During my long corporate career, I hired a lot of senior level individuals. I’ve fired a few, too.
As a consultant, I have advised a number of Fortune 100 clients on key executive hiring, internal executive promotion, and succession planning decisions.
In any of those situations, if a Human Resources (HR) Department sent me a selected few resumes to choose from which included candidates:
- With no relevant work experience
- A potential to act first and think later
- A record of questionable decisions
- A loose relationship with the truth
- Racial insensitivity
- A track record of pandering to every potentially aggrieved person or group
- An acknowledged affection for marijuana
I would pick up the phone and tell the HR folks to reread the job description before continuing the search for a suitable candidate.
In the case of the 2016 Presidential Election, 62 percent of likely voters agree with me but that’s not an option.
To quote Former CIA Director and Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, “we are where we are – not where we want to be.”
Imperfect though the 2016 Presidential candidates all are – we, the people, will have to make a decision on November 8, 2016. We’re going to vote to hire one of them to manage our economy and national security for the next four years.
Nine Percent of Americans Nominated Clinton and Trump
Barring a cataclysmic event, either Hillary Clinton will be elected the first woman President of the United States or Donald Trump will be the first business billionaire elected President of the United States.
These are the two most unpopular, mistrusted major political party nominees in the history of the United States.
How did we get here?
It is easy – only 28.5 percent of the eligible voters cast a ballot in the 2016 primary contests (14.4 percent of Democrats and 14 percent of Republicans). That amounts to only nine percent of the total population of the country.
It’s a sad commentary on the quality and quantity of civic engagement and political participation in our country.
Even more disconcerting, those voters – from both political parties – are zealous partisans unwilling to consider the legitimacy of the other side’s argument.
The major political parties love these voters. Their zealotry energizes them. It gets them to the polls in disproportionate numbers.
But that zealotry is the root of partisan gridlock in Washington.
Political zealots see politics as a “zero sum” game, where only one correct position exists, and therefore there can’t be compromise – no meeting in the middle.
The result has been more government by Executive Order and (Supreme) Court Order and less government by the people’s most direct representatives – Congress.
NOT VOTING is NOT AN OPTION
Broad citizen participation is the bedrock of “government of the people, by the people and for the people.”
The fewer people vote the less democracy we have. Lower and lower voter turnout has been the trend for the last two decades.
When 71.5 percent of registered voters (including the forty-two percent of voters who identify themselves as independents) do not vote in primary elections –- well, then, we end up where we are.
To keep the promise of America alive, we’ve all got to be part of the decision-making.
How to Make the Least Bad Decision
Use the ReimagineAmerica
2016 Presidential Scorecard
To date, the two leading candidates have spent more than $100 million on 30 second television commercials aimed at getting an emotional (gut) voter reaction – ‘vote for me or, at least, don’t vote for the other (unacceptable) candidate’.
Voting on just your gut in this election is akin to eloping with a beautiful blonde only to learn on your wedding night that she is bald and has a glass eye!!
Like one-third of voters I’ll hold my decision in abeyance until at least after the first Presidential Debate.
It’s my standard practice in hiring or advising a client on hiring decisions to craft a job-specific-scorecard.
I use the same process in voting. I want to be persuaded objectively – independent of my emotions and against a common standard which candidate is at least not going to make a bad situation worse.
The scorecard I developed for the 2016 Presidential Election is divided into three broad categories intuitive, policy and “follow the money”.
- Section 1 scores how you react to each candidate. For example, how do you think each candidate will react to criticism? How will that effect their ability to govern?
- Section 2 scores the candidates’ policy positions. Do you think their policy positions will move the country away from the fiscal precipice, improve your lives and the lives of your children and, most importantly, can be executed with Congress?
- Section 3 “follows the money”. Who are the campaign contributors each candidate will be indebted to? Are their interests the same as your interests?
- Add all three scores together, for each candidate, and there’s your answer.
The Scorecard includes all Four (4) Presidential Candidates
who have qualified for 50 state ballots.
Visit the 2016 Presidential Scorecard
If you have 15 minutes, please download your own copy of the Scorecard and use it to make your own voter decision objectively – by the numbers.
Once you download the form, it is completely yours, completely private and not accessible by any other person, candidate or Reimagineamerica.org.
In return for making this powerful tool available, we ask only one thing — VOTE on November 8!
Graphic courtesy of city of New Haven.Conn.