Reassuring Words From the President

I’ll be honest, I was concerned with the U.S.’ airstrike in Syria last week. I thought Trump had caved in to what Pat Buchanan calls “the War Party” and that we were surely on the road to greater conflict.

Ultimately I gave our president the benefit of the doubt. And I’m glad I did. New York Post:

Amid complaints that his aides are saying different things about Syria and his policy is confusing, President Trump emphatically cleared the air.

“We’re not going into Syria,” he told me yesterday in an exclusive interview. “Our policy is the same — it hasn’t changed. We’re not going into Syria.”

Evan’s Friday Briefing: 4/7/17

Welcome to the 4/7/17 edition of “Evan’s Friday Briefing,” a quick list of what I’ve been enjoying, learning, and trying out.

What I’ve Been Reading

Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” and Ernie Johnson Jr.’s new autobiography “Unscripted.” I actually haven’t read much on this vacation. But it feels great to do absolutely nothing besides sit in the sun most of the day. Plus the Masters are on.

What I’ve Been Listening To

We’ve been playing various types of music over the speakers at the house we rented, though my favorites were the songs of Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.

Progress Update On My Socio-Political Project

The website is still coming along. It’s tough when you can’t meet up with your team members in person on a regular basis. We will initiate active campaigns rather soon, even if the website isn’t done. We can always tinker with the website; it’s more important to go public and start making a difference.

My Tip Of The Day

When getting into self-development, it’s easy to want to pack on 25 pounds of muscle, start building a million dollar business, read for an hour a day, and meditate for 30 minutes every morning all at the same time. But it’s just not possible. Focus on no more than two big goals at a time. Succeed at those before moving on to the others.

Great Quote I’ve Been Ruminating On

“A negative mind never attracts happiness or material success, but it will attract their opposites. You may trick yourself into believing that you are only playing devil’s advocate or searching for weaknesses in apparently good ideas, but in the end negative thinking always produces negative results. Just as your mind will work tirelessly to translate your positive thoughts into their physical equivalent, it will work equally hard to create negative results when all of your thoughts are negative.” – Napoleon Hill Foundation’s “Thought for the Day,” 4/3/17

No, Steve Bannon Wasn’t Booted From the NSC

You thought Donald Trump kicked Steve Bannon off of the National Security Council, didn’t ya?

Well, you’d be wrong!

New York Times:

Mr. Trump removed Mr. Bannon, his chief strategist, from the National Security Council’s cabinet-level “principals committee” on Wednesday. The shift was orchestrated by Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, who insisted on purging a political adviser from the Situation Room where decisions about war and peace are made.

Mr. Bannon resisted the move, even threatening at one point to quit if it went forward, according to a White House official who, like others, insisted on anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. Mr. Bannon’s camp denied that he had threatened to resign and spent the day spreading the word that the shift was a natural evolution, not a signal of any diminution of his outsize influence.

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Evan’s Friday Briefing: 3/31/17

Welcome to the 3/31/17 edition of “Evan’s Friday Briefing,” a quick list of what I’ve been enjoying, learning, and trying out.

Classic American Novels I’ve Been Reading

Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five” and Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” I’m weak when it comes to the literature of my own country, and I’m determined to change that.

Classical Work I’ve Been Listening To Over And Over

Mozart’s “Symphony No. 41 in C Major”—a.k.a. the “Jupiter Symphony.” It’s part of a 2,000 word paper I’m writing for class.

Update On The Project I’m Involved In

In last week’s Friday Briefing I wrote that a couple of good friends and I are starting a pro-West, pro-traditional values nonprofit. The website will be built this weekend, so stay tuned.

My Tip Of The Day

If you’re not laughing at who you were one year ago, you’re stagnating, not improving. Stagnation equals death, so always be improving. One percent a day will put you far ahead of your peers in little time.

Great Quote I’ve Been Ruminating On

“Learning is very often a question of whether someone has his soul in order, whether he can be attracted by what is. Great things will not be seen by those whose souls are not ordered.” – James V. Schall

Britain Crosses the Rubicon, Nigel Farage’s Reaction

It’s officially official:

LONDON — A little over nine months after British voters chose to withdraw from the European Union, Britain took a decisive — and likely irreversible — step Wednesday toward leaving a partnership that has bound the country to the continent for nearly half a century.

With the simple handoff of a letter in Brussels in the early afternoon, the British government became the first to trigger Article 50 — the mechanism for nations to exit the European Union.

“This is a historic moment from which there can be no turning back,” Prime Minister Theresa May announced to a momentarily hushed House of Commons, before debate later turned rowdy.

How is Nigel Farage celebrating, you might ask?

“You’ve been triggered!”