"It is not the critic who counts. . . The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena . . . ."
"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out howthe strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."
"Citizenship in a Republic,"
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
AMERICA'S FIRST PRINCIPLES - KEY TO OUR LIBERTY AND FREEDOM
The Declaration of Independence declared that "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness - That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the Governed . . . ." America is bound together by those founding First Principles: the rule of law; unalienable rights; equality; the Social Compact; and limited government. For too long we have forgotten them and ignored them - threatening our very existence as a free people. These are self-inflicted wounds - the very definition of suicide. The time has come for us to reclaim our First Principles and preserve our liberty and freedom.
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure." Thomas Jefferson
I am an Oakland County Michigan Circuit Court judge.
I am the author of America’s Survival Guide, How to Stop America’s Impending Suicide by Reclaiming Our First Principles (Mill City Press; www.AmericasSurvivalGuide.com).
I am an executive member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Center for Civic Education, and member of the Board of Directors of The New Common School Foundation. I am a Trustee for the Michigan Council on Economics Education. I received The Great Influence Award from the Michigan Council for the Social Studies, a Special Tribute from the Michigan Legislature, and the Distinguished Public Servant Award from the Oakland County Bar Association.
I am a former member of the Michigan State Board of Education.