The Patriot Post's National Advisory Committee is a consortium of conservative men and women — political analysts and policy experts who possess impeccable professional and academic credentials — who have provided us with inspiration and encouragement since our inception. The Committee is composed — first and foremost — of constitutional constructionists, charged with advocating the timeless and enduring truths reflected in our American heritage and set forth in our nation's founding documents.

Team Key Managers of the Patriot Team

Likewise, The Patriot's Editorial team and staff are constitutional constructionists who also possess impeccable professional and academic credentials commensurate with our mission to produce and distribute the highest quality e-journal on the Internet.

The Statement of Allegiance as subscribed by The Patriot's National Advisory Committee, Staff and Associates: "I hereby declare, on oath, that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, so help me God."

Our Committee and staff each have provided a brief personal bio, including a pseudonym, their favorite Founder, books and, just for fun, their weapon of choice.

The Editorial Team and Staff

Mark M. Alexander (biography)

  • Occupation/Position:Executive Editor and Publisher
  • Education: BS; MSSc; MEd
  • Favorite Founder: Samuel Adams
  • Favorite Books: Biography of John Adams, Biography of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, Founding Fathers and Brothers
  • Weapon of Choice: If words don't work... Barrett M-107
  • Location: Tennessee

Douglas Andrews

  • Occupation/Position: Content Editor
  • Education: BS; MLS-Technology (ABT)
  • Favorite Founder: John Stark
  • Favorite Books: Bartlett's Familiar Quotations; The Making of the Atomic Bomb; Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege
  • Weapon of Choice: KA-BAR, E-Tool (Tie)
  • Location: Michigan

Christy Chesterton

  • Occupation/Position: Director of Advancement
  • Education: BA
  • Favorite Founder: John Adams
  • Favorite Books: The Napoleon of Notting Hill, The Great Divorce, City of God
  • Weapon of Choice: Trans Galactic Gargle Blaster
  • Location: Tennessee

J. Adams Clymer

  • Occupation/Position: Engineer/Project Manager
  • Education: BSCE, MSCE, PE
  • Favorite Founder: The Honored Dead of 19 April 1775 at Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Menotomy, Cambridge and points between
  • Favorite Books: The Bible (original manuscripts) and Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • Weapon of Choice: The Truth ("When you shine the light of Truth, watch the political cockroaches scurry for cover!")
  • Location: Indiana

Michael G. Coleman

  • Occupation/Position: Legal Editor
  • Education: BS; MLA; JD
  • Favorite Founder: Thomas Jefferson
  • Favorite Books: Commentaries on the Laws of England, More Guns, Less Crime, The Anti-Federalist Papers
  • Weapon of Choice: M40A3 7.62mm
  • Location: Tennessee

Jonathan Connor

  • Occupation/Position: I.T. Director
  • Education: BS
  • Favorite Founder: Thomas Jefferson
  • Favorite Books: The Book of the New Sun, Atlas Shrugged, The Everlasting Man
  • Weapon of Choice: Heckler & Koch P2000 9mm Variant 2
  • Location: Tennessee

Cassandra Cornell

  • Occupation/Position: Contributing Editor
  • Education: BS; MS
  • Favorite Founder: Samuel Adams
  • Favorite Books: Witness, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Collected Poetry of John Donne
  • Weapon of Choice: S&W 66 .357
  • Location: California

Kathryn Farragut

  • Occupation/Position: Research Assistant
  • Favorite Founder: Thomas Jefferson
  • Favorite Books: Complete Sherlock Holmes, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, WWJD for Kids
  • Weapon of Choice: Springfield 1911A1 .45 ACP
  • Location: Ohio

Michelle Hope

  • Occupation/Position: Subscriber Services
  • Education: BA; MFA
  • Favorite Founder: George Washington
  • Favorite Books: That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right, Original Intent, Witness
  • Weapon of Choice: M2A1-7 portable flame thrower
  • Location: Tennessee

