Ken Klemm Spring Hill, FL, USA
It is not necessary for every member of a Mastermind
Group to completely agree on every detail. In fact, it
is preferable they do not. Otherwise the group becomes
a “rubber stamp committee” for the organizer, and
defeats the reason for forming the group in the first
The Group needs only a common goal and a willingness to
work in harmony to achieve it. (Each member can sing an
individual pitch, but the blended pitches form a
A case in point...
America, as we know it today, was born September 17,
1787. And it was a long labor - not over until the
ninth state ratified it.
What we celebrate on July 4 is the 13 colonies
declaring independence from Great Britain in 1776.
The eleven years between those dates were fraught with
war: 13 little federated countries with a very weak
central government fighting together for independence,
then fighting each other over trade issues and such.
Lacking a strong union, other nations took advantage of
America. Great Britain occupied places such as the fort
at Detroit, and Spain blocked access to shipping ports
off the Gulf of Mexico.
Congress was unable or unwilling to fix things. As
Congress would not act, so the people of the States
would have to on their own.
At a very unsuccessful Trade Convention of the States
in Maryland, Alexander Hamilton of New York proposed
something illegal and revolutionary - a Constitutional
Convention of the States; its purpose to design and
define a stronger central government.
A shy, nerdy green guy from Virginia, James Madison,
drew up a detailed blueprint for the new government -
complete with the balance of power of the three
branches: Legislative, Executive and Judicial.
Madison’s blueprint was dead on arrival at the
Convention, presided over by George Washington of
Virginia. Madison’s plan called for two Houses of
Congress, wherein the people of the States were
represented proportionately by population. This
Congress would elect the President who, in turn, would
appoint judges with the advice and consent of Congress.
Judge James Wilson of Pennsylvania argued that this
would make the Executive a tool of the Legislative and,
in effect, give the Legislative control over the
Judiciary. Wilson suggested the President be elected by
and receive a mandate directly from the people.
The delegates hammered out the details of the Electoral
College, preventing the high population centers from
having complete control over the elections. Otherwise
candidates might ignore the concerns of people in the
less populated rural states.
An impasse was reached regarding the structure of
Congress. The rural states argued that proportional
representation meant the high population states could
ram whatever they wished down their throats. There was
no way they would ever ratify such a thing.
A cobbler (shoemaker) from Connecticut, Roger Sherman,
rescued the entire Convention with his compromise: Have
one House with proportional representation, the other
House with only two Senators from each state regardless
of population; the approval by both Houses required to
pass any law.
The Power of the Mastermind in action.
Your Friend and Servent,
Ken Klemm - Florida, USA
P.S. “Every difference of opinion is not a difference
of principle.” ~ Thomas Jefferson