My Speech To Young President’s Organization At Historic Trinity Cathedral
A few years ago I was invited to speak to my local chapter of the Young President’s Organization. The invitation came from Matt Ferrari, CEO of Gamma Sports. Instead of giving the speech at the highly prestigious Duquesne Club, I suggested that we walk across the street to the even older Trinity Cathedral, and that instead of a conventional speech, I deliver a sermon — a ‘civic’ sermon rather than one based directly on an explicitly religious text. The YPO was agreeable, though this was undoubtedly a bit out of the comfort zone for some there. It probably helped that I was introduced by my friend Glen Meakem who is held in very high regard by young tech entrepreneurs, having been perhaps our most successful entrepreneur in a century.
My text was not really a text at all. It was a work of art: The two sides of the National Seal, which can also be found on the reverse side of the U.S. Dollar Bill.
The seal is an example heraldry, and not unlike stained glass, it was intended to be visual representation of a set of ideas. It was a picture of the ideas which underlie the founding of our republic in 1776. In modern terms, it is an ‘infographic’ of the Declaration of Independence. I held onto this video with the idea that perhaps I would sell it on Amazon, as I have this video representing the foundational ideals of economics. But I’ve decided today to let you view it for free. Feel free to watch, and share. This information is important. That’s what days like Independence Day are for — to remember, except we can’t remember what we never learned.
Thanks to Dr. John West of the Discovery Institute who first got me interested in this topic.
Don’t take forever, I still might take this down and sell it or use it as a premium – in fact I probably will – but at least for today, here it is free of charge.
Originally published on Townhall Finance.
Jerry Bowyer is a Forbes contributor, contributing editor of AffluentInvestor.com, and Senior Fellow in Business Economics at The Center for Cultural Leadership.
Jerry has compiled an impressive record as a leading thinker in finance and economics. He worked as an auditor and a tax consultant with Arthur Anderson, as Vice President of the Beechwood Company which is the family office associated with Federated Investors, and has consulted in various privatization efforts for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He founded the influential economic think tank, the Allegheny Institute, and has lectured extensively at universities, businesses and civic groups.
Jerry has been a member of three investment committees, among which is Benchmark Financial, Pittsburgh’s largest financial services firm. Jerry had been a regular commentator on Fox Business News and Fox News. He was formerly a CNBC Contributor, has guest-hosted “The Kudlow Report”, and has written for CNBC.com, National Review Online, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as many other publications. He is the author of The Bush Boom and more recently The Free Market Capitalist’s Survival Guide, published by HarperCollins. Jerry is the President of Bowyer Research.
Jerry consulted extensively with the Bush White House on matters pertaining to the recent economic crisis. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, The International Herald Tribune and various local newspapers. He has been a contributing editor of National Review Online, The New York Sun and Townhall Magazine. Jerry has hosted daily radio and TV programs and was one of the founding members of WQED’s On-Q Friday Roundtable. He has guest-hosted the Bill Bennett radio program as well as radio programs in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles.
Jerry is the former host of WorldView, a nationally syndicated Sunday-morning political talk show created on the model of Meet The Press. On WorldView, Jerry interviewed distinguished guests including the Vice President, Treasury Secretary, HUD Secretary, former Secretary of Sate Condoleezza Rice, former Presidential Advisor Carl Rove, former Attorney General Edwin Meese and publisher Steve Forbes.
Jerry has taught social ethics at Ottawa Theological Hall, public policy at Saint Vincent’s College, and guest lectured at Carnegie Mellon’s graduate Heinz School of Public Policy. In 1997 Jerry gave the commencement address at his alma mater, Robert Morris University. He was the youngest speaker in the history of the school, and the school received more requests for transcripts of Jerry’s speech than at any other time in its 120-year history.
Jerry lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Susan, and the youngest three of their seven children.