Nate Jackson

  • Occupation/Position: Managing Editor
  • Education: BA; MA
  • Favorite Founder: Patrick Henry
  • Favorite Books: Pilgrim's Progress, Atlas Shrugged, Calvin's Institutes
  • Weapon of Choice: Daniel Defense M4 Carbine
  • Location: Tennessee

Ron Locke

  • Occupation/Position: Creative Director
  • Education: BFA
  • Favorite Founder: Benjamin Franklin
  • Favorite Books: The Holy Bible, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Divine Conspiracy
  • Weapon of Choice: 12 gauge Remington 870
  • Location: Tennessee

Faith Long

  • Occupation/Position: Editorial Staff Liaison
  • Education: BA; MA
  • Favorite Founder: Samuel Adams
  • Favorite Books: An American Primer, Bureaucracy, The Constitution of Liberty
  • Weapon of Choice: Anything really loud!
  • Location: Tennessee

Sarah Thorne

  • Occupation/Position: Patriot National Advisory Committee Liaison
  • Education: BA; MSSc
  • Favorite Founder: Thomas Jefferson
  • Favorite Books: Jefferson (vol. 1-6), Two Treatises on Government, A Study of History (vol. 1-6)
  • Weapon of Choice: Heckler & Koch MP-5 9mm
  • Location: Washington, DC

Jonah Walton

  • Occupation/Position: Contributing Editor
  • Education: AVA
  • Favorite Founder: Samuel Adams
  • Favorite Books: An American Life: The Autobiography of Ronald Reagan, The Federalist Papers, A Synthesis of the Russian Textbook on Psychopolitics
  • Weapon of Choice: Barrett Model 82(A1) .50
  • Location: California

David Weed, III

  • Occupation/Position: Content Editor
  • Education: BS; MBA
  • Favorite Founder: George Washington
  • Favorite Books: Killer Angels, Pillars of the Earth, The Unvanquished
  • Weapon of Choice: An Acerbic Barb
  • Location: New Hampshire

National Advisory Committee

The Patriot Post's National Advisory Committee is a panel of individuals who have provided us with inspiration and encouragement since our inception, and who serve without compensation. We are grateful for their constant vigilance and commitment to the advancement of our mission. The committee is chaired by The Patriot Post's Executive Editor and Publisher, Mark Alexander. The Advisory Committee does not serve in a legal or corporate capacity.

Mark D. Allen

  • Occupation/Position: Physician
  • Education: BS; MD
  • Favorite Founder: Thomas Jefferson
  • Favorite Books: Doctor in Buckskin, The Prayer Life, The Kingdom of God
  • Weapon of Choice: M-16 A-2
  • Location: Georgia

Steve Atwater

  • Occupation/Position: Legislator; Attorney; CPA
  • Education: BS; JD; CPA
  • Favorite Founder: George Washington
  • Favorite Books: Lord of the Rings, Mere Christianity, Knowing God
  • Weapon of Choice: Ruger .22 Bull Barrel
  • Location: Washington, DC

Douglas Aragon

  • Occupation/Position: Ministry Innovator and Incubator
  • Education: BA; MS
  • Favorite Founder: George Washington
  • Favorite Books: Roots of American Order, Lectures on Calvinism, Modern Times
  • Weapon of Choice: SIG SG 550-1 5.56mm
  • Location: Tennessee

John J. Bastiat

  • Occupation/Position: USAF Officer/Fighter Pilot
  • Education: BSEE, MS, JD
  • Favorite Founder: John Jay
  • Favorite Books: 1) The Law; 2) Basic Economics; 3) Reagan, In His Own Hand
  • Weapon of Choice: M61A1 20 mm Vulcan Cannon
  • Location: Colorado

Lowry Blackmon

  • Occupation/Position: Department of Defense
  • Education: BS; JPME; MA
  • Favorite Founder: Benjamin Franklin
  • Favorite Books: Ronald Reagan — How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader, When I Was A Boy, This Was A Free Country, Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
  • Weapon of Choice: 1911 .45
  • Location: Maryland

