Here is everything you need to know about what Jeremy thinks about the DNC this week. Also included are some thoughts about the RNC, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump et all and some interesting insight into Philippine politics and their new President, strongman Rodrigo Duterte. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to comment below. We would love to hear from you, the reader.
by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium
Here are my thoughts on what Ted Cruz did at the convention last night in Cleveland. He did the right thing. He used his time to support the party and to encourage his fellow conservatives and Republicans to vote for candidates they believe in up and down the ticket. “Vote your conscience!” That’s what he said. As for making an outright endorsement of Donald Trump, for Ted, that was a bridge too far, but he did everything else, and for that, he should be respected.
I think it was shameful for people to boo Ted Cruz at the convention during the speech, and I think that it shows the character of those booing more than the character of the speaker. Some of them may have felt like Ted made a pact to support the candidate in writing should he be nominated to lead the Republican Party. But that may have been a bridge too far for Ted after what Donald Trump did to him and his family during the campaign. Let us not forget that Donald Trump made fun of Ted’s wife, called him a liar over and over in the campaign, even gave him the nickname of Lyin’ Ted, and made this weird accusation that Ted’s father was somehow involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Why in the world would you endorse a man who is so loathsome and desperate to win as to do that? You can’t, in good conscience. You just can’t. And, he didn’t.
But you may say, this is just politics, and he signed a commitment. That right there may be the problem. It’s politics as usual. You don’t have to honor pacts you make with the Devil. You know in one of the memes I put out on the Internet, I compared Ted Cruz to Jesus Christ. I had a picture of Jesus on stage with Pontius Pilate and Ted Cruz on stage at the National Convention. I said, “Jesus was boo’ed Too”. People may say I went too far there, comparing Ted to Jesus, and may be their right. This is what I meant by that.
Jesus said some uncomfortable things while he was on this Earth. If he was on stage at the RNC, what would he tell us then? Probably some very controversial things that would not be roundly applauded by all. Would we recognize the value of what he is saying? Probably not. Jesus preached nothing but a message of peace and love and forgiveness and because he damaged the control of the mainstream Jewish government at the time, his own people handed him over to the Romans to be executed in the most horrendous manner. His disciples, who preached the same message and healed the sick in his name, were like-wise murdered in hideous ways, with one exception. I think it was John, the author of Revelation who died of old age, but he was boiled in a vat of oil beforehand but miraculously survived. The point is that the mere mortals who were closest to Jesus during his lifetime on Earth suffered horribly for preaching the same message he did.
For speaking his mind and failing to endorse the party’s Earthly messiah, Ted Cruz was figuratively crucified by members of his own party in public. I felt like, watching reruns of that event, that Cruz was like Saint Stephen at the occasion of his stoning.
Other detractors who don’t support Trump, who continue to support Cruz, are being similarly stoned on the Internet by Trump supporters, and I think it is despicable. It is OK to disagree with each other, even people of similar ideologies disagree from time to time. But to let this be the point where we fracture, and where we attack each other in hatred, is unacceptable. Vote your conscience, is what Ted Cruz said. If your conscience tells you to vote for Trump so that Hillary Clinton doesn’t become the next president, then I understand that. If you can’t pull the lever for Trump because of your ideology, I get that too. I’m not going to lose friends over it. And, if I am your friend, chances are, I’m not going to lose you over it either.
As for me, I’m voting for Trump, because I cannot support Hillary Clinton. The Clintons are career political criminals who will do and say anything to get power and money. Hillary purposely destroyed the reputations of women who dared to talk publically about the horrible treatment they suffered at the hands of her philandering husband Bill. She had the opportunity to defend employees of hers at the State Department and refused to do so, letting three good men and an ambassador die. Then she lied straight faced to the families of those fallen men and said it was a video that was to blame because the fact that it was Muslim Terrorists would have damaged Barack Obama’s re-election chances. She had the opportunity to do the right thing at the State Department, but instead she chose to withhold classified documents on her own private server so that they wouldn’t be up for scrutiny by the congress. When the emails were subpoenaed, she destroyed many of them to hide her guilt. Hillary is a liar and a crook and doesn’t deserve to hold high office in this country!
