Leaving a Leadership Legacy

As I get older, I am reminded that my “legacy” is that which I leave behind for others to share, to build upon, and to enjoy.  For your heirs, the need to leave behind something goes far beyond a financial legacy.  You want to leave the story, the roadmap of how you got here, what decisions you made, and most importantly, what worked, and what didn’t.

I recently re-read a blog post by Jim Rohn from 2017.  In this post, Jim reminds us that it is the tangible things that have the most value and the most benefit to others. Photographs (including descriptions), your personal library, and most importantly, your personal journal.  As I was reading the post, I was reminded why we know so much about the founding of our great nation.  The founders and the framers, especially John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, were incredible writers.  Their writings in the form of letters, newspaper articles, and personal journals tell a wondrous story of the founding of the United States, and left a legacy of Liberty, Democracy, and Personal Responsibility for all of us to share.  How sad it would be if we could not study the history of our nation without being able to refer to the original writings of the men and women who were there.

A word of caution to those who believe that keeping a journal is just too “old fashioned.”  After all, we now have Facebook, Twitter, Google+, WordPress, and a whole host of digital media to share our thoughts, ideas, and to leave a legacy.  While I agree that social media and other electronic forms are a good way to disseminate information, understand that you do not own, or control anything you post on these platforms.  Should Twitter (or any of the others) go out of business, or suffer a serious outage, all of your information may be lost.  Even if you keep electronic copies on your local hard drive, you are only one power surge or fried hard-drive away from losing everything.  Only paper and ink have withstood the test of time.  Not just for centuries, but for millennia.

Democrat Leadership calls for a new civil war in America

Excuse me for being a little late to the party, but this weekend’s events were so disturbing that I had to take a couple of days to consider the far-reaching consequences of everything that transpired.

First, Sarah Sanders, the current White House Press Secretary, was unceremoniously thrown out of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, VA by a manager who made an on-site determination that the restaurant would no longer serve conservatives, Republicans, or anyone affiliated with the Trump administration.  The fact that there was no outrage from the Democrat party, and no one speaking out (other than conservative republicans), is tantamount to a call for reinstatement of Jim Crow laws from the south, and “separate but equal” dining rooms.  One set for conservative, the other for liberals.

If that wasn’t bad enough, Liberal California Congresswoman Maxine Waters didn’t just double-down on the Red Hen moment, she made a VERY public statement calling for what amounts to an all-out war against anyone who supports President Trump.  Waters stated: “Already, you have members of your Cabinet that are being booed out of restaurants … who have protesters taking up at their house, who say, ‘No peace, no sleep! No peace, no sleep!’” You can watch the video here.  When you consider that Maxine Waters is the de-facto leader of the Radical Left in the Democrat Party, how long does anyone think it will take until the leftist extremist in our nation feel free to attack anyone wearing a MAGA hat, or Trump t-shirt.

The leadership of the Democrat party is so desperate to regain control, that they are all willing to create a Mob Mentality within the electorate to push the Anti-Trump agenda.  This Mob Mentality will be supported by anyone who doesn’t take just a moment to think about the consequences or who truly wants a 2nd Civil War in the United States.  But this time, the war won’t be about slavery, or states’ rights, or self-determination, it’s going to be about political ideology.

So to my Democrat friends, Do you REALLY support this agenda?  Do you REALLY want a new civil war based upon ideology? Do you REALLY believe that violence against Conservatives, Republicans, and Trump supporters is the way to resolve our differences?  As a lifelong resident of California, I cannot and will not support ANYONE who support this current agenda of hate, divisiveness, and violence being espoused by Democrat leadership.  California was, at one time, the Golden State. A state where opportunity was around every corner, where personal liberty and tolerance for other beliefs was considered part of the landscape, a place where new ideas and inventions were welcomed, and where freedom of thought, and speech, was the beginning of the discussion, not the end.  What has happened to my California, and when did Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, and Chuck Schumer, become the voices for everything disgusting about the Democrat party?

