Douglas MacKinnon

During a speech on citizenship that he delivered in 1910, Theodore Roosevelt stressed what decades later has come to mean so much too so many:

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

As our nation and our world spin more and more dangerously out of control because fewer and fewer people of substance, faith, and integrity are willing to step into that perilous arena, we need to pause every once in a while to acknowledge those who have.

One such person being Joanne King Herring.

Ms. Herring has just published her incredible memoir titled: Diplomacy and Diamonds: My Wars from the Ballroom to the Battlefield. It’s available now on and at every major bookstore in the country and really is a must read for all those who still believe in traditional values, or need to be reminded that one person still can make a positive difference, that risks need to be taken, that faith matters, and that you can still lead a full and even fun-filled life while defending liberty, the disenfranchised, commonsense…or even your hemline from the wandering hands of a major movie star.

Most people will know of Joanne King Herring because Julia Roberts played her in the hit movie Charlie Wilson’s War starring Tom Hanks. While that portrayal was noteworthy and captured some of the larger-than-life personality of Ms. Herring, it was still written and viewed through the liberal prism of far-left screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and out-of-touch-with-everyday-America Hollywood.

Talented, intelligent, beautiful and conservative women have always intimidated and frustrated liberals and the mainstream media. As such, they are either unfairly and viciously attacked to silence their voices, or simply flat-out ignored when they do dare to speak or write.

Neither Joanne King Herring or her amazing memoir can nor must be ignored. Hers is a voice and a story which speaks directly to the vast majority of Americans because she has personally experienced about all life can throw at one person.

Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of The Secessionist States of America. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014)

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