I’m hoping that the appointment of Governor Mike Pence might be a sign to conservatives that Trump is going to moderate his campaign. I hope that Trump is happy to be a figure head and allow Pence to govern. I would be happy with that, Pence seems like a good guy. If the Donald does what he said he would do in the campaign, the country might turn out OK. We need to get a handle on immigration, making a temporary ban on immigration from countries where the environment there is questionable. We need to validate who is coming into this country and what their intent is. I’ve said it before, I am in favor of legal immigration. My wife is an immigrant from the Philippines. She’s now an American Citizen. I am so very proud of her. Her mother immigrated here on a green card so she could attend our wedding. Very nice lady. I love immigrants. We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is a slap in the face of every legal immigrant what is happening now when people just disobey our laws, don’t wait their turn, and jump the border. That is the shame. There needs to be a wall and it needs to be high.
We need a conservative leader who will make America great again. It ain’t going to be Hillary. Her administration will be a repeat of the last eight years, and we just can’t have that. Unemployment, a weak economy, outrageous debt, racial division, indeed division of all kinds, our country cannot survive another four years of that. So when it comes to election time, I’m going to pull the lever for Donald J. Trump and hope for the best. What’s more important, I’m going to go and vote for people I know down the ticket who I know and trust to keep America on the right track, and that is exactly what Ted Cruz advised me to do.
Donald Trump’s weird conspiracy theory about Mr. Cruz being involved in assassination of JFK. -Fox News
Donald Trump calls Ted Cruz a liar. CNN Republican Debate.
Ted Cruz’s full speech at RNC. -PBS Newshour
by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium
This is my father. Shortly following this upcoming election, he’ll turn 80 years old. He has worked hard all of his life; first for his father, farming on his dad’s property, then as a business planner for IBM. He was the financial guru for the local YMCA. This year, as he has in past years, he’s worked for a local tax service, helping people figure out their taxes.
You might have noticed that paying the taxes you owe to the IRS sucks! That’s because taxes are theft. There is no reason on God’s green Earth why anybody should owe fifty percent of their income to pay Uncle Sam. You literally have to work half the year to pay for government services, many of which you will never use. It’s ridiculous.
This is what really burns me. My father, who has worked all his life and paid his taxes, works in his old age so that people like you, the welfare bum, the healthy unemployed or underemployed person doesn’t have to. Why should my father work every day so that you can sit on your ass and draw an income for doing nothing.
Did you know that social security income is taxed? So my father and mother have a reduction in the amount they receive in social security, money that’s already been taxed, money they put in in social security insurance that they depend on in their retirement, and they have to give it up to the government, who then gives it to you. That’s not fair.
My dad, like in the last election, will be a delegate to our senate district and state conventions for the Republican Party. I’ll be his driver again this year, and hopefully, being an alternate delegate again this year, I’ll be seated as well as a full-fledged delegate. If I am so fortunate, I will work hard to elect delegates to the national convention who support good strong conservative values: values like strengthening social security and passing legislation that will not tax our parents and grand parents retirement income; I will be campaigning for a candidate that will reduce the national debt, put people back to work who are looking for work, and reducing the federal dollars dolled out for healthy individuals who refuse to work. I will campaign for a strong national defense; one that is capable of fighting and winning our wars and intimidating those nations and rogue groups who want to hurt us. I will support a candidate that will not be a national builder, but will rebuild our own nation first. And I will support a candidate who seals of the border and prevents people from coming into this country illegally, strengthening legal immigration while at the same time preventing people who come here in violation of our nations laws.
That’s why I will be supporting, Ted Cruz for president.
This statement not supported or funded by any campaign or candidate.
by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium
This column’s purpose is to explain why I endorse Ted Cruz for president of the United States and not Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, and I hope to articulate why he can be as great as Ronald Reagan.
The American Millennium has obtained a full copy of Ted Cruz’s college thesis entitled Clipping the Wings of Angels, which speaks at length about the purposes of the 9th and Tenth amendments to the constitution. In the document Ted explains why it is so necessary to limit the power of government at the federal level and in all possible circumstances return that power to the states or the people. I wish I had permission to release the whole document online so that you can see for yourself the loving way Ted refers to the constitution, but unfortunately I have not been able to secure permission. When Ted is elected president as I hope he will, this should be the first document to be enshrined forever in his presidential library, somewhere in his home state of Texas. The language he uses to refer to the constitution is so laudatory and at times a little dorky. You can see his love of the law and especially the cornerstone of American Law, the US Constitution.
