SHAKING UP THE STATUS QUO: Rex Tillerson And Others Take Heat For NOT Being Politicians

Written by William Pauwels on April 4, 2017

It seems there is something radically wrong with our present-day political system. Career politicians’ primary interest seems to be scoring points for their reelection. Every effort is made to be on stage – to be in the limelight – to cater to the headline seeking media. And negativity seems to work best in garnering attention.

Congressional representatives have two years in elected office. So at least one of those years is devoted to campaigning for reelection. In fact, most devote their primary time and attention to matters that enhance their reelection.

A Senator’s term of office is six years. So perhaps they can be a little more objective than congressional representatives. But that doesn’t seem so.

So what’s the solution? How can we get elected officials to devote their time and attention to the most serious issues of our time? I think term limits would be the answer. Give representatives and senators six years and out. Roll over one third of each body every two years. Prohibit representatives and senators from running for other elective offices in the federal government – with the possible exception of the executive branch.

Hopefully, this would encourage more objectivity, i.e., greater focus on the important issues of our day. Career politicians would be virtually eliminated. And elected officials would eventual return to the private sector.

Compare the “political” status quo to someone like Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: a lifetime business executive. He doesn’t function like the typical politician or government bureaucrat. He’s used to working through others – getting things done – leveraging his time– etc. He’s taken some unfair hits for that.

It’s unfortunate that the media do not understand this and do not explain the difference between a politician and a bureaucrat and a professional business executive.

The media seem shocked that President Trump and his appointees are so busy trying to make the right things happen. They are not all politicians. They certainly give the media lots of things to critique and criticize. What a difference between Trump and Obama — who spent most of his time in self-promotion and on vacation and vacation-like tours.

Trump also suffers from the lack of a full staff – as he is involved in changing the guard. The Democrats and Leftist media have been uncooperative – radical obstructionist in their quest to undermine Trump’s America First Agenda.

Frankly, after only two months, I’m impressed by what President Trump has accomplished and set in motion. This man really loves America. In plain English, he is without question committed to making America safe, prosperous and secure.

It isn’t just political talk or the desire for power and wealth. Trump’s heart and soul are committed to restoring America’s greatness. He is working everyday toward that goal – no vacations in Hawaii or Martha’s Vineyard for President Trump.

The smear-everything-Trump Democratic Party and the power-hungry Leftist media should be ashamed of themselves for their hostile behavior and desire to bring Trump down. They started the day after his election. You’d think they’d give the Trump Agenda a chance. The vast majority of the 3141 counties in America voted for giving Trump’s philosophy a try. Certainly voters wanted change. America’s decline under Obama/Pelosi/Reid/Clinton/
Schumer and their Leftist/Progressive/Socialistic agenda has been rejected. Yet the Dems and the Leftist media are clinging hysterically to it.

Americans Want the Traditional American-Way* – the Proven American Prosperity Machine*.

*The American-Way ― *The American Prosperity Machine: Traditional Judeo/Christian principles and values . . . the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness . . . freedom of speech, action, religion and family governance . . . an educated and informed society . . . freedom from gender and racial discrimination . . . affordable healthcare . . . the rule of Constitutional Law . . . the peaceful settlement of disputes . . . honest elections and presidential leadership . . . patriotic, truthful, checked-&-balanced, limited government . . . a strong military . . . cost-effective national defense . . . secure borders . . . the right of citizens to own and bear arms . . . free, competitive markets and institutions . . . properly-regulated, free-enterprise . . . balanced trade . . . private property rights . . . low cost, domestically supplied energy and natural resources . . . controlled immigration . . . individual responsibility and ingenuity . . . entrepreneurialism . . . businesses and enterprises that exist to meet the needs, wants and expectations of customers . . . a strong work ethic . . . full employment . . . fair pay . . . appropriate safety nets . . . low taxes . . . a strong, reliable currency . . . financial availability, mobility, and responsibility (balanced budget, minimal debt) . . . Competitive, Free-Market, Free-Enterprise, Constitutionally Limited Government . . . and American Exceptionalism.

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William Pauwels
William A. Pauwels, Sr. was born in Jackson Michigan to a Belgian, immigrant, entrepreneurial family. Bill is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and served in executive and/or leadership positions at Thomson Industries, Inc., Dow Corning, Loctite and Sherwin-Williams. He is currently CIO of Pauwels Private Investment Practice. He's been commenting on matters political/economic/philosophical since 1980.