The Fourth Plank of Communism: Free trade and wealth redistribution

I am currently undertaking an explanation of the 45 Planks of Communism listed in the 1958 book The Naked Communist, which was unleashed upon an unsuspecting public many years ago to fulfill the strategic aims of global communism.  Such an aim seems remote to a society addicted to sports, visual entertainment like pornography, flashy music, and gossipy story lines—but little do they know that all such devices were used as a means to destroy them philosophically.  It was discovered at the start of the 20th Century that more than luck and favor of the Gods led to a successful life, it had more to do with the psychology of the mind—which is driven by the philosophy that a mind holds—so the way to destroy a human being was to destroy their philosophy.  The way to destroy a collective society is not with guns, tanks, or massive troop deployments—as several world wars have proven—but to destroy their general social philosophy.  During the Cold War Russian communists not able to compete economically against America, and knowing that they would eventually lose that race set out to perform an all-out assault against America’s philosophy of capitalism and individual freedom for their own preservation.  That race ran out on them by 1989 when Communist Russia collapsed economically upon itself.  Yet their long burning policies enacted many years earlier had already interrupted American culture taking much longer than planned by KGB agents exclusively because of the efforts by President Ronald Reagan who was the last president in American history to stand vocally, and principally opposed to communism.   (Other American presidents opposed vocally communism, but principally supported progressive causes of statism)

Communists knew they had to solve a critical problem in 1958.  Communism did not produce the same kind of economic power that capitalism did so the only way they could expect to hold their own on the world stage was to create Plank 4 on their list of 45 communist goals in that book of destitution released by Cleon Skousen.

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

By encouraging free trade with communist nations, using the United States funded United Nations as the platform to achieve the task, communists were able to hide their production problems from the world, and even their own people.  Collectivization in the Soviet Union was enforced under Stalin between 1928 and 1940. The goal of this policy was to consolidate individual land and labour into collective farms: mainly kolkhozy and sovkhozy. The Soviet leadership was confident that the replacement of individual peasant farms by collective ones would immediately increase the food supply for urban population, the supply of raw materials for processing industry, and agricultural exports. Collectivization was thus regarded as the solution to the crisis of agricultural distribution (mainly in grain deliveries) that had developed since 1927.[1] This problem became more acute as the Soviet Union pressed ahead with its ambitious industrialization program.[2]

In the early 1930s over 91% of agricultural land was “collectivized” as rural households entered collective farms with their land, livestock, and other assets. The sweeping collectivization often involved tremendous human and social costs.

After the emancipation of the serfs in 1861, peasants gained control of about half of the land they had previously cultivated, and began to ask for the redistribution of all land.[3] The Stolypin agricultural reforms between 1905 and 1914 gave incentives for the creation of large farms, but these ended during World War I. The Russian Provisional Government accomplished little during the difficult World War I months, though Russian leaders continued to promise redistribution. Peasants began to turn against the Provisional Government and organized themselves into land committees, which together with the traditional peasant communes became a powerful force of opposition. When Vladimir Leninreturned to Russia on April 3, 1917, he promised the people “Peace and Land,” the latter appearing as a promise to the peasants for the redistribution of confiscated land.

During the period of war communism, however, the policy of Prodrazvyorstka meant peasantry were obligated to surrender the surpluses of almost any kind of agricultural produce for a fixed price. When the Russian Civil War ended, the economy changed with the New Economic Policy (NEP) and specifically, the policy of prodnalog or “food tax.” This new policy was designed to re-build morale among embittered farmers, and lead to increased production, while as a progressive tax, those with more money paid more.

Until this time, the Bolsheviks allowed the peasants to take the land and farm it privately.[3] In the 1920s, however, they began to lean toward the idea of collective agriculture. Memories of World War I were that soldiers from the Green cadres (Yugoslavia) maintained ties with the Red Guards (Russia) and helped them with food, sugar, tea, tobacco, etc. and they transferred their experience with the organization of agricultural cooperatives of the former Military Frontier, when the Red Army began to conquer Tomsk in Siberia.[4] The pre-existing communes, which periodically redistributed land, did little to encourage improvement in technique, and formed a source of power beyond the control of the Soviet government. Although the income gap between wealthy and poor farmers did grow under the NEP, it remained quite small, but the Bolsheviks began to take aim at the wealthy kulaks. Clearly identifying this group was difficult, though, since only about 1% of the peasantry employed labourers (the basic Marxist definition of a capitalist), and 82% of the country’s population were peasants.[3]

The equal land shares among the peasants gave rise to food shortages in the cities. Although grain had nearly returned to pre-war production levels, the large estates who had produced it for urban markets had been divided up.[3] Not interested in acquiring money to purchase overpriced goods, the peasants chose to eat their produce rather than sell it, so city dwellers only saw half the grain that had been available before the war.[3] Before the revolution, peasants controlled only 2,100,000 km² divided into 16 million holdings, producing 50% of the food grown in Russia and consuming 60% of total food production. After the revolution, the peasants controlled 3,140,000 km² divided into 25 million holdings, producing 85% of the food, but consuming 80% of what they grew (meaning that they ate 68% of the total).[5]

The Soviet Communist Party had never been happy with private agriculture and saw collectivization as the best remedy for the problem. Lenin claimed “Small-scale production gives birth to capitalism and the bourgeoisie constantly, daily, hourly, with elemental force, and in vast proportions.”[6] Apart from ideological goals, Joseph Stalin also wished to embark on a program of rapid heavy industrialization which required larger surpluses to be extracted from the agricultural sector in order to feed a growing industrial work force and to pay for imports of machinery (by exporting grain).[7] Social and ideological goals would also be served though mobilization of the peasants in a co-operative economic enterprise which would produce higher returns for the State and could serve a secondary purpose of providing social services to the people.