See, unlike the other candidates, Ted Cruz is not in this race for is own gain. He is different in that he doesn’t seek to create a cult of personality like the other candidates; rather he desires to show the people again that our greatness as a people is our adherence in the rule of law and in our commonality with one another. If there is equal protection under the law, if there is fairness and not an over abundance of regulation, if the federal government refrains from always trying to pick winners and losers then the US economy will recover, on Wall Street as well as main street.
When you see Ted speak, some might be turned off by his seemingly inauthentic smile. There is an article that I think accurately explains why some are uneasy with it. He’s like me in that he has the kind of smile that goes the wrong way that might even scare little children. People want to see someone’s face behave a certain way when they smile and if it doesn’t, they don’t quite trust that person. I get that a lot, so I understand it. To understand how Ted Cruz is in person, one should observe him in his candid moments when he is not in front of a camera. The polish comes off, he is more authentic, less controlled, the real Ted comes out. There are photos of Ted Cruz playing with his kids during moments when he is taking a break from the campaign. That is the Ted I trust. He is a man who has time for his children even though he is busy with a very important campaign.
What does Trump with his spare time? Has he ever smiled? Trump is like Barack Obama in that his support is a cult of personality. He is enshrined behind massive walls of people who only tell him what he wants to hear; his political speech has resonated with people concerned about jobs, the economy, the border and immigration. He has tapped into the anger of Americans. But he has not articulated a vision of where he wants to take this country. Trump is a caricature of himself. He always repeats the same words in every speech. “We’re going to make America great again. We’re going to build a wall. It’s going to be a high wall. It’s going to be huge! We are going to win again, even against China!” He says China a lot. When asked about specifics, he has none, because he doesn’t have a plan. All he knows is that it will be “great” if he is president.
Hillary Clinton in contrast is a liar, a thief and a phony. There is no reason anyone should let the Clinton’s back in the White House. They are power hungry and corrupt and she particularly is unlikeable. Why would people in government ever want her as a boss? When Hillary Clinton was First Lady there is talk that people avoided her in the halls. She didn’t want to deal with people, she was terrible, and when she wandered the halls, people would duck into their offices to avoid having to deal with her. She is unpleasant, even with her staff!
When Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, she denied military support for her trusted employees on a difficult mission to Libya where the ambassador and his staff were in constant threat of attack. Watch the You Tube video we created of Rand Paul talking about his questions laid before her on whether or not she read the cables from the ambassador begging for more security help. Hillary granted many requests for frivolous improvements to other embassies, but when it came to enhancing the security of staff, she had no time for it. It is for this reason that we agree with Rand Paul; Hillary Clinton should be permanently precluded from holding public office.
Hillary has always been under tight control. Don’t bother to try to read her college thesis on Saul Alinksi, even though I think even as a conservative, it would be fascinating. Only the privileged are allowed into that college library to read the vaunted document. Barack Obama’s thesis was so hideous; his college advisor threw it out in the trash. So don’t try to dig too deep into their history. You won’t find much of substance.
Hillary Clinton has spent her life in the world of politics. She understands it better than any other one thing. And she has been dishonest and corrupt from the start. Members of her own party threw her off the Nixon investigation because she attempted to break the rules and acted in an unethical and unprofessional manner. Piles of bodies of people once loyal to the Clintons are strewn around so much so that if they were in a room together you might think there was a war or terrorist bombing. If you have something on the Clintons and if it worries them, you can find yourself going missing, a victim of suicide, and your house and personal affects gone through, your personal documents destroyed. That is the real Hillary Clinton.
As for Bill Clinton, who in their right mind wants him wandering around the White House with nothing to do? He is a serial rapist and molester, he can’t keep his hands off the women and they don’t even necessarily have to be pretty. He would be a national embarrassment if they were allowed to return to Washington.
Ted Cruz is not the sexiest most interesting candidate out there today. But he is the one who has the potential to return the nation to the right path. He has a reputation for defending us and our rights in front of the US Supreme Court as solicitor general of Texas and he has won every time. He has protected our religious freedoms, our freedom of speech and our right to self-protection under the Second Amendment. Everyone else still in this race has fought to empower the federal government, not limit it, not return power to the people.
John Kasich is a joke and should get out of the race. He is a republican who believes that government can solve every problem. Ted Cruz is with Ronald Reagan in that he believes government is the problem.
