Your clients’ personal economies: ideas and ideals vs. ideology
By Jeffrey Reeves MA
Setting the stage
The men that came together in Philadelphia to craft the Declaration of Independence in 1776 were, for the most part, ideologues. Included in that group were Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston.
However, the member’s ideological beliefs did not always parallel one another. For example, Adams and Jefferson in particular were at opposite points on an ideological spectrum. How was it, then, that they wrote a document that emancipated not only the United States of America, but also millions of people since, based only on its content?
The answers are many, but you can sum all of them up in two words: ideas and ideals.
Benjamin Franklin was the third major force on that committee. Franklin was not an ideologue. Quite the contrary; Benjamin Franklin was a man of quiet principles, just as John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were. His principles were not, however, motivated by ideology but by ideas and ideals.
Both Adams and Jefferson were intimately familiar with Franklin from years of interaction. They each respected his sagacity and insights. They, too, were men of ideas and ideals. They willingly laid down their ideological swords and took up the battle for American independence with ideas and ideals as their primary weapons.
James Madison, George Mason, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and about 50 other new Americans met in Philadelphia in 1787. Their aim was to debate and draft a new constitution for the fledgling United States of America.
Almost every participant offered a warring ideology about what the U.S. Constitution should look like. Over an arduous two years (1787-1789) of clashing ideologies and heated debate, ideas and ideals won over ideology, and young America adopted the greatest governing document ever devised and added the first ever Bill of Rights guaranteeing individual rights over government control of individuals’ lives and activities.
History clearly demonstrates that ideologues claim leadership by self-reference and by demanding rigid adherence to their own dogmatic declarations. These pseudo-leaders do not encourage ideas and ideals; they discourage and sometimes even punish them. If you aren’t convinced of this premise by the history of 20th century Europe, Russia, China, Japan, South Africa, Afghanistan, Iran, Venezuela, etc., remember your high school and college reading: “1984,” by George Orwell, “Farenheit 451,” by Ray Bradbury,and “Lord of the Flies,” by William Golding.
The ideologues that promote ideologies only masquerade as leaders. They are not interested in your wealth and well-being. They are absorbed and governed by a slavish adherence to a set of principles regardless of how their ideology affects the rest of the world. They aim to accomplish their goals just because they are their goals. They ignore any idea that contravenes those goals and discount any ideal that doesn’t comport with their blindly adhered to ideology.
Act I — Enter the federal government
The national debt is approaching 14 trillion — that’s 14,000 times one billion — $1,000,000,000. There are about 306 million Americans; about 100 million American families. My calculator doesn’t have enough digits to even figure out how much each American individual and family owes based on these numbers. You can find out at bigredcalculator.com.
It is the adoption and slavish adherence to an ideology in Washington, D.C. based on profligate spending and the abandonment of the American ideas and ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution that created this massive debt. Our government is corrupt. Our representatives are more interested in the accretion of power and the accumulation of personal wealth than they are in the wealth and well-being of Americans.
Insurance and financial advisers are in a unique position to help American citizens and citizen families resurrect ideas and ideals and reinstate them as the foundation of our country and our economy.
Act II — Enter the EUREKONOMICS™ Model for personal economics
The EUREKONOMICS™ Model for creating and managing your clients’ personal economies does not aim to rehabilitate the addiction to power and money of the federal government, the executive branch and the U.S. Congress in particular. Political action will ultimately dethrone the self-appointed gods of government.
Instead, EUREKONOMICS™ Model empowers your clients to thrive regardless of the antics in D.C. by teaching immutable laws of personal economics and guiding them in the essential steps for creating and managing a successful personal economy.
Act III — Americans take action
The EUREKONOMICS™ Model, as practiced in America, is as old as the country itself. Millions of Americans have tested it and proven that it works in good times and bad. There are currently several hundred advisers all across the U.S. that have studied the EUREKONOMICS™ personal economic model and adopted it for their own and their clients’ personal economies.