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Thomas Paine wrote “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” John Adams told us that “Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.” This past year of media fueled hysteria and government lockdowns has shown just how wise our Founding Fathers were.

One thing we have all learned is that there is one set of rules for the rulers and another set of rules for the ruled. New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham quickly seized on the COVID-19 hysteria to lock the state down. In the early days of the virus, she lectured people to stay home, and she closed hundreds of “non-essential” businesses. Her policies caused long lines and shortages at grocery stores and put many restaurants and small companies out of business at a press conference, Grisham said “We are in really tough financial times as a state. It mirrors the incredible, personal sacrifices that happen every single day…”

In an illustration of rote hypocrisy, from the get-go, Michelle Lujan Grisham has not been willing to make the same “personal sacrifices” that she has forced everyone else to make. A week before Easter the Governor called a “non-essential business,” a jewelry store. The store opened just for her, the owner apparently “risked her life” and went into the store and filled an order of jewelry for the Governor. Another person also “risked their life” went and picked up and delivered the jewelry to the Governor. While Grisham surely is not the only person in the state with the ability to call in a favor from someone who they know who owns a business, she is the only person with the power to prevent everyone else from doing what she did.

The Governor’s pharisaical behavior did not stop there. It was recently revealed that Governor Lujan Grisham spent $6,500 of taxpayer’s money on bottles of tequila, vodka, merlot, whiskey, gin, and Wagyu beef. While residents of her state are forced to wait in line in the cold of winter to pick through empty store shelves of her own making, the Governor of New Mexico is sipping Merlot and nibbling on “Wagyu beef.” One set of rules for the rulers and another set of rules for the ruled.

To be fair, Michelle Lujan Grisham is not the only hypocritical politician to have imposed rules on the peasants that apply to everyone but the rule maker. The Mayor of Denver, Michael Hancock, told residents to stay home during Thanksgiving and to meet virtually over the holiday. He even tweeted: “Pass the potatoes, not COVID. … Host virtual gatherings instead of in-person dinners” – Presumably, he sent this tweet from the airport prior to flying to Mississippi and “passing the potatoes” to his daughter.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has been photographed at a high-end restaurant after ordering everyone else to shut down and stay home. Back in September, Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi got her hair styled while everyone else was forced to stay home; and more recently, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appears to be disregarding the 6-foot social distancing rule, particularly when it comes to female subordinates.

An entire article could be filled with example after example of Democratic lawmakers, (local, state, and federal) and their lockdown hypocrisies. We should not be surprised at all by this type of behavior. The Democratic left have been lecturing Americans for years about what we can and cannot do while they themselves do whatever it is they want.

Ironically, it was a Democrat who coined the term “limousine liberal” in the 1969 race for mayor of New York City. The epithet then, and now, is used to effectively illustrate the hypocritical behavior of the political left and the elite ruling class. For years, Democrat politicians like Al Gore and John Kerry have lectured us about fighting climate change while they themselves live in mansions that require massive amounts of energy to heat and cool. They fly around in private jets and are shuttled from here to there in motorcades consisting of multiple sport utility vehicles. These same types of people admonish us for wanting to own guns to protect ourselves while they live in gated communities and have armed guards. They want to force our children to attend public schools while sending their own children to elite private schools.

In the classic book Animal Farm, George Orwell, better than anyone else, showed the world the inevitability of how power corrupts. He demonstrated the far left’s hypocrisy and the failed promises of Communism’s utopia. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Is not promised utopia always the vehicle used by the authoritarian left to gain more power and take away freedoms from others while they bask in comfort?

Today, we are promised a utopia of health. A world where no one will ever get sick or die. We just need to make “personal sacrifices.” We need to listen to, live, and repeat the following slogans and health utopia will be within our reach: “mask up, we are in this together… alone together…whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy, whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend…”

In the real world in the year 2021, we are not animals on a farm. We are citizens treated like peasants. We are expected to shut up and watch from our windows and computer screens while Michelle Lujan Grisham, Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsom and their ilk cruise through the country they locked down, in their limousines; with their freshly styled hair, sipping fine wine and dining on Wagyu beef.

If there was ever a time that demonstrated the reasons to limit government power, that time is now. The government is made up of people, just like you and me. We are all imperfect creatures. We are fallen and we are all subject to give into our unlimited needs, wants and desires. Everyone is capable of abusing power. This is the lesson of history that our Founding Fathers knew so well. It is why they advocated for an extremely limited government. They saw it as a “necessary evil.” This past year has shown us what can happen when that evil, and the flawed humans who wield it, are left unrestrained.

