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Clarkston News Reviews LeaderShift

Posted by Orrin Woodward on May 21, 2013

Don Rush, Assistant Publisher for Sherman Publications, wrote an excellent review of LeaderShift recently in the Clarkston News. Don has won numerous awards for column, editorial and feature writing and I was very impressed by the level of detail and understanding he culled out of his first reading of LeaderShift.

I truly believe that any concerned North American, who invest the time to read the book, will finish it a different person than when he began it. The book teaches so much through the dialog and the reports of breakthroughs from different readers astounds even my high expectations of the book.

Oliver DeMille and I had a goal to help change the dialog away from more State/Force solutions and towards more Society/Persuasion solutions. Persuasion solutions require leadership while force “solutions” always resort to threat, intimidation, and losses of freedom. Thank you Don and the Clarkston News for helping create the LeaderShift! Here is Don’s article.


Orrin Woodward

Don’t Rush Me

I’m part of the ‘99%’ and that’s a problem

Which leads me to the new book, LeaderShift



May 15, 2013 – Just this weekend I heard/read the Internal Revenue Service was busted targeting groups critical of the government. According to one on-line blog I read:

“The IRS repeatedly changed the criteria it used for singling out nonprofit applications for further review, at one point looking at all groups hoping to make ‘America a better place to live,’ according to new reports Monday morning.

“The Wall Street Journal and Reuters both reported the IRS moved beyond giving a skeptical eye to ‘tea party’ and ‘patriot’ groups. It was also targeting groups focusing on specific issues including ‘government spending,’ ‘government debt,’ ‘Education of the public via advocacy/lobbying to ‘make America a better place to live,’ and all groups that ‘criticize[d] how the country is being run.”

I don’t know about you, but that scares me and it should scare you. Talk about a government/bureaucracy run amok! This is the first we have heard of this even though the powers that be knew about this a full two years ago (in May of 2011). Holy Mother of Tyranny, Batman, how did things go so awry?

It’s been a long time since teachers at Clarkston High School forced me to read George Orwell’s Animal Farm, then 1984 and then Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, so I will not draw any conclusions or connections there. Truthfully, that was too long ago and for important stuff I seem to have forgotten my memory.

However (coincidentally?), two weekends ago I finished reading the book, Leadershift by Orrin Woodward and Oliver DeMille. Which, in its own parablistic way explains the problem of a government bloated with money, credentialists and bureaucrats. It also offers an out of the box solution. Solutions only solved by, gulp, changing the Constitution and having taxes broke down like this: local, 4%; state 3% and federal 3% And, let me tell you since I read it, the gears in my head are turning.

It is not a work of nonfiction. It is fiction set in the not too distant future. The premiss, America’s government is broken and run by folks who want to protect their turf, and keep the status quo.

Shift back to recent developments about the IRS. Does anybody see any parallels between Leadershift’s antagonists?

I recommend folks get their hands on this book and read it. And, then get ready to re-read it whilst taking notes, so you can do further research to see if facts portrayed as such, are really true.

For example, in the book I read folks in colonial America were really involved with their local township — and if you were a voting member of the town and you didn’t attend, you could be fined. America’s founders, the authors contend, wrote the Constitution but messed up, because they just figured Americans would always be involved, know the issues, read the laws and ask questions . We don’t and this has allowed more and more power to be usurped by career Washington, DC types.

Which leads me to the headline, “I’m part of the 99% and that’s a problem.” First, while I may be included in the slack-festers of a few years ago who protested the “unfairness” of America (because I can be described by my wealth as a Hundredaire), I am not talking about these folks.

I am talking about the 99% of the voting population who doesn’t attend their local government meetings, or watch broadcast of said meetings, or even read newspaper accounts of local village, township, city or school board meetings. That’s a problem which I am a part of.

I’ve justified not attending local meetings because I used to cover tons of them as a young community newspaper journalist. And let me tell you, these meetings are boring and many times they left bad tastes in my mouth because of the pettiness found there. Like I said, it was my justification for not attending.

Crappy politicians are not born in Washington, DC or in Lansing, Michigan. They start out locally. Then the “cream” of the crop rise to county seats, and so on. I challenge everybody to call their county commissioner and ask them what they learned their first year in office. Here’s how you can tell if that person is honest with you or lying.

“It’s was great. It was democracy in action,” is what the liar will tell you.

“It was an education. The party leaders would come in and tell us how we were gonna’ vote,” is something I’ve heard personally from the mouths of county commissioners.

Do you feel warm and fuzzy now? You shouldn’t. I don’t. Back to Leadershift. Once you read it, your reading isn’t done. You will have to follow up by researching Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America; the Federalist Papers (in particular Paper 51), 1913 in American history; Twilight of Elites by Christopher Hayes and anything about leadership.

41 Responses to “Clarkston News Reviews LeaderShift”

  1. Scott Staley said

    Great blog. It’s exciting to see the momentum and attention that Leadershift is getting as it plants a seed in the general populations consciousness.

  2. Adam M Rossman said

    I agree with this author. What an eye opener – in many ways.

  3. Wendi Witkowski said

    Leadershift is making its movement one recognition at a time. Great to see! What an eye opening book! Thanks Orrin and Oliver!

  4. Chad Waters said

    Hi Orrin,

    Its great that LeaderShift is getting more reviewsand espewcially how society is pointing out themselves and learning from what they read. I believe LeaderShift is a book we all need to read multiple times to make sure we don’t miss on part.

    It’s happening already! LeaderShift!!!!!!

