Welcome to my
course. I look forward
to being your professor for the semester.
I wish to assist you any way possible to understand the course material
so you will be successful. If you could get paid to do what you love,
what would it be? Confucius (551–479 BC)
said: "Find a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life."
I've worked very few days in my life. My mission is to help you
prepare for, find, and land the job of
your dreams and a rewarding life. But, you will have to identify
your goal and the intermediate objectives necessary to get there, and
then step up each rung of the ladder by focusing, by working hard and by
applying yourself, and then you will find yourself at the top enjoying
I specialize in teaching the U.S. Constitution (the well spring from which all comes in this country) line by line, using historical intent and amplified by U.S. Supreme Court cases to show government authority, power and limits to it, as well as rights of the people. It is critical to build citizen government knowledge so they are able to make reasonably responsible decisions. A citizen who does not understand the Constitution in an academic way is like a boat without a rudder, and therefore would drift aimlessly, grossly uninformed with no hope of understanding USA institutions, and would lack basic knowledge to protect and improve them.
My experience teaching upper and lower level courses include: Congress and the Presidency, Texas Politics, United States Government, Introduction to Political Science, comparative State and Local Government, and comparative American & Texas Governments. I have taught 400 to 500 courses (stopped counting) to perhaps 45-50,000 students at several universities. I bring not only academic training and experience teaching to the classroom, but also many years of "real world" experience working for government in various capacities. I will do my part, and you have major responsibilities, too. I want you to study hard so you can have a better future. Too many American students are lazy, do not study hard, and are unprepared for education success, and education institutions are failing students. Look at these 2012 PISA world test results and where USA students rank poorly among many world competitors who are defeating USA students badly. This is the most important education assessment exam on earth and the USA results are frightening. This is about standing in line for the job of your dreams and not being hired, while another gets the job you wanted. Unemployment among college age students is too high. There are reasons why and that should frighten you. Study hard in all your courses as it is a matter of survival of the fittest.
Below are the courses I am presently
teaching. Click on the unique "course number
& title" hyperlink
for the class you are enrolled in, and there you will find your weekly assignments and exam information.
You are responsible for
reading the "general" and "daily" announcements. Be
certain to select your correct course link to avoid getting wrong
course information that will be disastrous (has happened to some).
Click on your course for correct class
2311 United States Government Fall 2013 OR 2312 State & Local Government Fall 2013
Other useful links:
Great web news links to inform students
about government & the world around them
Atomic Clock Time Set
(most accurate on earth)
Park Vacation Lands in America Will provide my
coaching guide hyperlink here as soon as I can on how to get great student & retiree summer jobs in
beautiful national park resort areas. National Constitution
1st Amendment Center Independence National
Historic Park Earth
U.S. Flag Protocol, Title 4 US
Code, Chapter 1
(free Adobe Reader download)
I have a variety of professional experiences. I most love being an adventurer-explorer of wilderness places untouched by man, as well as the adrenaline race as a federal government first responder to the worst crises that can befall humans. I have saved many lives but also have been with too many as they gasp their last breaths. Also, for years I have been working "pro bono publico" for thousands of hours in international community service - all free donated time - to help bring peace to the good Congolese people. Did you know to date there have been about 8.1 million people killed in the Congo, (another million dead in the Rwanda source of the conflict), millions wounded and starved, and 2 million women gang raped in a population of 70 million? My Congo Freedom non-profit organization is doing some good things to help these people (see www.congofreedom.org). No other conflict on earth compares in magnitude since WWII, yet few know anything about it. Click on this PDF of Millsap work with Congo
(free Adobe Reader download). On the slide with the gorilla, click on the links to see people close to these magnificent animals; my dream to be with them. One of the many things I do to help end this conflict is to ghost write position papers on how to transform anarchy into a peaceful constitutional democratic republic - such as this PDF of my essay Justice and Rule of Law in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Someday I plan to be the superintendent of Congo's UNESCO World Heritage Virunga National Park (14-15,000' mountains) - home of the famous mountain gorillas that are endanger of becoming extinct due to war http://gorillacd.org/ and this assignment would be fine with me. I will get my baby gorilla to rear one day. And I will have my own ranger company, who will train like Marines - all to protect civilians and the gorillas in the environment of anarchy and war. Rangers have battles with M23 & Mai Mai rebels (pour magic water on selves to stop ranger bullets) and some 150 rangers have been killed in action since 1996. http://ens-newswire.com/2012/10/25/eight-dead-in-attack-on-virunga-national-park-rangers/ Would be perfect duty for me.
" (German for devil dogs) - as WWI German soldiers called legendary Marines who could not be stopped from the attack, even when gravely wounded, until the objective is achieved or death. Wars cannot be won without grunt boots on the ground and all other occupations support us to be able to accomplish our objectives, and we cannot do that without them - for we are a team. Today only 1/2 of 1% of USA society has any military experience, and even a smaller percentage has grunt experience. Thus there is a disconnect for the first time in history between those who pay a price to serve and the rest of the civilian population who pay no price to defend this country, except in borrowed debt paid at a future date by a future generation. That is not healthy for society and is why I am for 2 years of "national service" like done in the past (military draft and civilian public service options like teaching or nursing in poverty zones or like the famous CCC or WPA). It is very hard to get into the Marines, and there are reasons why the Corps is highly selective of applicants. See the following links to learn why the USMC is given unique responsibilities and recognized as the USA's premier fighting force in all climates of the earth. Marine orientation film and What do people say about U.S. Marines? and Life as a U.S. Marine and Marine Officer and Officer commissioning programs and Special Operations and The National Museum of the Marine Corps and White House Marines and Marines responsible for flying the President of the United States, and the White House U.S. Marine Band (oldest & finest symphony concert organization in the USA - free patriotic music downloads), and see Marines who protect every USA embassy on earth and see Medal of Honor & the Legion of Valor (both were established by act of Congress) and Marine Earns Navy Cross May 2011. Marine Jason Dunham earns Medal of Honor for heroic action in 2006 in Iraq and new Navy destroyer ship named in his honor. Marine Dakota Meyer earns Medal of Honor for heroism in 2009 Afghanistan battle, and watch CBS 60 Minutes reporter interview Dakota Meyer 9/18/11. Also see USMC Martial Arts Training and UFC champion fighters experience USMC martial artists
© 2013 Prof. Richard Millsap
The University of Texas at Arlington
Department of Political Science
701 S. Nedderman Drive
University Hall, Room 414
Arlington, Texas 76019-0539
Phone (817) 272-2991
This site was last updated 12/08/13