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America’s Simple Solutions with Author Mark Werts – UPDATED

I’m excited to welcome Mark Werts, author of the book, America’s Simple Solutions, to Writestream Radio on Tuesday, September 27 at 1 PM Eastern. If you’re sick of politics, but interested in commonsense solutions to our country’s problems, be sure to tune in and call in with your questions and comments at (347) 945-7246:

wt_ass_mark_wertsIn America’s Simple Solutions, author Mark Werts tackles education, healthcare, immigration, taxes, gun control, the environment, gender, equality, and many other issues, and offers Americans simple solutions free of partisan bias, based on how these challenges are handled around the world. Having lived, worked, and traveled across Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, Werts has observed how people in other countries have approached the same dilemmas that we face in the United States. “I have come to understand what is practical and works. I have also seen what is impractical and doesn’t work. In our global world, why would America pursue an idea that has been proven again and again not to work in other places?” he writes. Werts also reflects on the views of our country’s Founding Fathers, and suggests that we have forgotten much of their considerable wisdom.

Throughout, Werts emphasizes the importance of expanded freedom, especially for entrepreneurs and business. He also stresses the critical roles played by education and political participation.  “A good, solid education for all of our citizens is the ultimate answer to our many challenges . . . and to get the best teachers, we must offer the best salaries,” he says.  And he laments low voter turnout, urging all eligible Americans not only to vote, but to get involved in local boards and commissions.

With freedom, education, and voting as an underlying theme, Werts believes that we are at a monumental juncture, and that the future of our individual freedom is at stake. In reading, America’s Simple Solutions will empower people to get involved, and make the choices that will fuel both growth and freedom.

To listen to the live show, click on this link to Writestream Tuesday: America’s Simple Solutions with Author Mark Werts on September 27 at 1 PM Eastern.

About the Author:

Mark Werts was born and raised in Hollywood, California, the third of six children in a large Catholic family. His father, C. Francis, was a family doctor who treated many of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and who delivered more than two thousand babies. His mother, Virginia, was a schoolteacher. Mark is a graduate of Loyola High School in Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, the University of California-Berkeley, and the Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management (now part of Arizona State University).

wt_markwerts2He began his professional career working for Price Waterhouse, and with his ear for languages, he soon found himself running the company’s offices in Geneva, Switzerland, and later Madrid, Spain. While in Spain, one of his clients, an influential jeans maker, introduced Mark to the world of fashion. A short time later, Mark trekked his way to Holland, where he founded his first vintage clothing store, Salty Dog, by begging, borrowing, and mortgaging his life insurance policy for the initial $21,000 investment. He soon had ten locations throughout the Netherlands, then two more stores in France.

While in Europe, Mark married and had two children, Julian and Zoey. But, after the relationship soured and his American wife took the kids and returned to the states, Mark married a Dutch woman, closed his shops, and also moved to the United States, to be closer to his children.

Mark launched his signature store, American Rag, in the Bay Area of California in 1984. Despite appearances, denim was never intended to be the store’s focus. He started out selling vintage clothing, as well as Paul Smith and several other good labels. As business grew, so did the Werts household. His third child, Mark Oliver (who now works as a vice president at American Rag), was born in 1985, and that same year Mark found himself looking for a new location. Circling back to his roots in Los Angeles, he discovered an oversized warehouse on La Brea Boulevard — miles from the hip fashion avenues of Beverly Hills and Sunset Plaza — and set out to re-invent California retailing without actually knowing he was doing so. Since then, American Rag has grown to several locations, does a brisk online business, and has in-store partnerships with Macy’s, Orta, Sazaby League and Levi Strauss, as well as a strong presence in many foreign countries.

Today Mark is married to fashion designer Amanda Shi, and has young twins, Chloe and Ignatius. He is also a mentor to new generations of would-be merchants. To that end, he can often be found strolling the campus at the University of Southern California where he is on the Board of Counselors. He often lectures there, and teaches a pilot class where he has made opening a store into an assignment.

Looking forward to “seeing” you on Tuesday!

UPDATE: What an informative, enjoyable interview. Mark shared his commonsense solutions for everything from taxes to term limits. If you missed it live, click to listen.


Independence Day: The Greatest Act of Political Courage in History


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?


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.


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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