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Time for a Politically Incorrect SWOT Analysis

March 4, 2016
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One glance at a recent New York Times article—G.O.P Race Grows Cruder and More Aggressiveset me to thinking. I wonder how much cruder and more aggressive things need to get before the wheels fall off the proverbial manure spreader. So, it occurred to me, it’s time to conduct a good old SWOT analysis of our country’s vanishing middle ground.

Used in a commercial context, a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) helps business leaders carve a winning niche in their markets. Used in a personal milieu, the SWOT approach assists individuals looking to overhaul their careers and character—or what might be left of it. By identifying the good, the bad and the daffy, a SWOT could seriously upgrade the quality of everything from road rage to political debates. So, let’s begin.

Strengths:

  • A profusion of rants and hyperbole inspire family togetherness in front of the tube.
  • Cruder and aggressive helps cruder aggressors grow their self-confidence and leadership skills.
  • Heaping insults discourages prospective do-gooders, leaving an empty field for cruder aggressors to refine their totalitarian slants.

Weaknesses

  • Lewd remarks are better suited for driving cattle out of a neighbor’s garden.
  • Like too many martinis, dreary diatribes lose their sparkle by the next morning.
  • Thirty-three pages of abuses by a cruder aggressor caused cluster headaches.
  • Foul assaults stink up the room like poo poo mentioned in the previous manure spreader reference.

Opportunities

  • A constitutional amendment for mandatory choral singing will boost conviviality.
  • Nominating IBM Watson for president promises to reduce caterwauling.
  • Choosing Shrek for a Supreme Court appointment will introduce a nuance of color and balance.
  • Replace words such as idiots, morons, and losers with complete silence or, perish the thought, a smidge of thoughtful political discourse.

Threats

  • Persistent cruder and aggressive will likely reduce attendance at National Night Out picnics.
  • A surge of road rage will cause motor vehicle free for alls and public demands to remove stoplights.
  • New reality shows will feature congressional members dressed in flack jackets.
  • A complete breakdown in civility will cause shoppers to avoid supermarket parking lots.

All this reminded me of something my father once said when, at age seven, I was begging for a horse. On this particular day, my begging had erupted into a tantrum with much harrumphing and banging around my room. Finally my dad came to the door, stood with his hands on his hips, and quietly asked,

“Do you know that this rude drama of yours is interesting only to you?”

I do now.

Mary Farr

Mary Farr, a retired pediatric hospital chaplain and inspirational speaker has published five books including the critically acclaimed If I Could Mend Your Heart, and her newest release, The Promise in Plan B, HOPress-ShorehouseBooks.com. Mary’s capacity to infuse audiences with joy and laughter inspires kindness, concern for one another, and a deep understanding of happiness. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Mary completed her divinity studies in the Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire where she was ordained to the permanent diaconate in 1983. She received a Master of Arts degree in Theology from St. Catherine University in her hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota.

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8 Responses to Time for a Politically Incorrect SWOT Analysis

  1. March 6, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Oh, that the candidates had such powers of self-reflection!

    • March 6, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      I agree. It’s certainly in short supply!

  2. Kathy Minicozzi
    March 5, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Great analysis! Nobody can say it better!

    • March 6, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      Thank you Kathy! Frankly it’s difficult to stay calm enough to say anything civil!

  3. March 5, 2016 at 7:17 am

    I would love Shrek to be on the Supreme Court! I wish we could vote on that!This was a great post Mary!

    • March 5, 2016 at 7:47 am

      IBM Watson wouldn’t be a bad Supreme Court choice either!

  4. Bill Spencer
    March 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    WTF, GOP?

    • March 5, 2016 at 7:49 am

      Boy, isn’t that the truth! The train has definitely run off the rails.



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