Tag: Unity

Episode 73: Can We Come Together Again Like The Days Following the Attacks on 9/11/2001?

Can we come together again the way we did in the days following the attacks on 9/11/2001? If you’re old enough, do you remember that time? There is now a whole generation that does not remember, but for those that do, think about that brief period of time after the towers fell, before the conspiracy theorists started with their nonsense and the majority of the main stream media started blaming then President Bush for everything that was wrong in the world. Do you remember how we came together as a nation? Do you remember all the American flags that were flying high and proud? Do you remember that period of time when we had differing opinions, but we were Americans, and Americans stood together in solidarity?

I’m asking the question. Can we come together again like the days following 9/11? I dream of a day when we as Americans can stand together again, in solidarity, with differences and differing opinions, but a common bond that provides for a civil discourse. I dream of a future where my children, and theirs, can live in a country who’s citizens are proud of their country, civil to one another, safe from the evils that plague the world, and still believe in the fundamental unalienable rights that made this country the strongest and proudest nation on God’s green earth.

I believe this is possible, and that is why I do this podcast. Do you, and if so, what are you doing to make that happen? I believe, that with open hearts and open minds, we as individuals have the ability to see past our differences, Derate The Hate, and make the world a better place.

This episode is about revisiting your mindset in the days following 9/11, and thinking about what you can do to get us back to the times of pride and unity? If you’re too young to remember, ask your parents, ask your neighbor or ask a co-worker. Have that conversation. It’s important that we get back to that mindset without a horrific event like those on 9/11. If we don’t, there’s surely more horrific events to come.

Episode 67: Embrace Opportunities to Combine Your Passion with Doing Good For Others

What is your passion? What trips your trigger and really gets you revved up? Not only have I had a series of great guests lately, guests who’s passions are doing things to better the world in which we live, but over the past couple weeks I, along with my beautiful wife have participated in a couple charity motorcycle rides.

Riding motorcycle has been a passion of mine since I was a little kid. I bought my first motorcycle when I was 10 years old with money I earned on my own. Being a kid who grew up in a working poor home, this was a great accomplishment.  If you’d like, you can actually read more about that by checking out the blog post”In Memory of my Departed Father on his 57th Birthday” that I wrote several years ago. Nowadays, one of my great passions is getting to ride my Harley-Davidson with my wife, which is often limited to a couple charity rides each year. Over the past couple weeks, we have participated in 2 charity motorcycle rides that have benefited veterans charities and inspired me to do this episode.

Episode 66: The Peoples’ Turn to Speak, We The Peoples’ Forum… with David Lapp of Braver Angels

Do you ever feel like the average working class American has no voice in today’s polarized political climate? Are you sick and tired, as I am, of those in big government, big tech and big media keeping the average working class American silent while giving those who wish to keep us divided the loudest voices? Why settle for being a prisoner of polarization? What if there were an organization that were to give the average working class American a chance to sound their voice at the podium? Let’s talk about the “We The Peoples’ Forum”, part of the Working Peoples’ Project within Braver Angels…

Episode 64: Unhyphenated America, Let’s Just Be American… with Christoper Harris

What’s it mean to be an American? Is America great despite the sins of the past, and if so, what makes America Great? I for one truly believe that the United States of America is the greatest nation on God’s green earth, and it’s high time people stop allowing divisive forces to put labels upon us, and we all just start acting like Americans again. Christoper Harris is one that knows a lot about a lot, and he knows that being an American doesn’t need, and shouldn’t have, a hyphenated identity qualifier in front of it…
The message Chris is putting out is not only incredibly important, but many of the same divisive forces I speak regularly of in this podcast don’t want you to know his message exists. It’s not the standard narrative and this message must be spread far and wide!

Episode 48: Bridging the Divide

Recently I became aware of a grass-roots organization called Braver Angels when I met Rick Hotchner. He and his wife Barbara are state ambassadors for this organization that has a mission to bring civility back to public discourse when it comes to the toxicity surrounding our current political environment.
In this episode I had the pleasure of sitting down for a conversation with Rick and Barbara to discuss how they came to be part of BraverAngels.org. You see, Rick and Barbara are in what they self-describe as a mixed marriage. Now this is not your typical mixed marriage, but Rick falls more in line with Conservatives and Barbara is more Liberal. After long careers in public service and returning to the states, Rick and Barbara sought out an organization that would help them Bride the Divide in their political differences, as well as the divide in their beloved country. They found the perfect venue to do just that in theirlocal Minnesota chapter of Braver Angels.

Episode 41: Those Who Live In Glass Houses

There is a lot about us as individuals that make us unique, and it’s always better to get the whole story before passing judgement on others. You cannot always assume based on preconceived notions about the way one dresses, the job one has, or the ideologies or religion one follows that you know everything about someone. Be careful who you judge and why, because it just may be your own house you’re shattering with the stones you’re throwing…

Episode 40: Don’t Hate the Haters

Wilk here and again, Don’t hate the haters. One of the biggest battles I have to face personally is not allowing myself to hate those who are constantly trying to project their hate on others, or in my case, me. This is a battle we all must face because if you allow yourself to hate, soon that toxic hole within the souls of the real haters will develop within you. Check out episode 40 for more about this.

Episode 39: Unity, Through Conformity?

Unity for some these days means something totally different than what I think it means. Some call for UNITY, but what they are really calling for is for those with whom they disagree to conform. And if they do not conform, well then the non-conformists are the agitators and must be villainized, demonized and destroyed by whatever means possible, because of course, it’s their fault for not conforming in the name of “UNITY”.