My name is Mike Kapic and I’m retired after forty plus years in manufacturing. I spent those years, beginning on the factory floor, and then working my way up the engineering ladder, finally spending the last twenty-five years managing manufacturing operations. I know both success and failure in the capitalist free market.
I earned a degree from a well known university, but what I’m most proud of is my family and the principals they live their lives by today. My wife, Joanne, and I are very proud of Leesa, Nikki, and Jeff.
Why this blog? We’ve met and talked to a lot of folks across the country, both Democrats and Republicans alike, and found a sense of concern, worry, and wonderment at what’s going on in our country. Some think that it will adjust and come out of its morass, while others intimate that all is lost, we’ll never recover from the far left’s drive toward socialism.
I’ve noticed negative remarks toward people, businesses, faiths, with favoring proclivities and unconventional life styles. The press has helped the division and has become more biased, even helping one political party over the other.
We seem to be divisive, split, not a union anymore. We have red and blue states, classes of people within economic and social strata, separated races and ancestry. There’s been an intentional attempt to divide us. We’re all Americans but, something has changed. We’re not one country anymore. We’ve lost our way, our direction.
Most aspects of our society have been affected. K12 are failing. Colleges and universities have moved from being the birth places of ideas to being closed to free speech. Regulation and rules without representation have become the norm that is governing our economy, our lives, and our religious faiths.
I wondered how much has changed over my life time and whether we are better off today than say, fifty years ago. In a lot of ways, we are better off but in some, we’re not.
I think the most important thing to remember is that we’re still an experiment, we’re still evolving. We don’t have all the answers. We’re figuring it out as we go along. And we’re making mistakes. We’ve always made mistakes. But that’s what’s so great about America. We pull together, adjust, fix what’s broken, and take bold steps toward an unknown future with the best of intentions. We periodically have to stop and correct. The American people do that because they’re free to do that. Because our guiding principles, laid down by the Founders, gave us direction: The Constitution.
I think we’ve come to one of those moments in history when America has recognized it’s time to make an adjustment. We’ve seen a drift away from self dependence, responsibility, a clarity of vision, confidence in our direction, and respect toward one another, an eye on what motivates us.
This tool, this blog, this voice, this discussion, intends to create a conversation about how, where, why, when, to make a shift in ideology toward our Founders arguments.
Why Grit22? Grit comes from toughness, resilience, a confidence in our beliefs, a reflection of our core values. 22 comes from Catch 22 and (from Wikipedia’s definition) ‘is a paradoxical situation in which an individual cannot or is incapable of avoiding a problem because of contradictory constraints or rules. Catch-22s often results from rules, regulations, or procedures that an individual is subject to but has no control over.’
The goal of this blog is for us to express our opinions about values, principals, and support all Americans with like principals, regardless of their party. And to support our Founders objectives, and honor those who do the work every day.
I hope you comment what’s in your heart and, 18 inches above, your brain.