J. Scott Applewhite, AP
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who returned to Capitol Hill after being diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain cancer, leaves the chamber after vote the Republican-run Senate rejected a GOP proposal to scuttle President Barack Obama’s health care law, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Washington.
Many years ago I ghostwrote a book for Hyrum Smith, CEO of the Franklin Quest Company (which later merged with the Covey Leadership Center to form FranklinCovey). I was also Hyrum’s literary agent and placed the book with Warner Books of the Time-Warner conglomerate. I still recall one chapter of the book that is relevant to what is happening in politics today.
Chapter 6 presented what we called the Reality Model. This model was not original to Hyrum. It was developed primarily by Franklin Quest employees Jerry Pulsipher and Kurt Hanks. And since there’s nothing new under the sun in corporate consulting, it likely had its roots elsewhere.
The Reality Model proposed that each of us has a belief window through which we observe the world. To quote the book, “On that window is what you believe to be true about the world, yourself, and other people.” The genius of the Reality Model is that it enables a person to evaluate those beliefs. We might call them principles. You evaluate your principles by looking at the results you’re getting. If you’re getting bad results, it is highly likely that one or more of your principles is faulty. As an example, I can assure you men out there that if you believe males are better than females, you are not going to get the results you want. So you go back to the drawing board and rethink things. You can then come up with better principles.
With each passing day, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the Republican Party is getting pretty awful results. For instance, they have put a man in the White House who is amoral, offensive, incompetent, and who appears to have carried his proclivity for questionable business practices into the highest office in this country. The outcome certainly doesn’t look good at this point.
But beyond this, the Republican House and Senate have…