Strong Medicine For The GOP: From ‘Hope And Change’ To ‘Be The Change’
June 6th, 2011
Unemployment rate rises to 9.1%. Home prices resume their descent. The federal government is revealed as inept in two areas of greatest concern to voters: work and home. Weathering punch after punch of bad news about “the economy, stupid,” President Barack Obama remains, under the circumstances, astoundingly popular. The president is proving to be a crowd-pleasing palooka who just refuses to be K.O.’d.
Why is Obama’s popularity holding up?
The most compelling answer, one worthy of a Carville or Rove, came not from a Washington Pundit but from a mere voter like us. Dave Barry nailed it over a decade ago:
The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they have demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills of celery. They’re the kind of people who’d stop to help you change a flat, but would somehow manage to set your car on fire. I would be reluctant to entrust them with a Cuisinart, let alone the economy. The Republicans, on the other hand, would know how to fix your tire, but they wouldn’t bother to stop because they’d want to be on time for Ugly Pants Night at the country club.
There’s a lot more going on out here than just “Democrat vs. Republican,” “Left vs. Right,” “Libertarian or Authoritarian.” Educator and educational entrepreneur Michael Strong unraveled the puzzle in an under-noticed book published by John Wiley & Sons unassumingly titled Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems. A few additional heavyweights have contributed chapters: The guy from whom you probably buy your groceries, John Mackey, founder and CEO of Whole Foods; Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammed Yunus; Hernando de Soto, selected by TIME as “one of the five leading Latin American innovators of the century.”
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