When my children were still quite young, we regularly spent a week of our annual vacation with our families in St. Louis. Needless to say, the 16-hour drive from our home on the Philadelphia Main Line was a long and tedious experience for our two young sons, who had to share the back seat with […]
About Paul R. Hollrah
Mr. Hollrah is a native of St. Charles, Missouri. He holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri and is past-President of the Civil Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni. In 2012 he received the Missouri Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering. From 1962-70 he served as a Senior Project Engineer for Cities Service Oil Company (CITGO) and the Sun Oil Company (Sunoco) in New York and Tulsa. From 1966-70 he served as a member of the six-man industry task force responsible for economic justification of the Explorer Pipeline, a major Houston-Chicago products pipeline system.
From 1970-84 he served as Director of State Relations for the Sun Oil Company, in Philadelphia, with responsibility for legislative and regulatory liaison with the fifty state governments.
He is a founder and former director of the State Governmental Affairs Council; a former member of the General Committee on State Relations, American Petroleum Institute; a former member of the Business Advisory Board, American Legislative Exchange Council, a former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the State Legislative Policy Institute, National Center for Legislative Research; a former commissioner of the Pennsylvania Child Support Commission; and a former member of the Board of Trustees, Congress of Small Cities of Russia.
He has served the Republican Party as a Legislative District Director, Congressional District Committeeman, County Chairman, State Committee Member, and as a State and National Convention Delegate. In 1986-87 he served as deputy campaign manager in the presidential exploratory committee of former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. In 2000 he served as a Bush-Cheney Elector in the U.S. Electoral College and in 2004 he was elected chairman of Oklahoma’s seven-member delegation to the U.S. Electoral College.
In 1975, Mr. Hollrah created and registered the first political action committee (SunPAC) with the Federal Election Commission, pioneering the PAC movement in the American business community. He was also the principal founder and a former steering committee member of the National Republican Legislative Campaign Committee, Republican National Committee.
Mr. Hollrah took early retirement from the Sun Company in 1984. Since retiring, he has worked as a consultant both in the U.S. and in Russia, bringing Russia’s unique technological developments to the U.S. and working on humanitarian aid projects in Moscow and Siberia. In 1997 he served as a senior consultant to the Alliance for American Innovation, Washington, DC, playing a pivotal role in defeating a multi-national political attack on the U.S. patent system.
In 1998 he founded a publishing company, Patria Publishing, and has published a frontier history (1765-1885) of St. Charles County, Missouri, the jumping-off point for the Lewis & Clark Expedition. He currently writes a weekly political column and has published more than 400 op-ed columns. He serves as a Contributing Editor for the National Writers Syndicate, the New Media Journal, and the OrderofEphors.com blog site. Along with Pastor Lydia Istomina, he is the co-author of Bush’s Legs, the story of religious renaissance in post-Cold War Russia. He is also the author of a four-part memoir, titled My Six Passages.
Entries by Paul R. Hollrah
Throughout history, mankind has confronted many major crises and turning-points, both positive and negative, man-made and naturally-occurring. For purposes of this essay I prefer to divide those crises into just two major categories: 1) man-made and natural disasters, from which it has always been possible to either fully or partially recover, and 2) “flashpoints,” those […]
In a March 7, 2017 story by Dan Bilefsky, headlined “Hungary Approves Detention of Asylum Seekers in Guarded Camps,” the New York Times reported that, “Europe’s simmering backlash against immigration came into sharp relief on Tuesday when the Hungarian Parliament approved the detention of asylum seekers in guarded and enclosed camps on the country’s southern […]
Although Republican lawmakers were confronted with shouting, screaming mobs during their February recess, they have no one to blame but themselves… or one of their not-dry-behind-the-ears staffers who wouldn’t know a leftist political assault from a Girl Scout picnic. Someone in their capital offices or in their district offices should have known that a George […]
At a time in U.S. history when Republicans occupy the White House, when both houses of Congress enjoy Republican majorities, when Republicans occupy 33 of the 50 governors’ mansions, and when Republicans control both houses of the legislature in 31 states and at least one house in 6 others, why would anyone question whether or […]
“Good news: In two years, we’ll have a new president. Bad news: If we make it that long. Kathleen Parker, Washington Post, February 13, 2017 “Ladies and gentlemen, we were attacked on Dec. 7, 1941, we were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, and we were attacked on Nov. 8, 2016. That most recent attack didn’t […]
In a recent column titled “The Elephant in the Living Room,” I surmised that liberals and Democrats are playing a very dangerous game by continuing to question the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s presidency. What makes that bit of nonsense so dangerous for Democrats is the fact that, by continuing to question Trump’s legitimacy, they could […]
It is no secret in political circles that vote fraud is rampant in U.S. elections, and always has been. Democrats know it, Republicans know it, and the mainstream media know it… but ignore it. Unfortunately, when one major political party is the primary beneficiary of the fraud, and at least 90% of those in the […]
When Dwight Eisenhower left the White House in January 1961 he retired quietly to his farm in Gettysburg. When Richard Nixon left the White House he retired to his seaside home in San Clemente to write a memoir and to begin the painful reconstruction of his shattered reputation. When Jerry Ford left Washington he bought […]
Just six weeks away from retiring the worst president in U.S. history, many Americans are justifiably concerned about what Barack Obama will do to occupy his time when he is no longer in the Oval Office. Is there any chance that he will pass quietly and gracefully into retirement as Republican presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, […]
My most recent column exposing the fraud that is the national popular vote movement has finally struck home. On Tuesday, November 15, I received a lengthy response from a staff member of the National Popular Vote (NPV) organization, attempting to refute my claims for the superiority of the Maine-Nebraska system of electoral vote allocation. As […]
As New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra once said, “It’s (almost) like déjà vu all over again.” According to initial reports on the outcome of the 2016 General Election, Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton enjoyed a 390,048 vote advantage in the national popular vote, while her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, enjoyed a decisive 306 to […]
If one were to seriously contemplate the outcome of next week’s presidential election by considering nothing more than the daily deluge of the top eight or ten polling organizations, it would surely make one’s head explode. But there are two factors which make the state and national polls more than a little suspect: the “enthusiasm […]
It’s not easy being a Republican. It’s not easy because Republican leaders show little ability to counter the untruths and the propaganda that liberals and Democrats are so adept at spreading… especially at a time when we are less than two weeks out from the most significant election in US history Although Republicans claim to […]
With the 2016 presidential “debates” now behind us, it becomes more and more apparent that it’s time for Republicans to reevaluate their process for selecting presidential candidates. While the recent Trump snafu… in which he is caught on tape suggesting that if you’re rich and famous you can get away with grabbing unsuspecting women by […]