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The Table of Contents of The Bipolar Millionaire

To give you insight into the contents of my memoir, I offer the Table of Contents as follows:
➢ Introduction
➢ Prologue: A Life-Altering Experience at the United States Air Force Academy
➢ Part I. The Making of a Millionaire
➢ Chapter 1. Growing Up Wealthy
➢ Chapter 2. My Life as a CPA, Husband and Father
➢ Part II. Having Bipolar Disorder and the Treatments that Followed
➢ Chapter 3. Understanding Bipolar Disorder
➢ Chapter 4. Episodes
➢ Chapter 5. Shock Treatments and Other Indignities
➢ Chapter 6. Healing
➢ Part III. The Operation
➢ Chapter 7. The Grand Experiment
➢ Chapter 8. Why Me?
➢ Part IV. Creativity and Energy Unleashed
➢ Chapter 9. My Continued Spiritual Journey
➢ Chapter 10. My Calling
➢ Appendix: Observations of the Operation

Governor John Kasich for President: Fiscal Discipline, Values, Leadership and Wisdom

John Kasich of Ohio is the best presidential candidate—Republican or Democratic. He is known to many for his pragmatic, approach to policy that gets things done, which is just what Americans want right now.

He has superb experience in Congress (18 years in the House of Representatives). He is the current governor of a key swing state, Ohio, (having been reelected by a landslide after an initial election in 2011). He was also a Fox news announcer.

Kasich has proven leadership as shown when he served as the House Budget Committee Chairman leading us to the first balanced budget since 1969. He also helped reform welfare. In Ohio as governor he turned an $8 billion budget deficit to a surplus and lowered taxes by $800,000. These proven talents are direly needed after the Obama Administration will have doubled our national debt to a dangerous $18.5 trillion. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as the pressure of unsound government expenditures, entitlements and a bloated federal bureaucracy has persisted throughout the Obama presidency, supported by Democrats.

John Kasich is a person of deep character and shares values with so many prudent, kind, honest and hard-working citizens. That’s something that money can’t buy. None of us are perfect, but John Kasich is a governor that reminds me of the great one—President Ronald Reagan.

In short Governor John Kasich is an experienced, wise and capable leader who can and will unite our troubled nation.

Governor John Kasich: A Man of Character

John Kasich has something that can’t be easily found: character, a value that will be extremely important if Secretary Clinton is the Democratic nominee. Were she to become the Democratic nominee, Kasich is the only Republican candidate who would be able to defeat her.  In fact, a recent poll has showed that were they to run against each other, Kasich would defeat Clinton by eleven points!

Kasich first served in the Ohio legislature, being the youngest so elected. He served 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, on the Armed Services Committee during that whole period. He also served as the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, leading the effort to balance the budget for the first time since 1969 and helped enact historic welfare reform. In addition, he has won two Ohio gubernatorial elections, the last by a landslide. No Republican has ever won the presidency without winning Ohio, a key swing state.

As governor, he closed an $8 billion shortfall without raising taxes, and even lowered taxes by $800 million. With our national debt at $200,000 per citizen, something that is pressing down on our economy even though it is invisible, Governor John Kasich is the gentleman who can and will bring fiscal sanity to Washington, D.C. He will not raise taxes; rather he will lower them and cut regulations that hamper businesses, charities, individuals and our whole country.

Kasich has been described as straightforward, optimistic and energetic. He is 63 and fit in mind, body and spirit. I read one of his books, Every Other Monday, and his honesty and character simply shined. I am proud to support such a worthy candidate, especially since these are such troubled times.

Experience matters. Being serious matters. And not least of all, character matters. Governor John Kasich of Ohio is simply the best candidate—fiscally, in his political track record and many other characteristics.  Not only can he win both the nomination and the general election, he can and will govern in a superb manner—reminding me of that great President Ronald Reagan.

Governor John Kasich for President — Fiscal Discipline, Values, Leadership and Wisdom

John Kasich of Ohio is the best presidential candidate—Republican or Democratic. He is known to many for his pragmatic, approach to policy that gets things done, which is just what Americans want right now.

He has superb experience in Congress (18 years in the House of Representatives). He is the current governor of a key swing state, Ohio, (having been reelected by a landslide after an initial election in 2011). He was also a Fox news announcer.

Kasich has proven leadership as shown when he served as the House Budget Committee Chairman leading us to the first balanced budget since 1969. He also helped reform welfare. In Ohio as governor, he turned an $8 billion budget deficit to a surplus and lowered taxes by $800,000. These proven talents are direly needed after the Obama Administration will have doubled our national debt to a dangerous $18.5 trillion. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as the pressure of unsound government expenditures, entitlements and a bloated federal bureaucracy has persisted throughout the Obama presidency, supported by Democrats.

John Kasich is a person of deep character and shares values with so many prudent, kind, honest and hard-working citizens. That’s something that money can’t buy. None of us are perfect, but John Kasich is a governor that reminds me of the great one—President Ronald Reagan.

In short Governor John Kasich is an experienced, wise and capable leader who can and will unite our troubled nation.

Can We Change?

Can we change – for the better – one by one, million by million, billion by billion? I think we can – partly through transactional analysis. I have, through enormous efforts of many from 1998 until now.

