I run into this time and time again. I sit on a Board of Directors out here in the desert (and no, it’s not with a jackrabbit, a coyote, and a couple of haveolinas…it’s real). And it seems that from time to time I have to remind myself that the reason I’m sitting here isn’t to “help” people. That’s not what someone in this position does. And Kirsten Gillibrand needs to learn the lesson sooner rather than later.
Speaking at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City this past Thursday, the Senator that took Hillary Clinton’s seat was dropping F-bombs quicker than a carpet bombing raid in Desert Storm. She mentioned, “If we’re not here helping people, we should go the f*ck home”. Sorry Kirsten. That’s not why you are in the Senate, and if you think that it is, you are WAY off base. You are there to pass laws for the good of the country, not to “help people”. Those are two different things.
And that is what I have to remind myself consistently on the board. I’m not here to help the little old lady that has a hard time getting from point A to point B. As much as I would try to help her as a fellow human being who cares about her plight, that’s not my position. My position is to run a corporation, set the path to which the management team should go down. Kirsten’s position is to pass laws that are good for the country (and not for individuals or small groups of people). There is a HUGE difference between the two.
To think that Gillibrand is being touted as a possible 2020 presidential candidate with the wrong idea of what her job description is, is kind of frightening. If you are not able to understand the job you currently have, what in God’s green earth makes you think you are qualified to get a promotion? It’s the Peter Principle portrayed in real life. The only problem here is you are in a position to do some real damage if it comes to fruition. Now, having said that, I know my liberal friends out there are screaming at their computer screens that it’s already happened with Donald Trump in the White House, and there are instances that they may be right, but those are only instances. When you don’t understand what it is you are supposed to do, you can’t understand where it is the guy above you does. It’s that simple.
No, Kirsten Gillibrand needs to a) clean up her act with the F-bombs, and b) needs to understand why she is in the United States Senate in the first place. That is akin to Journalism School graduates coming out saying that they want to change the world. You aren’t going to change the world as a journalist. You are SUPPOSED to report on the news. If you want to be an editorial writer, that’s different, but journalism is about covering the facts, not your version of the facts. Let’s hope for all of our sakes that Kirsten Gillibrand is alone in her mistaken view of what it is she does!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!