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Achievements Through the Ages

Marshaling resources, establishing order, and carefully scheduling activities and events are vital in any era

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Besides being regarded as the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, what do these sites have in common: the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt; the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, in what is now Iraq; the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece; the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Turkey; the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, in what is now Bodrum, Turkey; the Colossus of Rhodes in Greece; and the Lighthouse at Alexandria, Egypt?

Added to the above, what do the following sites, often referred to as the New Seven Wonders of the World, have in common? The Great Wall of China; Petra, an archaeological city in southern Jordan; the Colosseum in Rome, Italy; Chichen Itza in the Yucatán of Mexico; Machu Picchu in the Cuzco region of Peru; the Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India; and the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro, Brazil?

Last, what do these have in common: the Acropolis in Athens, Greece; the Suez Canal; the Panama Canal; the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey; Teotihuacan in the Basin of Mexico; the Empire State Building in New York City; the Eiffel Tower in Paris; the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing, China; El Mirador in Guatemala; the Tower of London; and many other notable places around the world?

Long Before Today’s Tools of Technology

The answer to all of the above, in a nutshell, is that they are major architectural, landscaping, or construction feats that were conceived, built, and perfected without the aid of a computer, software, or any of the technological tools that are commonly associated with project management.

The same can be said of the Great Canadian Railway, the Patagonia Highway in South America, the Hoover Dam in Arizona, the Itaipu Dam bordering Brazil and Paraguay, the U.S. Interstate Highway System, the Great Siege Tunnels of Gibraltar, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Trans-Siberian Highway, the Aswan Dam in Egypt, the first passenger ocean liners, pre-World War II aircraft, early steel mills, etc.

Regarding the “Wonders” named above, to say it another way, long before anyone knew about electricity, let alone cyberspace or management software and spreadsheets, ambitious civilizations around the globe, pioneering builders, devised and constructed some of the most enduring, iconic sites and destinations in the world.

These massive projects involved conception (that is, the genesis of the idea), designing, planning, and material and labor considerations, all of which are part of today’s computer-aided world that obviously none of the builders and designers of these projects had at their disposal. As such, not all projects proceeded with the efficiency that today’s projects can muster. There were costly delays, high accident and mortality rates, and sometimes gargantuan setbacks. Despite it all, the march of civilization and the proliferation of monumental feats continued unabated.

Your Bottom Line

Whether it’s client services, team building, or what-have-you, what are their underlying concepts, and what makes their tenets viable now and for the future? You want to always seek both the short- and the long-term utility of a management methodology, a tool, a system, or even a set of beliefs.

With effective management, when you sweep away the contemporary hubbub, an underlying structure prevails. The need to marshal adequate resources, to establish order, and to carefully schedule activities and events, all remain vital in any era. Technological tools provide the contemporary template and operating systems by which we do proceed, while the underlying fundamentals of effective management are relatively constant.

When you stay open-minded to the available new terminology and tools, you’ll tend to learn new things and gain perspectives that you might not otherwise encounter. So, understand new terminology and tools, but do not be ensnared by them as if they are so vital that you can’t successfully manage a project without them.

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Angry Parents Aren’t Terrorists—They’re Just Terrors to Public School Boards

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Dear school boards: When you poke mama and papa bear, don’t be surprised when they growl and bare their teeth. And writing a letter to the president asking him to sic the FBI on parents rather than treating them as partners in education seems more political than needful.

To understand the gulf between parents and educators, just watch a school board meeting on youtube (if you still can). You’ll see concerned parents voicing their concerns at microphones. They look like defendants standing before judges in a tribunal. What happened to PTAs?

In school board meetings across the nation, parents are treated as opponents rather than partners. They’re frustrated and angry with imperious school boards who seem to insist that they know what’s best for their children.

At times their anger causes them to raise their voices in passionate speeches. They love their children and seek to protect them from what they view as indoctrination, not education. Parental love drives their passion and triggers their protective instincts. This doesn’t make them domestic terrorists.

If school board members and teachers feel threatened by genuine threats in public meetings or on social media, they should be investigated—by local authorities, not by the federal government.

Yet last week the National School Boards Association (NSBA) wrote a letter to President Biden asking him to direct the Justice Department to investigate angry parents for hate crimes and domestic terrorism. Domestic terrorism.

