Monthly Archives: December 2012

My Philosophy on Gun Control – Part 1


For the first 4 decades of my life, I never really thought much about guns. They were a tool used by hunters, police officers, and military personnel.

Personally, I viewed guns as a potentially expensive hobby not worthy of distracting me from my other hobbies.

That was then. Political and social events of 2012 have turned my attention now toward guns.

My nascent and emerging philosophy on gun control emanates from two fundamental characteristics of who I am. 1) I am a CHRISTian! 2) I am a product of the Cold War.

As it stands today (as it continues to evolve) my philosophy on gun control is made up of 10 short bullet points:

1) There are a few things big enough for which I will take up arms and fight. My family. My life. My country as I have known it for 4 decades. Liberty.

2) There is a BIGGER thing for which I will NOT bear arms and instead I will lay down my life. My faith in Jesus Christ. Didn’t Jesus tell Peter to put down his sword?

3) The distinction between time-to-fight-for-Christ and time-to-die-for-Christ is one I hope I never have to make, but for which I prepare daily.

4) I believe that assault rifles should be banned, but ONLY AFTER I’VE BOUGHT MINE FIRST!

5) Assault rifles are like nuclear arms. I hope I never have to use it, but as long as the bad guys have one, I want one too!

6) – 9) My Philosophy on Gun Control – Part 2

10) My Philosophy on Gun Control – Part 3

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“A democracy ca…


“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy.” A.F. Tytler (circa 1790)

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

“…democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship…”

Can the United States of America, as we’ve known it throughout the prior two centuries be saved?

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December 20, 2012 · 11:44 am

“The historical…


“The historical cycle seems to be: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to apathy; from apathy to dependency; and from dependency back to bondage once more.” — H.W. Prentis, Jr.

Unfortunately, as an individual, I believe I have dropped to somewhere between selfishness and apathy. As a nation, it would appear we are closer to dependence and bondage.

Where are you, and what are you going to do about it?

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December 20, 2012 · 11:36 am

Eminent Domain: More of a Catastrophic Cliff than a Slippery Slope


Eminent Domain: More of a Catastrophic Cliff than a Slippery Slope.

This idea of utilizing eminent domain to clean up the mortgage problem has garnered more attention. See the following article:

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-07-12/why-some-cities-may-try-to-seize-mortgages#r=lr-fs

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Internal Upward Mobility


I was asked recently to review a resume’ for a friend. She is aspiring to a higher position with the company for whom she now works.
I reviewed the resume’ and offered some improvements.
But the meat of the advice I gave her follows:
“It would be an upward internal move – one of the hardest to do. These moves are usually planned out well in advance from a career perspective rather than from an opportunity recognition perspective.
Internal upward mobility has more to do with relationships and how they are managed than with the way the resume’ looks.
People here know you and they have already formed perceptions and opinions of you. The way you’ve managed those perceptions and opinions over time will determine your internal upward mobility. 
If an internal candidate earns this position, and I hope it is you, she will earn the position based not on her resume’, but on her relationships.”
As for the resume’, I took the liberty to make some changes – all deletions. The reason was to highlight what needs to be highlighted. With resume’s, when too much is highlighted, nothing is highlighted.

© 2012, Dr. Phil Bryant

Dr. Bryant is an Assistant Professor of Management at Columbus State University and co-author of Managing Employee Turnover.

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Rappel the Fiscal Cliff


A couple of months ago two elites were arguing with each other trying to convince the other, themselves, and the nation that they were not elite. One argued that although he is in the 2%, he identifies with the 98%. The other argued that he could never identify with 47% of the nation. (At least he could identify with 53%, I guess he reasoned.)

One man promised to rid the world of bayonets and to stop playing Battleship. The other threatened to kill Big Bird. (Who knew that, all along, it was Elmo we should have feared?) Each had a plan. One plan was unidentified. The other plan was to keep doing what has not worked for the last 4 years.

During that time, mutually established Facebook friendships were ripped apart and Twitter overthrew all things traditional as the news media king.

Also during that time I wrote that whoever won our hearts — with the razor thin margin of a mandate it was clearly going to be — had some very, very difficult decisions to make regarding the economy. A poll revealed on NPR today that a large majority of Americans agree we should increase revenue and reduce spending to decrease the national debt crisis.

Enter the “Fiscal Cliff.” What is it? This Fiscal Cliff is a series of very drastic spending cuts and tax hikes that are set to go into place in 2013. As the media stirs up fears about the Cliff, as both sides argue that the other is marching us recklessly over the Cliff, I say: Rappel the Cliff!

Americans rally around such cries as “Raise the Revenue!” & “Cut Spending!” & “Repeal the Looming Cliff!” Yet this Fiscal Cliff against which they cry is the full dose of increase in revenue and cuts in spending they also cry for. Decades of irresponsible spending have led us down this path. We have hiked this unblazed trail to the top and have found a Cliff. 

We can’t turn back time. We can’t backtrack down history’s trail.  We can only wait so long for the Mayan’s prediction to hold true. We can gaze at the dark skies expecting an alien ship to rescue us from the Cliff. Or we can boldly man up to the Cliff, peer down its craggy edge and rappel.

America, maybe its time we Rappel this Fiscal Cliff.

© 2012, Dr. Phil Bryant

Dr. Bryant is an Assistant Professor of Management at Columbus State University and co-author of Managing Employee Turnover.

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Benjamin Wiker, on Friedrich Nietszche


“In August, 1900, [Friedrich] Nietzsche was laid to rest… Nietzsche, as the apostle of atheism, heralded the darkest century the world has ever known.” — Benjamin Wiker

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