Vol. 40, No. 4

A Note from the Chairman Emeritus

Amidst all the despair and uncertainty that gripped the nation following September 11, 2001, there remained a feeling of resolve: resolve to fight terrorism; resolve to defend freedom; resolve to put the tragedy behind us and continue down the more than 200-year old path of democracy.

A Vigilant Nation

Five years after the attacks that changed our Nation, America remains on alert.

A Patient Enemy

On 9/11, American entered a war that the terrorists had already begun.

The Battle Abroad

Today, the greatest threat to our military does not come from armed forces, but, rather, from moral ones.

A Key to Our Security

America’s ability to field and deploy new technology is critical to the Long War.

A Challenge that Remains

Our Nation’s first responders still have trouble communicating among themselves.

Q&A with Clay Sell

The Deputy Secretary of Energy discusses the Bush Administration’s Global Nuclear Energy Partnership and how it will keep the Nation – and the world – more secure.

Stuck on September 10th

While the Congress acted promptly on Commission recommendations to restructure the Executive Branch, and while we have so far succeeded in preventing any further terrorist attacks in the United States, Congress has done little to reform itself.

The Super Solution to Government Dysfunction

Federal workers in particular need this kind of help, as well. Unfortunately, this is a fact too often ignored by Federal managers, who are restrained by a structure and system that was designed to meet the needs of the past century, not the current one.

Never Forget

The Pentagon Memorial broke ground on June 15th. This was a significant day — a day that marked the beginning of construction of the memorial and gave us a view of the finish line, which will be a ceremony to dedicate the completed memorial in the fall of 2008.

Reforming FEMA

It should be an independent agency with a direct line to the President.

Reforming FEMA

We should focus more on what it does than where it goes.

Ripon Profile of Bill Frist

“I am conservative. I believe the free enterprise system can do a better job at most things than the government can. People should learn to be self-reliant; when they are self reliant, they will have self-respect.”

The Backpage

Like Lincoln, President Bush leads a political party in which many candidates are trying to distance themselves from him as the fall elections draw near.

Ripon Profile of Bill Frist

Name: Bill Frist

Hometown: Nashville, TN

Current Job: Majority Leader, United States Senate.

Hobbies: Hunting, writing, flying airplanes (commercial, instrument, multi-engine pilot), fishing, medical mission work.

Song on my playlist: “Live Like You Were Dying,” Tim McGraw; “Politically Uncorrect,” Gretchen Wilson with Merle Haggard; “Yesterday,” The Beatles; “Believe,” Brooks and Dunn.

Books that I’d recommend: The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century by Thomas L. Friedman; Redefining Health Care: Creating Value- Based Competition on Results by Michael E. Porter and Elizabeth Olmsted Teisber; The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner.

Political inspiration: I spent the first 20 years of my adult life working with patients, trying to help heal people. Sen. Howard Baker, more than any other individual, helped me decide to pursue elective office and thereby work to help the entire nation. After a mutual friend introduced us, we had three formal meetings. I learned a lot from him. By the end of our third meeting, probably because of my persistence more than anything else, Sen. Baker implied that I could win a statewide race in Tennessee. He suggested that I shoot for the position that gave me the greatest opportunity nationally and internationally– a seat in the U.S. Senate. I took his advice.

Most important issues facing America: Health care touches American families, businesses, and governments in a way that no other issue does. We have the best doctors, nurses, researchers, and medical laboratories in the world, but our health care system needs a great many improvements. We don’t have a systematic way of storing medical records, over 30 million Americans lack health coverage, and costs continue to rise at an alarming rate. We need to build a patient center, provider friendly system, that will ensure health, hope, and new opportunities for all Americans.

Why I am a Republican: I’ll quote from a letter my father once wrote to his grandchildren: “I am conservative. I believe the free enterprise system can do a better job at most things than the government can. People should learn to be self-reliant; when they are self reliant, they will have self-respect.”