A Non-Strategic Strategy

Today’s post is a press release from 9th District Congressman Loomis Beechly, who represents all the water surface area in Minnesota.

From the Office of Congressman Loomis Beechly
August 30, 2014

WASHINGTON – Today, Minnesota Congressman Loomis Beechly joined forces with the many critics of President Obama who are outraged over comments last week in which the President admitted his administration has “no strategy yet” to deal with the ISIS militants organizing in Syria and fighting in Iraq.

“I am appalled,” the Congressman said. “It is non-strategic to admit that you have no strategy.”

Beechly says that when faced with difficult questions about a complicated military situation like the one in Iraq and Syria,  a decisive leader must “take immediate verbal action”.

“You launch a word-strike at the enemy,” Beechly said.  “That’s geo-politics 101.  Say stuff that sounds angry,  Drop a few sentences that are loaded with resolve.  Shoot some threatening verbiage their way and follow it up with a vague ultimatum.”

The Congressman was also clear about what NOT to do .

“Don’t give the appearance of thinking,” he said.  “The American people are not fans of thought.  Option-weighing is for losers, so just start doing some things and react to how it works out.”

Beechly says he is proud of the fact that he has never given the people of the 9th district the impression that he is thinking about something.

“I’m pretty sure Americans like a decider,” he said. “They favor action over analysis.”

“That’s the situation my constituents face every two years when they step into the voting booth,” added the Congressman, who represents only water surface area and so very few voters actually live in his district on Election Day.

“They have no real knowledge of what’s going on and no time to consider possible outcomes, so they pick a familiar name  off the ballot and get on with their lives.  That’s bold.  It’s brazen.  And when you see the Congress we get as a result it’s clear how this kind of reflexive, instinctive action leads our enemies to despair!”

“Sowing that despair,” he said, “… is the job of leader.  And that’s the job I was elected to do.”

How decisive are you?

69 thoughts on “A Non-Strategic Strategy”

  1. Start making decisions, Baboons! I am probably too decisive, and make decisions way too fast. It is a good thing my husband is a patient deliberator. We balance each other out.

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  2. im really decisive except for those times when im not. i have sometimes felt that the decsision making ability is somewhat importnt to get sort of ahead in life with. but if you dont have it we are guessing youl;ll be alright too.
    and never wear a brown/beige suit. no one will beleive you are in charge

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  3. Good morning. I am not good at making quick decisions. I could just say anything that comes to my mind as suggested by Beechly. However, I would prefer to take time to consider my options. I can start in, without too much delay, on all kinds of things I could do. What you will probably get from me, if you want a quick answer, is a frustrating delay while I bore you by going over my thoughts related to the question at hand.

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  4. One of my all-time favorite government stories relates to this issue. The DNR was charged with eliminating the hazards of old, failing river dams. One in particular in SE MN was in a dangerously dilapidated condition, yet there was no way of removing it without releasing vast amounts of toxic gelatinous mud trapped above the dam. No technology existed to remove that sludge. So the DNR was obliged to remove the dam but could not because to free all that sludge would violate several environmental codes.

    What to do? The conundrum of this dam came up year after year, and each time the DNR managers said, “Whoa, now! We better run some more studies on this damn thing!” They did study after study after study.

    And then there finally came the heavy rain that washed out the rickety old dam, sending all that sludge rushing downstream in flood waters. Just like the DNR managers had always known it would.

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      1. How decisive am I? Virtually all my life my energies have been under the direction of General Dither and his aide, Major Delay. They never put off until tomorrow what could be put off unto the day after tomorrow. And then came the need to sell my home and move. Dither and Delay were quietly sacked, their duties falling to a remarkable fellow, Private Resolve. Resolve kept an eye on the ultimate goal and put up with no slackers. Because I have no great campaign to conduct now, I’m not sure who is in charge, but if Resolve is needed again to rescue the operation I feel I can always summon him up.

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  5. I am quite decisive when emotions are involved – if I’m angry or hurt I tend to act more impulsively (will try to think of an example later).When I have time to think, not so decisive.

