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Independence Day: The Greatest Act of Political Courage in History

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In less than a week we’ll celebrate one of my top three favorite holidays – Independence Day. I purposely refer to it as Independence Day — not the 4th of July or July 4 — because it’s not the date that’s important but the significance of what transpired on that hot, humid summer day in 1776. And every American needs a reminder.

The dangerous thing about freedom is that it’s so intoxicating it can easily lull those who enjoy it into total complacency. Especially after 100+ years of deliberate cultural, moral and intellectual assault upon every worthy American institution from education to pop culture to academia to media to government (the utterly corrupt, excessively overweight, tyrannical present-day version of which is undoubtedly causing our Founders to roll over in their graves).

A few years back I attended a Tea Party rally on Independence Day in West Palm Beach, where they host the annual event, The 4th on Flagler. After our rally in a more secluded section, we decided to mingle with the crowd and watch fireworks. That’s when I heard a typical, condescending, better than you liberal male call out in a voice dripping with contempt: “You people politicize everything!” (Ponder the irony there….then remember lefties are masters of projecting their behaviors and attitudes onto constitutional conservatives).

Anyway, I couldn’t let that go without a retort so I asked him “What exactly do you think we’re commemorating today? The writing, signing and presentation of the Declaration of Independence was a political act. The bravest political act in the history of the world.”

He just gave me a smug look and went back to whatever he was doing. I knew then that freedom-loving Americans fighting to restore the gift of a free nation truly did have our work cut out for us. Doesn’t it feel as if we’re in the midst of a second American Revolution most days? Except this time the monarchy is within in the form of an entitled, entrenched political class comprised of two despicable parties made up of men and women whose only concern is their own self-interest (with a few exceptions).

To paraphrase Mel Brooks as King Louis in History of the World, it’s good to be part of the Beltway elite. And to rewrite another famous saying, “Those who can, do. Those who can’t become career politicians and punish those who do with excessive taxes and regulations.”

Still, I look upon Independence Day as a way to reflect upon the founding of the greatest country in the history of the world and to recharge my batteries to continue to the fight for liberty. They put it all on the line for freedom. Will you?

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I Support the Ukrainian People — If Only The American President Did

This is heart-breaker, especially since there’s no Ronald Reagan-like figure currently occupying the White House. In fact, I can count on my fingers the number of liberty-loving politicians in D.C., most of whom accurately fit the description of the Ukrainian “barbarians” described in this video. Oh, they haven’t resorted to violence yet, but they’re every bit as corrupt.

May God help these poor people.

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Writestream Tuesday welcomes author Kent Clizbe

I first interviewed Kent Clizbe, author of the excellent book, Willing Accomplices for the We Built That Network back on December 13. If you missed it, click below to listen:

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Kent was such an impressive guest, I decided to book him for a Writestream Tuesday broadcast, which would give us 50 minutes to delve more deeply into Willing Accomplices and discuss his latest non-fiction book, Obliterating Exceptionalism. As my readers, listeners and followers know by now, I am completely unapologetic and utterly indefatigable when it comes to defending our liberty and the United States of America. Most of this year’s Writestream line-up will consist of talented authors in both the fiction and non-fiction realm who are just as unabashedly pro-American and pro-U.S. Constitution as I am.

As someone who spent much of his career in intelligence, Kent brings a unique and informed perspective to the discussion of American Exceptionalism:

Kent served as a staff CIA case officer in the 1990s, and as a contractor after 9/11.  He has worked in various capacities in intelligence positions in Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.  His specialty is Counter-terrorism and Islamic Extremism.

Kent has also worked Counter-intelligence, Counter-proliferation, Counter-narcotics, and other targets.  In addition to extensive liaison work with foreign intel services, he has worked in the US Intel Community in inter-agency, inter-governmental intelligence operations since 9/11.  He was awarded the Intelligence Community Seal Medallion, the highest civilian intelligence agency decoration for contractors, for his counter-terrorist operations in the Philippines, Indonesia andMalaysia.  His work in the Philippines was described in an article by Mark Bowden in the Atlantic Monthly in March 2007, “Jihadists inParadise.”

