Hennessy's View

What Is The Difference Between Leadership and Service?

Marine Corps officers eat last. That simple insight inspired the title of Simon Sinek’s latest book, “Leaders Eat Last.” If I could influence high school or college curricula, no one would graduate without successfully completing a semester course on that principle. Below is another remarkable video of Simon Sinek discussing how circumstances can override our desire to lead and serve and how leadership and service can fix almost any problem. But first, I’d like you think a bit more about these two critical needs: leadership and service. Read more →

You Have a New Son, America

My son Patrick (closest to the camera at a civilian’s idea of parade rest) listens to the instructions of the enlisting officer among 9 young men and women preparing to swear an oath to the Constitution of the United States. They were here to make their first commitment to the armed forces. [caption id=“attachment_16700” align=“alignleft” width=“711”]Patrick Hennessy takes the oath of enlistment at the Federal Building in St. Louis August 14, 2015. Read more →

Free eBook of National Service Posts

My series on National Service is important. Maybe not urgent, but important. (See Eisenhower Square.) So I turned it into an eBook: DOWNLOAD FREE E-BOOK Be warned: I did not edit the posts, so the ebook contains all the links to previous posts in the series. If there’s interest, I’ll go back and clean it up. This is just for convenience. Thanks. Read more →

A Conservative Missouri Service Program–Part 5

We’ve reached the end. On Monday, we corrected disinformation about The Franklin Project. Next, we looked at the historical conservative framework for national service. Wednesday was a dissection of The Franklin Project’s Plan of Action (as distinguished from the group’s vision.) Yesterday, we examined the consequences of ignoring the call for national service. Today, we offer an oversimplified proposal for Missouri’s version of a national-service program. While inadequate, it is a start. Read more →

Why Conservatives Should Get Involved—Part 4

In part 1 of this series, we clarified some misconceptions and falsehoods about the Franklin Project. In part 2, we examined the debate on the right from 1990 with William F. Buckley and Milton Friedman. Part 3 was a critique of the Franklin Project’s Plan of Action. Today, we will look at the consequences should conservatives turn their backs on the concept of developing a service ethos in America. Read more →

What’s Wrong With The Franklin Project? – Part 3

This is part three of a five-part series on national service. Part 1 introduced the controversy and corrected a major misconception. Part 2 looked at national service through the eyes of conservative giants, Milton Friedman, William F. Buckley, and Ronald Reagan. So, what’s wrong with the Franklin Project? Plenty. The Franklin Project promotes the idea of a renewed ethos of national service in America. It’s mission: The Franklin Project envisions a future in which a year of full-time national service—a service year—is a cultural expectation, a common opportunity, and a civic rite of passage for every young American. Read more →

Buckley vs. Friedman on Service-Part 2

This is part 2 of a series on national service and the Franklin Project. Read part 1 here. First, answer this for yourself: would you vote for William F. Buckley Jr? Milton Friedman on National Service My friend Lloyd Sloan points out that Milton Friedman disagreed with Buckley’s call for national service. It seems appropriate, then, to view the idea of a service ethos through the eyes of two champions of conservatism of the 20th century. Read more →