  5. scott russell said

    “Leadershift” is needed now more than ever in our country! Let the shift begin!!!

  6. Chris Schill said

    Awesome!!! This guy gets it! You said they were out there Orrin! Lets keep digging to find more 🙂

  7. Matt Foote said

    Great review. I especially appreciate his focus on application of the book’s principles through his own real life experiences. Thank you Orrin and Oliver for always telling the Truth and focusing on character of reputation.

  8. Read this last night and it was great to see another person seeing what is truly happening in our country and telling others to start to stand up and lead. Thanks Orrin and Oliver for writing Leadershift.

  9. Heidi said

    I love how Mr. Rush is willing to roll up his sleeves and start with the man in the mirror, as we all will need to in order to change things. What a great example of leadership.

  10. Dawn Marx said

    Looks like I have more reading to do! Thank you, Orrin & Oliver, for putting this call out to us guilty of letting someone else do the leading! I’m fired up!

  11. CJ Calvert said

    Orrin, it’s exciting to hear that LeaderShift is prompting the discussion on Cobstitutional reform you had hoped for. Well done, sir!

  12. Terry said


  13. Renee Oettinger said

    I can see more clearly the impact the book LEADERSHIFT is having on helping citizens realize there are answers to many of the problems of the way our government is run, the results impacting us negatively. Thank you to all the reviewers for helping make this difference happen sooner.

  14. Ken Hendon said

    Super, a reviewer who actually got it!

  15. Aron Radosa said

    Simply put: And so it begins! Keep us accountable.


  16. Keith Sieracki said

    What a fantastic review about the problems in America and how Leadershift is trumpet “calling out the real leaders!”

  17. Leadershift is more needed now than ever. But the sad thing about it is that so many Americans are ignorant to that fact. The only way to change somebody’s thinking is to give them new information. And that’s why I love the book Leadershift, it has a lot of great information in that everybody needs. Some people are not interested in changing or improving themselves but everybody is interested in more money. And that is why I firmly believe the LIFE business is going to create the leadershift that America needs. Get involved and be proactive. It made a huge difference in our life and it will in yours to. God bless

  18. What a great write up.

  19. Marsha Ward said

    As always the articles and insight you share are amazing. Thank you for providing the wisdom we need to aim for in our own lives. I like Don Rush’s review of LeaderShift. Especially at the end where he suggest doing more research about leadership and the great books Don suggest. Which are the same one you and Olliver haver motioned concerned citizens should read. Again, thank you.
    Marsha Ward

  20. Bill schmidt said

    This book will change the country , as a community we need to get the Leadershift book in the hands of everyone to read it and open their eyes to what is happening in our country! Rise up and Lead! The country needs Leaders!! Thank you Orrin and Oliver! Leaders that lead from the front!!

  21. Rob Robson said

    This guy really gets it!

  22. Aaron Lapp said

    This is just the beginning

  23. Elaine Mallios said

    OK! I gotta go vote. Talk to you later!

  24. Mike Ferris said

    Great book! Thank you Orrin and Oliver for caring about our country and leading the way! We need men like you in Washington!

  25. Orrin,

    Thank you for opening our eyes to the truth of this country and where it’s heading. The Leadershift is happening and I’m glad to be a part of it along with every other member of LIFE. God bless you and God bless America!!

  26. Robert Daley said

    OUTSTANDING……. It begins to get traction….. I am proud to be part of this TEAM….. Thank you Orrin for having the faith to tackle another galiath to help a county that is sliding down such a slippery slope

    God bless

  27. Mary Ellen Robson said

    The Silent Majority–no more silent. Wake up America!

  28. J & P Harteis said

    You’re certainly making a DIFFERENCE!!!

  29. Awesome! Love all the public attention Leadershift is gaining. It is well deserved and much needed! Thank you always Orrin for everything you do.

  30. Tina Abernathy said


    Let the conversations and education begin. In the words of Carter G. Woodson….education must cause a man to think and to do for himself!

  31. Peggi Kern said

    I read this newpaper article and thought “amen” to that! I am also part of the 99% who have never taken an active role in my community politics. Shame on me! Thanks so much for opening my eyes to this area of growth!

  32. Elizabeth said

    Awesome!! Go Don Rush! The attention is exciting!! In the middle of my re-read and note taking. Great job Orrin and Oliver!!

  33. John Youmans said

    This is such a relevant quote that it’s worth including here: “If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values, it will lose that too.” – W. Somerset Maughan

  34. Carrie Canniff said

    Great article! Thanks for sharing it. Momentum is building!

  35. Elam Stoltzfus said

    Awesome review !! After reading this I read federalist paper 51 and its very educating to try to follow their line of thought. I did have to look on Wikipedia to understand some of the words. (-:

  36. Elaine Lacey said

    Great review Orrin, I love hearing what others took from Leadershift, it reinforces the feeling of camaraderie that comes from being a part of a community of like minded people !

  37. Rita Haas said

    Nice! Thanks for your (and Oliver’s) years of research and educating yourself to write and think for the 90% who wont. You will change the hearts of many!

  38. MARIO VEGA said


  39. George Guzzardo hit the tone just right when he said that the common citizens will be the ones to put the LeaderShift into motion — as this book’s message spreads further, both in depth and width, across the North American continent, and beyond, there will be more reviews like this. The tip of the iceberg is showing above the surface — there are many other organizations out there that we members can partner with to lead them to this information, so the wave of citizen-leaders, on the heels of David Mersher & his fictional cohorts, continues to build and bond.

  40. Great review.

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