About the Author
My name is Bob Wilson. I was born in Delaware too many years ago and grew up in New Jersey. I spent two years in the U.S. Army at the close of the Korean conflict, and graduated from college as a Mechanical Engineer. I was hired in 1961 as a Test Engineer in a large company in the transportation industry. After about 17 years I transferred to the Human Resources Department, where I ended my 31 ½ year corporate career. I received an MS in Business while employed in HR. I have no notable accomplishment or credentials as any kind of expert. In a sense I am a “Joe the Plumber” with a college degree.
I married Gloria in 1961 and we have lived in the Northeast ever since. We have three children, Craig, Gloria (Glory to us) and Susan who all married and live nearby. We have ten beautiful grandchildren whom we are blessed to see often.
Most of my life I have been a registered Republican. After many years, I have ceased to think of myself as a Republican. Because the Republican Party, at least in national politics, has not acted on the conservative principles on which it campaigned, I now consider myself a conservative more than a Republican.
In early 1962 I became a Christian. Yes, that’s right, I am a born-again Christian. If that doesn’t put you off, you can read more about it on the FAITH STORY page.
A few years ago I became a member of the Republican Town Committee in our town and have been spasmodically involved in town politics ever since. Most of my adult life I have leaned toward the Republican Party, though I have sometimes voted for Democrats when I considered them more qualified. Recent events have changed the way I think about political parties.
Over the last several years I became increasingly disturbed by the American political process. The 2008 Presidential Election campaign heightened my concerns. The candidates of both parties seemed ill equipped for executive leadership of the greatest nation in the world. The post-election media coverage has only served to strengthen this perception. Then consider the fact that senators and congressmen of both political parties (with a few notable exceptions) have, for many years acted in their own interests of power, prestige and wealth rather than in the long term interests of “We the People.” Add to all this the pathetic ignorance of the American electorate regarding our founding principles and how our Federal Government operates, and it leads to frightening conclusions about the future of representative democracy in America.
For these reasons I pondered, “How can an ordinary citizen like me have a positive influence on any of these issues?” In a letter to the Legislature of Pennsylvania in September, 1789, George Washington said, “It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn.” To what extent this is true today is difficult to assess. But my aim is that BFranklinPost.com may have some small influence for good through the new medium of the Internet. This web site is dedicated to this pursuit.
I promise to write only what I believe to be in agreement with conservative principles. I do not promise I will never say anything stupid. In fact if I say anything that appears to be eloquent or profound, it will probably have been coined by someone much wiser and more perspicacious than I. But I promise I will never knowingly either misquote anyone or plagiarize another’s work.