Al Kaltman

Al Kaltman is a political science professor who teaches a leadership studies course at George Washington University. He is the author of Cigars, Whiskey and Winning: Leadership Lessons from General Ulysses S. Grant.

Most Recent Articles by Al Kaltman:

Calling Americans who Believe in the Rule of Law Xenophobic Nativists who Hate Immigrants

Aug 9, 2018 — Al Kaltman

The False Narrative: Calling Americans who Believe in the Rule of Law Xenophobic Nativists who Hate Immigrants
A Rabbi in Virginia recently posted a sermon he had delivered on his congregation’s website. In the sermon he accused citizens of being xenophobic nativists, who hate immigrants. Those same citizens, who believe that we are a nation of laws, and that the 50,000 people who are illegally crossing our southern border every month are lawbreakers and should be denied entry to our country. 

“This is our challenge.  To accept that nativism is strong here in America,..To accept that people right now fear immigrants.  To recognize that many citizens in America want to… to block them or abuse them or even worse to attack them in order to keep them out.  We should not pretend that the fear and hatred will disappear.  A big swath of Americans will continue to desire a curse on the immigrants.”

A Two Step Approach that Begins to Solve the Current Immigration Crisis

Jun 27, 2018 — Al Kaltman

A Two Step Approach that Begins to Solve the Current Immigration Crisis
A feckless Congress has failed to face up to the issue of illegal immigration. Even if the House had passed an immigration reform bill it would have been dead on arrival in the Senate. The President has pinned his hopes for immigration reform on the Republicans retaining control of the House and gaining seats in the Senate in the upcoming mid-term election.

A Tough Love Suggestion to End the Annual Caravan from Central America

Apr 27, 2018 — Al Kaltman

A Tough Love Suggestion to End the Annual Caravan from Central America
For the past 10 years Pueblo Sin Fronteras has been coordinating the transit of a caravan of Central Americans through Mexico into the United States.  Every year as many as 1,000 men, women and children from Honduras and El Salvador have been allowed to enter the U.S. claiming asylum. They ask for asylum claiming that they are escaping from gang violence in their home countries, and they are allowed to remain in the U.S. pending a review of their petition for asylum by an immigration judge.  While a few are detained pending the judicial review, most are released and instead of returning for their court date begin living in the U.S. as illegal aliens.  Democrats refer to them as undocumented workers.

Leadership Lessons from Trump’s Cancellation of His London Trip

Jan 18, 2018 — Al Kaltman

Leadership Lessons from Trump’s Cancellation of His London Trip
In the first episode of The Game of Thrones, King Robert asks Lord Stark to come to the capital as his Hand of the King because he is the one person that the King can trust.  The first lesson in leadership is that the work must be done by others and there is no more important task for a leader than the selection of subordinates who can be trusted to faithfully carry out the leader’s instructions.  This does not mean that a good leader wants to be surrounded by sycophants who blindly do what they are told.  A good leader wants subordinates who will not be afraid to speak up when they think the leader’s proposals are wrong headed.  But, if after the subordinate’s views have been given a fair hearing, the leader chooses to proceed as originally intended, the subordinate has two choices, wholeheartedly support the leader or resign.

The Right Way to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Mar 27, 2017 — Al Kaltman

Obamacare was intended to be the first step to a government run national health insurance system.  Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, with all the Congressional Democrats following their lead in lock step like lemmings, foisted this government mandated and partially government run insurance monstrosity on the American people.  The promise they made was that Obamacare would make health insurance more available and more affordable while allowing insureds to retain their current doctors and plans.  It didn’t take the American people long to discover that these promises were lies.  In spite of losing the House, the Senate and the Presidency at least in part due to the American people’s dissatisfaction with Obamacare, the Democrats still cling to it on the pretense that is has provided coverage to millions who were previously uninsured.  Of course all of the increase in the number of insureds has come through the expansion of Medicaid which could have been done as a standalone piece of legislation without ever having needed to pass Obamacare.

