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Ed Mattson

Following his service in the Marine Corps Ed Mattson built a diverse career in business in both sales/marketing and management. He is a medical research specialist and published author. His latest book is Down on Main Street: Searching for American Exceptionalism Ed is currently Development Director of the National Guard Bureau of International Affairs-State Partnership Program, Fundraising Coordinator for the Warrior2Citizen Project, and Managing Partner of Center-Point Consultants in North Carolina. Mr. Mattson is a noted speaker and has addressed more than 3000 audiences in 42 states and 5 foreign countries. He has been awarded the Order of the Sword by American Cancer Society, is a Rotarian Paul Harris Fellow and appeared on more than 15 radio and television talk-shows.

Are Americans Asleep?

2012 is almost ready for the scrap heap of history. 2013 is just around the corner. Will America wake up or will it continue down the road to LaLa land?

It Might Be a Conspiracy…BUT it All Went Wrong

Could it have been "the October Surprise" that didn't work? Crazy as it might sound at this late date in December, could there have really been an October Surprise planned to insure the re-election of Obama to the Presidency?

When is enough “enough?”

I'm sick and tired of watching and listening to pundits who profess concern over the minimum wage. They all read from the same talking points…

Never take a knife to a gunfight

The 2012 national elections are over. Conservatives are at a loss for words to describe the election results, while liberal progressives are giddy with joy.

A loss of innocence and a betrayal by the government

The Vietnam War for all the good intentions we were told, left a trail of broken lives, a dispirited military that lasted until the...

Becoming an educated voter… www.yourmilitaryvoter.us

Last week I announced we had finally completed http://www.yourmilitaryvoter.us website. This was a year-long undertaking to get to know the candidates running for national office and the governors who run the individual states.

www.yourmilitaryvoter.us: Your Vote…Make it Count

For more than 12 months now we have been working on a new website which will help voters get a handle on the candidates running for national office.

The inmates are in charge of the asylum

Let me get the facts straight about the status quo of American left thinking. It will be a real stretch because I consider myself conservative (somewhere to the right of Attila the Hun), spent time in many of the countries leftists point to as being better than the US, lived in Eastern Europe for a brief period, and married into a family raised under the Communist Party.

Misplaced Hate From The Left

This past week has come and gone and what a week it was following on the heels of the Republican National Convention.

We Don’t Need Voter ID Laws…Anarchy Will Be Just Fine

Let's get this straight…I get carded when I go to the store to purchase beer, wine; or booze at my local liquor store. I have to show a picture ID when I travel and board a plane or train.

They Still Don’t Get It!

Robert Samuelson, a noted columnist for the Albuquerque Journal hit it out of the park in a column he wrote on Friday regarding Former Treasury Secretary under President Bill Clinton, Larry Summers.

The End of Innocence in American Politics

Well, here we are at the final chapter in the article I started a week ago addressing the innocence or possibly one might call it "ignorance" of the American public, as we slowly watch our country disintegrate into the political abyss of Washington DC.

The Ignorance Doesn’t Stop at The Door Step

In part one of this article I received lot of emails , with most agreeing with the positions I took. All agreed that we have become a polarize society, running rapidly toward secularism.

Ignorance Is No Excuse Any Longer… Part One.

It is impossible for someone to not recognize a problem as big as life when it hits you right in the old snot-locker! I was once told that by my drill instructor in boot camp (among other not so quotable rules which extend well beyond life in the military).

There is a Way out of Tough Economic Times

Being a recipient of many Veteran newsletters and wire services, plus a lot of emails to articles I have written, it is apparent a lot of Veterans as well as much of America has fallen on tough times.

The Greatest Little Coffee Shop You’ll Find

Mooresville, North Carolina…Richard's Coffee Shop, "The most patriotic coffee shop in America". Just around the corner from my house there's a great place to stop in for a cup of Joe. It is a hangout of sorts for Veterans which I have written about this past year, and has become so popular it needed to pick-up roots and relocate up the street to larger quarters.

The Politics of It All

This week I was going to tackle the Aurora, Colorado tragedy, which angered me beyond comprehension. Such tragic events always seem to bring out the best in people and the worst at the same time as charlatans rise like oil on the surface of a lake.

Mother Nature vs. our Military Veterans

Yes, it is a strange title for an article, but like all Veterans we sometimes have to look at events which affect us as an "us against them" scenario.

Eliminating wasteful government programs

We the Veterans…we the voters, often watch from the sidelines and shake our heads in collective amazement at the actions of our government, both on the federal level and the state level.

Oh What a Mess It Is!

Am I the only one who looks at the mess in Washington, and shake my head at the absolute chaos in all quarters of government?

“Hey buddy….I could use a job”

Veteran Job opportunities are available to those who look in the right places

Isn’t It Time For a Complete House-Cleaning?

Defense Department cuts...a second look

See, I Told You So!

Last year in the heat of the government budget debate once again our government wimped-out.

A Hero’s Welcome…Garrett Carnes

A hero's welcome and return to small town America.

Just Who’s Running The Show?

Questions we should ask about an eleven year war.

You Had To Be There To Feel The Goose Bumps

Thanking the Vietnam Veterans...a long time coming

Call It Nostalgia But Are You Sure We Want All This?

How's those changes working out for you?

The End of Life As We Know It

Technology can be a real friend or it can be your worst nightmare.

America’s Budget Follies

Common sense must prevail with regards to the federal budget.

A Brief Lesson in History That Foretells of America’s Rise and Fall

If we are going to hell as a country, it shouldn't surprise any of us

The Whole Truth…Nothing But The Truth. So Help Me God!

The White House propaganda machine is in action.

A Wrong Turn to America's Destiny

The destruction of the American way of life by the destruction of it ideals

“Military Benefits”…This Ain’t No Way to Run a Railroad!

Can't trust 'em. Can't believe 'em. There's not much good coming out of Washington these days, just more of the same-O, Same-O.

A Nation Cannot Abandon the Needs of its Veterans

Homeward bound veterans.

The 2012 Voting Experience – The Most Important of a Lifetime

Become and informed voter not just a dolt.

How’s That “Change” Working Out For You?

Who dreams up the glowing economic numbers and why do we let them get away with it?

Our Freedom is Fragile and Perilously Close to Extinction

There is no Right or Left...just up or down

The State of The Union is…Well… Really Awful!

Liar, Liar, pants on fire!

Wolves On Prowl for a Few Good Marines

Pay back was called for regardless of how the top brass feels

Is The US The Only Answer to The “Global Cop” Issue?

Debt and financial crisis. Who will finance global peace?