlightened citizenry is a necessary condition of all civilized governance. It ensures that generative initiatives drive the balanced governmental process: legislative, executive, judicial. Again, at the highest levels, We the People are positioned as policy-makers in the process of governance.

In short, we get what we earn by the initiatives that we generate through interdependent processing as Enlightened Citizens.

The American Presidency
4. Entrepreneurial Enterprise

Posted by Bob on January 4th, 2008

Perhaps the least known attribute of Washington was his entrepreneurial initiative. While fulfilling Jefferson’s ideal of democratic leadership, he also exemplified Hamilton’s ideal of free enterprise. For example, during the Revolutionary War, he not only led the troops but fed the troops from his agricultural and nautical harvests. Not knowing whether he would ever get paid or, indeed, knowing that he would be executed if we lost the war, Washington modeled both the ideation and the risk-taking of the American entrepreneur.

Free Enterprise reflects the levels of enterprising relationships within, between, and among economies. Free enterprise is the phenomenon that transformed America from a “colonial economy” to the “economic leader of the world.”

Only in America during the second half of the 20th century did “Entrepreneurial Capitalism” take hold in all areas and levels of economic enterprise. Led by America’s Free Enterprise, “Entrepreneurial Capitalism” served to lead the world to explosive and sustained socio-economic growth.

We may view the Free Enterprise Scale in Table 3. Once again, the levels are developmental from 1 to 5. Also, level 3, Independency, is the threshold learning experience that allows independence of direction. Below level 3, the command and control enterprises dominate. Above level 3, the entrepreneurial and the capitalistic enterprises dominate as the critical sources of generating wealth.

At level 3, Independency, would-be producers share both capitalistic and socialistic or command images of economic enterprise. This is illustrated by the behavioral operations of “Get and Give.” Each “gets” the images of others before “giving” his or her image of enterprise.

At level 4, Capitalism, producers share images in order to “merge” new images. The “merged” images center around the definition of capitalism as “the ingredients that are most important to generating wealth.” The behavioral operations of “Get, Give, and Merge” serve to maximize meeting producers’ values and marketplace requirements:

Table 3. Entrepreneurial Enterprise Scale
Entrepreneurial Enterprise Scale

At level 5, Entrepreneurial Enterprise, the entrepreneurs have already “merged” images of capitalistic sources of wealth before “going” to interdependent processing toward generating the wealth. The behavioral operations of “Merge and Go” illustrate entrepreneurial interdependency.

Below level 3, the enterprise is constricted selectively by command or totally by control. At level 2, Command, orders are “given” for the specific areas to be controlled. Behaviorally, this level is manifested in “Give and Go” orders. There is no “getting” of images from the other producers involved (suppliers and distributors, as well as consumers).

At level 1, Control, there is a total takeover of all marketplace decisions and this is communicated by the totalitarian command, “Go!”

Once again, you may rate yourself or others on the Entrepreneurial Enterprise. As private or public sector helpers or leaders, rate yourself and others in the following Entrepreneurial Behaviors:

Ratings of Entrepreneurial Enterprise
Ratings of Entrepreneurial Enterprise

Finally, you may again be surprised or shocked at the low levels of Entrepreneurial Behaviors. For example, whether you or others are in a public agency or private corporation or function as an individual entrepreneur, if you do not “Merge and Go” to process interdependently, you will not have “The Best Idea” and will have no comparative advantage in your entrepreneurial positioning.

In summary, Entrepreneurial Enterprise is a necessary condition of all socio-economic endeavor. It ensures that generative initiatives drive the GICCA Market Curve: Generating, Innovating, Commercializing, Commoditizing, Attenuating. Again, at the highest levels of entrepreneurial enterprise, it ensures the mutual benefits to which we dedicate our processing.

Recall that the function of Entrepreneurial Enterprise is Prosperity within, between, and among the citizens of the nation, its states and communities, and its business enterprises.

Ultimately, we get what we assume for our Entrepreneurial Enterprise—generating and innovating, risk-taking and managing.

The American Presidency
5. Freedom Scores

Posted by Bob on January 5th, 2008

Leaders espouse it!

Dictators abhor it!

People celebrate it!

Traitors betray it!

Nations grow with it!

It is inscribed in The Declaration of Independence—Life, Liberty, Happiness.

It is enshrined in The Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution—To speak our minds, to petition for grievances, to choose our worship.

It is culminated in the Amendments to the Constitution—XIII versus slavery and involuntary servitude; XV against racial discrimination; XIX in prohibition of sexual discrimination.

It is supported by major movements—Civil Rights, Human Rights, Global Peace and Justice.

It is protected by the “eternal vigilance” that Jefferson prescribed—our statesmen, our military and, most of all, our citizenry.

But no one has defined freedom in operational or behavioral terms!

Here we are guided best by those who hate us most:

“What luck it is for rulers that men do not think.” – Adolph Hitler

How is it that the enemies of freedom are most attuned to its benefits?

The Freedom Functions

In practice, The Freedom Functions have been related extensively to “The Pillars of Civilization:”

  • Cultural Relating → Peace
  • Participative Governance → Participation
  • Free Enterprise → Prosperity

In cryptic summary, we may demonstrate how “The Historical America” has met these conditions:

  • Nearly one century and one-half of Peace between and among its states (Take that, Europe!).
  • The first and really only constitutionally-mandated citizens as policy-makers in the history of civilization.
  • The most robust economy in world history, leading the “Tsunami Wave” of socioeconomic growth for the world as well as its own individual states over the last five decades.

