I hadn’t “given” this award for a while. There are probably a lot of folks who are deserving, but when I decide to do this I really have to feel it and there is generally some action that prompts me to act. In the case of Mr. Sowell it was his retirement. I looked back at how many times I’ve either read/reviewed on of his books, or used a quote of his, or embedded a YouTube video with Mr. Sowell making a great point.
Breitbart and others posted articles featuring what they consider his greatest quotes and I would prefer to let Mr. Sowell’s words prove my case that he is a True American Hero:
I have not done one of the “True American Hero” posts for over three years! I hadn’t consciously avoided the topic, but no one jumped out at me until more recently…and that is the latest Hero for me, Mike Rowe. You may know him best as the “Dirty Jobs” guy who jumped in a sewer manhole to clean crap or one of the many other dirty things he did during his series. One of the themes about the series if you paid attention was how the folks who did this “dirty jobs” just did the work. Sure the jobs were often unpleasant, but they did them and many times were damn cheerful about them.
Erick Erickson is the Editor-In-Chief of RedState and most recently contracted to be a contributor to Fox News. Mr. Erickson hasn’t made any big splashes in the media or in conservative circles, but as a daily recipient of his RedState Morning Briefing I have come to know him as a true conservative or at least what I believe is a conservative. There is no gnashing of teeth over Obama phones, but real insight into politics. You can and must sign up to receive the Morning Briefing at this link even before you read on.
Nearly three and a half years ago I dubbed Charles Krauthammer a True American Hero. Most of the folks to whom I have given this honor have lived up to the title, alas some have not, but Charles Krauthammer remains one of my favorites. I look forward to Fox News’ Brett Baier and his all-star panel and especially Mr. Krauthammer’s commentary. His words are especially delicious when he follows the liberal “newsperson” usually seated to his right and soundly refutes their assertion.
Many may remember Lara Logan’s ordeal during Egypt’s Arab Spring. She was reporting on the uprising (supported by the Obama Administration) when she was attacked and raped multiple times. I have to admit to knowing very little about her politics or her professional work. Ms. Logan recently did a piece for CBS and 60 Minutes of all news outlets on terrorism. Her findings shatter the Obama foreign policy of apology and appeasement [my words not hers]. The following are some quotes from a recent speech on terrorism followed by a video of the speech. It is worth watching and while scary it is refreshing to see a reporter speaking truth rather than talking points.
It may be too soon to tell, but the following video by Dr. Barbara Bellar gets her noted on this website as a True American Hero. The video is over eleven minutes, but you only have to listen to the first few minutes for her big moment. In one, albeit long, sentence she sums up the folly of Obamacare. She goes on to make a strong case against the government takeover of OUR healthcare, but those are deeper arguments that the masses won’t listen to or hear. Her sentence early in the video is perfect.
In the tradition of John Galt, Steve Wynn has been an outspoken business leader and a refreshing contrast to other business people who are snuggling in to the federal government to gain special favors (i.e. GE’s Immelt). I named Mr. Wynn a True American Hero nearly a year ago and have not been disappointed in his pro-capitalist stance. Steve Wynn unloaded on the boy-president during a recent company conference call. Here are some of his thoughts,
“what I consider to be a total lack of leadership from the President and nothing’s going to get fixed until the President himself steps up.”
It’s not been that long since I selected Representative Paul Ryan as a True American Hero and he has done nothing since then but reinforce my decision. He’s “articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” [I admit that I stole that from Biden] Rather than retreat into the gray hole as many conservatives do, Ryan is putting rubber to the road and in turn pressure on Obama by presenting his budget proposal and pointing out the differences between his plan and Obama’s,
I have read the works of many great economists and the better ones have the innate ability to frame complex economic theories into words and images that are easily understandable. On the other hand (a favorite economist phrase) perhaps all other economists make easy theories sound complicated. Either way a favorite of mine is Milton Friedman. Mr. Friedman has a quality that makes economics simple, practical, perhaps even fun. Yes I said fun.
Nearly two years ago I crowned Daniel Hannan a True American Hero. He was my forth Hero and my second in a row who were not American. What strikes me most about Daniel Hannan is his deep love of the United States;
“Truly, I thought, America is an extraordinary country. Every time you think you’ve got it sussed, it surprises you. It is the sheer diversity of the United States that makes anti-Americanism so perverse. All humanity is represented in one nation, rendering the dislike of that nation an act of misanthropy.”