Category: Character & Virtues
Man Up Mississippi

Many of you will note that I have not written anything new for this blog in quite some time. It’s not due to idleness. I have been quite busy researching and writing for my new organization: Man Up Mississippi, as well as the Man Up Boot Camp. Many of you know I have written much and given several public speeches

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Southern Hospitality

The following article comes from the Cripps Vault. It is an old blog post from 2006 which was condensed from a speech I gave sometime in the 90s. All I can say is the once-great virtue known as Southern Hospitality has really gone down hill further from the time I wrote the original speech. SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY The South is known

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The Warrior Poet

The Warrior Poet Several years ago I ran a very popular blog at lochandload.com. When the demands of child-rearing outweighed the website in importance, I chose to shut it down. The title “Loch And Load” was a play on words. The idea was simple: I am coming at you “fully loaded” in this blog…I am not holding anything back. To

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Stonewall Jackson - The Southern Tradition of Leadership

INTRODUCTION I have learned much during the years I have labored under the banner of various political and cultural organizations. I have experienced times of great joy, and times of great sadness. I have seen great victories, and I have witnessed many missed opportunities. I have had the privilege of working with some of the most tireless, devoted, passionate patriots

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John Cripps for Governor 2003

Since Election Day 2014 is less than a week away, I thought I would dig through the archives and pull out an article I wrote about this time in 2003. That year I ran for governor in Mississippi. I had a tremendous amount of grassroots support, but being a third-party candidate, a lot of people believed voting outside the two

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Fortitude - Patrick Henry

As mentioned in a recent post, my son Pätrick Henry Cripps is going through Marine Boot Camp in South Carolina. Today, he is enduring Day 11 of the most difficult time of his life. As I await a mailing address, I am writing daily about traits which are important to the real men of this world. This article on fortitude

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Quit You Like Men - A Study of True Courage by John Cripps

Two days ago I delivered my Son, Pätrick Henry, to the United States Marine Corps in Hattiesburg, Misssissippi. He was quickly whisked away to Parris Island, South Carolina for Boot Camp. In the weeks leading up to his departure we had several discussions on bravery, courage, and manhood in general. This article on True Courage is dedicated to him. Christian

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Offended

Mea Culpa Ad Nauseum To not own your opinion is slavery. You are a living, breathing and thinking individual. As an individual you should form opinions, and tenaciously own them. You should not let others dictate to you what you can, and cannot, believe…or say. In this age of political-correctness, free speech has given way to public censor. We are

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Real Men Dig Jesus

Real Men Dig Jesus & Real Christians Are Warriors! Surely you’ve seen the bumpersticker, “Real men love Jesus.” Having just finished an article titled “Women dig real men,” it seemed appropriate to carry the masculine ideal a bit further into other areas. In this article I will discuss why I believe the modern church has become so wimpy and caponized.

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Women dig Real Men

Real Men vs. Wimps & Wannabes Women will tell you there are men, and there are REAL MEN. If you ask them to give a simple description of what they mean by real men, they will usually sum it up in one word, “confident.” In survey after survey, the overwhelming majority of women say confidence is top of the list

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Spare the Rod, Hate the Child

Modern parents think they’ve got it all figured out. They believe they can spare the rod in discipline, and replace it with “time-outs,” “groundings” and other psychological nonsense. Look around people, it’s not working! When I was young, old-fashioned Biblical discipline was still in effect. Schools were orderly, as were households. Today, both realms of authority are total chaos. Instead,

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Broken Trust

Some Things Can’t Be Fixed Super Glue® is some amazing stuff. It has the incredible strength to bond things together that seem hopelessness broken. It does have its shortcomings though. There is one thing that even Super Glue® can’t fix: broken trust. Real trust is a characteristic that is very difficult to find in modern society. It’s like a rare precious

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Maybe its time to tell your friend to sod off! If you think Bad Company is awesome and Bad Company is awful, you are right! Bad Company, the band, is one of the true greats of rock and roll. Bad Company, the friend, is one of life’s tragic, yet avoidable, mistakes. From time to time, it does us all a

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Arrogance is one of the worst characteristics of human consciousness. It makes the object in the mirror appear larger than it really is.

Arrogance is one of the worst characteristics of human consciousness. It is the by-product of the mind swimming in a cesspool of its own conceit. Noah Webster defined arrogance as, “The act or quality of taking much upon one’s self; that species of pride that consists in exorbitant claims of rank, dignity, estimation or power, or which exalts the worth

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