The Obscurities of Exsistance: Understanding differences between results people and process driven bureaucrats

I am pretty happy these days, we are having what I think is a very healthy growth period for the human race. That was quite evident while listening to Rush Limbaugh’s January 9, 2020 show which can be watched below in its entirety. I would suggest to all to take a little time to watch it this weekend for the content which in a lot of ways is revolutionary. Rush Limbaugh always does good shows whether or not the listener happens to be a conservative. There are few places anywhere on planet earth where these kinds of topics are discussed and analyzed that have such far reaching consequences. I am of course talking about the aftermath of the Iran situation and the killing of their top general, and how Trump did everything so decisively leaving lots of sloppy minds in his wake. Congress reacted by attempting to limit his powers, but what they are really saying is that they just want to slow him down because he’s such a fast and decisive thinker that it makes them look bad. While Trump was saying as much he had guests in the White House behind him in a speech and they were laughing to themselves at the situation as many do these days all across the country, and that is because of this issue that Rush spoke about, the big difference between people of action, and people of process.

I have always been a fast driver; I enjoy best a road with nobody in front of me. I hate most traffic. I am not a patient driver when on a highway only going 15 mph. I prefer to go 100 mph or more with no cars in front of me and I don’t look back at whoever is behind. There is nothing more arrogant than some loser who pulls out in front of you if you are cruising down a street at 50 or so and they get in front of you and only go 35 or worse. They may stick ride to the speed limit and stay there in front of you almost smiling to themselves that they are slowing you down and that its for your own good, because they think speed kills or something ridiculous. This is the mentality of our regulatory class of people who are process driven and are the direct products of our current education system which is obviously deficient.

I heard recently that Boeing employees were mocking the FAA on approval of the 737 Max with little new training for pilots. It was the New York Times reporting it as process driven social malcontents because in their world, regulations and process is what protects them from a world that demands results. They of course sympathize with the government workers at the FAA because they are those slow minded losers who pull out in front of us on the highways and hold up traffic to the speed limit or less. Speed limits as I say all the time, I hate them so passionately that I wrote an entire book on the subject called Tail of the Dragon, are for the weakest links of our society, not the best. Not the fastest. Certainly not the most competent.

I’m not saying we live in a lawless world, or a world that doesn’t need FAA regulators, or even people who drive the speed limit. We do need those people for things. But we should not like them. There is nothing wrong with mocking them just as the people behind Trump snickered at how stupid the rest of the world was while Trump was talking. People get it, they know the process drivers of life are slow, dim-wits who should not be in charge. We can use them to test our skills and advance our civilization. But we should not let them limit us creatively in the realm of business. Trump has shown why it was always important to have a business guy in elected office instead of process drivers who are overly educated in process, but not in results.

Businesspeople are used to results where as Rush pointed out, government types are used to processes. They hide their lack of courage and personal timidity behind processes and so long as the world stays under the speed limits that they set; they can feel like they are important to the growth of the world. But they aren’t, usually what happens is that they are those slow losers who pull out in front of us and ruin our drive by slowing us down ridiculously and they are smug about it because it forces us to live within their limits instead of them reaching up to ours.

Trump by the nature of his existence is forcing this discussion in ways that just weren’t possible a decade ago. Rush was right, if you really take the reason that people don’t like Trump in Washington its because he’s a results driver as most good executives are in business. He’s exposing the compliance and process class of people who have been running things for many decades for what they are, slow people who never expect to accomplish anything and to get paid well for no results. They go home at the end of everyday whether or not the work was done, they meet friends for drinks even if the world is on fire, and they could care less. They are safe in the processes that we have created for ourselves, and so long as they stay under those speed limits, they feel safe. But for the rest of us, we feel fury at the lack of results that are produced, and at the cost of such bad results.

My happiness comes from having this discussion finally after many years of observing this trend and my own personal feelings about this matter. I’ve always had a thing for speed limits and compared them to our processes in a social context. These processes greatly limit the human imagination and it makes me sick to see. I enjoy most to see free minds thinking and striving at whatever pace they can handle. I don’t want to see them running over others and killing them, but I want to see what people can do if they push themselves and processes prevent that kind of thinking and place everyone into the same box of performance based on some arbitrary speed limit that a bureaucrat conceives is “safe.”

As I tell people all the time, processes and speed limits can be used to make you better, so they aren’t all bad. We do need FAA regulators to check our quality and to maintain standards. But they should never be allowed to be the pace setters for society. If they pull in front of you on the road, you should pass them. And in the Trump presidency, he does just that and the workers behind Trump gave their knowing smiles because they understand that. So did all the people later that night in Toledo, Ohio who lined up to watch him speak in a stuffed venue in the middle of the work week. None of the Democrat candidates could draw a crowd like that even if they paid people. The process people just don’t understand because things are happening faster than they think and are willing to function. Leaving them in the dust, permanently. And for the rest of us who have felt unnecessarily restricted by these process driven lunatics for many years, finally we can see changes happening much to our relief.

Rich Hoffman