Most historians agree that the disruption caused by collectivization and the resistance of the peasants significantly contributed to the Great Famine of 1932–1933, especially in Ukraine, a region famous for its rich soil (chernozem). This particular period is called “Holodomor” in Ukrainian. During the similar famines of 1921–1923, numerous campaigns – inside the country, as well as internationally – were held to raise money and food in support of the population of the affected regions. Nothing similar was done during the drought of 1932–1933, mainly because the information about the disaster was suppressed by Stalin.[55] Stalin also undertook a purge of the Ukrainian communists and intelligentsia, with devastating long-term effects on the area.[56] Many Ukrainian villages were blacklisted and penalized by government decree for perceived sabotage of food supplies.[57] Moreover, migration of population from the affected areas was restricted.[58][59]

About 40 million people were affected by the food shortages including areas near Moscow where mortality rates increased by 50%.[60]The center of the famine, however, was Ukraine and surrounding regions, including the Don, the Kuban, the Northern Caucasus and Kazakhstan where the toll was one million dead. The countryside was affected more than cities, but 120,000 died in Kharkiv, 40,000 in Krasnodar and 20,000 in Stavropol.[60]

The declassified Soviet archives show that there were 1.54 million officially registered deaths in Ukraine from famine.[61] Alec Nove claims that registration of deaths largely ceased in many areas during the famine.[62] However, it’s been pointed out that the registered deaths in the archives were substantially revised by the demographics officials. The older version of the data showed 600,000 fewer deaths in Ukraine than the current, revised statistics.[61] In The Black Book of Communism, the authors claim the number of dead was at least 4 million, and characterize the Great Famine as “a genocide of the Ukrainian people”.[63][64]

Due to high government production quotas peasants received, as a rule, less for their labor than they did before collectivization, and some refused to work. Merle Fainsod estimated that, in 1952, collective farm earnings were only one-fourth of the cash income from private plots on Soviet collective farms.[44] In many cases, the immediate effect of collectivization was to reduce output and cut the number of livestock in half. The subsequent recovery of the agricultural production was also impeded by the losses suffered by the Soviet Union during World War II and the severe drought of 1946. However the largest loss of livestock was caused by collectivization for all animals except pigs.[45] The numbers of cows in the USSR fell from 33.2 million in 1928 to 27.8 million in 1941 and to 24.6 million in 1950. The number of pigs fell from 27.7 million in 1928 to 27.5 million in 1941 and then to 22.2 million in 1950. The number of sheep fell from 114.6 million in 1928 to 91.6 million in 1941 and to 93.6 million in 1950. The number of horses fell from 36.1 million in 1928 to 21.0 million in 1941 and to 12.7 million in 1950. Only by the late 1950s did Soviet farm animal stocks begin to approach 1928 levels.[45]

Despite the initial plans, collectivization, accompanied by the bad harvest of 1932–1933, did not live up to expectations. Between 1929 and 1932 there was a massive fall in agricultural production resulting in famine in the countryside. Stalin and the CPSU blamed the prosperous peasants, referred to as ‘kulaks‘ (Russian: fist), who were organizing resistance to collectivization. Allegedly, many kulaks had been hoarding grain in order to speculate on higher prices, thereby sabotaging grain collection. Stalin resolved to eliminate them as a class.

The Soviet government responded to these acts by cutting off food rations to peasants and areas where there was opposition to collectivization, especially in Ukraine. Many peasant families were forcibly resettled in Siberia and Kazakhstan into exile settlements, and most of them died on the way. Estimates suggest that about a million so-called ‘kulak’ families, or perhaps some 5 million people, were sent to forced labor camps.[46][47]

On August 7, 1932, the Decree about the Protection of Socialist Property proclaimed that the punishment for theft of kolkhoz or cooperative property was the death sentence, which “under extenuating circumstances” could be replaced by at least ten years of incarceration. With what some called the Law of Spikelets (“Закон о колосках”), peasants (including children) who hand-collected or gleaned grain in the collective fields after the harvest were arrested for damaging the state grain production. Martin Amis writes in Koba the Dreadthat 125,000 sentences were passed for this particular offense in the bad harvest period from August 1932 to December 1933.