Leadership in Action 003

An acquaintance on another platform (Twitter) asked why I was always posting quotes from others, rather than posting some of the things that I teach in my own classroom.  I honestly had to think about it for a few minutes.  Then it dawned on me, I wasn’t using my own quotes, my own education, and my own experiences, because I didn’t want to appear arrogant.  Yet, at the same time, I have studied and applied leadership theory for over 20 years in my personal life, and I have taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership for the past decade.  Certainly, I must have something to say on the subject?  After some further thought, I realized, yes… the reason that I started studying leadership was because of my personal belief in a lack of real leadership in our nation, and in the past 20 years I have been able to apply what I have learned both in the classroom, and in the business world, to challenge old, tired ideas and to advance a vision of a better world for all of us.

Charles Krauthammer; 1950-2018

Charles Krauthammer was arguably one of the greatest intellects in Washington, D.C.  His columns and commentary were read and listened to by millions of people on a daily basis.  His voice, always strong; his beliefs, always out front.  He wrote columns and appeared on News shows beginning during the Reagan Administration and ending with the early Trump Administration.  His praise was not limited to Republicans, nor was his scorn limited to Democrats. Charles’ opinion were his own and were always well thought out and found their basis in the facts of the day.

Krauthammer overcame many challenges in his life, including the swimming accident during his first year of Medical School which confined him to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Sadly, Charles could not overcome this final challenge with an aggressive form of cancer that took his life today, June 21, 2018.

The loss of Charles Krauthammer is not just a great blow to journalism and media, but also to all of us who value intellectual discourse, journalistic integrity, and the willingness to speak out, even when the subject is unpopular.  He will be greatly missed.

More Liberal Lies, Feigned Outrage, and Staged Events

I am truly confused. I really do not understand. Has 50%+ of this nation, and 65%+ of California become so immoral, so unethical, so unfeeling, and so callous that they will resort to lies, distortions, obfuscation, and character assassination to push a political agenda? Those of us who are not members of the Progressive/Liberal ultra-left wing of the Democrat party cannot believe what we hear from the media, politicians, and political ideologues, who belong to the leftist cabal in our nation.

The latest lie coming from the Left is that children are being held in cages by the Border Patrol, ICE, and local law enforcement while illegal immigrants are being processed and awaiting deportation. According to SNOPES, this “heart-rending photograph of a crying child in a cage has been widely shared, but it was part of a protest to call attention to immigration practices.” The photo is actually from a pro-illegal immigration rally held on June 10, 2018. The group holding the rally erected the cage and used teenagers, children, and toddlers as props. Photos of the event were then picked up by the media and left-leaning immigration groups and used to do nothing more than smear President Trump, undermine current immigration policies, and create sympathy for illegal immigration.  This is nothing more than another appeal to the emotions (argumentum ad passions) of the populace that has no basis in fact and does not advance the debate on immigration policy because the emotional plea is not backed by any effective solution.

Whether you call yourself a Leftist, Socialist, Progressive, or a Democrat, you really should question the motives and the morality of the group that you claim to belong to. The biggest political party in the United States should be able to come up with logical arguments and effective policy, plans, and programs that address the situation without having to resort to blatant lies and massive disinformation campaigns.

You can find the video of the Staged Event on SNOPES

#WakeUpAmerica #WakeUpCalifornia #MAGA

More Liberal/Progressive/Democrat Hypocrisy in Nevada?

I love it when an Ultra-Liberal Newspaper like the Mercury News (and dozens of others) attempt to school all of us on family values.  I love it when Liberals discuss values and then immediately turn around and attempt to defend the Clintons and Obamas with great gusto. They also defend policies, regulations, and laws that do nothing for the people, but further the progressive agenda that will ultimately result in complete split between the elite class, and the plebian servants.

Let’s get something straight… There is no such thing as Liberal/Progressive/Democrat Values. This group as a whole, practices a form of “Moral Ambivalence” or Moral Relativism.” In other words, “What’s good for you, is good for you, and what is good for me, is good for me.” Liberals have NO Values and NO Moral Absolutes. So, for the ULTRA LIBERAL Mercury News to write such a slanted report just cracks me up.