In the US Air Force, Kent was a Vietnamese linguist, completing language training at DLI in Monterey, CA.  He served for three years at Clark AB in the Philippines.

Kent’s educational background includes a BA in Southeast Asian Studies-Linguistics from SUNYExcelsiorCollege and an MA in Linguistics and Business from OhioUniversity, as well as graduate studies in Instructional Design at Southern Illinois University,Carbondale.  He has more or less linguistic expertise in Vietnamese, Italian, Malay/Indonesian, Spanish, and Arabic.  He is a member of the International Association for Intelligence Education; the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, and the Association for Intelligence Officers.

With a career that has spanned the globe, in multiple roles and operations, Kent has many stories to tell.

I’ll encourage my guest to share some of his stories and encourage listeners to call in with your questions and comments at 347-945-7246. Please join Kent Clizbe and me for Writestream Tuesday on January 21 at 1 p.m. Eastern!

UPDATE: Did you miss Kent live? Click below to listen.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Whatever your plans, enjoy the day, savor the blessings in your life, eat lots of turkey and watch some football!

 

Things I am Grateful for this Year (in no particular order):

 

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1. The recent, successful conclusion of a project that’s been 3 1/2 years in the making, involving the resourcefulness, intelligence, patience and help of two women who (finally) made it happen. Not going into detail but they know who they are – and they rock! Such a blessing that this is, at last, behind me.

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2. Speaking of long-term projects, the publication and release of Reflections on the Ring, a manuscript I’d originally written back in 2010, placed on hold by my client until the timing was right. Check it out here.

 

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3. Carrie Lundy, graphic artist and designer of Reflections on the Ring front and back cover, Writestream logo and Love, Liberty & Lip Gloss logo. Need Carrie’s services? Contact me here and I’ll make an introduction.

 

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4. Balazs Szabo, new friend and recent client whose wonderful book, Tweezer Beezer, I am promoting through social media.

 

Agenda 21 author and now my friend Harriet Parke.
Agenda 21 author and now my friend Harriet Parke.

 

5. Harriet Parke, new friend and author of Agenda 21, with whom I had the pleasure of visiting this past September.

 

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6. Lisa Tarves and John Gresham, who were with me from the very beginning of the Writestream Radio Network.

 

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7. Good friends, including Dr. Billie Eizenberg who began hosting Family Power Hour with Sheena Benjamin-Wise in August.

 

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Mom and Dad, dancing at a recent family gathering.

 

8. My awesome Mom and Dad, and their continued presence in my life.

 

Celebrating my mother's birthday with my brother Ralph, circa 1992.
Celebrating my mother’s birthday with my brother Ralph, circa 1992.

9. My siblings, especially Ralph, who has taught me more than anyone about unconditional love. Also thankful that one sibling in particular had a successful surgery and good medical prognosis recently.

 

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10. My excellent health, thanks in part to daily adherence to the Leslie Sansone Walk At Home program. It’s amazing how toned and strong my muscles have become, and how great I feel. Left my 20s long ago, but feel fantastic! Best of all, my historically low-to-normal blood pressure remains that way.

 

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11. Love – that includes family, friends and a new someone special who came into my life nearly a year ago. Whatever happens, this relationship has certainly taught me a lot about myself and my capacity to listen, understand, empathize and patiently wait for God’s perfect timing. Circumstances aren’t exactly stellar right now, but the person is a man of honor, integrity, faith and patriotism with a big heart and a willing ear and/or (virtual) shoulder. Nice to know there are still men like that out there. Enough said.

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12. Being an American – thanks to the courage of my maternal great-grandmother and my paternal grandparents, I was born and raised in the greatest country the world has ever known. Individual liberty and American exceptionalism have been under relentless attack, especially in the last decade, but I will always be grateful to be an American and will fight with everything I have to preserve this nation, along with fiercely devoted patriots from coast-to-coast. We owe that much to the pilgrims who risked everything to forge a new life in an unknown land that would eventually become a beacon of freedom worldwide.

God bless America!

 

 

 

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