One cannot talk with political commentator Katie Kieffer and be unimpressed.
Perhaps the more important takeaway, though, is that it isn’t all lost for America when Millennials sound like this smart, young businesswoman who is clear-eyed about where the country is under Barack Obama. She is conceding nothing to the negative forces that would love nothing better than to re-fashion the U.S. into Belgium.
In her new book (a roadmap for Millennials to shed the shackles of anti-capitalism and prosper), “Let Me Be Clear: Barack Obama’s War on Millennials, and One Woman’s Case for Hope,” Kieffer doesn’t mince words in an open letter to the president: “You shirked responsibility for the misery you imposed on my generation. Your economic, social and national security policies have left both literal and metaphorical bloodstains on your hands for killing the hopes, careers and dreams of young Americans for your own political gain.”
Kieffer then goes on to explain to Saul Alinsky’s disciple that she isn’t going to sit around and do nothing; her strategy for helping young people cope with a not-so-brave new world is eye-opening, inspiring and rooted in practical options befitting a generational leader.
Deftly handling a wide range of issues, from job creation to the “shacking up” immorality that plagues societies led by immoral leaders, Kieffer is bold in “Let Me Be Clear.”
Possessing a real estate skill that would make Donald Trump look green, Kieffer has the business savvy necessary to advise even political leaders.
“Any politician can pick up this book and use it for writing legislation to get us out of this crisis,” she writes. “I’m offering a path – here’s what I did and how I became an entrepreneur.”
Indeed, Kieffer’s combination of business wits and moral compass make “Let Me Be Clear” one of the top books of 2014.
She maintains that a healthy society cannot only aspire to economic health, but also moral underpinnings. Chapter 6 (“Why Fathers Matter”) is … well, beautiful. Here is a young woman, a product of a narcissistic culture, who zealously defends the concept that children need strong fathers with morals.
In noting the decline of respect for fathers in America, Kieffer writes: “How has Obama fared in exemplifying a healthy, moral family life? Many people take it for granted that Obama is a wonderful father. And, speaking strictly aesthetically, he is. He is the picture-perfect father: doting on and devoted to his daughters and loyal to their mother. Yet, outside his four-person family unit, Obama has done enormous damage to fatherhood in America. Barry positioned himself as a rakish rock star and a pseudo-preacher instead of an honorable president.”
She goes on to describe, in a subsequent chapter, her own father, painting a picture of a strong and assured man who gave his family a sense of peace and safety.
Departing from the leftist narrative that has infected too many, Kieffer warmly acknowledges the traditional values that made her a grounded young woman: “I don’t remember our house ever smelling like gunpowder. I only remember feeling safe and happy around gun owners. I thought my father looked equally good in a suit and a tie as in blaze orange and camouflage.”
Kieffer also offers plenty of sage advice to business owners who are now relying on the Millennial workforce in greater numbers. This again is what makes “Let Me Be Clear” a valuable book for a multitude of folks from varying backgrounds.
Listen as she explains the mindset of a young working person who can be important to a company’s bottom line: “Sometimes Millennials feel like their ideas are unwanted, so they shut down, negatively impacting everyone because great ideas are discarded before they materialize. Invite your junior colleagues to participate in executive meetings and on big projects and encourage them to pipe up if they have an idea, even if they think it might be ‘off the wall.’ That said, be sure you set a high bar too. Young professionals enjoy a challenge and will feel more fulfilled if they need to ‘earn’ the right to be involved, because this will push them to show up at meetings well prepared, having read up on the latest industry news in trade journals or having analyzed key data on their own ahead of time.”
Frankly, “Let Me Be Clear” reads like a clarion call for a generation that will be key in rebuilding America in the aftermath of Team Obama. Katie Kieffer is to be commended for taking the time to share her insights into the things that really make Millennials tick.