What Is The Difference Between Leadership and Service?
August 17, 2015
Marine Corps officers eat last. That simple insight inspired the title of Simon Sinek’s latest book, “Leaders Eat Last.” If I could influence high school or college curricula, no one would graduate without successfully completing a semester course on that principle. Below is another remarkable video of Simon Sinek discussing how circumstances can override our desire to lead and serve and how leadership and service can fix almost any problem. But first, I’d like you think a bit more about these two critical needs: leadership and service.
You Have a New Son, America
August 15, 2015
My son Patrick (closest to the camera at a civilian’s idea of parade rest) listens to the instructions of the enlisting officer among 9 young men and women preparing to swear an oath to the Constitution of the United States. They were here to make their first commitment to the armed forces. [caption id="attachment_16700” align="alignleft” width="711”]Patrick Hennessy takes the oath of enlistment at the Federal Building in St. Louis August 14, 2015.
Poll: What Do You Think About Service?
July 26, 2015
Last week, we posted a 5-part series on national service. This week, we’d like to see what you think. Be heard The poll closes Saturday, August 1 at Midnight. Please vote only once. Last Week’s Poll: Trump Here’s my analysis of last week’s poll on Donald Trump.
Free eBook of National Service Posts
July 24, 2015
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 up. This is just for convenience. Thanks.
A Conservative Missouri Service Program--Part 5
July 24, 2015
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 offer an oversimplified proposal for Missouri’s version of a national-service program. While inadequate, it is a start.
Why Conservatives Should Get Involved—Part 4
July 23, 2015
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 conservatives turn their backs on the concept of developing a service ethos in America. Generations: Saying “No” Won’t Work Do you remember when Roosevelt died?
What’s Wrong With The Franklin Project? – Part 3
July 22, 2015
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 of a renewed ethos of national service in America. It’s mission: The Franklin Project envisions a future in which a year of full-time national service—a service year—is a cultural expectation, a common opportunity, and a civic rite of passage for every young American.
Buckley vs. Friedman on Service-Part 2
July 21, 2015
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, then, to view the idea of a service ethos through the eyes of two champions of conservatism of the 20th century.
Fact and Fiction of the Franklin Project--Part 1
July 20, 2015
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 advanced by a few Facebook warriors goes something like this: “The Franklin Project wants mandatory national service.