The deaths from starvation or disease directly caused by collectivization have been estimated as between 4 and 10 million. According to official Soviet figures, some 24 million peasants disappeared from rural areas but only 12.6 million moved to state jobs[citation needed]. The implication is that the total death toll (both direct and indirect) for Stalin’s collectivization program was on the order of 12 million people.[47]

It is said that in 1945, Joseph Stalin confided to Winston Churchill at Yalta that 10 million people died in the course of collectivization.[48] However this allegation has been criticized by historian Michael Parenti.[citation needed] At Yalta, Churchill asked Stalin about the famine in the USSR to which Stalin responded by raising his hands, gesturing an unwillingness to speak about the subject, which Churchill, counting the Soviet leader’s fingers, interpreted as Stalin confessing a death-toll of 10 million people.[citation needed]

American farming unlike Russia and China did not have such statist restrictions, and food was produced relatively easily, and cheaply under the capitalist system of The United States.  Even though the landmasses of both Russia and China are much greater than The United States, per acre, America produces much more food.  Knowing this, communists had to find a way to hide their inefficiencies and stop the peasant uprisings that occur under communist’s systems after years of continuous failure, so they implemented Plank Number 4, which encouraged global trade without restriction of political ideology.  This allowed communists to appear efficient to the people of their countries while implementing the global attempt of wealth redistribution.  Over time, it has become expected that America has a responsibility to feed the world, as the Washington Post article below indicates at the link.

The suggestion is that regardless of what a country’s political philosophy may be, whether or not it is communist, socialist, authoritarian, or capitalist that the needs of the many out-weight the needs of the few, and that if there are a lot of hungry people in a communist country, the world—namely America—owes them the worth of their labor.  The suggestion by communists in Plank Number 4 is that communist countries are entitled to the welfare of the world in spite of their failed political philosophy because they exist.  This allows communist governments to maintain their failure without inciting their people into riot, which was the point of their strategy.  The communist countries can then drain the wealth of capitalist nations destroying their enemy while using their enemies’ effort to feed their own starving people—which is indicative to all collective societies.

The result is in the expectation that America should feed the world at our expense allowing socialist countries and communist countries to pretend their economies, and philosophies are equal to The United States through wealth redistribution.  The communist does not care what creates wealth; they only seek to destroy it for the aims of communism.  Once the world has been emptied of its wealth, it can then be remade into the communist state under one world-wide rule—which was always the intention.

These are the reasons for Communist Plank # 4 and its implementation into American culture.

Rich Hoffman

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Explaining the first Three Planks of Communism: A gift from Matt Clark

It used to be 700 WLW that I did a lot of radio work for, but over time they decided to take a noticeably centralist political position and stay close to their core audience, which is sports radio.  But I still do a considerable amount of radio in other markets, and one of the most is my friend Matt Clark from WAAM in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Recently Matt and I did a show together about American Excepetionalism and Walt Disney to bring to mind why America was the only country on earth who could have produced a Walt Disney type of person, let alone an entire company.  Many countries have tried as the blue print is evident for all to see.  Walt Disney even tells everyone how he did it at one of his amusement parks in Florida—the Hollywood Studios “History of Walt Disney.”  But those countries can’t and never will, because success is more than just performing the action—it is a philosophy.  To thank me for doing that particular one hour radio episode, Matt sent me a coffee mug that he had bought at Disney World showing all the different logs of that “happiest place on earth” which have been designed over the years.  CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW.  It arrived unexpectedly weeks after the interview and it has taken me time to sort out my feelings about it.  The surface emotions were one of gratitude and kindness.  Matt didn’t have to do anything to thank me.  I enjoy doing radio shows, so gifts weren’t necessary.  However, there was more to the mug than just a simple gift.  Matt went to the time and trouble of purchasing it for me, and having it sent to my house at a reasonable expense.  The mug itself wasn’t any different from one which could be purchased from a local Wal-Mart or other retailer.  But the fact that this mug came from Disney World had meaning which Matt and I mutually understood, containing the symbol of what America is, or has been.  That symbol was captured well by the Disney Company and is nearly all that remains of the old philosophy of The United States—the one of self-reliance, and innovation.  Matt sending me the mug was intended as a message across time and space in recognition that he and I know the secret which is lost to the human race.  That secret was the knowledge of an attack that occurred many years ago, and slowly.  Walt Disney, Ronald Reagan, John Wayne and Ayn Rand, along with many others in Hollywood attempted to warn the world of the attack.  CLICK HERE TO SEE FOR YOURSELF.  But by 1958 the attack, by a secret Trojan Horse many years in the making was unleashed in full view of all.  The battle plan was listed in the book by Cleon Skousen, The Naked Communist, but it was too late.  The Horse had already been opened behind enemy lines and the troops of world-wide communism had spread out to strike down an unsuspecting public.

