The Parent’s Power

As you are growing up, your parents control everything you decide to do ranging from the clothes you wear to the friends you get to hang out with. Teenagers see their parents as incredibly controlling and as if they only want to ruin their social life. What we, as children, don’t see is that behind every “No” there is some serious thought and consideration into their decision. Their is also deliberation with their partner in which they talk about the pros and cons of allowing you to do what you are asking them permission to do.

Many people in the United Stated believe that the person who has the final say in all political issues is the President. Many people see the President as they would see their parents, evil and selfish. Yet the reality is that the President does not get the final say. The President does the same thought process as he chooses what policies he should present to congress. Then congress decides whether or not to approve the policy. In the White House’s website it say’s “The power of the Executive Branch is vested in the President of the United States, who also acts as head of state and Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces…The President has the power either to sign legislation into law or to veto bills enacted by Congress, although Congress may override a veto with a two-thirds vote of both houses,” (The Executive Branch). It also says that the president can negotiate and sign treaties, but it has to be approved by congress with a two-thirds vote.

This shows how although the President may seem like he has a lot of power, he truly does not. He may have a lot of political plans he may like to present, but with out a two-thirds vote he will not be able to pursue these plans.

So, although many people view the President as a parent, in my opinion he is viewed as the child asking for permission. I say this because in most cases, the plans the President and a teenager have get cancelled. The parents, in this case, would be congress.They hear what the child, the President, has to say, they think about it, talk amongst themselves, and vote. The answer to his request lies in the majority vote. Just as parents get the final say, congress gets the final say.

Many people blame the President for policies that are not established, although promising it, or they get mad that the President allows certain laws to pass. What they don’t see is that behind the President, is congress making all the decisions.

This image shows a child (The President) that was not allowed to do something by his father (Congress), so he went to his mother who allowed him to do it. Unfortunately, this is not the way it works for the President. It's a two-thirds vote, or nothing.

This image shows a child (The President) that was not allowed to do something by his father (Congress), so he went to his mother who allowed him to do it. Unfortunately, this is not the way it works for the President. It’s a two-thirds vote, or nothing.

“The Executive Branch.” Web. 5 Dec. 2014. <m.whitehouse.gov/our-government/executive-branch>.

“Sugga Mommas”

As a little girl, I always dreamed of opening up my own bakery and calling it, “Sugga Mommas.” My dad has always been a great cook and my mom has been amazing at both baking and cooking. Growing up, my mom and I always had a bond through baking. She would be so patient as she was teaching me. Ever since, it has become one of my favorite memories as a kid. My parents were such great cooks, they decided to open up a restaurant in San Pedro. I saw my parents struggle through the hardships of owning a restaurant due to the lack of knowledge on owning a business and sadly losing it after about a year.  Seeing their dreams crushed has inspired me to one day open a successful business.

The Art of War, written by Sun Tzu has been a great guide not only for military personnel, but for business, political, and sport personnel as well. He gives excellent advice as to how to be the best and stay the best. After reading The Art of War, I have come to realize that my parents made a lot of mistakes while running this restaurant.

Sun Tzu said that “The art of war… is governed by five constant factors…These are (1) The Moral Law; (2) Heaven; (3) Earth; (4) The Commander; (5) Method and discipline,” (1:3-4). He also said that “The Commander stands for virtues of wisdom,” (1:9). As owner’s, or “Commander’s,” of this restaurant, my parents had no wisdom on how to run a business. They have always worked for someone who told them what to do in the nursing field. Although they were great cooks, they had never had to deal with being completely in charge, making food, and attracting customer’s. They failed as “Commander’s” and for that reason failed the restaurant. Without a wise Commander, a war can not be won.

Sun Tzu’s second chapter is based on finances. He emphasizes that you need to be very carful on how you spend the little money you have to wage the war. Sun Tzu gives several tips that my parent’s never used towards running their business. For example, Sun Tzu said, “The skillful soldier does not raise a second levy, neither are his supply-wagons loaded more than twice,” (2:8) He says that on the aspect of money, you should not be wasting it and getting more supplies then what is needed. My father on the other hand was the complete opposite. We had more food then was needed even as we started getting less and less customers. He always said, “You have to be prepared.” Due to this excess amount of food and no customers to consume it, a lot of the food would go bad. Not only was this a waste of money and food, it was a waste of a lot of money that did not have to be spent. If he had not spent all this money, there might have been a possibility of hanging on to the restaurant a little longer and maybe finding a way to save it.

Although my aspirations have shifted and now I wish to become a Forensic Nurse, I would still love to open a bakery some day in the future. This is my dream. I would like to do this, not only for myself, but for my parents as well. However, unlike my parents I plan to run this business the right way. Having great leaders such as Sun Tzu and Machiavelli will certainly be a great foundation to our dream.

If you don't use important tactics like Sun Tzu's tactics, then their is a huge possibility your business will fail.

If you don’t use important tactics like Sun Tzu’s tactics, then their is a huge possibility your business will fail.