Not necessarily in that order
Seems to me that there are many adults in our society who have experienced or are participating in organized team athletics – or who have been members of the military, or a corporate work group who have been designated as a “team”. The term can generally be understood as a group who has come together to achieve a common goal. Reaching that goal can be labeled a “win” and the happiness and satisfaction that result usually make the hard work, frequent self sacrifice and sometimes physical discomfort worthwhile.
There are various types of goals, each relegated to the kind of activity involved. In sports it is usually the highest score or the physical dominance of an opponent. If business related it can be profit margin or production levels or the construction of a dwelling. The functionality of a team is directly affected by the abilities of its members, their training and knowledge, their morale, and their leadership. All of these things may not always result in immediately reaching a stated goal but through diligence and planning can gradually gain performance improvement. Achievement is never guaranteed and a team creator must always be on the lookout for varying ways to reach the determined goals.
So ….. sports ….. winning …….. but politics? Bear with me.
Having been part of some moderately successful football teams I am going to employ that sport to illustrate a premise.
First we need to specify a goal or a “win”. How about the welfare and safety of the United States and its citizens? That should qualify as a common goal.
Now we can move on to the structure of the team. We choose a head coach (for this example we will use a “President”) along with a number of assistant coaches (Congress) to implement game plans and run practices involving a multitude of players and supporting staff (government employees). Let’s make this a little tougher and make this a “professional” team. So far so good.
But wait …… we need to identify an audience – fans, supporters, some supporting faction to justifying the forming of the team. Okay, let’s just rope in citizens as a group.
Finding the right players is always a challenge even when the talent pool is large, so the selection process must be carefully planned and executed. Choosing only the coaching staff’s offspring or relatives is unlikely to produce the cream of the crop. Therefore it would be sensible to employ a rigorous and extensive grading process to find the best possible candidates. For the team that we are building we could require that candidates show evidence of a history of superior performance culminating in an actual test of their present capabilities.
So after a lot of time and effort the team is up and running and takes the field. Oooops! Their initial and subsequent games prove disastrous. The coaching staff appears disorganized and whatever playbook they are using shows limited thought and preparation, not to mention an obvious lack of leadership. The team reflects these negatives by poor performance and lack of motivation, many of them ignoring the concept of teamwork and concentrating on “being the star”. Things need to change and soon since their “audience” is beginning to drift away in disgust. If this happened to be a professional football team reorganization and firings would result as the ownership of the franchise made decisions to reorient their team into a winning frame of mind.
But wait; this is metaphor that uses a team sport to represent a nation’s government. Something is missing. Oh yeah, ownership. Someone has to take charge of this debacle and at the end of the day it comes down to the folks who are paying the bills. And if the light goes on and you mutter, “The taxpayers”, congratulations. The Team (the government) sure isn’t performing well enough to be a winner and they sure are not earning their salaries.
In other words folks, they are forgetting who actually owns the franchise and in my estimation they need to be reminded of that and if we vote with winning in mind we should be able to get our money’s worth.