William L. Garvin: Is Enough Ever Enough?


A few years ago, Dr. Wess Roberts wrote a management primer called LEADERSHIP SECRETS OF ATTILA THE HUN. In it, Attila explored various management principles in teaching his Huns how to become chieftains. Keep in mind that Attila did such a skillful job of organizing a bunch of nomadic tribes into such an efficient fighting force that the Pope called him “the Scourge of God.” Obviously, he had some skills. One of his fireside lessons to his potential chieftains was that “You don’t kill the messenger who brings you the bad news; you kill the messenger who FAILS to bring you the bad news.” It is obvious that President Obama has not read this book.
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William L. Garvin: Nobody Knows Nothin’!

Sergeant Shultz

From 1965-1971, HOGAN’S HEROES was a popular television series starring Bob Crane and a terrific assortment of supporting actors. The plot centered on a group of prisoners in a German POW camp during World War Two. The allied prisoners were headed up by Colonel Hogan who did his best to outsmart Colonel Klink, the camp commandant. One of the most memorable characters was the rotund Sergeant Hans Georg Schultz, played by John Banner. Schultz was an affable but inept prison guard who, whenever becoming aware of Hogan’s plans and schemes, adamantly proclaimed “I know nothing! I see nothing! I hear nothing!” Sergeant Schultz was the prototype for the Obama administration leadership team.
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William L. Garvin: Ostriches, Obfuscation, and Oscillation

“Little wheels spin and spin, big wheels turn around and around; Little wheels spin and spin, big wheels turn around and around.” Buffy Sainte-Marie

Finally! Some of the media ostriches have pulled their heads out of…the sand. It’s a miracle to behold! The White House press corps even asked the president’s press secretary some probing questions. In response, Jay Carney’s water gulping made Marco Rubio look refined. That’s what happens when you have no experience with challenges to your talking points or when a compliant media maven fawns over your every utterance.
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William L. Garvin: Crying in Their Liberal Beer

Cryin in their Beer

“OMG! …Could it be? …Finally …It must be …Fantasy …is Reality … Catastrophe …blame Tea Party!” Deep in the labyrinths of the liberal media mind, it is critical to make the dots and synapses connect to fit predetermined conclusions. No hypothesis is suspect; no theorem is ill-founded; no syllogism is illogical if the conclusion fits their ideology. Traditional journalistic principles take a back seat (if they are even allowed on the bus!) to the drumbeat of progressive propaganda.
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William L. Garvin: Brave New (Progressive) World

Baby in Womb

As our culture quickly coarsens and lurches towards its self-proclaimed, progressive utopia, proponents of traditional values see nothing but a contemporary version of hell. Liberal leaders continually assault faith, family, and self-reliance. The trinity of faith, hope and charity is “evolving” into indolence, obesity and promiscuity. Acts and actions that were heretofore unthinkable seem to be all too commonplace in this contemporary secular society.
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William L. Garvin: The Tyranny of a Liberal Education

“Ideally, a liberal education produces persons who are open-minded and free from provincialism, dogma, preconception, and ideology; conscious of their opinions and judgments; reflective of their actions; and aware of their place in the social and natural worlds. Liberally educated people are skeptical of their own traditions; they are trained to think for themselves rather than defer to authority.” – The American Association for the Advancement of Science

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William L. Garvin: Thanks for Nothing?!

“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” Barack Obama, July, 2008

When you have to cancel White House tours, will the Easter egg roll be far behind? What a foolish, foolish display of pettiness and phony politics. In reality, sequestration has not resulted in planes falling out of the skies or thousands of airline passengers waiting in line for hours and hours to be assaulted by TSA personnel. The President who incessantly cried fiscal wolf now says there is no imminent fiscal crisis. Apparently, $16.7 trillion of debt doesn’t really matter! Unfunded liabilities of trillion after trillion after trillion don’t matter either. Record income tax revenue isn’t enough to stem another trillion dollar deficit to add to the national debt but still he insists there’s no immediate crisis. There’s no budget either.
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William L. Garvin: Stop Your Lying!

“Vision without action is a daydream; action without vision is a nightmare.” We are currently seeing the American dream become an American nightmare.

For a prime example, look at our leadership in Washington, D.C. First of all, they lurch from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis like an alcoholic on a cheap whiskey bender stumbling from lamppost to lamppost. Grasping their temporary support, they pause long enough for inebriation to temporarily subside only to lurch forward in their stumble bum gait to the next temporary respite. When confronted for their irresponsible behavior, they first deny having had more than one drink. Then they concoct a fantasy that the world faces impending doom without them being allowed to proceed along their sotted way. Finally, they blame the bartender for having built a bar where they were served alcohol. Apparently one thing they will never admit is the truth—they are economic drunks about to reach a certain disastrous end.
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William L. Garvin: Our American Monarchy

This isn’t about the current resident of the White House who laments that he’s only the President of the United States, not the “Emperor of the United States.” It isn’t about the supposed Constitutional scholar who boasts “If Congress doesn’t act, I will” and threatens that he will write a bill and Congress will have to vote on it. It isn’t about the fact that he unilaterally defines laws as unconstitutional and orders the Department of Justice to refuse to defend them as he did with the Defense of Marriage Act.

This isn’t about him promising to “work tirelessly” until every American had a job then dashing off to Florida to play golf with Tiger Woods on a private course closed to even the press. It isn’t about his $1,000 per hour golf lessons while his wife spirits off on another multi-million dollar ski trip in Aspen. It isn’t about the nouveau riche jet setting that exceeds the travel budget of Britain’s royal family and would have made the Gatsby’s jealous. After all, four years from now, they will have packed their bags and moved on. Metaphorically speaking: “The King is dead; long live the King.”
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William L. Garvin: The Demise and Death of Respect

Several events have occurred recently to signal that respect is no longer a core cultural value in the United States. First, the New York school system has decided that it will no longer suspend students for cussing out a teacher. Then an eighteen-year old reprobate curses at her judge, flips him off and then seems genuinely shocked when he takes offense and gives her even more jail time.

On a more serious level, convicted double-murderer Nathan Burris mocked his death penalty sentence. “I cannot or will not express remorse or regret—it’s not gonna happen,” Burris taunted. “I’m in California, and there ain’t no death penalty in California. The way I see it, I have good 25-30 years left before anything happens.” Burris murdered his ex-girlfriend (who had broken up with him) and a man he suspected was now involved with her. As far as Burris is concerned, he’s got “three hots and a cot” for the rest of his life.
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