    Not very OT: Am trying to decide which day to go to Rock Bend Folk Festival next weekend – leaning toward Sunday to see City Mouse (where Mike Pengra is drummer), but wondering when other baboons are going?

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  6. Saint Paul has made a major contribution to the lexicon of political nonsense on this issue, and should be proud of having made the list of silliest things ever said. Former mayor James Scheibel was accused of being indecisive. He publicly denied this, saying: “I’m not indecisive!” Then, turning to an aide, he asked, “Am I indecisive?”

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        1. yeah i listened to them in the first couple of days. i love her voice and her phrasing. it is so clean and pure. like not to many others. she didnt vibrato it up like joan baez or bend those notes like aretha or take it over there like joni, just a straight tone to melt into your ear. i bever heard the words her voice is what i heard. is was narcotic. thanks for helping me remember her and send out some fond remembrances while she was here to receive them, now i can send em out any old time and she will be at the same receptivity level all the time. unless she gets real involved in some singing over on the other side…. wouldnt you just give your left arm to know whats over there? ill bet she is impressing the hell out of them with her repertoire.unless the humanists have it right or the atheists or the reincarnation folks or the multi other possibilities.
          i hope she was pleased with her contribution while she was here. she made life better and you cant ask for much more than that.

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  7. l’ve been forced lately to make a really scary decision: anger my not-so-friendly neighbors or stand by while two huge old trees of theirs crash into my cottage. These two trees are but feet away from me and one of them is already forming a 4′ split where a 20′ round branch is separating from the main tree. l spoke with about my concern and was yelled at “What, are you some kind of a tree expert now?!!”

    l did some research and, much to my horror, learned that if a neighbors tree fell onto my home, my homeowner’s policy would have to pay for the damages! The problem for me here is that l have a $5000 deductible.

    l then found a clause stating an exception: “lf the neighbor knew or should’ve known about the hazard and did nothing about it, their insurance might have to cover damages”. Since l wasn’t a tree expert, l lined up four different licensed arborists to assess the situation. All four said what l’d hoped they’d say. They put it in writing.

    For several weeks now, l’ve tried to work up the courage to inform them that their choice was to fell the trees before or after they crash into my cottage. l’ve had a letter with four estimates from the four arborists ready to go, along with an offer to cover $500 of the cost to cut them down before disaster occurs.

    After two wines last night, l actually called them again to discuss the situation. This time, he said, “Your house is sitting in a swamp that saturates my trees roots and will fall down long before the trees do”. l was incredulous and said, “Are you really telling me that this is all my fault for having moist soil?????”……….”YES l am!!”

    ln a few minutes, l’m leaving to get my letter certified and mailed to them. My decision will nail 14 years of hostility, but l don’t have $5000 and there is simply no way to deal with such irrational and angry people.

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    1. Good for you, Cb.

      We have a similar situation with a couple of old silver maples in our neighbors’ yard. We have trimmed off branches repeatedly that hang over our house and touch our roof causing all kinds of damage (not to mention all those damn helicopter seeds sprouting in our gutters). We have offered to share the expense of cutting at least one of them down, but they won’t agree, so we’re doing it piece meal. Of course, that leaves the tree all lopsided and leaning toward their house, but that’s their problem.

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      1. The $500 offer to help with cost of them cutting the two trees down is exactly how much it’s cost me to increase my coverage. How l wish these trees were leaning toward their house as they’d be raising a ruckus with me!

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        1. Cb, you can legally cut off any part of the tree that hangs over your property, so you do have the ability to minimize the risk to your beloved cottage. You have to do it from you property, don’t know if that’s feasible? I’m guessing that you can get that worrisome branch cut off for less than $500.00.

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        2. no one could prove if someone snuck up in the moddle of the night and cut a big v to fell it into their yard ( shame if it hit something huh?) you might look suspiscious but if we never told you we were arranging it youd pass the lie detector test.thats the problem with this damn internet. it leaves a trail…. wed better not (wink wink)

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    2. now that you have the information maybe you should let it fall and have their insurance pay for the repairs roof repairs on an old house can be expensive. maybe start the renovation ideas as to how you would design the roof this time now that the insurance is paying for it.
      i have an attourney who lives on lake linnetonak who could discuss the situation and help you take the sobs next door to the cleaner, put all your things in storage int he room under the tree branch and hope thay can be replaced. take a photgraphic inventory and submit it to your insurance company. also look into what it would cost to lower your deductible 5000 is good to have for most situations but in your situation the extra couple of bucks for lower deductble may be worthwhile.