In the book The Naked Communist, the means for taking over the world in favor of communism was listed so that those sympathetic to communism could step in and know the battle plan quickly, and acclimate themselves to the climate.  Those in denials of such a plan would ignore the book and turn away from the warning of Walt Disney and Ayn Rand hoping they were wrong—but they weren’t.  The list of strategies listed in that dreadful book is shown below.  I’ve covered them before, but it is apparent that more needs to be done to explain what has happened in modern American culture, so I am going to take the considerable effort of explaining each of them one by one in upcoming articles—starting with the first.  The rest can be seen in the following list.  Read them then attempt to deny that such an attack has not happened.  After the list is viewed I will begin with issue #1 and explain the strategy behind it and implementation value.  The list was read before the House of Representatives in 1963, as evident by the link at the conclusion, but by then it was too late.  The communists had already infiltrated both parties, and freedom had lost its majority rule.  America had been prepared to fight off any enemy that showed its swords, guns and missiles to us.  But it was not prepared to fight an attack on its philosophy which was conducted with pinheaded academics and political bureaucrats.


1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use [“]united force[“] to solve economic, political or social problems.

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

Since the first three items on that list are so related, let us deal with them as a whole so to understand the intent of the communists in listing them in the first place.  They are:

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength

The world, particularly Russia was very weary of the manufacturing capacity by The United States.  Through capitalism, America had wealth which allowed it to dominate all other militaries—so communism would never spread so long as America had a military force which stood in the way.  So the only strategy available to the communists was to develop a coexistence strategy that crippled the moral aptitude of America from engaging in war.  The Peace Sign was created as a way to stimulate the compassion of American youth into turning against their government’s willingness to out produce weapons of mass destruction, which communist nations could not keep up with under their statist policies.

By the 1960s the Peace Sign was common, and in 2013 it is even sold as jewelry to unsuspecting young people who think its “hip.”  The message of global peace is wide-spread and well understood, but it was started by the communists who knew they could not impose themselves upon an America that could destroy their country a thousand times over with firepower created under the unrestricted aptitude of capitalism.  The human race had been in a sprint for nuclear power, and under capitalism, America had arrived first gaining the high ground in a global strategy.  The only way to take America away from that high ground was to convince them to allow every country in the world to share their strategic position.

Nobody in their right mind wishes for nuclear war, or even armament that could destroy the world millions of times over.  However, if America had not gained such supremacy first, the world—especially the towel headed extremists of the Middle-East would have used such weapons to destroy all members of Christianity, Buddhism, even the cannibal eating tribes of New Guinea into oblivion just to fulfill their religious direction to destroy all infidels—anyone who is not of the Islamic faith.  The weapons of the world are only one madman away from global threat, and America has been all that stands in the way of that takeover.  Communists wish to remove the threat of madmen altogether by micromanaging every life into servitude to the state.  They believe falsely that they can stop such attacks with a global communist government.  Before they could do that, they had to remove America as the barrier to tyranny with capitalism.  So long as America stood as a symbol of freedom, economically, morally, and strategically, communism would be a stalled case.

The rest is history.  Of course nobody calls the “peace sign” a symbol of communist menace.  People don’t even call communism—communism.  They call it “socialism,” Labour Party philosophy, the Democratic platform, progressivism, the concerns of the “green movement,” they call it everything but what the roots are—and that is communism.  Because of the rest of the 45 communist planks, people have forgotten what the threat of communism was completely, which I will cover in detail with future articles.  But Walt Disney knew of the danger and is the only place left in America where communism is still kept at bay.  Communism has certainly left its mark on the Disney Company as compliance regulations have made its presence known through the legal system, but the ideal of freedom that Walt Disney captured through his entertainment empire protected America with a Trojan Horse of its own.

When Matt Clark sent me the mug, he was sending me a secret message letting me know that he understood.  That secret message is that Uncle Walt is the method to undercutting the infiltration that communists have ushered in upon American culture and that no matter how dire the situation gets; we both know that freedom from communism is again obtainable.  To touch and feel that freedom, all one need to do is look at the logo of the Disney World complex, and understand that communists could have never created such a place under any conditions.  Only a free people could ever conceive such a thing as Disney World—which communists could never hope to aspire to.  Matt understands as I do, that the best way to beat the 45 Planks of Communism is to undo each of those points one by one—and the best way to do that is not with guns, force, or legislation—but with creativity—which the communist is dreadfully lacking.  The way to beat a communist is with a superior intellect and creative force that cannot be duplicated under communist regimes—and to use that high ground to finally destroy a foe that thrives off public sentiment and emotional mandate which drives inaction.

So Matt, I will enjoy the mug.  It sits proudly on our counter top when not in use.  The emblems upon it speak of a truth mutually understood, and a long battle yet to fight against the thoughtless tirades of The Naked Communist—exposed not due to a lack of clothing, but their philosophical attack which has finally been acknowledged for what it always was.

