I’ve been asked this a couple of times since starting this blog. Why am I doing this job?
The short answer is that it is the most rewarding professional endeavor I have ever undertaken. But, this does not really answer your question. You want to know what caused me to find it rewarding.
Fair enough, but don’t expect the explanation to be easy or quick. I labeled this as “Part 1” because I do not anticipate finishing my thought today.
People ask me the question often because of my background. I appear to be the ultimate in modern conservative values. I was raised a Methodist in Kansas (Bob Dole country). I did well in school, excelled in sports, and earned a slot at the United States Military Academy despite growing-up in a lower-middleclass family. From college, I entered the Army Infantry where I earned the Ranger Tab and Expert Infantryman Badge. From outward appearances, I am a poster child for WASP conservatives. That’s why people are a bit perplexed.
The answer is not simple, nor can it be traced to one single event or isolated chain of events. Instead, it comes from a history of random events dating back to my adolescence. Don’t worry, I won’t give you the full 25 year history from that point forward. Rather, I’ll take the key events one at a time, and in no particular order.
Go to the year 2005. Consider a young Army Private named Boudreaux.