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Donald Trump: Against All Odds PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 00:00

On the eve of the California Primary, Donald Trump already has enough delegates to be called the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee. He is clearly the anti-establishment candidate that was unintentionally created by the establishment, or at least, his campaign was made easier by the arrogant bullying tactics of establishment Republicans and aggressive young RINOs seeking political favor with the establishment.

The situation in each state was obviously somewhat different; however, the outcome was the same. Donald Trump used the establishment plan to steam-roll and ultimately defeat the establishment and their candidates.

The Establishment party hacks’ manipulation of the South Carolina Republican Party and the Greenville County Republican Party are classic examples of how the Establishment scheme was supposed to work.

Remembering Three Soldiers on Memorial Day PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 00:00

Everyone who puts on the uniform of the Armed Forces of the United States and takes the oath to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” and serves honorably, sacrifices for his or her country should be honored appropriately.

On this Memorial Day, I remember three young military officers who served honorably in Vietnam and paid a price for their service.

An Army Quartermaster Corps Captain who was the S-4 Logistics officer on the staff of the Long Binh Post Commander became close friends with members of my staff. He had a wife and two small children and was on orders to return home the following week.

More Military Veterans Seeking Public Office At Local Level PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00

Since 1971 when veterans made up 72 percent of the United States House of Representatives and 78 percent of the Senate, the numbers of veterans in Congress has dwindled. In the latest Congress, only 20 percent of Senators served in the military and only 18 percent of House members claimed military service.

Much of that decline is due to the all volunteer force and the shrinking number of veterans in the country as a whole. World War II veterans are almost gone and Korean and Vietnam War Veterans are aging.

Despite declining numbers of veterans in Congress in the past three decades, Rebecca Burgess, manager of the American Enterprise Institute’s Program on American Citizenship said their recent survey indicates that the “pipeline of potential veteran candidates for national office may be refilling.” Her survey found an increase of veterans seeking office at the state and local level. “I think it’s fair to think that we’ll see an increase in the number of veteran candidates at the federal level in coming years,” Burgess said. “For some, state offices are like getting your feet wet.”

Twenty-Two Years of Hard Work, Excitement, Institutional Memory PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 00:00

A farm boy without a career plan had retired after an eventful 26.5-year career in the United States Army. After retirement, he filled the days with substitute teaching, cutting wood and planting trees. Nothing challenged him like the years at Clemson when it was an all-male military college and most jobs he had in the military including leading an organization for 6 years with about a hundred military personnel and more then ten-thousand civilians. At night he watched television news, studied history, including the Bible and read everything he could find about current events.

It was the 1980s and the nation had barely survived the incompetent administration of Jimmy Carter and had taken a chance on Ronald Reagan. The leftists that had forced the abandonment of South Vietnam to the Communists hated Reagan, but were unsuccessful in destroying him as they had successfully destroyed President Nixon.


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