Bradford Boyd

  • Occupation/Position: Marketing
  • Education: BS, MS
  • Favorite Founder: George Washington
  • Favorite Books: All Over But the Shoutin', Baptist Hymnal, Joshua Chamberlain's Biography
  • Weapon of Choice: Predator
  • Location: Delaware

Stephen S. Briggs

  • Occupation/Position: 09, USA(Ret), National Security Consultant
  • Education: BA; MS; PhD
  • Favorite Founder: George Washington
  • Favorite Books: The Right Stuff. Ronald Reagan: An American Life, The Libertarian Reader: Classic and Contemporary Writings from Lao-Tzu to Milton Friedman
  • Weapon of Choice: General Dynamics M1A2 Abrams
  • Location: Virginia

Benjamin T. Brock

  • Occupation/Position: Development and Finance
  • Education: BA; MBA
  • Favorite Founder: Thomas Jefferson
  • Favorite Books: Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Flight of the Old Dog, Hunt for Red October
  • Weapon of Choice: Pneumatic "spud" gun
  • Location: Georgia

Abigail Brooks

  • Occupation/Position: Home school Mom
  • Education: BS; MS
  • Favorite Founder: James Madison
  • Favorite Books: Oh, the Places You'll Go, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit or There and Back Again
  • Weapon of Choice: SDI satellite based HILI systems
  • Location: Kentucky

Elizabeth Burgin

  • Occupation/Position: Political & Public Policy Consultant
  • Education: BA
  • Favorite Founder: Abigail Adams
  • Favorite Books: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy; Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation
  • Weapon of Choice: Pugil Stick
  • Location: Florida

Alan Cohen

  • Occupation/Position: Client Relationship Manager
  • Education: BA; MBA
  • Favorite Founder: Thomas Jefferson
  • Favorite Books: Tom Sawyer, The Fifth Estate, any encyclopedia
  • Weapon of Choice: Walther PPK
  • Location: New York

Sam Crockett

  • Occupation/Position: Political Director
  • Education: BA, Political Science
  • Favorite Founder: George Mason
  • Favorite Books: The Ranch Diary of Watt R. Matthews, The Right Moment: Ronald Reagan’s First Victory, Horseman, Pass By
  • Weapon of Choice: Benelli Super Black Eagle 12 Gauge
  • Location: Tennessee

Andrew M. Davidson

  • Occupation/Position: Physician
  • Education: BS; MD; FACP
  • Favorite Founder: George Washington
  • Favorite Books: The Civil War (Foote), The Sound and the Fury, Lord of the Rings
  • Weapon of Choice: Stoner SR-25 7.62
  • Location: Tennessee

James Denehy

  • Occupation/Position: National Security Analyst
  • Education: BS; MS; PhD.
  • Favorite Founder: George Washington
  • Favorite Books: Speaking My Mind, The Real George Washington, The Bulletproof George Washington
  • Weapon of Choice: Super Soaker
  • Location: Virginia

James R. Edwards

  • Occupation/Position: Author
  • Education: BA; MA; M.Div.; D.Min
  • Favorite Founder: George Washington
  • Favorite Books: The History of the American People, The Light and the Glory, The Body
  • Location: Pennsylvania

Thomas R. Eisenhower

  • Occupation/Position: Entrepreneur
  • Education: BA
  • Favorite Founder: Ben Franklin
  • Favorite Books: Hunt for Red October, The modern Shotgun, Always Faithful (George Wilson)
  • Weapon of Choice: Benelli M2 Tactical
  • Location: Kansas

Barbera Evans

  • Occupation/Position: Educator
  • Education: BA English, BS Psychology
  • Favorite Founder: George Washington
  • Favorite Books: To Kill a Mockingbird, Pope Joan, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Weapon of Choice: The one that fits in my purse, but currently Smith & Wesson .38 Special
  • Location: Tennessee