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        1. I noticed it, too, but couldn’t think of anything clever to say about it. BiR said it better than I could.

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  8. people in my life know i am decisive as they come and on a different day i may be just as decisive in the opposite direction. i ask why they did it taht way and am told because i said that was the right answer. i am to the point now where i laugh and wonder why in the world i thought it was a good idea when i said it.

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  9. I am having great difficulty deciding how decisive I am. Some days I can make decisions right and left, all day long, no problem. Other days, I can’t decide a darn thing. Right now I am in the throes of a string of indecisive days, to the point where I can’t decide what to wear or what to eat. Ugh.

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      1. I am wearing clothes (not PJs), just picked up what I wore yesterday and put it back on. So far I’ve eaten some freshly picked raspberries, yogurt, and granola. Not much decision-making there. If the raspberries, are ripe, I eat them.

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    1. My best guess, lbj, is that being both decisive and indecisive is the normal condition for most people. When we have the luxury of putting off a difficult decision, we do. At the same time, most of us have the ability to suck it up and make decisions when we really have to. And yet I sense that you are talking about something more unpleasant than the normal mix of decisiveness & indecision. I’m sorry if you are feeling distress about not being able to decide simple things. It sounds like you might benefit from the right sort of big change in your life.

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      1. Unfortunately, the biggest problem with that, Steve, is I would have to make a decision about what sort of big change. 😉 (just trying to inject a little humor into the situation)

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  10. i noticed a couple of years ago i need to focus on the day when i get rolling. i thought it would be part of the program just to change clothes later but i have worn the mismatched wrong wrong wrong clothes which are fine for cutting trees down but not for going to ameeting and i have worn clothes that are ok for going to a meeting to cut down trees in. life can be an interesting proposition if you have to wing it all the time. i am pretty good at rolling with the punches as i am the doorknob to blame for making the wrong decision but i think one of my strong suits is that i am very aware i make wrong decisions regularly and i have the ability to muddle through in spite of it. you have to be flexible when the guy in the mirror is a less than perfect human being. if i worried about decisions id be lost. do it and enjoy the ride are the words to live by i employ most often. sometimes i have a hard time deciding if thats a good idea but im not sure i know how to do it any differently, then again…

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  11. Morning all. I discovered when I was a young married that I am a quick decision maker. Unfortunately my wasband was the opposite. He could torture himself for ages making up his mind and whenever it was a decision that affected both of us, it make me crazy. And the other thing that I’ve discovered is that the ability to let things go makes being a quick decision maker do-able. If you make a decision that ends up being not the best, get over and get on with it.

    My 25 year old fridge has finally had enough of its interior bits broken off that I can no longer cobble it back together so last Thursday afternoon Teenager and I went appliance shopping. I measured (cabinets built around existing fridge), made a quick list of my wishes for a new fridge (very short list: ice dispense on door, price ceiling, white) and we headed off to the appliance outlet that is near our house. Told the sales guy what I wanted, he showed us three examples that fit my bill. I picked on, coughed up the cash and we left. Less than 30 minutes!

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    1. I am like you, VS. I make my decisions quickly. If I need information, I gather as much as I need and then go. Husband can take months to research and ponder – sometimes long enough that I either figure he has forgotten about it or I forget about it (if I haven’t told you the tale about the bag of rocks in our front yard, ask me sometime…it’s a short story, but the rocks were there for 3 years…).

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      1. if its not too late one of the energy comapnies excel i think was giving 50 bucks for dead refrigerators if they ran. they have to come check it and pick it up.

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        1. In a decision of table vs. radial arm, I would go with table every time if it was an either/or. Table saw will both cut and rip – radial arm is best at cut only…though frankly, I’d want a radial arm and a panel saw. If I had the space. And the money.