Marco Rubio is a good man with a great story and a hopeful vision for the future. He made a mistake with the immigration issue as a member of the gang of eight and the voters punished him for it. I don’t think he is done with politics. For now perhaps, but his supporters can be reassured that Ted Cruz is the only conservative still in the race who upholds their values and will take their cause. They should throw their support to him now and with luck, Ted Cruz will be the next president of the United States.
A word to republican leaders who talk about a “brokered convention”. Don’t do it. If neither Ted nor Donald get the required number of delegates to seal the nomination that’s fine. Let the delegates haggle at the convention. It’s supposed to be a convention after all, not a coronation. Let the delegates decide and they will select the best candidate for the voters. But don’t, don’t, don’t bend the rules to select someone who had fewer delegates than Ted or Donald, or hasn’t even darkened the campaign trail this cycle. Don’t! If you think that it is you and not the American voter who decides on who is worthy to lead this party, if you think your opinion matters more than ours and you select rather than elect a candidate then I swear to you as a veteran of this nation’s wars that I will get as many friends together and I will burn you out. We will drag you out of your offices, we will burn your buildings, we will banish you from Cleveland and from Washington. We are not the Democrats. We have no super delegates. We trust our voters.
I am a veteran. I swore an oath to defend our constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. My brigade spent the longest number of consecutive days in combat in Iraq, longer than any other unit. The division of which that brigade is a part spend the most number of consecutive days in combat in World War II. When we were in Iraq we monitored and secured free elections in that country, where they didn’t have it for many years. We built schools where girls for the first time in a very long while had the right to an education just like the boys. We built power plants, water treatment plants, schools! We did that for people we didn’t know. How can you assume that having spent so much blood and sweat to secure the future of that country that we would just roll over and let other people steal our future here in our own country. We were extended for the surge and we were winning when I left. Government bureaucrats squandered the success we had there. We are not going to let unelected leaders steal away our future here in our own back yard. So if you want to have a future, obey the will of the delegates and the voters or we will come after you. We took an oath, and since we retired and left the service, no one has relieved us of that oath. We will camp out in Cleveland and in Washington and we will make your lives hell, I swear!
At the end of the day I would rather have Donald Trump be our candidate if it is the will of the people. But if some one emerges from the convention that spent no time on the campaign trail and he or she is nominated, then the electoral process means nothing and we’ve lost our Republic any way. Might as well burn it all down and start fresh. But it doesn’t have to come to that. The party can do the right thing, and the convention can be allowed to work. It must. In the end, who ever emerges from the convention has a better chance to lead the country than Hillary Clinton, and I believe, the only adult in the room, Ted Cruz is the right man to lead our nation into the future.
by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium
This past weekend we attended the Rising Tide Summit in Cedar Rapids Iowa. The event was sponsored by Freedomworks and hosted by First District Congressman Rod Blum-R. The event was MC’d by conservative radio talk show host Andrew Wilkow.
Below you will see the full video of the individual candidates’ comments at the event, including comments from Rand Paul, Ted Kruz, Carly Fiorina, and Dr. Ben Carson.
(Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. -video by Jeremy Griffith)
(Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. -video by Jeremy Griffith)
(Businesswoman Carly Fiorina. -video by Jeremy Griffith)
(Dr. Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon. -video by Jeremy Griffith)
We unfortunately had a camera issue and were not able to get video of Rick Santorum’s comments. Below is a video shot by Caffeinated Thoughts.
(Rick Santorum speaks at Freedomworks Rising Tide Summit in Cedar Rapids Iowa. -video posted on You Tube by Caffeinated Thoughts.)
by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium
This Saturday the conservative think tank Freedomworks hosted a successful Rising Tide Summit in Cedar Rapids Iowa, an event that drew over 2,000 participants and included five Republican Presidential hopefuls.
The Freedomworks event took place at the US Cellular Center in Downtown Cedar Rapids. Conservative presidential candidates Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Dr. Ben Carson and businesswoman Carly Fiorina spoke to a receptive crowd.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul opened the event. As comfortable in his own skin as he his in denim jeans and shirt sleeves, Paul wowed the crowd with classic libertarianism themes, mostly aimed at young people. Paul remains one of the big mysteries of the 2016 presidential season, bringing in low approval numbers overall, but appealing to small crowds where ever he appears in public. Indeed, you would have thought a rock star had entered the stadium as enthusiastic supporters shouted chants of “President Paul” over and over as they waived Rand Paul campaign signs while waiting in line to enter the arena in the Center atrium.