Rich Hoffman

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A Better Reality: Life in ‘The Old Republic’

The very expensive wine was flowing freely at the type of dinner that cost a small group of five over $2500.  It was the type of thing that business professionals and political science majors spend many thousands of dollars in college hoping they’ll achieve some day.  The minds were powerful; the participants were dressed in their latest fashions from Nordstroms, and the topics were at the top of discussion in any level of human endeavor.  It was a power dinner and at 8 PM in the evening my wife sent me a text………..”are you done yet.”  I replied, “not yet, I’m about to wrap it up.  I’ll be home very soon.  Get everything ready.”  The handshakes concluded and all members of the small party left into the parking lot by different trajectories as I headed for my motorcycle parked far away but in clear view of the restaurant.  I do this so my enemies cannot tamper with my transportation while I’m involved in these kinds of activities.  I never sit with my back to a crowd, and I never sit somewhere where I cannot see my transportation at all times.  It is an old trick I learned from friends I who were “hit men” during the 80’s working for a branch of the mob stationed in Chicago responsible for the Chester Road portion of business coming out of Sharonville, Ohio.  Precautions no longer necessary I headed home quickly and within 25 minutes was in front of the same computer station that had been set up 9 months prior for the solitary purpose of playing an online game called The Old RepublicMy wife and I have duel computers built specifically for heavy online gaming, and she was waiting for me with both units powered up and ready to go.  I sat down and we began to play the same video game that we had played almost every day since the previous December when we started our journey into a galaxy far, far away set in a time, a long time ago.

I consider the time my wife and I have spent playing that game together to be far more important than the value of the dinner described, or any other dealing I’ve been involved with at any point in my life.  The reason can be seen in the above video.  In the real world that we all live in there are veils of deceit that permeate everything—even the dinner mentioned.  There is a sense that nothing is as it really is—that everything is dressed up to disguise the ugliness that is left unmentioned.  Our society is at war, but nobody discusses it—the war is not over racism, equal rights, or even political ideology—but over philosophy—even religion.  It is a war over values which nobody discusses.  However, in the Star Wars game my wife and I have spent well over a thousand hours playing together as one of our favorite past times, values are the theme of the entire game, and I relish the environment.

I feel most comfortable on the space ship I have in the game in the middle of space away from the noise of the busy metropolis worlds, or the baron outposts that exist in the outer rim.  The ship is mine, the space is mine, and the control I have of what goes on within it are for me and me alone.  Of all the cool things to do in The Old Republic my favorite are the space missions.  They are not traditional flight simulators, but the graphic combat is absolutely astounding.  I never tire of them.  In that place the perspective of existence is easy to see.  The values of the game make sense to me, and the war between the factions eluded to in the above video are those of our modern age, which go unsaid in the dinner meetings previously described.  In such meetings it is permissible to discuss football team power rankings, baseball playoff scenarios, and the latest in fashion, but not the things that really matter—philosophy.  But in The Old Republic, my wife and I can play side by side on many far flung worlds against players who adhere openly to the opposite philosophy, the fight between statism represented by the Imperial players, and individual freedom represented by players of The Old Republic.  The fight for freedom versus control is out in the open and obvious.  Those attracted to the Imperial faction tend to support statism, while those who support the Republic tend to support individual freedom, and within the confines of that game, it is easier to see the boundaries that exist in the real world—and I relish the honesty.

I have said it on many occasions, I believe Star Wars and their movies, the television shows, the many novels, the comics, and the video games are bringing a philosophy to tomorrow’s world that will have far-reaching consequences deep into the future.  Those consequences are stepped carefully around during dinner meetings as nobody feels comfortable discussing them in public, because most people feel unqualified to express their feelings about philosophy.  But philosophy is the foundation of thought, and without firmness in a manner of belief, people have a tendency to drift in their convictions.  However, in the world of The Old Republic, the characters are not shy about their beliefs, and they are willing to fight to support them—which for my wife and I, is why we’d rather play that game together, than do just about anything else.  Meetings like the one I was engaged in do not impress her.  But beating a terrible villain on a remote world in The Old Republic does.

When I arrived at my game that day my wife had snacks lined up by my keyboard ready for two or three hours of gaming.  Her computer sits right next to mine and our characters link up online so we can travel together in that virtual world the way we would in the real one.  We both love the game for its honesty—and for the commitment to goodness that The Old Republic stands for.  I enjoy fighting for that Republic the way I’d like to fight for the American Republic—if only people in the real world were as honest with their beliefs, as they are within the world of a video game.  Under such conditions, I will choose the honesty of fiction over the falseness of reality.

There is a freedom in the of The Old Republic that does not exist in the real world of current, but it should.  The philosophy of America articulated through The Constitution allows for that freedom, but in practice, it has been surrendered to discussion about sports teams, and redundant trivia—leaving the most important things in life unrepresented.  In The Old Republic I am free to punish evil, and stand for good without the worry and concern of confrontation with statist government.  In the real world there is constant worry about arrests, legal costs, and social castigation for doing the right things—and standing up for what’s right over what’s wrong.  In The Old Republic, such concerns do not exist, which is why my wife and I prefer that environment over all others.  That is the reason even after a long day associating with the kind of people young professionals dream of growing up to correlate with, and dinning in luxury among—my eye was on the clock dreaming of getting home to my wife who awaited me at the spaceport of Corellia.  It is then that we experience freedom, and justice the way the human mind desires—away from the failed philosophies, and political corruption that leads to war, and the suppression of freedom in the real Republic of America.  It is in the fictional world of the computer where real freedom resides, and why video games in general are so popular—and hold so much power over the minds of tomorrow.  I foresee a literal day when the video above comes true as shown, in the world of the living, of the real.  The statists are out to destroy those who cherish freedom, and the fight has not yet manifested beyond unspoken words over wine glasses and sports trivia.  But it’s coming……….trust me.  For now, the only world that matters is the one in The Old Republic—where honesty is clearer through the lost art of philosophy accompanied by the sights, sounds, and action from a computer generated world that is freer providing relief from the real world we are all chained to.