Trump’s Travel Ban and the Protests—A Reality Check

Feb 5, 2017 — Al Kaltman

The protests against President Trump’s executive order on immigration that are being organized and funded by left wing groups are disingenuous to say the least.  There was no similar outcry when Obama barred all immigration from Iraq for six months in 2011. There has been no outrage about the killings and mistreatment of non-Muslims by Muslims.  Nor have there been protests about the subjugation of women in all but a very few Muslim communities worldwide.

Trump’s executive order is a temporary 90 day ban.  It would have been better had he ordered the reinstitution of the Mantis program and required a Security Advisory Opinion on every visa applicant and asylum seeker from every Muslim nation and from several, like Nigeria, with sizable Muslim populations.

It wasn’t the Russians—they wanted Hillary not Trump

Jan 7, 2017 — Al Kaltman

Watching the sequel to the 1966 comedy The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming that played on Capitol Hill yesterday, one was reminded of the conclusion attributed to John Adam’s that “one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress.”

In response to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s statement that he was more resolutely convinced than ever that “only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized the recent election-focused data thefts and disclosures, based on the scope and sensitivity of the targets” Senator Lindsey Graham said it was time to start “throwing rocks” at Russia, while John McCain asked Clapper if the Russian hacking constituted “an act of war.”

How to Steal an Election in Seven Easy Steps – A Lesson from the Clinton Playbook

Nov 28, 2016 — Al Kaltman

Hillary Clinton was clearly devastated by her defeat on November 8.  She was in such a state of shock that she was unable to speak to her supporters that night.  She had devoted her entire life to achieving one goal—the presidency of the United States.  She had suffered countless humiliations from her husband’s womanizing and predatory sexual practices.  She had obsequiously served Barack Obama, the man who had dashed her hopes of becoming president in 2008, when a Democratic victory was a sure thing.  Now Donald Trump, a man she despised, had kept her from getting the one thing in life for which she still had a burning desire. She could not allow his election to stand.

Oh, to be a Democrat Now that the Donald is the Republican Nominee

May 7, 2016 — Al Kaltman

The only thing the Republican Party leaders feared more than having Donald Trump become the party’s presidential nominee was having Ted Cruz become the Republican standard bearer.  As the field narrowed it became clear that thanks to a compliant media that loved how their ratings soared when the Donald appeared on their networks, the nomination had become one for him to lose.  As long as the media reveled in his outrageous pronouncements and continued to give him as much free air time as he wanted, wresting the nomination from him was going to be an uphill battle.

Donald Trump’s stance on illegal immigration

Aug 30, 2015 — Al Kaltman

By shining a spotlight on illegal immigration, Donald Trump has touched a raw nerve in the American body politic.  While what he promises to do is unrealistic, by bringing the issue to the fore, he is forcing the other candidates to spell out what they would do to stop the flood of illegal immigrants and secure our borders. For this, if nothing else, we owe him our thanks. 

Donald Trump has said that if elected President he would round up and deport all of the illegal immigrants living in the United States.  Then to make sure they didn’t reenter our country he would make Mexico pay to build an impenetrable wall from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico along the entire 1,952 miles of our southern border.  His ringing rhetoric has great populist appeal, but the simple truth is that finding, arresting and deporting the estimated 11-12 million illegal immigrants living in the US would be about as unrealistic as traveling from the earth to the moon in a hot air balloon.

Long past time to make English the official national language of the United States

Aug 26, 2015 — Al Kaltman

“Language is a unifying instrument which binds people together. When people speak one language they become as one, they become a society”—S.I. Hayakawa

Donald Trump’s stance on illegal immigration is a timely reminder that assimilation (to a common language, culture and values) is what makes the United States exceptional.  If we are to continue to be the greatest nation on earth then we must remain a melting pot.  As Senator Hayakawa so eloquently explained, “The United States, a land of immigrants from every corner of the world, has been strengthened and unified because its newcomers have historically chosen ultimately to forgo their native language for the English language. We have all benefited from the sharing of ideas, of cultures and beliefs, made possible by a common language. We have all enriched each other.”

