Posted by Scott Dunn on September 23, 2008
An opponent called Lincoln a baboon and a senator hit another with his cane. Not too long ago we saw legislators duke it out in Japan, and Google reports statesmen’s physical bashings in Jakarta, Taiwan, and the Czech Republic.
Are those good ole days gone forever? The worst I’ve seen lately is, “My opponent’s campaign has reached a new low with his lies and half-truths.” Really—how about really low blows with the gloves off?
I’d favor capital punishment for attacks on anyone’s family. Otherwise, let it rip.
Aren’t you sick of hearing, “My distinguished opponent, with whom I have the highest personal regard, is somewhat misguided on this issue.” That is a non-Freudian slip. What he was thinking was, “He is a bumbling fool and I question his ancestry and the circumstances of his birth.”
We need a police force that enforces non-civility in all political ads. No gentility, only verbal body slams are allowed. Politeness is very boring. Good ads are intrusive. Old-fashioned boxing (under the Marques of Queensbury rules) is being swamped by Ultimate Fights, where the only thing it seems you can’t do is disembowel. Hockey fans want fistfights, Nascar thrives on wrecks. Gladiators win with blood, toreadors earn ears. Americans want a (fair?) fight.
I want to hear what they really think about issues, and what they know about the other guy’s deficiencies (read dirt). Here’s a format that will work for any televised debates:
- In an isolation booth with one mike
- Just the two of them, seated facing each other, three feet apart
- They take turns asking any question they choose
- The other one has one minute to answer, then the first one can shout over
- After five minutes a bell rings and the other guy asks his question
- Two hour limit
All’s fair in love and war. Why not in elections? Let’s fight!
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Posted by Scott Dunn on August 7, 2008
“When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another—–”
This Declaration of Independence applies to employers, clients and customers as well. When you’ve had enough of a tyrannical boss, a recalcitrant client, or a thieving customer, it is your right and duty to say, “I’ve had enough. YOU’RE FIRED!”
Who ever said “The Customer is Always Right” was a fawning, sycophantic wimp.
I was with an ad agency that had a big profitable account where the ad manager was a moral deviant. He delighted in making us miserable. I talked with our president, who wrote this on his pad as he was making the decision:
As I sat lone and musing, a friend came up and said, Cheer up, things could be worse. So I cheered up, and sure enough, Things got worse.
So he got the account group together and said, “He who angers you controls you.” He made the hard but joyous call and severed the relationship. We replaced that account very soon with a better one.
I was the head of customer service at Target Stores. They are very kind to their customers, meeting them more than half way on their problems. The benefit of the doubt is theirs.
But Target is not a jerk. While we took back almost everything, we drew a line; we recognized the repeaters and told them politely that they would be happier not shopping here any more. (“Try Kmart—”) I saw a lot of sweat-stained garments that “were never worn.” My favorite was the unused crock pot that began to reek from the chicken inside.
Small firms can be devastated by the loss of any client, so it’s understandable that they endure untold miseries. It’s a quantum leap when they first stand up and say,
“No more. There is some crap I will not stand.” Bite the bullet and get rid of the problem. Freedom comes next, and more business.
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