Paul’s comments brought in some of the most enthusiastic and boisterous applause amongst the Iowa conservatives, second only to Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Despite his standing in the national polls, Paul remains one of the most important people in government today. He has been consistent in his opposition to a big government bent on depriving citizens of their constitutional rights for the sake of security while continuing to spy on personal emails and cell phones. In the age of global terror and the NSA, Paul supporters show they are big fans of the Kentucky senator and no fan of government intrusion in their personal lives.
But, the Kentucky libertarian would not overshadow Texas Senator Ted Cruz. In a dark suit and reddish brown cowboy boots, the big Texan also established is bone fides as a rock star of the conservative movement, being greeted by thunderous applause. Cruz focused his comments on recent tragic events in San Bernardino California, security and the continuing war on terror. In his comments he promised to destroy ISIS through “carpet bombing” of their desert strong holds.
“I don’t know if desert sand glows,” bragged Cruz, “but we’re going to find out!”
The Iowa crowd didn’t find much they didn’t agree with in Cruz, showing their appreciation over and over with loud applause.
Each of the candidates were presented with three questions, usually one or two from a peer over video on the jumbotron screen, and maybe one or two from a live questioner at the event. First District Congressman Rod Blum was a co-host of the event and asked each of the candidates a question. Blum was recently elected to the First Iowa district and has already established himself as an enemy of the establishment Republicans through his opposition vote to House Speaker John Boehner.
Other questioners of the candidates present included Louisiana Governor and Presidential Candidate Bobby Jindal, Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, and CKE President and CEO Andrew Puzder, among others.
The Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds made an appearance to rally local voters to the conservative Republican cause.
Conservative radio talk show host Andrew Wilkow did a great job as MCEE of the event, impressing the crowd with his light hearted sense of humor and his gracious and skillful introduction of the various candidates.
Dr. Ben Carson was well received at the event as well, delivering a message of personal responsibility and achievement as a way for Americans to bring themselves out of tough economic situations without the help of government. Carson proved he still has a sense of humor regarding criticism of his quite manner and lack of “fire”. “I don’t do that sort of thing,” he said, “because that’s the kind of attitude that scares children!” Not a good way to behave if you’re a pediatric neurosurgeon, he joked.
Carson drew a clear distinction between him and President Barack Obama, calling the media “rabid dogs” for their intense criticism of him, while largely ignoring the blatant flaws of the current president.
Carson provided two of the more awkward and silly moments of the event Saturday. Operating under instructions of his Secret Service Protection Detail, Carson left the stage too early before the question and answer session. He had to be drawn back through the tactful nudging of event MCEE Andrew Wilkow who gently chided the Secret Service agents by saying, “are we done with the questions and answer portion?”
The video taped question from another presidential candidate, Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana to Dr. Carson was a second awkward moment. Dr. Carson was turning to answer the question when Governor Jindal, in his pre-taped question, launched into a second question.
“Yeah, yeah! We got it Bobby!” said Carson, to the amusement of the crowd.
International businesswoman and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina made an appearance at the event, proving to the crowd that she is a force to be reckoned with in this crowded Republican field.
“Admit it to yourselves,” Fiorina said. “It’s a guilty pleasure for you to think about the possibility of a debate between my self and Hillary Clinton!” Fiorina promised to take Democrats and Republicans to task in her administration, once and for all accomplishing what she promises instead of endlessly talking about it and making promises.
“It’s time to take our country back,” she said.
Rick Santorum made an appearance at the event, touting his experience fighting and defeating the Clinton machine. He also attempted to establish his credentials in national defense where he has a proven track record. Through the course of the evening, however, it appeared that the crowd was not as enthusiastic about a Santorum candidacy as they were for the candidacy of other contenders who appeared on stage. Santorum’s comments were met with polite applause at several moments but not at the same level as the response to some of the other candidates.