Richard S. Fehland

  • Occupation/Position: National Security Analyst
  • Education: BS; MS; PhD
  • Favorite Books: Feynman Lectures On Physics, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Relativity: The Special and the General Theory
  • Weapon of Choice: RQ-1 Predator
  • Location: Virginia

Michael S. Franklin

  • Occupation/Position: Property Management
  • Education: BS Engineering
  • Favorite Founder: Thomas Jefferson
  • Favorite Books: The Chronicles of Narnia, God Came Near, Wager with the Wind
  • Weapon of Choice: Colt Python
  • Location: Georgia

Joseph J. Hamilton

  • Occupation/Position: 06, USA
  • Education: BS; MA; MS; PhD
  • Favorite Founder: John Adams
  • Favorite Books: The Killer Angels, The Portrait of Dorian Gray, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Weapon of Choice: Multiple Launch Rocket System
  • Location: South Carolina

Bryan D. Inman

  • Occupation/Position: 08, USN(Ret), National Security Consultant
  • Education: BS; MS; PhD
  • Favorite Founder: Samuel Adams
  • Favorite Books: The Second World War, Civil War: A Narrative, The Gulag Archipelago
  • Weapon of Choice: CVN-76
  • Location: Virginia

D. Jack Jefford

  • Occupation/Position: 09, USA(Ret), Biker
  • Education: BS, MA
  • Favorite Founder: Thomas Jefferson
  • Favorite Books: Pillars of the Earth, Killer Angels, Gates of Fire
  • Weapon of Choice: 44 Magnum Super Blackhawk
  • Location: Tennessee

Michael Johnson

  • Occupation/Position: Client Relationship Advisor
  • Education: BBA; MBA
  • Favorite Founder: Samuel Adams
  • Favorite Books: The Fifth Estate (Old Edition); Atlas Shrugged; Barbarians at the Gate
  • Weapon of Choice: Crossbow
  • Location: Massachusetts

Margaret Joseph

  • Occupation/Position: Insurance Executive
  • Education: BS; (Advanced Studies — School of Hard Knocks!)
  • Favorite Founder: Alexander Hamilton
  • Favorite Books: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Sun Also Rises, Out of Africa
  • Weapon of Choice: Killer Instinct
  • Location: Tennessee

Robert R. Lear

  • Occupation/Position: Publisher
  • Education: BS; MBA; CPA
  • Favorite Founder: Samuel Adams
  • Favorite Books: How Now Shall We Live, Mind Siege, Culture Matters - How Values Shape Human Progress
  • Weapon of Choice: Colt AR-15 A1 5.56mm
  • Location: Connecticut

David D. Leigh

  • Occupation/Position: Performance Engineering Consultant
  • Education: Multiple incomplete degrees and most recently the "School of Hard Knocks," with a focus on "Life-long Learning."
  • Favorite Founder: Patrick Henry
  • Favorite Books: How to Win Friends and Influence people, 1000 Things you never learned in Business School, The Art of Computer Systems Performance Analysis
  • Weapon of Choice: Ruger 10/22
  • Location: Tennessee

Jack Lewis

  • Occupation/Position: Media Entrepreneur
  • Education: B.A., Seminary drop-out
  • Favorite Founder: James Madison
  • Favorite Books: Abolition of Man, City of God, Heresies
  • Weapon of Choice: Axe, definitely the axe.
  • Location: California

Michael S. Madison

  • Occupation/Position: USAF / Pilot
  • Education: BS / MA
  • Favorite Founder: Thomas Jefferson
  • Favorite Books: 1776, Atlas Shrugged, The Right Stuff
  • Weapon of Choice: F-22 but if grounded then a Glock 20 will do!
  • Location: Alaska

Thomas O. Marden

  • Occupation/Position: Judge
  • Education: AB; JD
  • Favorite Founder: Thomas Jefferson
  • Favorite Books: The Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, Moby Dick, The Sound and Fury
  • Weapon of Choice: Walther PPK
  • Location: Tennessee