My wife and I have never really returned from our vacation that started so many months ago during the cold December months of late 2012.  I have cut back my personal meetings and interactions to a bare minimum in favor of this fictional world because the vacation has been that good, so good that not even the indulgencies of opulence conducted under luxurious and socially acceptable conditions hold a candle to tasting freedom within the purely imagination driven world of The Old Republic.

Rich Hoffman

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Matt Clark Tells Everything About Obamacare: The history of how and why it came down to socialized medicine

Obamacare is an evil invasion driven by ancient communist sentiments intending total government control of the greatest healthcare system in the world.  It is a giant attack on everything that America has stood for, and is a progressive Trojan horse into the lives of every citizen in The United States.  It is a terrible, dastardly intrusion upon the lives of every living being—and is sold to the public under the guise of smiling faces and social benefit.  The corrosive practices that Obamacare is forcing upon the innocent are the same which advance school levies for public education—exploitation of the weak, in order to erode the freedoms of the many.   My good friend Matt Clark during his radio show on WAAM in Ann Arber, Michigan has done an excellent job of breaking down why my comment above is valid.  Some reading my opening statement that aren’t so well-informed might think that it is merely the rhetoric of a right-winged activist.  However, Clark does an excellent job of exposing the many crimes of Obamacare in the below video from a radio interview with a medical professional who worked previously within the Canadian health care system.  The bottom line is that Obamacare is an attack on the free market and an attempt to create more medical monopolies that will provide fewer options rather than more, and medical innovation as America as become accustomed will halt.  The pain will be evident to American culture within months and as the years pass, the medical system that everyone has taken for granted will be terribly missed.  Evil has been sold to the masses with the usual good intentions under the slow erosive agreement of a complacent society.    Watch carefully:

Matt dug up a lot of those old clips showing Obama, Pelosi and many others doing everything they can to lead America to a single payer system—which will lead directly to complete government control of medicine.  That is what they are after, and they do not care if they mislead the masses to accomplish it.  The politicians and pundits advocating a single payer insurance system tend to be secular, so they do not care about being cast into Hell for lies, and they tend to support socialism—which is soft communism of the European model.  Under the premise of communism the needs of the many out-weight the needs of the few, so by sacrificing their good name with out-right lies does not worry them.  They are willing to sacrifice themselves and their very souls for what they perceive to be the greater good.  This is how Obama has been able to so openly lie to the faces of virtually everyone he knows, including his union supporters over Obamacare, because his goal is not their salvation, but the salvation of the collective whole, as interpreted by academia—which has been fashioned after traditional communism.

They have changed the names, but the concepts are the same.  To understand what Obama and the rest of progressives want out of Obamacare, just read the Ayn Rand novel We The Living.  There is a reason progressives hate Ayn Rand, and it’s not so much Atlas Shrugged, or The Fountainhead, but We The Living which tells the story of how the Russians failed in their communist attempts during the 1920’s.  In America those communist sentiments arrived through academic institutions and media outlets through the newly created Progressive Party climaxing in the 1930’s which became known as The Red Decade.  World War II interrupted the communist push as the world became focused on another version of the same Marxist concept, the Nazi as Adolph Hitler turned Germany into a socialist state.  Leading up to Hitler’s terror were the same academic institutions applauding the ruthless dictator in similar ways that they openly support modern socialism in Venezuela and in Europe.  The same type of minds became tenured professors at popular American colleges and entrenched the “establishment” behind their communist rhetoric.  As America completed the dream of progressive president Woodrow Wilson’s League of Nations with The United Nations after World War II world-wide statism was up for grabs and the progressive oriented could taste the blood in the water, and set to pounce upon individual freedom for good.  In 1958 communists and progressives rallied behind the book, The Naked Communist which layed the foundation of a communist takeover of world-wide education, business, political parties, the media and everything in between.  They were quite clear about their intentions—the information was out in the open for all to see.  Colleges continued to push the communist agenda as President Lyndon B. Johnston did his part with his Great Society programs introducing Medicaid and other government action on his war against poverty.  As America fought a Cold War with the Soviet Union and braved threats from communist Cuba right off the coast of America, communism was pouring into both political parties through academia under the name of progressivism so to become a Trojan horse of that time, for the same reasons as today.

Medicaid was created by the Social Security Amendments of 1965 which added Title XIX to the Social Security Act. Medicaid was created as an entitlement program to help states provide medical coverage for low-income families and other categorically related individuals who meet eligibility requirements. Candidates include the blind, aged, disabled and pregnant women. In essence, Medicaid serves as the nation’s primary source of health insurance coverage for low-income populations. Each state administers its own Medicaid program, establishes their own eligibility standards, determines the scope and types of services they will cover, and sets the rate of payment. Benefits vary from state to state, and because someone qualifies for Medicaid in one state, it does not mean they will qualify in another.[6] The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) monitors the state-run programs and establishes requirements for service delivery, quality, funding, and eligibility standards.

