Saturday, August 08, 2009

The Problem with Liberals

For liberals the fight is never, the battle is never won, nor is it lost.

Nothing better illustrates this than Obamacare. The merits of the bill are beyond the scope of this post. What really is at issue is one question: why this again? Single payer health care was tried in 1994 and defeated in a rather ugly fashion. The end result of Hillarycare was the loss of the House and Senate, and the governor's mansion in states like New York and Texas. Yet here the liberals are, trying it once again.

Those of us who thought Bill Clinton should have been impeached for the Lewinsky affair recognized that our argument - that such behavior was inappropriate for anyone, much less the president - was rejected by the public. There was a tacit acknowledgement that we lost the debate and it was time to move on. If President Obama was cought doing more or less the same thing, I think most conservatives would be indifferent.

For liberals there's always an excuse. Humphrey lost in '68 because the youth vote didn't turn out. McGovern lost in '72 because Nixon played on the country's fears. Reagan won in '80 and '84 because he was good in front of the camera. Bush the Elder beacuse of America's racists response to the Willie Horton ads. Bush the Younger won his elections because he stole them. Often the problem lies with America. The country is racist, or selfish or unsophisticated.

For liberals the problem is never with them. Of course people want single payer health care. Of course people want gun control. Of course people want high taxes. They just don't know it becuase of the powerful interestsl the insurance lobby, or the NRA.

The solution to groups of like minded people organizing against the liberal agenda is campaign finance reform.

Liberals are nostalgic for the 60's, but the rest of America is not. This writer bets that when most Americans saw Mayor Daley's police at the Chicago convention wade into crowds of protestors, batons swinging, most Americans were rooting for the Police - and the Ohio National Guard too.

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Team Leadership

Editor's Note: The author of Leadership: Texas Hold 'em Style is a former servicemember.

August 8, 2009 (San Dimas, CA) American Heroes Press announced that the co-author of Leadership: Texas Hold ‘em Style, Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.) will be a guest on the internet-based radio program TeamWork Radio.

Date: August 18, 2009
Time: 7:30AM PACIFIC
Listen Live:

Each week
TeamWork Radio discusses “topics and tools to help you build a strong team and grow your business.”

Raymond E. Foster was a sworn member of the Los Angeles Police Department for 24 years. He retired in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant. He holds a bachelor’s from the Union Institute and University in
Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Financial Management from California State University, Fullerton. He has completed his doctoral studies in business research. Raymond is a graduate of the West Point Leadership program and has attended law enforcement, technology and leadership programs such as the National Institute for Justice, Technology Institute, Washington, DC.

Raymond has been a part-time lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and is currently a faculty advisor and chair of the
Criminal Justice Program at the Union Institute and University. He has experience teaching upper division courses in law enforcement, public policy, technology and leadership. Raymond is an experienced author who has published numerous articles in a wide range of venues including magazines such as Government Technology, Mobile Government, Airborne Law Enforcement Magazine, and Police One. He has appeared on the History Channel and radio programs in the United States and Europe as subject matter expert in technological applications in law enforcement.

His first book,
Police Technology is used in over 100 colleges and universities nationwide. He latest book, Leadership: Texas Hold ‘em Style has been adopted by several universities for course work in leadership; by several civil service organizations and required reading for promotion; and, has been well received in the wider market.

Using poker as analogy for
leadership, Captain Andrew Harvey, CPD (ret.), Ed.D. and Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA found the right mix of practical experience and academic credentials to write a definitive book for leaders. Working together, Harvey and Foster have written Leadership: Texas Hold em Style. Most often leaders find they are given a set of resources people, equipment, funds, experience and a mission. As Foster noted, "You're dealt a certain hand. How you play that hand as a leader determines your success."

More than a book: A fun and entertaining journey through
leadership that includes an interactive website to supplement knowledge gained from the book.
Proven and Tested: Not an academic approach to
leadership, but rather a road-tested guide that has been developed through 50-years of author experience.
High Impact: Through the use of perspective, reflection, and knowledge, provides information that turns
leadership potential into leadership practice.
Ease of Application: Theory is reinforced with real-life experience, which results in accessible and practical tools leaders can put to use immediately.
High Road Approach: Personal character and ethical beliefs are woven into each leadership approach, so leaders do the right thing for the right reasons.
Uses Game of Poker: Rather than a dry approach that is all fact and no flavor, the game of poker is used as a lens through which to view
leadership concepts.

Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret)