Category Archives: Values

Why I’m an American Patriot

By | December 15, 2020

[December 15, 2020]  Yes … I’m a flag-waving American Patriot.  My 40 years in the U.S. Army did not make me a patriot.  Growing up in a patriotic family did not make me a patriot.  I’m a patriot because I lived half my life overseas in 20 foreign countries, on four continents, which made me a patriot.  With… Read More »

Are We a Flabby, Cowardly, Cynical, Leftist Lot?

By | December 14, 2020

[December 14, 2020]  A Gallup poll in October 1940 found American youth as “a flabby, pacifist, yellow, cynical, discouraged, and leftist lot.”  On the precipice of war, the United States was wholly unprepared militarily or socially.  We were, indeed, a cowardly, leftist lot.  Today, we are no different. We honor and respect the Greatest Generation; those who served… Read More »

It Was an Unfair Fight

By | December 10, 2020

[December 10, 2020]  Not all fights on the battlefield are with guns.  Yesterday, I spoke with a battle-buddy of mine from our first unit’s deployment in the Iraq War.  You know the conversation … old war stories, what happened to us, and how it made for something to tell the grandkids.  Scotty, at the time a U.S. Army… Read More »

The Decline of Veteran Identity

By | December 5, 2020

[December 5, 2020]  Over the past several decades, there has been a decline of veteran identity.  This is reflected in falling membership across all organizations like the VFW, increased suicide rates, and unemployment.  This is a problem that has national-level and societal implications, none of which are good. The Decline of Veteran identity. This unfortunate decline of identity… Read More »

Americans Hate Cheating

By | November 20, 2020

[November 20, 2020]  Several years ago, I wrote about core American values to set a baseline for my leadership blog (see links here, here, and here).  Core values say a lot about who we are and where we are going.  This is why I spend so much of my time today with our military veterans; they understand what… Read More »

Giving Peace a Chance: Leadership in Action

By | September 17, 2020

[September 17, 2020]  Those who study statesmanship and the experienced leadership know how difficult it is to make progress on old and emotionally-laden political issues.  Two days ago, the UAE, Bahrain, and Israel signed a peace deal with one another.  Casual observers will not understand the significance of or difficulty in this achievement, and that is unfortunate. Those… Read More »