The White House putting rainbow-colored lights on it during the June 26th Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, or the previous day’s debacle of further sustaining Obamacare by that same court is evidence that the management of the nation is focused on all the wrong things in order to make the world “equal.” The world will never be equal—because there will always be one thing that will be ignored in that pursuit of equality—and it’s not black or white, rich or poor, or gay and straight issues—it is that the hard-working will always be plucked by the parasites of laziness. The unimaginative will always wait for those who think to provide direction. Leaders will always have followers, and those followers will always flock behind the brave. We call these followers’ second-handers and in the collectivist culture of the present White House they perform in all the classic ways of a typical follower, but they are allowed to believe that they can take equal credit for any successes that might occur. For the multitudes of second-handers this is good news for them—it makes them feel good, like they are part of problem solving the world. But they’re not. As always, and as it will always be, only a few do most of the work and take the responsibility of leadership as the others follow behind. Those who work hardest in our society will always be discriminated against by the second-handers. Second-handers are those who live through others—thus their designation. A leader will survive and flourish with or without a second-hander, but a second-hander cannot survive without a leader. That is the biggest difference and is the specific reason that capitalist cultures thrive whereas socialist cultures fail.
One of the great challenges of capitalism is in the nature of their corporations, which by their very design are socialist entities, or even raw dictatorships. The bigger they are, the more they resemble socialist enterprises. In these companies a ruling elite create a kind of flowchart leadership culture that have a mixture of second-handers and leaders who are all told that they are equal or in subservience to those above them, and they are forced to behave within that framework in order to get a pay check. This greatly limits the potential of the company because it allows second-handers to rise to the top by default through protection of an organizational chart. Washington D.C. is filled with these types of second-handers—people who think they are valuable assets to some government enterprise they have worked within for years. Their merit is not judged by their performances, but by their years of service. Leaders often become discouraged and either sit on their talents in frustration, or they leave not able or willing to take orders from a second-hander.
Of course second-handers are in the majority throughout the world, and these socialist systems were designed by them to hide their natural timidity. The primary reason all government departments and most large companies fail to innovate properly or remain competitive in global marketplaces is because the leaders within their organizations stop producing because they do not desire to share their efforts with the second-hander. Once the leaders stop leading, the second-handers flounder about directionless leaving as their only defense stacks of bureaucracy to buy time until some leader comes along to save them from their own lack of action. That is in essence what is behind most bureaucratic efforts—a lack of courage trying to hide the nature of the second-hander that designed it for their own protection.
Companies that thrive most are built by leaders. Those who survive longest find the leaders among their ranks and put them in charge—clearly forcing the second-handers to be driven toward objectives—and success is to be found in such a fashion. But when leaders are told to provide their benefits to others without merit, and that those others are equal to them, the leaders will just do something else and leave the second-handers to their own devices. It’s an unnatural relationship that is most exemplified by the current White House. With their display of the rainbow colors, they have shown the world that they have no idea what makes a country great and the lights are embarrassing. In this case they are putting an emphasis on gay rights but ignoring the rights of those who work the hardest—and that is a big mistake.
For instance, Tim Cook is a gay man and is the current CEO of Apple. Apple as a company is trading at a rate equivalent to a market capitalization of about $1.26 trillion. When Steve Jobs died, Apple took the best of their leaders and promoted him into the CEO of Apple which was a position personally mentored to Cook by Jobs even as he died. Cook’s success has nothing to do with him being gay, but that he was competent. However, without Steve Jobs, Cook would undoubtedly fail, just as it is presently on its decline as a company. Jobs built the foundation for Apple leaving a CEO like Cook to follow the formula of success, which is why the company continues to have value. But the innovation that made Apple great today was created yesterday by Jobs, not Cook. Without another Steve Jobs, Tim Cook will eventually fail and Apple will slide into the depths of mediocrity. Therefore Tim Cook is a second-hander to Steve Jobs. Tim Cook could not have created Apple from scratch the way Steve Jobs did. And without Steve Jobs, the company will collapse on itself as more and more executives take on the tendencies of a second-hander because that’s who is currently in charge. A failure to understand those relationships leads to eventual destruction 100% of the time.
Colleges are in the business of producing second-handers, not leaders. That is the reason the leaders of two of the most prominent companies in the world had their leaders both as college drop-outs—Bill Gates from Microsoft, and Steve Jobs from Apple. Microsoft after Gates retirement as head of the company has held their ground, but their continuous innovation that was seen under their former leader has ground to a stop and their decline is evident. Apple is not far behind—again because when second-handers are in charge they fail to uphold the ethics of a strong, imaginative leader. Whether the leader is Lee Iacocca from Chrysler, or Jack Welsh from GE, second-handers study, and study, and attempt to mimic the actions of great leaders, but they always fail. At best they prevent the decline of an organization with a slow slide into oblivion, but they can never advance it. For instance, there were many great minds in Europe during World War II. However, if not for General Patton, would Hitler have been defeated? No. It took one unusual general to lead millions of second-handers to victory over a tyrant. Without that leader Hitler would have won World War II. A failure to identify the leaders is one of the most detrimental aspects of any culture, and it is terribly embarrassing that the White House in Washington D.C. has displayed their vast ignorance to such a level.
America used to be looked at as a global leader, but with the proclamation that equal rights for second-handers is the primary motivation, instinctively the world knows that America is no longer a Patton of global trade, a Steve Jobs of innovation, or a George Lucas of imagination. It is a country waiting for somebody else to do something, and while everyone waits they pass silly laws about equality without paying homage to those most important to success—their leaders. When second-handers are promoted over great leaders the decline of the culture is dreadfully present. Therefore, equality is never possible. The vast majority of second-handers might be allowed to feel good about themselves at the expense of their cultural leaders, but when those leaders throw up their arms in frustration and walk away—the second handers have nothing to do but put rainbow lights on the White House and somehow declare it a victory. Meanwhile the world is laughing at the grotesque priorities of a nation that used to create leaders—who is now more concerned with appeasement as all second-handers do.