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Thursday, September 29, 2011

What Does Political Experience Get Us?

Here’s the Nonsense:  You need to have political experience to be president.

Here’s the Horse Sense:  We’ve only had people with political experience running things for some time and that’s not working for us.  Einstein’s definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  Maybe it’s time we quit repeating the same mistake and looked to someone who has proven problem-solving achievements in their background and let them fix this mess. 

The media and political elite want us to disregard Herman Cain as a candidate and their basis for it is that he has no political experience.  Yet of all the candidates, on either side of the aisle, that have shown interest in running for the presidency, no one, NOT ONE, has near the experience or track record fixing things, turning things around, and solving problems as Hermain Cain.  His track record at Coca-Cola, Pillsbury, Burger King, the National Restaurant Association, the Federal Reserve, and at Godfathers Pizza is filled with accomplishment after accomplishment.  And all that after he came out of a poor background in the middle of the Civil Rights era and built himself up by his own efforts to take on those tasks.

In my latest book, Many Are Called But Few Can Manage, I talk about what it takes to be effective at management.  One of those things is recognizing the benefits of experience.  Experience is a better teacher than any school you’ll ever attend, regardless of its name.  In the case of our nation, we need someone with experience.  But experience at politics only means that they know how to be politicians, not problem-solvers.  America has problems and they need to be solved.

No, we don’t need another politician.  As Dr. Phil often says, “How’s that working for you?”  The fact is that it isn’t working for us.  We’re in dire straits and it’s time we looked at getting a specialist in to fix the problem. Herman Cain is a problem-solving specialist that should be given serious consideration.