Welcome to the American Journal
“Of course language is not an infallible guide, but it contains, with all its defects, a good deal of stored insight and experience. If you begin by flouting it, it has a way of avenging itself later on. We had better not follow Humpty Dumpty in making words mean whatever we please.” – C. S. Lewis
Mr. Lewis described a sickness afflicting the modern day. Political correctness.
Meet the American Journal Team:
We are Americans. Each of us blazed our own trail. We have in common our American birthright. Freedom. We live as part of America’s World Class Middle Class. Although our views may differ, we recognize the importance of every voice. We strive to share thoughts from a foundation of Middle America’s forgotten people. We are not bound by any ideology other than the personal liberty and rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution. The words that grace our national seal E Pluribus Unum, out of many, one and our national motto In God We Trust, are guiding principles.
“If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” Mark 3:25
There is a distinct “God, Family, Country,” American culture. Along with the foundation of God-given freedom, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and small non-intrusive government. Our culture is what made America a great nation. As one people one culture, we stand strong and offer the best hope for our country and the world. If we are at odds as many, self-interested entities we fail. We lose what our ancestors sacrificed to provide for us. We smother out the torch of freedom kept ablaze by those who came before us and struggled mightily for freedom and civil rights. When freedom’s light goes out in America, the rest of the world will too be in dangerous darkness. God Blessed America.
American Journal is now a collaboration of minds. This is not a groupthink effort. We do not have a copy editor. Each writer publishes their own work in their own voices and stand fully responsible for their expressed opinions.
Dr. Alicia Sigee, PhD serves as the Director of Student Services for West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Education, Lamar University. She holds degrees in Respiratory Care, Business Administration, Special Education and Educational Leadership. She holds the current Texas certifications: Special Education Teacher EC-12, Educational Diagnostician, Principal, and Superintendent.
Dr. Sigee is an advocate for public education and participates in several civil organizations servicing communities in Jefferson County.
Dr. Sigee is a decorated US Army Veteran. She is married to Sergeant Major, USA (Retired) Thomas Sigee. They share five amazing children.
Kelleigh Nelson has been researching the Christian right and their connections to the left, the new age, and cults since 1975. Formerly an executive producer for three different national radio talk show hosts, she was adept at finding and scheduling a variety of wonderful guests for her radio hosts. She and her husband live in Knoxville, TN, and she has owned her own wholesale commercial bakery since 1990. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Kelleigh was marketing communications and advertising manager for a fortune 100 company in Ohio. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she was a Goldwater girl with high school classmate, Hillary Rodham, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Kelleigh is well acquainted with Chicago politics and was working in downtown Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention riots.
Charles D. Stokes, in Soldier lingo, is the real deal. He is a decorated Special Forces Soldier who spent 7 years in Southeast Asia. He served on classified assignments in Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos. He is a graduate of the United States Institute for Military Assistance, Operations and Intelligence Course; US/Foreign Weapons Course; Static Line Jumpmaster Course; and Honor Graduate of the US Army Ranger School. He is also a graduate of the US State Department Laotian Language School. He taught Senior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps cadets at Seton Hall University; served as the Senior Operations, Security, and Intelligence NCO for the Military District of Washington, DC. Following retirement from the Army, Charles was an Army Management Staff College Professor of Leadership, Management, and Decision Making.
Charles’ recently released novel of the Vietnam War, Soldier’s Reverie: Vietnam, masterfully tells the story of the Vietnam Era Veteran.
Steve Briscoe in 2004 having retired after 23 years active service, I found myself in need of something to occupy my time for a year or two. I opted for a short-term position with the Department of Defense. As of 2019 I’m still in that short-term position. My interest spans a wide spectrum of activities ranging from motorcycle enthusiast extraordinaire to personal defense to pretty much anything in-between; as well as writing narratives on the occasional random thought. Living my entire adult life in uniform, or working with those in uniform, I have a unique perspective on things; a perspective that eludes most who have never served. I see what is blasted across the news as “news-worthy” and what is subsequently ignored, and I must wonder why. I believe what is portrayed as news is meant to serve an agenda and what is ignored is actually what makes America great and is contrary to the agenda. “Make America Great Again” is a great tagline but I believe we have always been great (barring an assortment of historical events), but sadly the greatness of individuals is what is all too often ignored. The “ignored” aspects of life and living is what drives me to write.
I live in Illinois with my lovely bride, patiently awaiting acceptable weather so I can hit the road less traveled on my iron horse.
Steve’s account of his “iron horse” adventures and meditations are captured in his book, Solitary – Without the Confinement: A Rider’s Life-Changing Experience During the 2013 Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge.
Paul Schneidmill is a retired U.S. Army Infantryman and a retired U.S. Army Federal Government employee. He is the original “Chaplain” of JD’s Bunker, the distant ancestor of American Journal. You can see some of his previous wisdom here. He holds a Master of Arts in Practical Theology and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Management. He now spends his time enjoying his family and endeavoring to become a proficient Jazz Saxophonist – a dream from his youth!
Dee Armstrong built her portfolio by writing for Newsday and several other publications on the East End of Long Island, New York. She launched her full-time professional career as an employee of corporate America as a media specialist with Westinghouse Electric and did so for 14 years. Fate often throws hard workers into many unexpected situations. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Congress reactively passed the Aviation and Transportation Security Act. The newly formed Transportation Security Administration (TSA) needed those who could hit the ground running. The early officials, called to duty by President G.W. Bush, needed a speechwriter, and one such official recruited Dee. As TSA’s 18th hire, she was grateful for an opportunity to serve her country since her husband had done so for 20 years in the military. Dee wrote speeches for two Under Secretaries and an Administrator until she concluded that TSA had become a political mouthpiece for Congress. She lasted six years in federal service, leaving after bureaucracy consumed the agency. As a contractor for the FBI, her experience with the federal government expanded, further tainting her view of federal service. She is now a budding author of a children’s book and thriller novel. She lives In Montana with her husband, continually pressing forward with her passion for writing.
J. D. Pendry hails from the Southern West Virginia coalfields. He’s a Veteran of 28 years Army service. J.D. wrote throughout his service time publishing articles in professional journals (Military Review, Field Artillery Journal, NCO Journal), The Army Times, and other military publications. He’s maintained a web presence in various forms since 1997 and more so following Army retirement in 1999. Search the web way back machine and you’re likely to find several variations of JD’s Bunker before it morphed into the present American Journal. He has published on various web platforms, some now in cyber heaven, like Old War Dogs, ArmyHQ, and others but also on This Ain’t Hell, American Thinker, News With Views, and the Capitol Hill Outsider.
His book, which never started out to be a book but thanks to prodding from a dear friend it became one, The Three Meter Zone: Common Sense Leadership for NCOs was published in 1999 and is still widely read.
J.D. believes writing is our best critical thinking tool and often therapeutic.