FROM THE GROUND UP THE BOOK

ALL THE KING’S HORSES ON THE WALL

A lot of talk about building that wall for the past few years. A LOT. In fact, this wall – or the idea of it – has nearly rent our land apart, even as precious little has been built. Whatever you think about the wall, you might have noticed in your own town some more…

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GROUND ZERO VALUES

We Americans believe so strongly in the principles of justice and fairness that they’re baked into our founding documents. That doesn’t mean the road there isn’t littered with major obstacles. But when we keep our collective eye on that destination, we inch closer. The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Somehow the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”¹ Amen.

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POP THAT BUBBLE, MR. PRESIDENT

The imperfect project our ancestors started in this nation is the most noble experiment ever undertaken in human history. It has the greatest potential for positively changing the world on micro and macro levels. It cannot succeed—especially given the exigencies of this latest re-engineering phase—in an environment where people focus on their differences and not…
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BULLDOZE (OR BUCKET-BRIGADE) YOUR PERSONAL PILE

Not quite satisfied? Not happy? Not entirely at peace? Survey your life. Assess your personal pile. Start your cleanup effort, as we did at Ground Zero. Do it one bucket at a time and don’t stop. Enlist help if necessary—you’re likely not as alone as you might sometimes feel. Toss what you must. Recycle what…
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THE 1,776-FOOT PERSPECTIVE

To accomplish any lofty goal, such as returning America to greatness or any national re-engineering project, leaders have to look beyond the reactionary, immediate, short-term problems. They must look instead to the more important, long-term, visionary solutions. This isn’t easy for our leaders to do, because it isn’t easy for humans to do. Never has…
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OKAY, HOUSTON, WE’VE HAD A PROBLEM HERE

An April evening in 1970, two hundred thousand miles from Earth. “There’s one whole side of the spacecraft that’s missing,” Captain Jim Lovell told mission control at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston—now the Johnson Space Center—after the rupture gutted the cryogenic tank and nearly consumed the whole ship.¹ In an instant, the moon-bound astronauts—who…
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GET REAL AND GETTING GUNNING

Let’s return America to greatness. Impossible? Too hard? Too painful? Too controversial? Maybe just throw some tarps over the whole American jumble and sneak away whistling “Dixie,” pretending it’ll all work out? That’s tempting….

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SIMON PETER SAYS

Simon Peter understood Christ’s counsel, and put his angling skills to work fishing for men’s souls. Both were great leaders. How do we modern Americans replicate their core Conservative values and beliefs? How do we not get hooked by poor exemplars…

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STILL A SWAMP

Proud, lifelong Republican here. Staunch Conservative going on 65 years. So it sickens me to witness in the twilight of my life the erosion of “old-school” Conservative values and beliefs in this country I love. The values that built America from the ground up…

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