Runaway Slave filmmaker Rev. C.L. Bryant made an appearance on behalf of Freedomworks fund raising efforts. He asked for the continued support of the think tank and talked briefly about the unusually high incarceration rate of African-Americans in the United States. Bryant’s comments were well received but also provided the other two more awkward moments of the evening. In the midst of his comments about the incarceration rate and the current state of the United States, Bryant promised a bit of good news. During a pause in Bryant’s comments, a young person in the crowd volunteered the question, “Obama’s Dead?!” The comment seemed to fluster the speaker and was met with quite and a few snicker of nervous laughter. A woman behind me in the upper deck could be heard saying, “not cool” echoing the feeling that the crowd supported the defeat of the current president and his policies, and not personal harm. The Secret Service, quiet professionals, were not amused.
In reply to the random comment from the crowd, Bryant replied, “I’m not touching that with a ten foot pole!”
“You know the Secret Service is here!” Bryant warned.
Overall, the Freedomworks event was well received minus the few random moments of awkwardness. The only other criticisms I have are these. The Secret Service and TSA presence at the beginning of the event for the purposes of screening the public, while understandable, delayed the event as the participants trickled into the hall at a maddingly slow pace. That said, the young agent of the Secret Service that I encountered, the one who wanded me and checked my camera bag, was courteous and professional. In the future I would think that Freedomworks would warn participants to come early and expect the kinds of delays a security screening will guarantee.
by Jeremy Griffith
Creator of the American Millennium Online
Recently I embarked on a journey to test FOIA, the Freedom of Information Act, probing the government like a curious kid with a stick, stabbing at a gator. What I’ve found stunned and surprised me, as so far I have found the government gate-keepers I’ve dealt with amazingly helpful and uncharacteristically polite.
Let me backtrack to the beginning. In a previous missive I wrote on Storify, I wondered out loud and with amazement how easy it is for the New York Times and Judicial Watch to obtain and publish online the graduate work of one General El Sisi of Egypt, now that nation’s president. While still a military officer, El Sisi attended our own US Army War College and wrote a thesis as his final project where he opined on Democracy in the Middle East, a document the New York Times obtained and published without comment. Intrigued I wondered how I would fair as a poor blogger who does not buy ink by the barrel. I selected a document I wanted by an author I knew, not knowing the exact title or even if the item requested in fact existed. I expected to be sandbagged by the government, and frankly I was ready to blast their inefficiency for what I believed would be a long and winding run-around course.
Not so. I was after all, dealing with the US Army War College, and apparently, they do things differently there. After sending a couple of stray e-mails to departments who had nothing to do with my request who had no idea what I was talking about, I was politely directed to the right “desk”. The reply I got was timely and polite. “Yes Mr. Griffith,” the fellow said. “You can have that. Would you like it in digits or on paper?” It was like the gentlemen was a clerk at Walmart asking if I wanted paper or plastic.
Two days ago I received the document I had requested and since then I have devoured the contents with glee and was not disappointed. The accompanying note read, almost apologetically, “Not sure if this is the final draft. It was all I could find. Regards!” I tore open the plain envelope and perused the thesis I found inside. I was a kid at Christmas.
I knew anything written by this author had to be good. Kurt A. Schlichter is known to me and is probably well know to you as well from his popular, snarky columns on Red State and Townhall. In my previous edition, I even theorized aloud what the title of the project would have been, something patriotic and heartwarming to conservatives who love America and equally disgusting and stomach wrenching for those who don’t. I reflected that feeling in the title of that article, a little tongue in cheek. I found myself learning something new just discovering the actual title of the document, which was not a disappointment. And yes, It was about leadership, just as I knew it would be.
Netcentric Hubris and the Challenge of Netcentric Leadership by LTC Kurt A. Schlichter. How about that for a title? I immediately googled “Hubris” and “Netcentric”.
- excessive pride or self-confidence.
|synonyms:||arrogance, conceit, haughtiness, hauteur, pride, self-importance, egotism,pomposity, superciliousness, superiority; More|
- (in Greek tragedy) excessive pride toward or defiance of the gods, leading to nemesis.
Net-centric or netcentric refers to participating as a part of a continuously-evolving, complex community of people, devices, information and services interconnected by a communications network to achieve optimal benefit of resources and better synchronization of events and their consequences.
In military connotation frequently associated with terms “Net-centric Operations (NCO)” and “Net-centric Warfare (NCW)”. Many people use the terms “net-centric” and “network-centric” interchangeably. Some consider “network-centric” to refer to activities within a particular network and “net-centric” to refer to activities that cross networks.
Many experts[who?] believe the terms “information-centric” or “knowledge-centric” would capture the concepts more aptly because the objective is to find and exploit information, the network itself is only one of several enabling factors.
