I hope here to apply critical thinking and solid, proven philosophies to ask and attempt to answer pressing problems and perhaps analyze events and policies from the perspective of a worldview anchored in some personal experience, reading and understanding great thinkers while applying the reason God gifted us all with.
I write from the perspective of a retired US Army field grade officer, I traveled the world, did things and saw stuff but that does not make me an expert any more than the paid pundits on television. It simply informs my outlook. I am heavily influenced by the writings of Edmund Burke, Russell Kirk, Thomas Reid, John Calvin, Frederic Bastiat and others.
I admit frankly my bias as a Southerner and Christian (reformed protestant), anti-federalist, old-right (paleoconservative), realist. If interested, I explain how I came to hold these ideas here, who is Barry Clark.
Who I am will progressively elaborate over time in my writing. However the short of it is I spent just over 33 years in the Army, 23 of those on active duty and 19 of those as a commissioned officer.
I retired as a Major in 2018, in historical times that might have been respectable, nowadays others might wonder why. I choose to retire, was not passed over and not sent away - it was time to go. Being prior-enlisted gave me that fine option. (Donald Vandergriff, one of my early heroes, and a fellow that I think of as a visionary also retired as a major - he was smarter and more correct than every general officer I ever worked with - so I am in good company.)
I loved the Army, loved most of the work I did. I was not the best officer to have ever served, I viewed the profession differently than some, had a smart mouth and sometimes marched to my own drum, never played politics, never sucked up to anyone, never sold my soul to the system - I did make a couple of enemies - but I can honestly say that in the times I did what God created me to do I did it well.
Lastly, I accomplished a goal I set upon nearing retirement. I wanted to be able to say I held a military, DoD civilian and a contractor ID card. Those that served might be able to realized the slight humor of that goal. The only type of ID card I never had was a dependent ID and I suspect that will never happen. Seeing the Army from all three of those perspectives was enlightening.
I am a Christian, the father of two kids one in college and one who graduated, a good husband to my wife and nice to her dog. I also love my buddy Cooper Dog.
- Foreign Policy Research Institute
- Intercollegiate Studies Institute
- The Calhoun Institute
- South Carolina Historical Society
- South Carolina Genealogical Society
- Association of Old Crows
- Veteran's of Foreign Wars