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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

Barack Obama and the Jeffersonian Model


Back in 2007 we discussed the Jeffersonian Model here.

Over the weekend we learned that President Barack Obama (through “The White House”) has suggested or requested; likely demanded that the current CEO of General Motors, Rick Wagoner, resign (does this mean President Obama will also suggest his replacement?).

It’s worthwhile to address the question whether Obama is viewing the deployment of his policies from the Jeffersonian perspective:

In the Jeffersonian model, the President often tries to expand his powers outside of the ones denoted in the United States Constitution. There are five presidents considered by many Political Scientists and Historians to be the main contributors to the expansion of the powers of the Executive Branch in the United States. These include: Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and, Franklin D. Roosevelt.

I am reasonably confident that American history offers a favourable view of each of the these leaders. However, something is “niggling (this is a decidedly English term)” in the back of my head, and my radar is up. I suspect that a good government, like any good business, needs to be flexible in reflection of circumstances. However, the terms reactive as opposed to proactive are in my head (This is consistent with my business coaching approach).

I am only setting this thinking into motion this morning.

More on this shortly as I address this line of thinking in future posts.

Although this effort could be fraught with danger, feel free to chip in.

More later.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


Policies for the (other) People


As some of you probably know, there’s an ongoing debate on Capital Hill (that’s Washington, DC) about whether to help homeowners facing mortgage default. On one hand, politicians generally hate people. On the other hand, people vote.

Tough call.

Speaking of people… Americans without health insurance has hit an all-time high. So… I think I get it. This theoretical sub-prime mortgage crisis is just a brilliant way to make the uninsured seem insignificant compared to the defaulted. What’s worse; untreated cancer, or eviction from a home you couldn’t afford (NOTE: this might be a trick question)?

Tough call.

Speaking of not-rich people… Thank goodness we’ve restricted personal bankruptcy so that all these sub-prime mortgage defaults can generate a robust system of economic slavery. People had felt in control of their lives for far too long.

Fortunately these folks have “Desperate House Wives” to take their minds off of their poor decision making, and feel better by glorifying adultry. What’s worse; losing your home that you could never actually afford, or the trophy wife you moved into that house after you dropped the wife that put you through medical school?

Peace to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork




This is relevant in light of our current debates…

Then Vice President Lyndon Johnson received the following message from a Native
American Indian Chief on a reservation:

“Be careful with your immigration laws. We were careless with ours.”

Peace Be to My Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork


This quote was from the 1962 February Readers Digest – 40th Anniversary Issue.


What’s All This About?

"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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