My Dander is Up

This infuriates me:

Senate Republicans intend to block action on virtually all Democratic-backed legislation unrelated to tax cuts and government spending in the current postelection session of Congress, officials said Tuesday, adding that the leadership has quietly collected signatures on a letter pledging to carry out the strategy.

Look, I’m all for representing your constituents.  We all have to do it on some level.  But if your strategy is “We’ll be against whatever they are for!” you have no business leading a Dunkin’ Donuts, let alone a nation.

We sorely lack leaders who are willing to take a stand on principle, explain their position, stand by it, and then lose graciously when the majority are against them.  (Not just in politics, by the way.)  Instead, we put people in power and then allow them to pull these kinds of shenanigans.

In a post a while back, I talked about hating “HR People” and loving “HR Professionals.”  One difference I mentioned was HR people “don’t push back on leaders making bad decisions,” while the pros “can look that leader in the eye and tell them know, even the CEO.”  Maybe I was too hard on HR people.  Maybe it’s the leaders who don’t accept pushback that are really the problem.  Or at least part of it.

Don’t settle for this, folks.  Regardless of your politics or standing in the office world, we need (and should demand) better leaders.


  1. My question is: who are their constituents? Is the people who voted them into office? Or is it their party leaders?
    My concern for the current political landscape is that it leans more toward the latter. In the grand scheme of things, for politicians, who is going to have a bigger influence on the politician staying in office?
    I don’t think it matters what profession one is in, no one likes to be fired.

    • You left out the corporations and special interest groups that fund their campaign and lifestyle.

      What scares me though are those on both sides who propagate this approach, rather than see it for the partisan nonsense that it is and demand better.

  2. I work with more HR Pros than HR People by your definition, but only because we have become very conscious of that distinction in recent years.
    Your post made me consider the difference between having allies and having alliances. Alliances, like party membership, become an overriding commitment. Allies are willing to help you, expect that you will help them, but understand that you have different interests and principles. In our government, every time we turn over the membership, the dynamics of the process have to all re-adjust and re-learn.
    Imagine if we applied lean thinking to our governing processes….

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