My name is Rick MacDonald. I retired from the United States Navy July 31, 1989. During my 20 year Navy career, I served as a Field Hospital Corpsman with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade from 1970 – 1973. From there, I trained and served as a radiologic technologist, an Independent Duty Hospital Corpsman aboard both surface ships and submarines, and an INSERV inspector for medical readiness.
My last duty station was as the Assistant Department Head for Patient Administration, Naval Hospital, Newport, RI. My favorite duty was serving aboard U.S.S. Richard B. RUSSELL (SSN-687) , a cold war nuclear fast attack submarine that served from home ports on the both coasts of the continental United States. This warship appears in the book, “Blind Man’s Bluff”; a book about spy boats during the cold war.
She was a well decorated veteran of the cold war and was involved in missions that are still classified to this day, even though she has been scrapped and is no longer in service. My service with the U.S. Marines was the most rewarding experience of my career. It was there that I learned about growing up, holding my own and the importance of loyalty, fidelity, honor and the true meaning of both friendship and brotherhood. Serving as a “Doc” with the U.S. Marines was the second most enjoyable and challenging part of my career.
I have worked in a variety of positions in Diagnostic Medical Imaging from floor radiologic technologist, magnetic imaging technologist, and General Manager of a multi-state diagnostic imaging company.
I retired altogether in July 2013 and have been focusing on making up missed time with my two sons and specializing in helping my six grand-children discover themselves and their true purpose in life. I’ve also learned that it is O.K. to let down your guard on occasion and be a kid again.
As a result of my service, I now operate the official website for U.S.S. Richard B. Russell (SSN-687) and a long neglected political blog linked from that site. I also manage a couple other websites and blogs in my spare time (what little there is), and I’m a life member of the Navy League of the United States and the Naval Submarine League.
I am also a contributor and member of the U.S. Navy Memorial. My main interest in life beyond my family, are members of the United States Armed Forces; particularly the men and women of the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy. Politics is a tertiary interest, but one that I find fascinating the older and more experienced I get.
In that vein, this blog will have posts that reflect upon the issues facing the town of Billerica, MA as they unfold. I hope that by publishing this blog, I will attract readers who will examine my points of view and take them at face value to either challenge or accept my thinking and viewpoint. My goal is not to win arguments or debates, but to use dialogue to inspire others to think and ultimately to act for the betterment of themselves, their families and their community.
I am neither Democrat nor Republican. I am an Objectivist who votes as an Independent. In a way, I am closer to the classical liberal viewpoints of Thomas Jefferson than the philosophy of anyone else outside of the Objectivist community…a bit old fashioned, but proud to have benefited from the Age of Enlightenment.
As Ayn Rand put Objectivism in its simplest terms:
Advancing your potential
Ayn Rand wrote volumes urging people to be selfish.
“What? Aren’t people already too selfish? Just do whatever you feel like, be a thoughtless jerk, and exploit people to get ahead. Easy, right? Except that acting thoughtlessly and victimizing others, Rand claims, is not in your self-interest.”
What Rand advocates is an approach to life that’s unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. Selfishness, in her philosophy, means:
•Follow reason, not whims or faith.
•Work hard to achieve a life of purpose and productiveness.
•Earn genuine self-esteem.
•Pursue your own happiness as your highest moral aim.
•Prosper by treating others as individuals, trading value for value.
At the dawn of our lives, writes Rand, we “seek a noble vision of man’s nature and of life’s potential.” Rand’s philosophy is that vision. Explore it for yourself.
Objectivism, a philosophy for living on earth.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope to hear from you soon.