Why are parents so angry? Three issues come to mind: mask mandates, sex education that includes transgenderism, and Critical Race Theory.

Mask mandates

Masks can and do help prevent the transmission of the coronavirus. But they’re not necessarily a good option for children simply because, by and large, the virus is not deadly to kids.

In fact, 98-99 percent of children who get COVID fully recover. With this in mind, by doing a simple risk assessment of masking schoolchildren versus not masking them, we’d conclude that it’s better to let them learn without masks.

Additionally, we simply don’t know the longterm adverse effects forced masking has on learning. Most kids are visual learners and take cues from facial expressions. Their socialization may also suffer as a result.

Clearly, because educators are more at risk of death from COVID-19, they should continue masking. Thoughtful parents know their children who do not have preexisting conditions are generally safe to attend school without masks.

Why do school boards and teachers unions continue to push unnecessary and likely harmful mask mandates on children? For whom are they most concerned with protecting? If they believe in masking, they should mask up and suck it up. If they’re still afraid, perhaps they’re not cut out to be educators.

Sex re-education

Teaching children about the birds and the bees is a parent’s job, not a teacher’s. Sex ed is a family issue, not the state’s. Can’t it wait until just before puberty, rather than being taught to kids K-5?

Many traditional parents share this opinion. So is the self-evident truth that binary genders exist in human biology—and in reality. Parents who embrace this truth and passionately speak up about it are now at risk of being accused of hate speech.

We are born male or female. No amount of surgery or hormone treatment changes this reality. Parents know this and also know that confusing kids with fantasy genders and damaging gender reassignment harms them.

Public school educators have more than enough on their plates with teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. They should leave sex education to parents and resist pressure to push gender nonsense on impressionable children.

Parents are also concerned with the prospect of hormonally-altered boys competing against their girls in sports. This obviously gives males unfair physically advantages and presents a danger to the health of welfare of overmatched females.

The Journal of Medical Ethics affirmed this reality in a recent study in which the researchers concluded that “the advantage to transwomen afforded by the IOC guidelines is an intolerable unfairness.”

Bad theory

What is Critical Race Theory?

Critical Race Theory (CRT), as defined in a video by the Heritage Foundation, is a philosophy founded on Marxist analysis that claims America is “systemically racist.”

CRT proponents, active in colleges and universities for years, now seek to impact public policy in public schools. As a result, CRT is beginning to gain a foothold in K-12. This makes parents angry.

Most parents and some educators and school board members reject CRT’s racial discrimination for equity in favor of equality and opportunity for all— regardless of skin color.

The vast majority of thoughtful and caring parents believe that CRT teaches children to feel guilty for their “whiteness” while accepting the lie that America’s systems are inherently racist.

The 1964 Civil Rights Act dealt a mortal blow to systemic racism in America. Critical Race Theory ignores this landmark legislation and the fact that racism resides in people, not systems.

Obviously, there a differing definitions of systemic racism held by those on both sides of the issue. Just as there are differing definitions of “hate speech.” Perhaps it would be helpful to rely on definitions that are based in logic and common sense rather than emotion and agenda.

In the minds of many parents, Critical Race Theory is nothing more than partisan propaganda. CRT is harmful because it produces unmerited guilt, divides us and denies the attainability of the American Dream for people of color.

This is not borne out by our nation’s history. Rather, it’s debunked by generations of immigrants and people of color who came to America legally and made better and more prosperous lives for themselves and their families.

Terrorists or terrors?

To justify their appeal to the president for federal law enforcement support, the National School Boards Association is misapplying words and phrases to vilify angry and frustrated parents. Why? They’re either seeking to clear obstacles to their agenda and/or they mistake parental passion for peril to themselves.

Have some angry parents (or those who side with them) gone too far with social media attacks and threats? Probably. Does any of this have to do with genuine hate speech or domestic terrorism? Unlikely.

What’s more likely is that words like hate and terror are being misused to trigger more government interference in the lives of parents and their children.

Branding angry parents domestic terrorists is absurd hyperbole at best and political weaponization at worst. Parents who are merely resisting ideological intrusion into their public schools—and their children’s lives—deserve better.

What we need is an overhaul of a failing public school system and vouchers for charter schools and alternative educational systems like home schooling.

Why should we continue funding increasingly political public schools? Why should we believe school boards who claim parents are engaging in hate speech, threats of violence, and terrorism when most seek merely to protect their children by exercising their freedom of speech with passion and conviction?

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