Stephen R. Covey, author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” studied hundreds of books and essays on “success” published since 1776.



Stephen R. Covey, author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” studied hundreds of books and essays on “success” published since 1776. The literature of the first 150 years (he mentions the works of Benjamin Franklin as a favorite) was based on character issues and talked about values such as integrity, courage, patriotism, love and patience. The last 50 years has brought about dramatic change, especially in our public education system. Our citizenry at large are pathetically unschooled in even the most basic knowledge of civics and history. Some people believe the dumbing down of America has reached it’s fruition. Many young people in their 30s and younger intend to vote for Obama. He is nice looking. He has charisma. He is articulate. He promises a utopia that people have bought into strictly on his compelling word. My guess is if elected president, it will be a gift from the young highly educated but devoid of wisdom people. We as a people should learn from the past, but what if we were not educated in the past? Some scientist has this theory called “uniformitarism.” What this means in simple definition is that what ever rate something is happening at today, it must have happened at the same rate in the past and will also happen at the same rate in the future. If we could use this concept to evaluate Barrack Hussein Obama as the leader of the United States of America and paid attention to his rhetoric of “change,” perhaps we could get a glimpse of what America would be like a few years from now. Obama believes in Socialism, i.e. take from those that have and give to those that have not. A socialist form of government is the “change” Obama is talking about.  Now for the past; if we choose to do the research, we can know Obama’s past. We can know his grandparents on his mothers side (the Dunham’s), his mother (Stanley Ann Dunham, Obama, Soetoro), his father like mentor (Frank Marshall Davis), his friends and associates such as Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Tony Rezko, Rashid Khalidi, Dr. Khalid al Mansour, Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan and other lesser known radicals. These are people having influence on Obama’s life. Obama does not fit the mold of those whose writers of earlier years that impressed Stephen R. Covey.

Howard W. Hall,
Shawnee