Hillary Clinton lied when she swore she would faithfully discharge the duties of Secretary of State

May 27, 2015 — Al Kaltman

On February 2, 2009, Vice President Biden administered the oath of office for Secretary of State to Hillary Rodham Clinton. As part of that oath, Mrs. Clinton swore that she would faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which she was about to enter and that she took the obligation to do so without any purpose of evasion. She lied. At the time she took the oath she was busy setting up a private email server through which she would conduct official business, one that would allow her to cloak those activities which she wished to keep hidden from public scrutiny. In doing so, she at a minimum, violated State Department regulations regarding the handling of sensitive information.

How badly do I want to be president—Hillary Clinton reviews the lies she’s told

Apr 14, 2015 — Al Kaltman

Author’s Note: I only listed the lies that Hillary Clinton has told that came immediately to mind. I expect I forgot to mention some and as her campaign rolls out she will surely tell additional lies, so if anyone reading this remembers any that I haven’t listed or becomes aware of any new ones she tells please be sure to add them to the list of Hillary’s Lies.

Ulysses S. Grant and Barack Obama: A study in opposites

Apr 8, 2015 — Al Kaltman

April 9, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia by Robert E. Lee to Ulysses S. Grant.  After the war, Lee became the president of Washington College, now Washington and Lee University, where he established the model for the modern American institution of higher learning.  Grant was elected President in 1868 and reelected by an even wider margin in 1872.

A Work of Fiction: President Hillary Clinton

Mar 23, 2015 — Al Kaltman

In Britain, the play King Charles III closed on January 31, 2015, after a successful run.  Dubbed a future history play, it tells how shortly after becoming king, Charles is forced to abdicate by his son William and William’s scheming manipulative wife Kate.  If Britons could be treated to a fictional story about future backstabbing in the palace, then Americans deserved to see a fictional tale about future skullduggery by one of their political families in the White House.  To be believable, the persons portrayed would have to be known as liars who would stop at nothing to achieve and maintain political power.  Among America’s political families only the Clintons meet those requirements. What follows is the synopsis for a fictional tale of political betrayal and murder that Hollywood would never dare to make into a motion picture.

Hillary Clinton Responds to Questions about Her Emails…

Mar 13, 2015 — Al Kaltman

Bill Clinton famously asked what the meaning of the word “is” is.  He then went on to say he had not had “sexual relations with that woman.”  The Clinton’s are masters of misinforming by careful phrasing.

Everybody Does It: Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Refrain

Mar 10, 2015 — Al Kaltman

Hillary Clinton wants to be president of me and you
To get elected there is nothing she wouldn’t say or do

Islamic Extremists and Islamic Fundamentalists: A distinction without a difference

Feb 11, 2015 — Al Kaltman

The Muslim Council of Britain reacted angrily to the letter written by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to Muslim religious leaders urging them to do more to combat Islamic extremism and telling them that they had a responsibility to explain to their followers “how faith in Islam can be part of British identity.” In responding to the letter, the Deputy Secretary of the Council, Harun Khan, asked if Mr. Pickles was seriously suggesting that “Muslims and Islam are inherently apart from British society?”

The British Press Continues Down the Slippery Slope of Self-Censorship

Feb 9, 2015 — Al Kaltman

Among the artworks in the Islamic collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum are two beautiful paintings by 12th century Persian artists.  One depicts Mohammed ascending to heaven and the other is a scene in which a prince is drinking wine while carousing with beautiful scantily clad women.

The United Kingdom’s Health Care Mess and Its Implications for a Clinton Presidency

Feb 2, 2015 — Al Kaltman

Hillary Clinton was clearly disappointed when the health care legislation proposed by the task force she headed was declared dead on arrival when it was submitted to a Democrat controlled Congress on November 30, 1993.  Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s comment that anyone who thought her health care plans would work wasn’t living in the real world served as a fitting epitaph.