A great read. I found out from COL Schlichter that the Army with all its technology and information systems is better able to micromanage its junior leaders, something Schlichter believes is a habit to be resisted. Leaders at the top are using the tools at hand to micromanage, working the levers of control and making dancing automatons out of their captains, lieutenants, and sergeants. Like marionettes on a string, those junior leaders execute the plans of their masters and introduce no decision making of their own.
Schlichter masterfully illustrates in his argument that the Army should refrain from this practice, instead leaning upon the time tested leadership style of centralized planning and decentralized control. Yes, the leader at the top can better see the battlefield from where he stands in the OP Center. But is that sight picture true? Does it cut through the fog of war? No. Instead, the leader must accept a certain amount of risk, depending on the junior leader to make the appropriate decision at his level. I was so impressed with the logic of this document that I published it online for you to read for yourself. There are the footnotes at the end, like breadcrumbs. You can follow the trail to the source, where you can read for yourself, testing for yourself if the author’s conclusion is true. Unclassified? Yes it says that at the top, so no problems there.
The experience I’ve had with the War College is like going on a camping trip with your family to the source waters of the mighty Mississippi River. You pile into the family station wagon and you go. When you arrive, you park, and you walk down to the river. You cross the narrow inlet, where the water slows to a trickle. Dipping your hand into the cold rushing water, you lean down and drink. Cool. Refreshing. Clean.
It’s like the Army is saying. “Yes citizen. You can have the final projects of our warrior leaders, and at no charge! We are proud of what we do here and in the leaders we train. You have the right to know what it is we are doing in your name. Read the words of the warrior leaders we’ve trained, be enlightened, and enjoy.” Wow. Just, wow.
I get an altogether different feeling when I try to find the educational documents written by some of our political leaders, which are as elusive to find as the Holy Grail.
To their credit, Mother Jones, that leftist publication, has done a little footwork for us. Very little. They got half of Ted Cruz’s Princeton Undergraduate work, Clipping the Wings of Angels: The History and Theory behind the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. A doughnut stained operative wandered into the Princeton’s Mudd Library to the place where student theses are stored and with camera phone in hand, photographed 48 pages of the 115 page document. It’s like the operative didn’t want the conservative politician’s undergrad thesis bad enough to get the whole thing! Was he/she interrupted during their surreptitious photography session by a roving security guard? One wonders. Maybe they were just too cheap to pay the $0.35 per page fee to get the whole thing? “That’s enough of this pro-constitution, flag-waiving crap! Our readers will get the point. Cruz is a juvenile, nationalistic scumbag. Let’s go.” Is that what they told themselves on their way out of the library, angry security guard in pursuit? Hmmm. Well, fear not, dear reader. I’ve paid the fee and hopefully I will get the full document here shortly.
Check out what one commenter said about the Cruz document at CNN iReport here!
Meantime, good luck trying to FOIA a similar document from Hillary Rodham Clinton or Barack Hussein Obama II. The president apparently did some kind of project for graduation when he matriculated through his various schools. FactCheck.org assures us that is so. But it wasn’t the kind of thesis that is required to be retained by the school and indeed, the professor who advised the young Barrack on this thesis doesn’t even retain his copy. Lost it in a move, he says. Oh well.
Hillary’s thesis on the other hands isn’t quite so difficult, to get your hands on, but a little bit of a challenge, at least according to Bill Dedman, MSNBC Investigative reporter, who details his adventure with the seldom seen document. (Dedman? Good name for a writer who accidently crosses the Clintons. One wonders why an investigative reporter is necessary to find this document of Hillary’s? Wouldn’t the Lifestyle editor be better?)
Dedman admits in his article from May of 2007 that Hillary’s thesis, based on an interview with vaunted socialist thinker and activist Saul Alinsky, was sealed for a brief time for convenience when the goddess Hillary was in her role as First Lady, at her own request. But since she started running for office of President the record was unsealed once more so the peasants can view it, if they can afford the plane ticket from Rochester Minnesota or Phoenix Arizona or where ever you’re from to come to the library and seek an audience with the aforementioned manuscript. Like a high priest going into the temple, Dedman has graciously volunteered to read the holy scripture for us, a line of rope tied around his ankle in case for whatever reason he upsets the gods and is struck dead in the process. He has pierced the veil to enter the holy of holies for us and has interpreted the document to save us all the trouble and hassle. How good of him.