Think of the ramifications of such changes.

The key is to engender wisdom in ourselves and others and support it with a strong spiritual foundation, so life’s bumps and bruises don’t destroy us.

Values are all-important. And it’s hard to develop sound values without a solid spiritual base.

We must strive for Heaven on Earth, or we will be consumed by all the catastrophes that Henry Kissinger described in “World Order.” To paraphrase him – we are desperately in need of world order. Of course, that’s the opposite poll which I want us to seek and find with God’s enduring, steadfast love.

The world is now small, and we must learn to live together – not only with peace and security but helping each other out through free, fair trade; large scale businesses assisting those that make less than $2 per day. Together, we can achieve Henry Kissinger’s world order and my imagined Heaven on Earth.

REVIEW Part III: A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links between Leadership and Mental Illness

A First-Rate Madness:

Uncovering the Links between Leadership and Mental Illness

By Nasir Ghaemi, M. D.

Review by John E. Wade II

REVIEW Part III

 President Franklin Roosevelt was described by a famous judge as having “… a first rate temperament.”  Psychologically the author described FDR’s personality as hyperthymic—high in energy, very talkative, outgoing, and extroverted and, in short, extremely good company.  During his thirteen years in the presidency, he traveled by rail 399 times, covering 545,000 miles.  FDR was the epitome of resilience, partly due to his temperament but also probably the result of his polio, contracted at the age of thirty-nine as he was a rising star politically.

A close aide, Robert Jackson, regarded FDR’s sociability as his strongest asset—“He liked people, almost any people.”  The author explains that “… people with a hyperthymic personality tend to score very high on openness to experience, and they are curious, inventive, experimental souls.”

Emerging from his battle with polio that would hamper him physically the rest of his life, FDR became “… completely warmhearted, with humility of spirit and with a deeper philosophy.”  FDR’s hyperthymic personality helped him combat the polio which in turn endowed him with a degree of empathy which served the nation, world and him well.

President John F. Kennedy also possessed a hyperthymic personality.  He suffered with dismal physical problems from severe abdominal pain, infections, and on and on.  He wasn’t diagnosed properly until he was thirty—with Addison’s disease—at that time, 1946, a death sentence.  But, five years later, a new steroid pill arrived, which turned out to be the cure for most such patients, including JFK.

The author made a statement about JFK that bears repeating, “Kennedy deserves respect for all the suffering he endured, for his mere survival in the face of long odds—for his remarkable resilience.  Most normal people with half his medical problems and a fraction of his wealth would have retired to a quiet, easy life.”  “Like his hero Winston Churchill and his predecessor Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy never gave up.”

And now, an infamous historical figure, Adolf Hitler, who the author believes had a mental illness, most probably bipolar disorder which went untreated in any positive manner, but rather in a very destructive manner from 1936 onward.  This is the period Hitler did his most dastardly deeds—aggressive warfare and genocide.

Despite his political assassinations and grasp of power, the author states that Hitler’s “moderate bipolar disorder influenced his political career for the better—fueling his charisma, resilience, and political creativity.”  After 1937, “… the harmful effects of daily intravenous amphetamine—to which he was especially susceptible because of his bipolar disorder—worsened his manic and depressive episodes, impairing his leadership skills with catastrophic effects.”  As the author explains, “In his final two years, Hitler probably never experienced a day of normal mood.”

I encourage everyone to read this entire book to assess for yourselves the good and bad that can come from mood disorders in leadership and to determine for yourselves the author’s critique of “normal” leader failures in crisis times.  The chapter about Hitler contains details that reveal a depth of depravity caused by out-of-date remedies to bipolar disorder coupled with tragic and evil goals.

The author presents a good case for seeking extraordinary leaders for extraordinary times, such as Lincoln, Churchill, FDR and JFK.  But all these leaders had mental and/or physical weaknesses that are “weeded out” now.  When times are normal a “normal” leader can be good to help the trains run on time.  But in the Civil War, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Equal Rights Movement extraordinary leaders who have overcome huge physical and mental obstacles and possess energy and creativity, realism, empathy and resilience in depth can be the difference between success and failure on a grand scale.

The Necessity to Choose Wisely this Presidential Election

Our nation and the world are very much at risk.  Those risks vary from climate change to nuclear weapons in the Middle East, to the printing of money all over the world.  We need to carefully choose the people we put in power who will handle these mounting risks.

The Democratic candidates currently running for president are far too far to the left and will not be able to properly address the issues we are facing. They do not respect the private sector, the service of prosperity (when it isn’t overtaken and regulated or absorbing deficits that undermine our whole economy with pressing debt).

The Democrats only care about re-election, not about the promises they can’t keep. In fact, trust and honesty are rare commodities among Democratic candidates.  This is why we must carefully look at the Republican candidates being offered up this presidential election and choose wisely.  I believe that Governor John Kasich of Ohio is the best option, and I fully endorse him for president.

Don’t get me wrong. We need Democrats as well as Republicans -– liberals, moderates and conservatives.

But we are at a crucial point in American history after the Obama Administration (at least January 20, 2017). So much damage has been done by President Obama and all the Democrats that supported him.

2016 is a “must win” for Republicans and all Americans, not to mention the world.