By Kevin Nicholson
NEENAH, Wis. –No Better Friend Corp. continued our ‘Fight for America’ tour last week on Veterans Day in Neenah. It was an incredible feeling to be surrounded by 500 patriotic Wisconsinites as we celebrated our nation’s heroes and focused on what we can do to protect the future of our country.
The event featured Benghazi hero and Marine Corps veteran Mark “Oz” Geist; special forces Army veteran Greg Stube; radio show host, ‘Regular Joe’ Giganti; and pro-America activist Scott Presler. Neenah was our second ‘Fight for America’ rally – coming on the heels of a rally in West Allis that over 1,000 attended, and that featured nationally syndicated radio show host Buck Sexton and Vivek Ramaswamy, author of Woke, Inc. The rallies are part of No Better Friend Corp.’s $1.5 million statewide messaging campaign, aimed at encouraging Wisconsinites to actively get involved in fighting for the future of our state and nation.
All four of our Veterans Day speakers in Neenah prepared our attendees with the tools to fight back against the forces that seek to undermine our society – and placed a strong emphasis on faith, love, and compassion.
“The United States is that experiment that has never happened and has done so well,” Geist said at the rally. “And it’s those freedoms that we’ve had, it’s that government of the people, by the people that has made us the strength that we are – the powerhouse that we are. Because no other country has ever developed as fast and as strong as we have in such a short time.”
Geist, the bestselling co-author of 13 Hours: The Inside Account of what Really Happened in Benghazi, shared his firsthand account of the events of Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi. He described the efforts of the team of six men that night, noting, “We had a seventh man on our team that night – and that was God looking out for us.”
Geist is credited with saving 25 people in the attack on Benghazi. He spoke about his strong faith in Christ, his strong beliefs in the values and rights that this country was founded upon, and his family as reasons worth sacrificing for and making a difference in other people’s lives. Geist remarked, “Whether you agree with my philosophies or my ideologies, you’re an American and I am going to fight for you, and I’ll bleed for you just like every other veteran I know”.
Greg Stube, a retired Green Beret who spent 23 years in the Army as a medic in the Special Forces, echoed some of Geist’s comments, emphasizing the faith, love, and compassion at the core of everything he does. “Fortunately, God transferred his power and might through some amazing founders of this country. And we wind up with a constitution that we stand for and stand by. And we’ve seen what happens when we don’t,” Stube said to the crowd.
Stube shared the powerful story of Riley Stephens – the Medical Sergeant credited with saving his life in Afghanistan – who never made it home: “What we’re fighting for is so much bigger than ourselves.” And, as he described the severe injuries he sustained in battle, he said that it’s the “nature of what is takes to defend what we have sometimes. It’s a victory to me that I got to face our enemies and fight them – and we won! And I came home with honor to a country that loves me,” Stube said.
Scott Presler, an activist and the son of a retired Navy Captain, reminded our audience that conservatives believe in liberty and freedom – and he stressed that we must fight to maintain our liberty and freedom, lest we lose both.
“I am very privileged that because of great men and women who sacrificed – the ultimate sacrifice – that I am able to speak in front of you today. This is a privilege that countries around the world wish they had,” Presler said. “We are the last truest, freest country in the world. And people are looking to us as that shining beacon of hope. Don’t let that fire die out!
America Leaves No One Behind
Both Stube and Geist emphasized the concept of ‘leave no one behind’
“Leave no one behind is not a military concept; it’s not a veteran concept. We got it from the country we serve,” remarked Stube.
Stube referenced his frustrations with the way the Biden Administration withdrew from Afghanistan over the summer: “I’m invested in this country. I love this country. I love the principles we’re founded on and so many of those principles have been violated that I had to speak up … And I question how an Administration can be so ‘woke’ that they cancel us, their own citizens, for something we said 20 years ago, but they won’t cancel the Taliban for cutting our heads off for 20 years?”
As Stube reminded us, “The answer is not to act like children and fight fire with fire – do the bad things to them that they’re doing to us. The answer is to prevail with love and compassion and the core values that made this country great to begin with and gave anyone else the right – the right to believe as they do”.
In that spirit, we created both of our ‘Fight for America’ rallies, our statewide ad campaign, and our No Better Friend Corp. website, to help to provide tactical ways for Wisconsinites to get involved in everything from supporting law enforcement and veterans, to supporting school choice, to fighting Critical Race Theory, to supporting pregnancy resource centers throughout Wisconsin.
“The key thing to take away from it is: we didn’t do it with any help from anywhere else. We did it because there were 6 of us that chose not to lose, to never give up, to stay in the fight,” Geist said of his experiences in Benghazi. “No matter how bad life is or what kind of pile of crap it’s giving you in the last hour, the last 20 minutes, the last 10 years of your life, you have a choice to do what you want from that point on – and that’s either stay in the fight or don’t. You want to stay in the fight. You’ve got to stay in the fight. And that means putting everything into it.”
Our No Better Friend Corp. team will continue to fight for America and to fight for Wisconsin, because as Mark Geist put it last week, “We have fought to protect the values and rights that this country was founded upon”. We hope you will join us in this fight.
Kevin Nicholson is a businessman and volunteer president and CEO of No Better Friend Corp., a conservative public policy group in Wisconsin. He is a combat veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps (Iraq, 2007 and Afghanistan, 2008-2009) and was a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2018. Follow him on Twitter @KevinMNicholson.