I am a Christian, an American citizen, and I work in the arena of applied political science.
Most of what is considered “political science” by modern academia is a very watered down version of the most important discipline there is. Good luck trying to have a civilized society with a healthy economy and rising standards of living along with “liberty” as America’s Founders defined it — if your political system is screwed up and not based upon an accurate understanding of human nature.
About this website
Two topics dominate my own writing:
1) The fact that conservatives are not seriously fighting the information war, and a big reason for that is not enough conservatives actually participate in the political arena. It’s not enough to stay informed and vote. We all have a duty as citizens to extend our views beyond ourselves (to paraphrase George Washington).
2) Founding Father John Adams said it: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Forget the laughable modern versions of morality. If you think everything the “progressives” trumpet is actually progress, you’re sadly mistaken. On the contrary, much of what is happening today is actually regression. What results is American decline in all areas. If you think things are getting better economically, morally, and in the world, I’d suggest you change where you get your news and information from.
The three main sections of this website are: “The Latest,” “Information War,” and “Dispatches University.”
“The Latest” covers both my writings on various topics, as well as the writings of others. Much of the focus is on cultural issues, which some foolishly think can be divorced from economic issues. The many other subjects touched upon can be found by visiting that tags/topics page here.
“Information War” focuses on my writings on the real reason we’re in a period of crisis both economically, morally, and in foreign policy: conservatives have failed to fight for hearts and minds. They have not made contact with (words to eyes, sound to ears) the majority of our fellow citizens that can be classified as low information voters.
About “Dispatches University”
First I should note that I was lucky when it came to my own college experience. I am a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College, where I studied political science and political philosophy in the 1980s under two of the best — the late Dr. William M. Jones, and the late Dr. Edmund “Del” Carlson.
However…having had in-depth conversations with many graduates of many institutions of higher learning — and yes, that includes the infamous “Ivy League” schools, it’s clear to me that hasn’t been the experience of most college graduates.
My second point would be that these days anyone can get an education on any issue equal or superior to that which can be gained by attending college — thus the use of the word “university.” I know many people who never attended college with a greater understanding of history and the world than graduates of schools that are supposedly good.
My third point is this: A flood of great policy research and commentary surrounds us — yet too many of our fellow citizens live in an informational drought.
As I update this page in April, 2015, that flood has reached epic proportions. As Noah saw the waters cover the earth in the book for Genesis, this information age has completely removed the excuse anyone with Internet access has for staying uninformed.
This includes, I must say, candidates for public office at any level and their staffs.
On a weekly basis I use this website to link to materials that need to reach a much larger audience.
Few are saying what I’ve been saying for decades: the “public debate” has been awfully one-sided. Those who understand the role of Judeo-Christian morality in the development of the West as well as the vision of the Founders have mostly been (what I call) micro-communicators. They’ve delegated to the political left all of the major societal institutions that serve to convey information: The K-12 “public” (government-run) schools, “higher” ed, pop culture, and the old but dominate media. Why so many people on our side were shocked by the results of the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections is a mystery to me. What did they expect?
The conservative “press” which consists of magazines like National Review and websites like Townhall.com are mostly vehicles for conveying information to the already-converted. While that’s important, if our side isn’t going to get into serious out-reach mode the country is doomed. Americans won’t change direction if they don’t understand the right way to turn. National and state-level conservative policy organizations (think tanks and issue advocacy groups) do wonderful work, but their material reaches only a small fraction of the audience it needs to.
All this must change. Conservatives and Republicans need a communications revolution. If all we’re going to do is complain about the Old Media’s bias while failing to construct new avenues for good information to reach the eyes and ears of our fellow citizens then we are failing to honor the sacrifices of our forebearers and leaving the next generation a country much weaker than the one we inherited.
On a parallel track the Republican Party has done a miserable job raising a standard and recruiting quality people into the political process. During my years in politics and government I have spent a good deal of time diagnosing the ills of and prescribing the cures for one of the most corrupt and ineffective party organizations in the nation — the Illinois GOP. The Illinois GOP enabled the horrendous Speakership of Dennis Hastert and gave birth to Barack Obama’s rise to the White House.
As I said above, a literal flood of great policy research and commentary surrounds us — yet too many of our fellow citizens live in an informational drought. Much of my writing has emphasized the need for our Republican elected officials to focus on moving public opinion, and the need for conservatives to stop being citizens in name only.
In addition to many years working in the private sector, I have worked in politics and government in Washington, D.C., and in Illinois at the state and local level.