You and I can’t judge for ourselves the tenure and structure of the article for ourselves, that is just too awkward. We’ll just have to take Dedman’s word for it. Footnotes? Really, what good are they? Why test the research acumen of the goddess, what Hubris you have, peasant? I like that word, I learned it earlier.
No there seems to be a definite trend here that is not surprising. If you are a right wing wacko bird like Ted Cruz who is running for president, or a war-mongering former comedian turned lawyer, columnist like Kurt Schlichter, an operative of the left will get your documents and use your own words to smear you. But, If you are Barack Obama, or Hillary Rodham Clinton, special care is taken by the gate-keepers to protect your college work so as to tamp down the unfair criticism of the unwashed masses.
And that really is the point right? There is a ring around the leftist prophets of progressivism that doesn’t extend to the lovers of the constitution. No, not for you. But there is still hope. We are told that Hillary and Barack got Ivy League educations and are more than qualified to be our leaders, even though we can’t judge their work for ourselves. We can judge them. Both have works of literature that has been edited and vetted and put out for the masses after the approval and polish of the acolytes. And we have their promises and words on the TV. Yes we can judge them and we will.
Happily Barack is not running for office again, although I predict he’ll be around in the wings for quite some time. As for Hillary, if she gets past her current dilemma with the press over her missing emails and private server, with the help of the press, then she is well on her way to be the presumptive nominee.
The democrats have cause for concern this time around, however. The GOP has a deep bench filled with conservatives as well as a moderate or two and with luck the right guy or gal will rise to the top to challenge the goddess. Ted Cruz, cum laude from his respective institution of Princeton and a champion debater with a record for excellence, leads the way. I can’t wait to see a debate between Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz. It’ll be better than fireworks.
by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium
Whittle: I would abolish the word “Tea Party” and stop using the word “conservative”!
Bill Whittle brought the house down motivating conservative activists and bloggers at the closing joint general assembly of Right Online/Defending the American Dream Summit at the Loews Pacific Bay Resort in Orlando Florida, Saturday afternoon. His advice: stop talking about conservatism!
Whittle in his remarks echoed the late great blogger king Andrew Brietbart who said that politics is downstream from pop culture and if you don’t win over the culture then you won’t win the generation when it comes to politics.
“If we can’t tell a story that the next generation can relate to then we’ve lost and we might as well give up and go home,” said Whittle. “We don’t deserve to win another election ever again!”
The battle over the minds of the youth and of advancing conservatism, Whittle pointed out comes down to three simple principles, Freedom, Property Rights, Virtue.
But you can’t talk about those things, Whittle explained, because the generation has been so torn down by mainstream pop culture that the youth will just blow you off.
“They think when you talk about virtue your telling them they can’t have sex until they’re 70 or something,” joked Whittle.
Instead of using the words like freedom, property rights and virtue, Whittle encouraged conservatives to substitute words that make more sense to the audience. “We should tell people, don’t tell me what to do, leave me alone; don’t take my stuff; and don’t be a jerk!” Said Whittle, “I would ban the word ‘Tea Party’, ban the word ‘conservative!’”
To young people Whittle said, “I would tell the college kids, ‘we are members of the rebel alliance, (a reference to Sci Fi legend Star Wars) and we will always be outnumbered and always outgunned and if you wanna join we have a meeting in room 102 at 4:30!”
Whittle spoke for a little over 21 minutes to over a thousand motivated conservative activists and bloggers at a joint session in the hotel ball room at the Royal Pacific Hotel. He ended with an epic rant comparing modern day conservatives to rebels in the Star Wars Rebel Alliance and encouraged the audience to entice the young people of America’s next generation through iconic story telling. Whittle does video blogging online at PJTV.com; he has his own video blog called Afterburner; and participates in PJTV’s Trifecta broadcast with colleagues Stephen Green and Scott Ott. Watch his comments on You Tube here.
The Right Online conference and the Defending the American Dream Summit are annual events sponsored by Americans For Prosperity. Other speakers at the general assemblies included media personalities like Fox News’s Greg Gutfeld, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, and Twitchy founder and Tea Party Darling Michelle Malkin among others. The events took place over two days Friday and Saturday. Participants partied Friday night at Universal Studios Orlando at the Marvel Comics section with music, booze and free rides.