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October 02, 2008


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I am soooo with you on this.

While I'll never raise a politician or political candidate to the messiah level that the media and fanatic Republican/Democratic followers do, I would like to actually believe in the person and the message. Right now, I feel so disaffected from the process -- our "leaders" don't care about anything but their own aggrandizement -- that I have almost lost interest in voting. A part of me feels that it doesn't matter which candidate wins the presidency because our political machine is so broken that neither can make a healing difference.

I don't want to say that we're on a long downward spiral of doom; however, the people who make up our country are torn apart by our political processes. Our leaders don't want us to come together. Rather, they want to polarize the voters and tell us what we should hate and fear. Thus setting us against one another. They want us to identify ourselves as this group or that group (organized by race, heritage, economic situation, gender or whatever the current big issue might be).

In short, they don't want to us to be Americans.

Because if we all thought of ourselves as Americans rather than a female American, or an African-American, or a middle-class American, then we might realize we all have something in common: Our elected officials are doing a shoddy job, have done so for decades, and there's no sign of that situation changing.

And they're getting paid extremely well with a happy future pension to treat us this way.


Hi Meesh:

Thanks for the note. I just report what I see, and I thought this election might be illustrative of some disruptive concepts that can be fairly arcane in a business context.

We no longer talk to each other, but at each other. Politics is about gotchas, not solving problems. I, and I believe an increasing number of the average people on the street, want to see a disruptive influence who discards the Washington baggage and tries to refocus the natural tendency of politicos to win points at each others expense (an inside-out view of politics), to a focus on tackling the major issues one-by-one and getting the best possible resolution that the most can agree to, regardless of party affiliation, and implementing it as quickly as possible and fixing it later if it isn't quite perfect.

The key to this is to truly listen to the electorate, understand what problems they perceive (unmet and underserved needs), and then propose solutions. This outside-in view would be highly popular, and enable engagement in the process, rather than the pompous dictates from above that don't deal with the problems we thought needed solving. This is what disruption, and resonating with the public is about. It is what the most successful business innovators do, and I think that's what we want far more than partisan debate. (When I saw Nancy Pelosi start her supposedly bipartisan speech for the bailout package by attacking the very people whose support she needed for it to pass, I was thoroughly disgusted. That kind of old-style stupid politics needs to go in the trash compactor ASAP. How could anyone call her a leader?)

Whether you agree with Sarah's politics or not, I think it is her genuineness that is appealing. In the beginning, Obama wore that mantle, but no more. If I were a Washington insider, I'd be scared, because we're going to see more and more of this -- politicians need to get on board or get out of town.

Curious what you thought of the debate?

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