Francis P. Marion

  • Occupation/Position: Banking
  • Education: BA; MA
  • Favorite Founder: George Washington
  • Favorite Books: The Narnia Series, J.P. Morgan — American Financier, Navigate the Noise
  • Weapon of Choice: Colt .357 Python
  • Location: North Carolina

Lee Miller

  • Occupation/Position: Officer, USA
  • Education: BS, Engineering
  • Favorite Founder: Patrick Henry
  • Favorite Books: Heritage Guide to the Constitution, House to House, Gates of Fire
  • Weapon of Choice: M240B
  • Location: North Carolina

Calvin Murray

  • Occupation/Position: Attorney, Venture Capitalist
  • Education: BBA; JD
  • Favorite Founder: George Washington
  • Favorite Books: Les Miserables, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Three Musketeers
  • Weapon of Choice: SIG 229 .357
  • Location: Massachusetts

Hamilton O’Rourke

  • Occupation/Position: Director, Information Technology
  • Education: Bachelor of Business Administration – Management Information Systems
  • Favorite Founder: Thomas Jefferson
  • Favorite Books: Protect and Defend (Vince Flynn), The Last Refuge (Ben Coes), World Without End (Ken Follett)
  • Weapon of Choice: H&K .40 hangun
  • Location: Tennessee

Charles S. Paige

  • Occupation/Position: 05, USMC
  • Education: BA, MS
  • Favorite Founder: George Washington
  • Favorite Books: Gates of Fire, The Quotable (C.S.) Lewis, Fellowship of Valor: The Battle History of the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Weapon of Choice: Kimber ICQB M1911
  • Location: Virginia

Thomas M. Patrick

  • Occupation/Position: Venture Capitalist
  • Education: BS
  • Favorite Founder: George Washington
  • Favorite Books: The Chronicles of Narmia, Wager With The Wind, God Came Near
  • Weapon of Choice: HS Precision Custom .308Match
  • Location: New York

Nathaniel T. Pelham

  • Occupation/Position: 06 USMC(Ret), Banker
  • Education: BBA; MBA
  • Favorite Founder: Benjamin Franklin
  • Favorite Books: Lee's Lieutenants Book 1 & 2, The Firm, A Message to Garcia
  • Weapon of Choice: M109 SP 155
  • Location: Tennessee

Richard Regan

  • Occupation/Position: Christian Foundation Executive
  • Education: BA; MA; DD; MBA.; PhD
  • Favorite Founder: George Washington
  • Favorite Books: The Journals of Jim Elliot; Les Miserables; What's So Amazing About Grace?
  • Weapon of Choice: Glock 19
  • Location: Illinois

David Reeves, III

  • Occupation/Position: Attorney and legislator
  • Education: BS; JD
  • Favorite Founder: George Washington
  • Favorite Books: The Abolition of Man, Blackstone's Commentaries, The Art of Political War and Other Radical Pursuits
  • Weapon of Choice: Winchester Model 1200
  • Location: Maryland

Brian F. Rhinehardt

  • Occupation/Position: 07, USMC(Ret), National Security Consultant
  • Education: BS; MSSc, PhD
  • Favorite Founder: George Washington
  • Favorite Books: Democracy in America, George Washington: A Collection, The Ethics of Liberty
  • Weapon of Choice: FA-18E
  • Location: Virginia

Peter L. Rogers

  • Occupation/Position: Attorney
  • Education: BS; JD
  • Favorite Founder: Thomas Paine
  • Favorite Books: Theodore Roosvelt, An Autobiography, TR The Last Romantic, Gods and Generals
  • Weapon of Choice: Winchester Model 1200
  • Location: Massachusetts

Chester M. Smartt

  • Occupation/Position: 06, USMC
  • Education: BS; MBA
  • Favorite Founder: Patrick Henry
  • Favorite Books: Churchill Biography, Robert E. Lee, John Adams
  • Weapon of Choice: 1st Marine Expeditionary Force
  • Location: Tennessee

