Leaders in Politics

“As a former President of the Texas State Chamber of Commerce, banker, and conservative writer, Skipper, may have seemed an odd choice to receive the first Cesar E. Chavez Conscience Builder Award, but as much as the Award defined him for his dedication to personal dignity and justice, he defined the Award and the fact that Cesar was not driven by politics or money, but instead was dedicated to the cultural values of conscience, fairness, and the right to opportunity. While Skipper and Cesar are of different eras, backgrounds, and politics, they are very similar in their willingness to stand on principle and their compassion for others. Skipper’s writings on the importance of personal dignity, honor, and the necessity of family values articulate our Hispanic culture, La Causa. While many of us may not agree totally with Skipper’s take on all issues, one can attribute these dissimilarities to our distinctly different backgrounds and perspectives. Cesar’s legacy was a cause to build, not to destroy, to unite, not to divide, as is Skipper’s mission. They are more alike than different. There is much to be learned from his writings on how to create jobs and opportunity and is this not what Cesar stood for? America is better today because of Cesar; America will be a better country because of the effects of Skipper’s writings. We will always be friends because we know the depth of each other’s motivation for our children’s future, and motivation comes from the depths of the heart and mind.”
~ Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder, United Farm Workers Union

“The Wisdom of Generations looks at the enduring significance of the values our nation was founded on – freedom, liberty and democracy. Skipper explores how those values have shaped our nation, and how critical they will be for our future. Skipper examines the rights and responsibilities created by the Founding Fathers in American economics, politics, and culture. His insightful findings will certainly have an immediate impact on the policy debates ongoing during this critical time for our nation.”
~ U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32); Vice Chairman, House Rules Committee; Chairman, National Republican Congressional Committee


 

“One of the great challenges we face as a nation is not just in limiting spending to true needs, but making sure that the moral hazard in funding programs that contribute to a decline in individual responsibility and character are fully understood. The Wisdom of Generations provides an understanding that those in need are best served by the sustainability of the safety net, and their ultimate protection is from a strong nation that has the economic power of growth with fiscal responsibility, the political will to put the common good as a primary concern, and the cultural strength to recognize that character and responsibility only occur when the national will values character and individual responsibility above the convenience of immediate gratification of wants. When I was a District Judge in Texas, I saw what caused weakness of will in people that lead them to trouble. The same is true of national will, but the problems are hidden in our great bureaucracy.
Skipper writes of the great contextual interaction of the personal interests of politics and economics with the values of culture, and every day with the decisions I make I see that interaction on a national scale, and I agree with his conclusion that we will not change the nature of politics or its effects on our economics until we decide culturally what values will govern us. The people rather than the political leaders determine our future by their actions or inactions. The Wisdom of Generations helps them understand the issues and challenges that face us as they make their decisions.”
~ Congressman John R. Carter, 31st District of Texas House Republican Conference Secretary House Appropriations Committee

“Skipper has spent much of his lifetime dedicated to and participating in areas that support American national defense. Perhaps his greatest contribution has been his long-standing argument that political and military security concepts have to be expanded dramatically to include economic security and cultural advocacy. Modern times have shown the economic limitations on our country and its future effect on our military and Homeland Security. The contextual thinking of how to build alliances and more efficiently position resources is now upon us. The bridges built through Skipper’s writings on conscience and common cultural values serve as a powerful advocacy of Western values to many of the critical nations of the future such as China and Latin America. But his concept of Enlightened Conservatism may be one of the best ways to reunify the American people through character based civic responsibility that can sustain necessary compassion. He emphasizes that how you think about issues determines what you think of them, and whether you think in values or self-interest is critical.”
~ Representative Michael McCaul, House Homeland Security Committee, Chairman Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight

"Far too often we forget the power of morality and character to shape destiny. The Wisdom of Generations reminds us that character in a people is the ultimate strength of a society that makes it exceptional. For twenty-five years we have followed Skipper’s efforts to build bridges within societies and between them, always on behalf of the principles of conscience, justice, and personal dignity. His writings are removed from the common thought of Washington and have a depth that truly understands creating and maintaining power for the right reasons. His views on contextual thinking will increasingly be relevant and perceptive in a world of limited funding and increasing change. Trust, to create intellectual power to solve problems, and the use of economic ties to prevent conflict will become necessities. The Wisdom of Generations should be read by anyone who cares about American National Security or wants to teach a child how to succeed in a difficult and increasingly challenging world. The key point taken from The Wisdom of Generations is that the cultural values taught to our youth influence our national destiny."
~ Tom Neumann, Executive Director Jewish Institute of National Security Affairs

“Economic growth and the jobs it brings are the critical issues of today and the future. The comparison of the Midwest Industrial Model and the Texas Economic Model are often presented for policy as contrasts. The Language of Conscience Series is a history of that Texas Model by a scribe who played a very active part in its development and has a unique understanding of it. While I do not agree on Skipper’s defense of the Right to Work and Free Trade, I see great merit in his view that the strength of the Texas Model is a cultural one based on individual responsibility and governmental accountability, which ultimately drives economic policy. His vision requires an expanding and strong middle class, worker’s dignity, strong ethical governance that removes crony capitalism, efficiency in government, and the creation of a competitive environment through education and capital investment to face international competition. That competition will force new management and labor paradigms. Skipper’s value-based model may well become the best foundation for a new business model. Skipper may have been the President of the Texas State Chamber of Commerce and many other business organizations, but he understands the culture of labor and what it can provide. Labor can learn a great deal from him. He asks the right questions in a dignified way to bring out the best in people and systems to bring the unity needed for shared sacrifice.”
~ Dennis Gannon, Former President, Chicago AFLCIO

“I have made numerous official visits to China leading trade delegations as Texas Secretary of State. I have also made visits as a tourist and in my law practice. However, the visits to China with Skipper Dippel and the Texas Lyceum were of an entirely different character because we not only met with high level officials, but we engaged with them on frank and serious discussions of culture, identity and perspective. The Central Party School’s decision to publish Skipper’s book, The Language of Conscience, was the foundation of some of the most remarkable conversations that have probably ever been held between China and the West. Discussions started on common cultural values, and then proceeded to common views of how cultural values lead to economic and political values. Skipper has described China as being like an apartment building where people look at themselves as part of a whole and look at the building security and rules as a benefit because of their long cultural perspective. In the West, we view ourselves more as individual houses with certain legal rights that provide boundaries with others, especially the government. Skipper’s careful scholarship of ethics and values, and his analysis of Chinese and Western cultures, has enabled him to provide insight and explanation of the contemporary world in a way that is both startling and comforting at the same time. The Wisdom of Generations is a book that illuminates the similarities and differences of East and West in such a way that the opportunities are made manifestly clear. This book is valuable as a new way of thinking through the wisdom of values in the world, and, more importantly, it is a welcome cultural bridge in the modern world and the all-important China-US relationship.”
~ Geoff Connor, Former Secretary of State of Texas

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