Introduction: Why Dispatches?
1. Conservatives continue to produce an amazing amount of excellent material that fails to reach a large enough audience. These op eds, studies, policy papers, videos, and many other educational tools would move more Americans to support conservative solutions — unfortunately most people are not reached with the message. Why not? Because conservatives do not fight adequately in the information war. It’s not good enough to post and publish. What’s needed is aggressive outreach to the uninformed and misinformed through all available avenues.
2. The conservative message would reach more people if more conservatives fulfilled their duty as citizens. Instead of being in the fight, too many of those on the right treat politics as entertainment.
3. On every single public policy issue, conservatives have made powerful arguments in support of their proposals. The “Dispatches University” section serves as an archive of just some of the great content conservatives produce. Links are added daily to serve as a library for anyone looking to learn more on the topics listed here.
I am a Christian, an American citizen, and I work in the arena of applied political science. 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. I currently serve as voter communications director for the Illinois-based Land of Reagan PAC, and as political editor for BarbWire.com.
More 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 the 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 (words to eyes, sound to ears) with the majority of our fellow citizens who 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 of 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 — as well as their staffs.
On a weekly basis I use this website to link to materials that need to reach a much larger audience, but unfortunately do not.