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As you can probably tell, I’m pretty passionate about this endeavor.
I not only love this country almost more than I can describe, but I also am a proud veteran and prior Marine.
I truly do believe in trying to:
Highlight what our military troops are doing around the world, while also trying to better educate you about hotspots and foreign policy news. (Why foreign policy.)
Unite our country and remind us of how lucky we are to live in America. I truly believe that our division is our country’s greatest threat, and I want to do my small part to remind us that more unites us than divides us, and that most Americans are good.
Motivate and encourage you. Life is certainly hard, and I think it’s fair to say all of us — and I’m most certainly talking about myself here — need all the motivation and encouragement that we can possibly get.
Besides supporting a vet and awesome guy (lol), paid subscriptions will help me move one step forward toward the long-term dream and vision I currently have — my writing journey/curse).
Long-term, being able to quit my day job and do this full time would provide more time to cover news, unite the country, and focus harder on motivating others — all things I feel drawn to do. (Plus write fiction that mostly focuses on military service and police work, which I think is important to continue attracting talented people to both endeavors.)
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But no pressure. I’ve already got a nice contingent of awesome, paying supporters, who I thank God for.
But you don’t have to do any of these things. I feel called to do this, and I’ve already had tremendous support from people who’ve signed up to chip in a few bucks each month.
Trust me, you can sign up and come and go as you like. As long as I’m making enough to cover the time I put into doing this show, then I’m not going anywhere.
Love and peace,
Stan R. Mitchell
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And what I’m like?
My friends aren’t surprised I launched The View from the Front, as I once launched a weekly newspaper from scratch. (Hey, what can I say? As a former journalist, I love the news and I believe in the role of the media; and I think a lot of the media falls short.)
I’m still so proud of the newspaper I launched and ran for nine years.
In hindsight, that little newspaper was too generous on pricing to my advertisers, too lenient on my collection terms, and too giving to the community. (I just couldn’t say “no” to good causes, whether it was donating ads or news space. Frankly, I was almost foolish and irresponsible in my giving in hindsight. On this point, my friends will also tell you that I’m honestly just almost too nice. And when you’re too nice in business — especially the newspaper business — it’s almost impossible to make a profit and keep a business sustainable.)
You can ask anyone who lived in Oak Ridge during that time and they will tell you that I also sought to downplay controversy, understate headlines, and never create panic, all of which is a terrible way to sell newspapers (but a responsible way for a media outlet to act).
Looking back, it’s clear I had a big heart and that I wasn’t made to be some kind of cut-throat business executive.
It’s this same streak in me that prevents me from signing any book deals, even big ones. I just don’t trust ruthless business executives at the big publishers.
And even if I did, that very same company that I trusted could be bought and purchased overnight. Sorry, but I’ll pass on that.
The truth is that while I’ve relented and signed some distribution deals, such as the one I did with Audible for my Nick Woods series, I’m just not willing to be owned by any of the big publishing houses.
If I want to speak out on China? I will, and do so regularly. If I want to send free books to military members? I have. (And I do.)
My success to this point has been made by doing it the right way: gaining one new reader or one new subscriber at a time. So join me on my journey. Let’s build a community of like-minded Americans, who believe in this country and in our fellow citizens (even those on the other side of the aisle).
People who believe in small businesses and independent dreamers on their own journey, whether it’s owning a small farm or staying independent in their creative fields.
And when it comes to politics? No name-calling. No screaming. Just honest discussion and a genuine search for the truth.
In the end, we truly all want the same: good government, unity throughout our land, and ethical leadership.
And even though I’m a HUGE military supporter, and even though I know it’s hard to find military news, I’m also not afraid to criticize the military when it falls short. That’s the job of a responsible press.
Done correctly, you can help reduce wasteful military spending, improve our military forces, and in the long-run, save lives in the process.
Thank you for taking the time to read all of this. If you have further questions or would like to email me directly, you can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.