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        2. The irony is that it wasn’t really an either/or. He could have really had both if he wanted. The decision-making process went on the last 18 months of our marriage. He never did get either.

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    2. that ice thing in the door is my favorite april fools joke. put a hot dog in the chute the night before so when teenager commes down to get ice water a hot dog plops in the glass. if you forget and pull an april fools joke on yourself thats kind of fun too.

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  12. Something nobody has mentioned is a person who makes really really stupid decisions, even when given solid information that clearly points toward good decisions. I have met exactly two such people in my life, so it obviously isn’t a common condition. My sister, cb, is very familiar with one of these people. These are guys–at least the two I have met are guys–who have an uncanny tendency to always make the wrong choice, even if someone has laid out all the relevant information and other courses of action for them. Both of these people seemed fatally drawn to make stupid decisions. If a particular decision involved six different solutions, one of which is monstrously stupid, that is the one they would choose. Over and over.

    Has anyone else met someone like this? I hope not.

    What shocked me was how angry these people make me. Having made a ton of bad decisions in life, I am tolerant about other people who get things wrong from time to time. But when you meet someone who predictably does the most stupid thing possible, time after time, it gets to you. My daughter is one of the most tolerant and forgiving people I know. Her nickname in one of her offices was “Mother Teresa” because she was so charitable with people who lied and did the wrong thing a lot. But even my daughter was freaked out when she had to spend time with one of these guys who inevitably made bad decisions. When you begin to see how these people do dumb things time and again, it affects you in frightening ways. I once spent three days with one of these guys on a fishing trip. I went into a homicidal funk and felt as if spending another day with him might drive me to do something truly violent to him!

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    1. that would be hugely valuable and a lot of fun. let them make all the decisions and then do the opposite. it would be funny and make your point in spades. leave it completely up to them then never never never do what htye decide. drive them crazy instead. im laughing just thinking about it.

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  13. Obviously, some decisions are much easier to make than others. I think of myself as a decisive person. I don’t agonize over decisions that will not have a major impact on the quality of my life; like vs, I have learned to let go and move on.

    When the consequences of a bad choice could have a major impact, I try to be thoughtful and deliberate about it. Walking away from my first marriage at age 30 was painful, but it was decision I had to make. Had I had a couple of kids, no eduction or no job, it would have been much more difficult.

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  14. There is a wonderful parenting video titled “Cookies, Choices, and Kids” by Dr. Gary Landreth, which gets parents out of the threatening and blowing up pattern, and into giving children an immediate choice, such as “You may choose to play nicely with your sister, or you choose to go to your room for 5 minutes”. “You may choose to play quietly while I do this chore, or you choose to lose your favorite toy for the morning.” Depending on the choice, the response could be “At this very moment, you chose to lose your favorite toy for the morning.” This is sort of a simplified description of the process, but it can be very effective and also gets children into active decision making and taking responsibility for their choices. The important thing is for parents to carry through immediately.

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    1. My daughter does this with my grandson, Renee. The other day she disciplined Liam for behaving badly. I think she took away a toy he wanted to play with. Liam gave her an unpleasant stare and said, “Mommy, you just made a bad choice!”

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    2. Renee, I didn’t read this book but I had read about the “choices” theory when I began my parenting journey. Worked really well for Child. Slightly less well for Teenager. Not sure I’ll be trying in on Young Adult!

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  15. I love making decisions!
    I hate waiting for the information in order to MAKE a decision.
    Often at meetings while listening to all the presentations I make up my mind and then still have to listen to the rest. BORING! Let’s just vote!
    Is that wrong? 😉

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  16. Less and less decisive as I age. At least for my personal decisions. Seems like choices have multiplied in the past decade or two, more and more unintended consequences crop up, and more and more gray areas exist. Plus, deciding requires thinking, and who the hell wants to do that?? 😉

    Conversely, I’ve got a million instant answers to the world’s problems as soon as the United Nations can get someone out here to ask me the questions. Funny how the “big” problems seem to have the simple answers, but deciding what shirt to wear with what shorts when I go to the golf course takes longer than ever. *sigh*

    Chris in Owatonna

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