November 3rd, 2020
Hey, it’s election day!
I came across an article today that projected Democrats have a 75% chance of flipping the Senate.
The specifics on that article are not important. More importantly, that article is a small reminder of how brilliantly designed our democracy is.
Parties and attitudes change. Every some-odd years, the tables get turned. For some years, Democrats run things, and for some years Conservatives run things. It wouldn’t be good if either ran things for too long.
Right now Democrats are the underdogs, and it’s given them a dog in the fight. They need to win. But just a few years ago, it was Conservatives who were underdogs. Eventually, the tables will turn again, and Conservatives will need to change some things to win it back again.
It was set up this way for a reason. Checks and balances. It doesn’t allow any group to have power and influence for too long. It forces change to be slow. That’s by design.
This is especially great because a regular citizen like me doesn’t have to be worried too much about what’s going on in Washington.
It’s why I don’t follow political news much. Most of the things covered in the news are inconsequential to my life, especially the hearsay and “scandals” that pollute the conversation.
But I also think “who our President is” isn’t all that important. Why? Because I know that in 4-8 years we’ll have a new one who will be the exact opposite of Trump, balancing it all out and bringing things back to ‘normal’.
I’m able to tune 95% of it out because I know over the long term things are generally balanced.
This outlook allows me to stay focused on my own life because I trust that this system works (it’s been proven for over 200+ years).
This is actually the same way a great business is built. Build systems. Understand incentives. Delegate. Leverage. Patience. And most importantly, trust the process.
If you get stuck in the day to day, you won’t make progress or be able to scale. And it will all break down.
In other words, Democracy has systems just like businesses do.
In America, I think the right systems are in place. It’s not perfect. But it’s working.