What I Saw At The Polls

What I Saw At The Polls

Geoffrey Botkin
November 6, 2012

I live in the country. Today was my first visit to my nearest voting precinct. Both outside and inside, it looked like the Norman Rockwell setting for his “I visit a country schoolhouse” series. The building looked like it could have been the same school, largely unchanged from the 1930s.

Rust-colored oak leaves blew in the door as I entered. I was welcomed by chipper, confident old ladies who had warmed -up the stove like they may have done as schoolgirls a half-century before. It was a cozy environment. The friendly old ladies seemed to appreciate everything about the building, its history, and this historic day. They were back at school, ready to see this little schoolhouse, and this little community, make more American history.

Happy Independence Day, South Sudan!

Happy Independence Day, South Sudan!

Geoffrey Botkin
July 9, 2012

It’s hard to build a nation with a trowel in one hand and a weapon in the other. It is also hard to build a nation with a bloodthirsty enemy in front of you, Chinese opportunists to your left, a critical US State Department on your right, and UN critics behind you. But the world’s newest country is laying trowel and weapon aside today in order to celebrate one year of independence as the only nation in history ever to peacefully withdraw from a genocidal Islamic regime. Not everyone is sending congratulations. Why?

 What Lifeboats and Grief Ships Can Teach Modern Americans

What Lifeboats and Grief Ships Can Teach Modern Americans

Geoffrey Botkin
April 19, 2012

One hundred years ago today, firsthand stories told by Titanic survivors were being printed in the world’s newspapers. The previous night, at roughly the hour the Titanic had struck an iceberg five days prior, a ship known as “The Grief Ship” docked in New York. Reporters, congressmen and relatives mobbed the providential few who had been rescued by the Carpathia. The survivors spoke, and the first true accounts about what had really happened now replaced all previous rumors, and the stories have gone down in history. What was it really like in 1912 on board the Titanic?

“Excuse me, sir.” I faced around to see a woman dressed as a Titanic stewardess. In the tones of a rehearsed announcement she said, “I’m afraid we sink in twenty minutes.” She turned and left me standing in a darkened room next to an exhibit of vintage photographs, in a huge museum built to resemble the grand RMS Titanic. The stewardess was merely informing me that the museum was about to close for the night. But her words hit me with chilling kind of clarity. We sink. In twenty minutes.

The Criminal Who Made Joseph Kony Famous

The Criminal Who Made Joseph Kony Famous

Geoffrey Botkin
March 30, 2012

On the day the viral sensation Kony 2012 was released to the web, Geoffrey Botkin happened to be on the ground in Africa, in one of the villages once raided by Joseph Kony’s terrorists. Fighting, burning, genocide, rape, torture and cannibalism had long ago emptied the village, but fearful residents were beginning to return, building new mud huts, and new lives, in the infant nation known as the Republic of South Sudan. They spoke to Mr. Botkin about the past, present and future. Since Geoffrey Botkin’s return to the US, the Jason Russell video has garnered some 100 million internet views, Time Magazine has published a cover story, Congress has debated legislation, and the director of the Kony 2012 documentary was detained by police because of alleged criminal conduct. These events have raised important moral issues about moral standards and the consequences of crime.

The Difference Between an Oscar and a Jubilee Award

The Difference Between an Oscar and a Jubilee Award

Geoffrey Botkin
February 10, 2012

It was my first Oscar Night, and the first thing that surprised me was how early in the afternoon it started. Shortly after lunch, in fact. The reason, I was told, was, “Eastern Standard, man. So that little guys can get their little Oscars early, making time for the pretty people to get theirs live. Prime time on the East Coast.” Little Oscars were for stuff like droid noises and storm trooper costume design. The big Oscars, of course, were Best Picture and Best Director.

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A Message From Geoffrey Botkin

Geoffrey Botkin

Why do historians call the family “the basic unit of society?” Because families build and then preserve the foundations of civilization. Parents and children can work together and learn together and create the very fabric of culture. When families know what they’re doing, the adventure of family life is stimulating beyond description. And home life becomes happy and highly rewarding. The families here at Western Conservatory are on an exhilarating mission to find and publish the lost secrets and tools families need to build the future. We are extraordinarily optimistic about the 21st century because we see so many American families rediscovering solid ground and a vision for freedom. Come with us on this journey of faith and promise. Let’s build the future together.

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