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Free eBook of National Service Posts

My series on National Service is important. Maybe not urgent, but important. (See Eisenhower Square.) So I turned it into an eBook: DOWNLOAD FREE E-BOOK Be warned: I did not edit the posts, so the ebook contains all the links to previous posts in the series. If there’s interest, I’ll go back and clean it…

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A Conservative Missouri Service Program–Part 5

We’ve reached the end. On Monday, we corrected disinformation about The Franklin Project. Next, we looked at the historical conservative framework for national service. Wednesday was a dissection of The Franklin Project’s Plan of Action (as distinguished from the group’s vision.) Yesterday, we examined the consequences of ignoring the call for national service. Today, we…

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Why Conservatives Should Get Involved—Part 4

In part 1 of this series, we clarified some misconceptions and falsehoods about the Franklin Project. In part 2, we examined the debate on the right from 1990 with William F. Buckley and Milton Friedman. Part 3 was a critique of the Franklin Project’s Plan of Action. Today, we will look at the consequences should…

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What’s Wrong With The Franklin Project? – Part 3

This is part three of a five-part series on national service. Part 1 introduced the controversy and corrected a major misconception. Part 2 looked at national service through the eyes of conservative giants, Milton Friedman, William F. Buckley, and Ronald Reagan. So, what’s wrong with the Franklin Project? Plenty. The Franklin Project promotes the idea…

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Buckley vs. Friedman on Service-Part 2

This is part 2 of a series on national service and the Franklin Project. Read part 1 here. First, answer this for yourself: would you vote for William F. Buckley Jr? Milton Friedman on National Service My friend Lloyd Sloan points out that Milton Friedman disagreed with Buckley’s call for national service. It seems appropriate,…

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Fact and Fiction of the Franklin Project–Part 1

You know how to tell when a political camp has nothing on an opponent? It begins making stuff up. That “making stuff up” has become the chief form of amusement among those who oppose Eric Greitens for Governor. The current fiction they advance has to do with an organization called The Franklin Project. The fiction…

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I finally finished reading Resilience by Eric Greitens

I usually breeze through books. I read Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman in four days. And it has math. I read Eric Greitens’s book The Heart and the Fist in two days. Why did it take me over a month to finish Resilience? I’m not sure, but here’s what I think. First, the…

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There’s One Person to Blame if Blues Disappointed You

Harsh, I know. The St. Louis Blues disappeared from the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs in a 4-2, first-round collapse for the third consecutive season. And this year was supposed to be different. So different. With off-season pickups like Jori Lehtera and Paul Stastny, we expected St. Louis to shut down for a parade in June,…

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I Am a Coward (but I’m trying to get better)

A critic is someone who enters the battlefield after the war is over and shoots the wounded. ― Murray Kempton Great leaders inspire thought and action. But their real value? Great leaders inspire action. Hard action. Uncomfortable action. I’m reading Resilience by Eric Greitens. I have already bought six copies of the book, and I’m sure…

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Why It’s Good To Be Wrong

Well, a redneck nerd in a bowling shirt was a-guzzlin’ lone star beer Talking religion and-uh politics for all the world to hear. –Kinky Friedman, *They Aint’ Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore* I used to hate to be wrong. In fact, most of my life, I’d deny being wrong long after all doubt had left the…

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Allman in the Mourning

I hear that Jamie Allman ripped into Senator John Danforth yesterday. Allman called Danforth a failure and a thug. According to Allman, Danforth’s sin was defending a friend against lies, defending a people against centuries-old hate. I guess Jamie Allman and his handlers like lies and hate. I’d hate to be Jamie Allman on judgement…

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What Is Success?

Could I ask you to answer a couple of questions. You can do this offline or in the comments of this post. Name 3 people you consider wildly successful. For each person you named, what is the number one criterion for establishing his or her success? Please do that before continuing. Done? Okay. I’m going to…