The attack of the progressive and communists was to use compassion to advance their cause.  They do not stop to analyze why some people are poor, while others are not, as the free market gives all people the opportunity to become wealthy based on their merit.  Such a society does not need a government, or the communist minds of academia to train a society’s workforce in the benefits of bureaucratic statism.  Free market options are to be attacked because they do not serve the greater good of global communism, as they were established in the early days of Petrograd, Russia in 1917.

Obama is a modern academic, and holds the views typical of the modern progressive—the professional students who find safety in the halls of scholarship—where theory serves as experience.  Within those halls for nearly one hundred years nationalized health care has been a communist target, to nationalize medicine giving direct control of the government over every single individual. For the weak of all societies, they find the blanket of communist governments reassuring.  For the misfortunate who lack strong adult influences in their lives, like Barack Obama, government represents safety and opportunity they wouldn’t have had any other way, so they found their minds molded by communism from day one to the present.  They do not like, or trust the free market and have been taught by decades of academia to despise capitalism—and to attack it finally putting an end to it forever—giving rise to communism’s century long slow burning assault.

I grew up in the 80’s and Ronald Reagan was a president that I campaign for as a 7th grade child.  I remember the debacles of Jimmy Carter’s progressive Democrats and I was born during the chaos of the 60’s.  I watched Reagan use capitalism to destroy communism with the Berlin Wall falling in the last year of that marvelous decade.  I watched music; art, business, and all culture thrive under the comparatively soft capitalism of Ronald Reagan.  I noticed that those who hated Reagan seemed to have sympathies for communism or at the very least socialism.  But back then they kept their mouths shut up tight because Hollywood was mostly pro-capitalism.  MTV rose to power, and many millionaires were created off the conservative messages of the 80’s action heroes like Mel Gibson, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Clint Eastwood.  After Reagan left office, progressives rushed in to regain ground and the witless statist George Bush Sr. didn’t know what hit him, and the 90’s began and ended with Bill Clinton.  All those 80’s action heroes found the world turned upside down upon them and most were on their way out by the year 2000—outcasts in the same Hollywood that made them massive international stars.  The Naked Communist goals had taken over the funding of Hollywood, and more progressive films were introduced to a gullible public that had no idea what was going on, films like The Crying Game.

George W. Bush after a close election attempted to become more “open minded” and bring everyone back together after the progressive political interests suggested he rigged the election away from Al Gore.  Being a genuinely good man, Bush was out maneuvered by the statists of Washington and he started the trend of deficit spending that continues to this day.  For eight years, communists and statists bit their tongue and pounded away at the Republic machine until there wasn’t much left of the gears but a bunch of defenseless old men trying to protect their pension checks.  That is until senators like Rand Paul from the newly created Tea Party entered the political race followed by constitutional puritans like Senator Ted Cruz.  One of the progressive goals was to send a minority president into the White House and they achieved this with the hand-picked progressive Barack Obama who had been trained in the ways of Marxism and Communism extensively, and knew how to schmooze the public.  For the first time after decades of planning and fighting, the communist oriented progressives had their guy in the White House under the Trojan horse of racism.  Americans desiring to prove they weren’t racist elected a man of color not caring anything for his background.  They simply wanted to avoid being called more names by proving they were not discriminating against a presidential candidate because of his dark skin color.

The climax to all these attacks is nationalized health care. Obamacare is the direct attempt to end America as a capitalist nation—it is no secret to those who know anything about history.  The facts Matt brought to light in his video is the reality behind Obamacare.  It is not being implemented to help people; it is an attack on America and everything it has stood for as a beacon of freedom to the entire world.  The characters pushing Obamacare are like soldiers sacrificing themselves for a greater cause, the progressive cause of nationalized health care outlined behind the philosophy of communism many, many years ago and slowly advanced decade by decade to every American attending public education or seeking a college degree.

I have stated at this site the many possible technical advances available to the modern patient seeking medical attention, such as cures for cancer and regenerative medicine.  Such free market options would eliminate many of the medical procedures that are covered under insurance plans, and statists like Barack Obama and the entire medical lobby on Capital Hill who pour millions upon millions of dollars into the pockets of law makers for both parties are terrified of the cure for cancer that is coming out of Texas and the concept that surgery could be eliminated completely and addiction to pharmaceutical drugs disposed of totally through the growth of new human tissue the way children were created in the first place, through cell growth.  So to halt such advancement, the government wishes to do their pharmaceutical lobbyist friends a favor and preserve their grip on human culture through medicine that belongs in the dark ages—like high blood pressure, diabetes, and all forms of cancer.  Government health care is about eliminating these threats to orthodox medicine and keep every citizen in the world dependent on some form of government control.  But for the socialists and communists, nationalized health care eliminates independent lives and makes even the strongest human being dependent on the government for their very lives.  So they better behave………………….

