Dr Joe has always had a passion for oratory. In 1972, he have his first formal address, warning of national moral decline in the wake of Vietnam. Yet he did not discover the coveted key to oratory, moreover, to all argumentation, until years later. In 1988, he came across a precious, albeit dusty, book--Persuasive Speech--by Francis Patrick Donnelly. Published in 1931 and long out of print, this book would open to Dr Joe the stupendous field of Classical Rhetoric, that is, eternal principles of oratory, first taught in ancient Greece and Rome, and handed down through the centuries, although severely diluted of late in American schools. Lincoln, for instance, made great use of Classical Rhetoric.*
Dr Arminio went on to teach Classical Rhetoric and Oratory in general, among other subjects, at American University, in Washington, DC.** He had given a number of speeches, some even in England, before coming upon the aforementioned Persuasive Speech. After this important discovery, he found the crafting of speeches so much easier. He has given a great many speeches in a range of settings, in the national security, think-tank realm, as a newspaper publisher and journalist, as a business development manager and while standing for Congress, in the 2008 Maryland primary.
And why does Dr Arminio call himself a "Jeffersonian"? The former and the latter see eye to eye on all or nearly all the fundamental policies that made America preeminent. For an inventory of these policies, dismantled piece by piece, apparently beginning in 1886, if not before, see Dr Joe's second book--The Decline And Fall Of The American Way.
* Abraham Lincoln, in his log cabin days, studied four subjects, namely, History, Etiquette, the Scriptures--and Classical Rhetoric.
** Joe Arminio earned the B.A. in Political Science and completed the equivalent in Mathematics, at Johns Hopkins University. MIT awarded him the Doctorate in Political Science (with concentrations in national defense policy and international relations).
Jill Boerman ... Executive Assistant Jason Pierce ... Senior Researcher and White Paper Editor