Clearing the Spindle: Erasing Common Sense

By | October 27, 2021

[October 27, 2021]  Looking to my left, front, right, and rear, there is a target-rich environment for my “clearing the spindle” series.  Much to my dismay, I find that our country is headed down the path of socialism, which is encouraged in part by a complete lack of common sense.  The impact of the evils of socialism and the neo-Marxist ideology that permeates the thinking behind this movement will be bad, very bad.  Pointing this out to my regular readers is simple, but explaining it to a college snowflake, politician, or ‘woke’ Army general is not easy. I’ll try.

Biden Administration introduces its National Gender Policy.  You can read The White House “fact sheet” on their new strategy (see link here).  Biden and Harris announced that they believe that advancing gender equity and equality (undefined) is fundamental to “every individual’s economic security, safety, health, and ability to exercise their most basic rights.” The document alleges, without any evidence, that women of color have been hit hardest by COVID and that “an intersectional approach” will solve the pandemic’s impact that the racist virus caused.  It goes on to vow to “dismantle the barriers to equal opportunity in education” so that women can “compete on a level playing field.” Women, by the way, make up 60% of all college students and are awarded two out of every three college degrees.  Apparently, there is a White House Gender Policy Council (which I never heard of before), and this is a product.  I wonder if the whole strategy is classified “secret” or “top secret.” If the Babylon Bee wrote this, I would not be surprised.

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe says parents should not be telling us what to teach their kids.  In a hotly contested governor’s race, Gov. McAuliffe is not backing off his anti-parent, pro-left wing indoctrination stance on Critical Race Theory.  His latest comments seem to be, “It doesn’t exist … and it’s awesome.” If you care about your kid’s education and you want a say in what they are taught (or not taught), leave the state of Virginia now because you’re “racists,” and the governor wants you gone.  He is what McAuliffe said, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”  Wow.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said in response, “Always dangerous when Dems are accidentally honest: McAuliffe thinks he should decide what school kids are taught, and pesky parents should shut up & obey!”

The Fed goes full Woke.  Americans are worried about rising inflation (making their money worth less each day) and believe the federal government is not paying enough attention to it.  Larry Summers, who served under Bill Clinton as Secretary of Treasury, warned that the Fed and other banks are too focused on woke social issues and not sufficiently on inflation.  As evidence that control over inflation is lost, Summers cited lax monetary policy, soaring housing prices, a record federal budget deficit, and excess household savings.  The Fed’s “wokeness” consists mainly of its focus on “climate change” and racial “equity.”


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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

Hello. I provide one article every day. My writings are influenced by great thinkers such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Jung, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Jean Piaget, Erich Neumann, and Jordan Peterson, whose insight and brilliance have gotten millions worldwide to think about improving ourselves. Thank you for reading my blog.

17 thoughts on “Clearing the Spindle: Erasing Common Sense

  1. Freya Lewis

    The information article was very helpful! I simply began in this and I’m attractive more familiar with it better! Thanks, keep doing amazing…

  2. Cat A Miss

    Hi Gen. Satterfield, another on-target article for our reading pleasure. Keep your website going. It is the best for a quick does on leadership in the morning.

  3. Shawn C. Stolarz

    Erasing common sense. Perfect title.
    I really liked today’s article. A punch in the face to those not paying attention to what is happening in the USA.

  4. Boy Sue

    I read a lot of this already but I like the comments that Gen. Satterfield ads to this little mini series. Thanks, BTW. In my opinion, there should be a regular feature of clearing the spindle. More is better. Like the movies reviews, just create another section for us. Great website.

    1. Randy Goodman

      I think most of agree that this site should have even more common sense parts to help educate us more on leadership. But note that there is zero advertising and thus not a money maker. How do you make a living if you’re giving this all away for free. Oh, buy Gen. Satterfield’s new book (that helps). “Our Longest Year in Iraq.” The link is at the bottom of the article.

      1. Mr. T.J. Asper

        Yes, I agree Randy and Boy Sue (great moniker). We can all wish for more but how about we do it in the leader forums? In other words, don’t just complain but do.

  5. Frank Graham

    Keep up the great work you are doing here on your blog Gen. Satterfield and providing “common sense” in a world gone crazy. I think since the pandemic, the snowflakes have grown in number because reality hasn’t been hitting them in the face.

  6. Bryan Z. Lee

    Gen. Satterfield has done it again with his popular series on “clearing the spindle.” This is a good way for him to tell us what he is thinking and his comments bring out the best in higher level thoughts. Being a military leader sure does give you a real dose of common sense.

    1. Yusaf from Texas

      I’ve always been a fan of the series and wish he would post more frequently than daily. Maybe two or three articles a day? That would be nice.

  7. Stacey Borden

    Thanks for making my day. I’m fond of saying that most politicains has Zero Common Sense. Why? Well, that is rather obvious. Pay attention to what they say and what they do. These are often two different things. Oh, and they also have a double standard in what you and I can do … and what they can do. You go to jail while they get more votes.

    1. Valkerie

      Yeah, clearing the spindle is one of my favorites. Maybe Gen. S. might consider making this a daily posting.

      1. Dead Pool Guy

        What’s up with that? Also my favorite leadership website. None better. A simple dose of leadership in the morning is “almost” as good as a cup of coffee.

        1. Audrey

          Yep, mine favorite also. I’m also writing a book that I think Gen. Satterfield might have an interest in. The book is about WWI. More than history but includes a bit of analysis of the train up (or lack thereof) of the men who went to war. Yep, I said “Men.” Period.

          1. Colleen Ramirez

            Right Audrey, enough of this pussy-footing mealy mouthed PC talk.

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