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Calvin Coolidge and Instincts, Convictions, and Best Practices

August15

I was recently asked, “why would you care about someone like Calvin Coolidge?”

perhaps one reason the question was asked was because we were discussing Thomas Jefferson, and how the geo-political stage is so different today, set for Hilary Clinton (I’m just throwing that out there…), as compared to the era of our Founding Fathers.

earlier this week I published:

Instincts, Convictions, and Best Practices by brian patrick cork
Published on Linkedin August 12, 2014

it is dangerous to make decisions based on pleasing people. when we please the person in front of us and then change directions to please the next person we encounter, we’re not living according to moral convictions. we’re choosing what’s easy in the moment rather than being fully committed to righteousness.

for a vital point-of-reference ponder Revelations 3:16.

outside of Revelations here is a book that might find itself an example of my point, today:

Johnson, Charles C. (2013-03-12). Why Coolidge Matters: Leadership Lessons from America’s Most Underrated President.

Excerpts and thinking:

with vital input from George Landolt.

it was the legislators’ “solemn duty” to “think last of themselves.” Otherwise their decisions would “lack authority.” Calvin Coolidge wished to protect the legislature from itself and to guarantee that a republican spirit would continue in the state’s government.

although he had stood fast against attempts to raise the salaries of legislators, Coolidge favored increasing them for schoolteachers, believing that bad teachers would imperil republican government by failing to teach the convictions essential for republican life. He also exalted good teachers throughout his career.

as vice president, he said: The standards which teachers are required to maintain are continually rising. their work takes on a new dignity. it is rising above a calling, above a profession, into the realm of art. it must be dignified by technical training, ennobled by character, and sanctified by faith.

so…

for the most part, every president has their own rap. some have rhythm, others a dark legacy. but, every man (until Hilary) got that office based on merit that was needed at the time. circumstances change, and that platform often creates an unkind legacy.

Coolidge was something of an intellectual. He was not interested in politics. he wanted to make a point. he had money and influence. he was probably more of a throw-back that values the role of a founding father. I suspect he was be a fan of Thomas Jefferson. thusly, he had few friends. that said, he was a champion for important threads in the fabric of our culture and society.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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no one can say Obama does not lead by example. his Selfie reflects a Dangerous Obsession with External Recognition

December11

UPDATE TO POST:

I made a big deal about obsession with external recognition. Ironically I did so using platforms like my blogs, Linkedin and Twitter. So, now I am receiving good-natured ribbing for it. Today I must ask myself, “am I part of the problem, or part of the solution”.

I can’t say what Thomas Jefferson would posit about Barack Obama. Jefferson was one of the architects of our Constitution and the framework of an administrative system that can evolve to suit the needs of our people under almost any circumstance, provided the engineers of change are not motivated by self interest.

…well… that’s wrong isn’t it?  members of the House and Senate appear to be more focused on re-election and maintaining platinum benefits for themselves while US citizens get ground to a pulp is certainly a system option.

no one can say Obama does not lead by example.

so… I suppose being in United States government is tantamount to one big socially networked club evidenced by “selfies” as opposed to selflessness.

such tomfoolery.

however, I am certain Jefferson would have respected Nelson Mandela and valued the opportunities he created for South Africa.

while Mandela sought peace and tolerance with unusual courage, I’m not confident he would have gone out of his way to shake the hand of a man that carries the banner for Communism like Obama did with Raul Castro at the Mandela memorial, or seek a seat change that gave him a more public stage.

to make sense of some of this read on!

Obama’s gestures during Mandela memorial scrutinized – news.yahoo.com”An unexpected handshake. A selfie. A seat change. President Barack Obama’s gestures at Nelson Mandela’s memorial in Johannesburg were widely scrutinized on the world’s stage Tuesday.

http://lnkd.in/db-VUdx: the look on Michelle Obama’s face tells it’s own story. I have a feeling we are going to get a very big back-story once Obama is “off” the Oval Office (I used the word intentionally).all of this comes to light God evidences both his sense of humor and brilliant timing by allowing Obama to demonstrate a measure of self-absorbed immaturity at a time when his confidence ranking in our country is at an all-time low and just as the article below finds itself published:

Our Dangerous Obsession with External Recognition

read the article from the Harvard Review, in it’s entirety, for it’s perspective: http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/12/our-dangerous-obsession-with-external-recognition/#! do it!

“Although our fundamental desire to be noticed is not a new phenomenon, our unending use of social media has radically elevated the level of ego in our personal lives. Famed psychologist Jean Twenge recently showed that self-importance personality traits among 37,000 college students rose as quickly as obesity from the 1980s to present. Two Western Illinois University researchers found a high correlation between Narcissistic Personality Inventory scores and Facebook activity. Countless other study sample groups, from pop musicians to Millennials, prove that we are in the middle of a “narcissism epidemic.”

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

 

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no REAL irony in Politics

December8

//lnkd.in/d8xDYPi: when I read the headline my immediate thought was, “okay… so who prosecutes Congress when they mislead us?”

I understand the process with procedures exist. However, when KNOW we are constantly being handed a bucket of manure, but our mounting frustration as a nation is our impotence in holding leaders accountable.

Patriot Act Author Says Intel Chief Should Be Prosecuted For Lying… – huffingtonpost.com

“Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be fired and prosecuted for lying to Congress about the National Security Agency’s widespread surveillance activities, Wisconsin Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R) told the Hill. Sensenbrenner was…”

me thinks Thomas Jefferson would be rolling in his grave so feverishly the earth may well spin-off it’s axis. its enough to make Ayn Rand proud, and validate Atlas Shrugged.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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I’m for transparency if the government is

February4

cashBill Gates Hates Cash. Here’s Why

why electronic transactions are superior to cash for the world’s poor and…

Brian Patrick Cork: this article has been in the back of my head for awhile. for people like Bill Gates that are actually “outside” the system of most mortals, it might make sense. in any event, there are the “unbanked”, and also the “uncredited”. both might find electronic transactions helpful along with programs like www.eCredable.com. the latter, in particular, can help people buy homes. that said, why would most people find “transparency” and “Financial Inclusion” useful unless “Security” meant Laissez Faire?

so… if we take this line-of-thinking, should transparency go both ways between a people and it’s government, or a government and it’s people? by the way… I do think there is a difference depending on how you say it.

consider this Beth Nockeck video on TED:

How can our data strengthen our democracies? In her work, Beth Noveck explores what “opengov” really means–not just freeing data from databases, but creating meaningful ways for citizens to collaborate with their governments.

is is evolution, or revolution?

I’m thinking Thomas Jefferson would have held Ms. Noveck in favorable light.

I’ll leave it at that, for now. 

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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