Lufbery Politics

A “Lufbery circle” was originally a defensive tactic, but today is a term in air combat for a phenomenon where the combatants are stuck in the fight across from each other. Each is unable to reach a firing solution, yet leaving the circle will immediately put them at a disadvantage.

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(Image: Gervais Raul Lufbery, WWI flying ace.  He would feel quite lost in today’s politics)

The “lizard brain’s” reaction to a Lufbery is to stay where you are. Keep turning and hope something changes. It is by its nature an energy-losing maneuver, continually spiraling to the floor. It will almost always get you killed because you run out of gas, run out of altitude/into a rock, or get shot by another guy who happens to poke his nose into your merry-go-round.

The four major divisions of Congress (ideological progressive/socialist left, ideological conservative right, establishment left, and establishment right) are in a Lufbery. The smaller factions have very little influence except perhaps the GOP Libertarians who tend to hang out in the ideological conservative right.

The establishment left and right are party before principle. They will always do what is most likely to help them gain or maintain seats, power, and money.

The ideological left and right are principle over party, but there is one big difference between the two (beyond their values).

The essential nature of the ideological left includes a large state and centralized power, and that lends itself to them working together with the establishment left. However, the essential nature of the ideological right is a smaller state and decentralized power, which lends itself to conflict with the establishment right.  Thus, the right side of the aisle tends to be at a disadvantage toward pushing traditionally “conservative” agenda, even when it is in the majority.

The result is this Lufberry circle. Everybody is chasing each other’s power. There will be some gains, and some losses, but largely I would expect to see the same results – a continued spiral to the floor.

Regardless of where you are in the various political spectra, the only way out of a Lufbery is to take the risk to exit the circle, separate, do something bold and unexpected, and pitch back into the fight with aggressive ingenuity, something for which few of our elected representatives have shown a willingness or aptitude.

We need virtue-based leaders.

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Honor and Remember – Speech to Gold Star Families

[Note: The speech above was given in 2013 to an event honoring Gold Star families in New Hampshire while I was still on active duty]

Thank you Gold Star families, for your sacrifice, the sacrifice that so few understand or comprehend.

And let’s thank God for blessing us with the gift of heroes, who have risked all and given all in the service of this country and its blessings, which themselves are a blessing from God.

In the news we are hearing talk about some nonsense that military members are not allowed to speak on matters of faith…


 

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The Hollowing of the Force

The vast majority of US politicians, even those who are most vehement in their demands for “separation of church and state,” end their speeches with the words, “God Bless America.”

Indeed, God has blessed us.  Our founders were explicit in their recognition of God’s abundant blessings on this land, His graceful endowment of certain inalienable rights, and His establishment of government for the express purpose of securing them.

Later, in our Constitution, our founders would further this ideal, stating that the union must secure these blessings, not only for themselves, but for their posterity – those who would follow. Us.

And so we, their posterity, must address security in that sense – one that seeks not to preserve comforts or riches, but instead to protect the rights granted to all mankind…


 

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Virtuous Leadership – Hitting the Right Target

When shooting a firearm accurately, it is essential to align the front and rear sights, the barrel, and the target. And when all these are in alignment, with proper stance, grip, and trigger control, the hammer drops, the firing pin hits the primer, and the bullet goes exactly where it is supposed to.

Sometimes, it’s really that easy. I have a friend who collects old World War II firearms, and one day at my son’s request he brought his restored British Bren to our back pasture…


 

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Crisis and Courage

The country is in crisis.

The long and bitter war against a foreign enemy might not be the most severe peril facing the Americans. Just as dangerous, and perhaps more so, is the sharp divide between factions within a disorganized domestic government.

Individual, corporate, cultural, religious, and regional agendas threaten to destroy ambitious hopes for an independent and prosperous nation, one blessed beyond compare with natural and human resources. Politicians play to special interests, many more interested in how they can pad their own coffers and power base than the good of the people of their constituencies or the nation itself.

The citizenry is similarly divided, ideological disputes going beyond discussions and debates to the point that they often dissolve into violence. Distrust for government and authority is at an all-time high.

The enemies of America laugh at it, and many suggest the country will collapse on itself.

Hope dissolves. Despair grows.

Yet 15 years later, the United States of America would emerge from these crises under bold leadership with an innovative and unique constitutionally-based government. Over the next two centuries, she would rise to become the world’s most powerful and prosperous nation. How did this happen, and what lessons from that history can we apply to today, where our nation faces such similar challenges?


 

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Reversing America’s Decline

Without doubt, America is in decline in all four of her classic instruments of national power – Diplomacy, Information/Intelligence, Military, and Economy.   I suggest this is a direct consequence of an extended period in which our leaders not only have failed to follow the principles of Virtue-Based Leadership, but have been openly hostile to them…


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