Watkins grew up in a wildly argumentative political culture. He began reading the great books of the Western World early on and never stopped. His road to finding his personal political vision was never smooth. During the unrest of his youth, he accumulated 22 counts of juvenile delinquency. This was just the beginning of a duel existence.

He learned how to channel his bad behavior into something positive . . . sports. He worked his way up to an all star Little League first baseman, then captain of his basketball team, and later captain of his high school golf team. At the University of Miami, FL, he joined the boxing team and soon found himself in the championship fight.

Watkins was one of the first opponents of the Vietnam War. From Special Forces training camp, Watkins, a fan of General MacArthur, wrote JFK a letter opposing ground troops in Vietnam. That didn’t go over well and Watkins paid a price, yet during his tour in Vietnam he was credited with helping organize the defense of an airbase and later awarded a top secret clearance to work security for companies in aerospace and nuclear technologies.

Once home from Vietnam, Watkins opposed the radical leftist takeover of the anti-war rebellion. He sided with Ayn Rand in her belief that the progressive left, who got us into the war in the first place, was a potential philosophical danger to the very essence of America. Watkins published his opposition to the leftist radicals in the Boulder Daily Camera. It caught the attention of those who were in the early stages of creating the libertarian movement.

Watkins earned a degree in Political Sociology. He then went on to receive his MFA in screenwriting from the American Film Institute. Later he would transition to novel and short-story writing where he became a best seller for his thrillers and action adventure epics.

Once again Watkins finds himself embroiled in political discourse. Now, as America is caught up in a major struggle for her very identity, brought on by the progressive radical left, he has returned to his rebel roots and writes vehemently in opposition to the current political elite establishment and its supporters in his ‘America On Suicide Watch.’

Richter Watkins