This genesis of this website and this blog stems from the summer of 2020. Watching the happenings of this volatile “summer of love” hearkened me back to my 2009 book Terrorism & Public Safety Policing. The events playing out in that “hot” summer were among the underlying assumptions—and predictions—asserted in this book more than a decade ago.
Over the subsequent months, I wrestled with whether to wade back into the fray. After publishing “Public Safety Policing,” I thought this was the capstone of my career. It represented the cumulative highlights of a thirty-year career, which afforded insight and experience into policing, security, public safety, and significant legal issues derived from these. I have been truly blessed with such a broad scope and breath in these similar but diverse worlds.
Wrestling with the idea of getting back into the mix, admittingly was (and is) with a bit of unease. Why would one want to delve into the racial & WOKE cauldron that seems to permeate every facet of contemporary America? No one in their “right” mind would welcome the inevitable accusations of racism and hatred that are so often used and abused.
Yet, seeing many good people step forward into this racial and political cesspool, gave me strength and hope. If they have the courage to do so, why not me? Seeing others stepping out in faith, gave me hope that this quest is not in vain, or at least, not without like minded allies. Have no doubt, this can be likened to ideological warfare—or at least, intellectual combat for hearts and minds. This is what I saw coming in 2009. We are now much farther down a dangerous path…
What inspires me to come back into the public safety and public policy arena is that a ground swell of people see something is wrong, that big things are happening. Having no illusion that I can change the course of events in this country; yet my desire is to educate, to support, and to help whoever I can touch. Being in the “persuasion industry” for many years, as an attorney, professor, consultant, and expert witness, I understand my voice is limited. This limitation is acknowledged and accepted.
With this realization is another. No one can help unless they try. Standing on the “sidelines” watching the inevitable deterioration, even destruction, of a people and country I love was something my conscience would not allow.
So here I am. This is my first blog since 2011. Supported by what I hope you will agree is an informative and robust website, the journey is now restarted. Along with these is my fourth book, aptly entitled: You Say You Want a Revolution: A Compelling & Cautionary Tale of What Lies Ahead. This book reflects my heart and soul. It is my heartfelt attempt to jump start the conversation. It connects many dots, telling a story, both of key moments of my life and of the insight of a public safety and legal professional.
This blog will provide some poignant excerpts from the book, it will track, chronicle, and analyze current events, and it will provide a forum of thoughtful, rational, substantive thought. Let’s be professional and let’s commence on an uncertain, yet inspiring journey!