Dennis Hof is NOT a pimp. He is the owner of the Moonlight Bunny Ranch which is a legal, state licensed, brothel in Nevada. He is also an author, university lecturer, and reality TV Star. He is a business man and follows all the rules, regulations, and laws of the state of Nevada and provides a service. The women who work at the Bunny Ranch work of their own free will, can leave at any time, are paid EXTRAORDINARY WAGES, have full benefits, and are also licensed by the State. Had Dennis Hof run as a Democrat, He would be hailed as a CHAMPION of women’s rights and for allowing women full rights to “Use their bodies as they see fit.”

Mr. Hof decide to run for office for many of the same reasons as President Trump. HE CAN’T BE BOUGHT.  Mr. Hof has made enough money, been successful across many different businesses, and amassed a degree of wealth that shields him from the slings and arrows of lobbyists and donators.  I have personally never been to the Bunny Ranch, and at my age, I probably will never go. But Mr. Hof is running a very responsible and legal business. However, I do hope that President Trump comes to Nevada and helps campaign and fund-raise for Dennis Hof. If for no other reason than to continue to expose the Liberal/Progressive/Democrat HYPOCRISY in America.

Here is the link to the original article:  Dennis Hof wins Nevada GOP Primary

#MAGA #WakeUpAmerica

Stop the (WATER) INSANITY!

This is an open letter to President Trump, California’s Republican Representatives, John Cox (Republican Candidate for Governor), and all other elected and appointed officials who have not gone complete insane over global climate change and water in California…

It’s time to STOP THE INSANITY! Liberal Democrats, from Gov. Jerry Brown on down, are hell bent on destroying the California Economy, our way of life, and our ability to maintain healthful communities by further restricting water use in the state.  Prior to the introduction of AB 1668, the California Legislature had already reduced the availability of water to the point where many of our Farms, Construction Firms, and Recreation Companies were forced out of business.  Now, the State Legislature wants to limit your ability to shower, wash clothes, cook, or even drink water, all because of the abject failure of every administration since Jerry Brown Jr’s first term in office (in the 1970’s) to expand the States ability to capture, treat, and deliver water to an increasingly thirsty and growing population.

Now, rather than developing new resources (HEY, Jerry, you see that big blue ocean to the west?), Jerry and the Progressives want the California people to further conserve water.  This is at the same time we are committed to building a low-speed choo-choo to nowhere at a cost of $200+ BILLION.  A choo-choo that no one wants, no one needs, and no one will ride (HEY Jerry, you ever hear of hi-speed Airplanes?).  For 10% of the cost of the choo-choo to nowhere, California Coastal Cities and Counties could build ten Desalination Plants along to coast to provide fresh, clean, uninterrupted water to 6 MILLION Southern California residents.  No more droughts, no more rationing, no more conservation for all of San Diego and Orange Counties.  And here is the BONUS! By building these desalination plants (1 approximately every 8 miles along the coast), the various water agencies (IID, MWD, etc) could stop sending water from the Colorado River to coastal communities.  This “saved” water could then be used to restore the Salton Sea, irrigate fields and farms in Imperial, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, and provide safe, fresh, water to a thirsty and growing Inland Empire.  This same desalination technology can be used to maintain water quality and provide fresh water from the Salton Sea once it is refilled to historic levels and the Salton Sea can once again become a massive source of recreation, entertainment, and business opportunity (salt and lithium mining) for California.

It’s past time for the good people of the State of California to demand that our liberal, progressive, legislators and Governor to stop lying to us about desalination.  We have the technology, we have the energy production, the Pacific Ocean will NEVER dry up, and water is something that everyone needs and wants.  The bottom line is that we DO NOT have a water problem here in California, what we have is a LACK OF POLITICAL WILL problem to do the right thing and develop our natural resources that we have, right off of our coast.

This post inspired by an article in the Washington Times by Tammy Bruce.  California’s New Water Restrictions send residents fleeing to Saner States