Mann to Man

The American Condition Politically, Culturally, Economically

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Raised in rural Greenbrier Co. WV, BS Chemistry WVU, PhD Chemistry, GA Tech,Chemistry Faculty, GA Tech, 1965-1969, Dir R&D BASF Fibers 1969-1982,Sr.Exec. R&D, Burlington Industries, 1982-1986,Owner/CEO Mann Industries (formerly BASF fibers)1988-1995, CEO/Owner The Mann Group Consultants, 1987-2009, wife Carol, daughters Leigh, Susan

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


This post is a response to a friend who posited that the 2-party system is a failure and that all should simply think and do what is "best for America." Who can argue with the latter part of that?? However, analytical problem-solving methodology will identify what we did right and what we've done wrong since we created the greatest nation on earth and have been destroying it for many decades. This post will be expanded later.

It's inarguable that if we had Utopia, all would be good. I remember the beginning of the cultural revolution that "we'll all get along" and all will be well. That evolved very quickly to mean that if we all join the revolution, driven largely by the sub-culture, and all agree to their demands we will have Utopia. What we've gotten is not Utopia but the death of traditional America, the one with the principles that you and I grew up with. So, again without analyzing what made us the greatest nation and what destroyed that greatness is ignored if we don't analyze what we did right and what we did wrong. To jump way ahead of the argument that I try to write about as "The American Condition," it's not the party system or the republic form of government that failed for systemic problems, it's the quality, lack of it, of people who have "led" us for many decades. I have a quote floating around the world now that says, "The best among us no longer present for elective office and American voters willfully vote for the worst who do." Our current elected people (not leaders at all) epitomize that starting with the "president." When George Washington was approached to be our first president he asked, "Have I not done enough for my country yet?" Of course he had, but he relented and did more. At the beginning of the cultural revolution, John Kennedy admirably admonished, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Reagan saw the "shining city on a hill" and governed accordingly while getting excoriated, and still does, by the counter-culture. And now Obama. "We are the people we have been waiting for. " And, "We are 19 days away from transforming America and then we'll change the world." After election he went on his "disparagement of America campaign." I'm writing too much, so I'll close this out by saying, The party system once worked, although it has problems and we created a great nation when we had credible leaders and a culture that lasted from our founding until about the 50's. We have strayed so far from the founders' vision based upon electing accomplished people to key offices who would lend their knowledge, talents etc. to the people for a period then retreat to their roots and let another accomplished person lead. How far we've strayed as we have truly bred mediocrity and a state of societal decadence that most choose to ignore and don't look back and understand what we did right and what we did wrong. BTW, nowhere is this failed policy more evident than in the ACA (aka Obamacare).


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