Jack W. Stipple

  • Occupation/Position: Environmental Attorney and Entrepreneur
  • Education: BS; JD
  • Favorite Founder: Patrick Henry
  • Favorite Books: America's God and Country, The Merlin Trilogy, Moby Dick
  • Weapon of Choice: Remington Wingmaster 870
  • Location: Washington, DC

Maewyn Succat

  • Occupation/Position: USMC (Ret) / Analyst
  • Education: BA
  • Favorite Founder: Thomas Jefferson
  • Favorite Books: Young Patriots (Cerami), How the Irish Saved Civilization (Cahill), Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Tolkien)
  • Weapon of Choice: An F/A-18 mounted GE M61A1 20mm Vulcan cannon
  • Location: Maryland

Ruth Thatcher

  • Occupation/Position: Consultant/Project Manager
  • Education: BS
  • Favorite Founder: George Washington
  • Favorite Books: The Bible, Traveler's Gift, Vision of the Anointed
  • Weapon of Choice: Ruger SR202
  • Location: Georgia

Theodore P. Thomason

  • Occupation/Position: Attorney/Gentleman Farmer
  • Education: BA, JD
  • Favorite Founder: Thomas Jefferson
  • Favorite Books: A History of the American People - Paul Johnson; Theodore Rex - Edmund Morris; The Left Behind Series - Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
  • Weapon of Choice: S&W M&P 40 (compact).
  • Location: Tennessee

Willy Thompson

  • Occupation/Position: Mortgage Banker
  • Education: BA
  • Favorite Founder: George Washington
  • Favorite Books: Witness, When Character was King, Slouching Toward Gomorrah
  • Weapon of Choice: Winchester 101
  • Location: New York

Paul R. Turner

  • Occupation/Position: Attorney
  • Education: BS; MBA; JD; PhD
  • Favorite Founder: Thomas Jefferson
  • Favorite Books: Princples of Natural and Politic Law, Discourses on Government, Blackstone's Commentaries
  • Weapon of Choice: Colt .38 Special Agent
  • Location: Maryland

John W. Wallace

  • Occupation/Position: 08, USAF(Ret), National Security Consultant
  • Education: BA; MS
  • Favorite Founder: George Washington
  • Favorite Books: Portable Conservative Reader, The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates, The Art of Political War and Other Radical Pursuits
  • Weapon of Choice: F-15e at MaxV
  • Location: Texas

C. Bradford Washington

  • Occupation/Position: Attorney
  • Education: BS; MAS; JD; LLM
  • Favorite Founder: Sam Adams
  • Favorite Books: Chronicles of Narnia, The book of Romans, It's a Sin to Bore a Kid
  • Weapon of Choice: Papermate, med. pt. blue
  • Location: Maryland

Franklin Weber

  • Occupation/Position: Author — Constitutional History
  • Education: BS
  • Favorite Founder: George Washington
  • Favorite Books: America's God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations, The Light and the Glory, Unlocking the Mysteries of Creation
  • Weapon of Choice: Marlin .22
  • Location: Ohio

George Wilson

  • Occupation/Position: Chief Technical Officer
  • Education: BA Information & Computer Science
  • Favorite Founder: George Washington
  • Favorite Books: I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, Call of The Wild, Mere Christianity
  • Weapon of Choice: Glock 23
  • Location: Georgia

George W. Wingate

  • Occupation/Position: 2A Advocate and Weapons Expert
  • Education: BS, MS
  • Favorite Founder: James Madison
  • Favorite Books: Profiles in Courage, The Art of War and the Bible
  • Weapon of Choice: The Modern Musket: AR-15
  • Location: New York

Victor C. Wolfe

  • Occupation/Position: Federal Investigator
  • Education: BS
  • Favorite Founder: John Adams
  • Favorite Books: The sermons of Charles Spurgeon, Whatever Happened to the Human Race, Ben-Hur
  • Weapon of Choice: HK Bennelli M1 Super 90 12 GA
  • Location: Washington, DC