The Freedom Scores

How is it, then, that the candidates for president in 2008 have not even mentioned these empirically-demonstrated ingredients?

The closest these candidates have come to discussing Cultural Relating is “building walls to keep our neighbors out” (Republican) versus embracing “amnesty” and committing one million tax dollars over the lifetime of the family (Democrats).

Do I hear anybody considering the possibility of Free Enterprise Zones along the border, attracting the ambitious workers from the South and the committed entrepreneurs from the North?

No!

The closest the candidates have come to discussing Participative Governance is “taxing the rich” (Democrats) against “taxing the poor” (Republicans), all the while “tapping” their Political Action Committees funded by the Multinational Corporations.

Do I hear anybody discussing the elevation and acceleration of Education, Empowerment, and Economics for “We the People?”

No!

The closest the candidates have come to considering Entrepreneurial Enterprise is to consider H.R. 1908, dedicated to rendering American entrepreneurs, the source of over 80 percent of our innovation, impotent by replacing “First to Invent” with “First to File” and “Most to Spend.”

Do I hear anybody discuss building upon Entrepreneurism, America’s historically “Secret Engine” in the Free Enterprise Marketplace?

No!

If you have not heard these or similar proposals, then you will rate the candidates as “Zeroes” on their Freedom Scores: Zeroes for their knowledge on America’s effective ingredients; Zeroes for their performance in “Spinning the Sham” or “Baiting the Switch!”

“Zeroes”—that’s what we rated them.

Sample Scores

If you think you heard something relevant from the candidates, or inferred something relevant, or just happen to like the guy or gal, then consider the illustrations in Table 4. As may be noted, only one illustration is indicated at each level of every scale. Generative illustrations are potentially infinite.

For example, we have not heard of Prosperity Border States and Enterprise Zones, let alone Building Bridges. Yet these offer exponentially more promise for relating, governing, and wealth-generating for ourselves and our neighbors. Good fences did not make good neighbors, not even in Robert Frost’s New England where it preceded the genocide of the American Indians by the crazed and monolithic Puritans!

Since Ross Perot, we have not been reminded of Electronic Town Meetings with Enlightened Citizens Empowered on Issues, let alone educating students by something other than “Every Child Left Behind” memorization systems. Oh, yes, there is a benefit to learning English, “by far the most operational language for science and technology” (check the Nobel Prizes—you have to live in America or work with Americans if you want to learn to think generatively).

The R & D that drove the American Capitalistic system has been abandoned, along with the generativity of the Xerox Learning Center from which all the alleged IT innovators stole their variations of binary function processing. Is R & D coming back?

As Zhu Min, general manager of the state-owned Bank of China suggests: “Manufacturing is gone; services are going; research and development is still there. The U.S. needs to move up the development chain.” (Do not blame the messenger: “Steal once, blame you. Steal twice, blame me!”)

Table 4. Sample Ratings of Unexplored Political Issues
Sample Ratings of Unexplored Political Issues (small)

Also to be considered in rating levels of behavior is the mode by which the candidates arrive at their proposals. For example, First Lady Hillary Clinton did an authoritarian “Give and Go” (absent many of the organizations and people affecting or affected by health care) for her Healthcare Plan before her husband’s first administration.

The following categories have “dysfunctional autonomy:” they simply do not relate to the effective ingredients of American Civilization. Indeed, because they are incomplete based upon “differences” rather than “similarities,” they have all been “depressor variables” for our brief 230+ year history: that means that, like the current administration’s “War Presidency,” they contribute only to the retrogression of the ingredients that make a true difference in American Civilization. What follows is a comprehensive picture of candidacy; you may wish to consider a partial list of twelve crudely formulated issues that are “historical depressor variables” for the great civilization that this country could become:

  • Bureaucracy!
  • Class and caste!
  • Ego!
  • Ethnicity!
  • Demographics!
  • Grades!
  • Identity!
  • Idiosyncracy!
  • Intelligence Quotient!
  • Race!
  • Religion!
  • Sexual Orientation!

These are not the dimensions that made America great! Judging by the candidates’ eagerness to discuss them as issues, they are the dimensions that are currently making America stupid!! And we do not consult our faith as a replacement for using our brainpower!

Indeed, there is a principle to be derived from the current presidential campaign: the time spent on campaign issues is inversely related to their importance for the survival and growth of American Civilization.

The American Experience

The only cultural experiences that make a difference are summed under “The American Experience,” the most powerful formulations that Human Brainpower has made. All other interpretations are “self-serving superstitions.” Those people who go through The American Experience fully, survive and grow. Those who do not, wither and die—intellectually, emotionally, physically! No matter the demographics and other depressor experiences!

Finally, here’s a picture of the issues for 2008. Together, they converge to require a whole new “American Manifesto”—“The Declaration of Interdependence” to accomplish “The Pillars of Civilization:”

  • Peace through Cultural Relating
  • Participation through Participative Governance
  • Prosperity through Entrepreneurial Enterprise

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