Matt and his guest are not inflating their claims about the dire consequences of Obamacare.  My statements are not inflammatory—they are a fact.  Obamacare is an attack on capitalism and every American should find it repulsive.  Once implemented politicians will never have the guts to stand against it, and Obamacare will become just another statist program sucking money out of our pay checks like Social Security and Medicaid do presently.  It will last so long as there is money to steal from those who work and contribute, which these days won’t be very long.  Obamacare is an assault on everything that is good—because it attacks capitalism directly—and is the indirect target of the program from the very start.  Matt’s information should be listened to and passed along to a friend as quickly as possible.  Failure to do so now may mean that such a chance may never come again under the flag of The United States.  Act now, or fall to peril.  Indecision is not an option.  Pick your side, and fight now!   There is no middle ground.

Rich Hoffman

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The Time of My life: Carving out a path where there never has been one

I am having more fun in my life now than I ever have.  Who I am today is the sum of many years of work, adventure, and tenacious pursuit.  In a given day I may be involved in prestigious social engagements to reading novels in my hot tub and everything in between. I just simply enjoy my life every single day.  It is fun to be the person that you always dreamed of being when you are growing up.  But even more than that it is fun for me to watch my kids learning to become the people they want to be—to watch them push their limits, ask hard questions and stretch themselves beyond convention.  My oldest daughter is a professional photographer who does wonderful work now, but is continuing to push herself to new heights of skill level.  Growing up we had many talks about seeing the truth in life.  I chose to pursue that truth through the written word, she has chosen to pursue it through photography.  I knew she had shifted into a different gear when she sent me the video below of some new experimental time-lapse photography methods she was trying, but when I first saw it, maybe for the first time in my life, I forgot that my daughter had shot the footage and found myself assuming I was watching film done by a National Geographic photographer.

I share these little moments with the world because it is obvious to me that people have forgotten how to reach for the stars and be all they can be—and I want them to see what it looks like.  There is nothing that can be given to the young artist through the welfare system. The eye to shoot a picture, or capture an image on film that is unique to really good photographers comes from living life honestly, and feeling the sting of pain from it often.  In that way, a photographer learns to capture images as nature intended them to be, not as the human mind wishes them to appear.

In the clip above my daughter is joyously facing the worst that life has to offer, with a smile on her face, and optimism in her vision to articulate the transitory passage of time.  It is over time that fruit is produced from the trees, and the seasons bring with each new quarter opportunities for life—or death.  Regardless of what the human being does, or what it desires, time will pass ruthlessly forward.  The human being can either ride that wild wave, or be crushed by it.  My daughter, as the photographer chooses to ride it.

During our many hours of talks together, I always told her that the treasures in life are where others are afraid to go, to cut through the forest and make your own path where nobody else has dared go.  Under such advice, it is not enough for her to take on a job as a civil servant, another typical business professional, or a meaningless bureaucrat.  She is on a path of her own making looking for treasures lost to the rest of society, and she is doing it boldly.

It is good to see all those discussions we had coming to life within the context of her existence.  The ability to see the world the way she does gives me optimism for the future of mankind that I would not have otherwise.  For as cynical as we all have a right to be, it is in young people like my daughter that all the opportunities of existence present themselves.  I am looking forward to all she produces in the future for a world that won’t know how good it was till it has passed them by.

Rich Hoffman

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The Mind of Lakota School Levy Supporters: Hidden meanings from behind enemy lines by the Lorax

It is now at a point that I cannot read all my email, let alone respond to all of them.  But I have a group of people who when I see their name in the header, I make a point to at least read what they send me.  Of these people is a group that sends me rumors, facts, and happenings behind the enemy lines at the Lakota school district.  I learn all kinds of things from these “double agents” who show their Lakota employers politeness and cooperation to their faces, but are willing to cut out their heart through actions driven by pent-up frustration.  One such email came to me from within the For Lakota campaign as the participants were promoting their pro levy zombie tactics to one another through a Facebook campaign.

I put a small caption of these Facebook diatribes upon these pages below for analysis, because it offers a fascinating glimpse into the thoughts and actions of the typical levy supporter.  Most of the normal people who vote against school levies don’t get a chance to interact with these levy supporters because what they say disgusts us.  But in the context of their social imposition, it is relevant to understand their mindset.  With that in mind, read the exchange below with caution.  The shallow perspective may be extremely insulting, yet it is the kind of dialogue that is going on within the confines of the typical levy supporter openly broadcast on their Facebook accounts.

Andrea Sack Sandy

September 19

Please take the time to vote!!! We can all make this happen!!! Our children deserve the best so let’s make sure that Lakota is able to give it to them….Register, Show Up and Vote YES for Issue 7-Lakota School Levy!!!!! Thanks Laura Macdonald Kennedy for the great Lorax quote!!!! — feelinghopeful with Jeanne Brauns and 84 others.1234036_10201580914752206_1149262620_n

  • Andrea Sack Sandy If you are “on the fence” just Vote Yes, do it for “that one teacher” whose extra time with your child, kind words or endearing smile changed your son or daughters life. Be responsible for the well-being of our children and our community. Do the Right Thing!!!! Vote Yes!!!!!

Leslie Reese Anzalone Love this Andrea!!

Yesterday at 7:32am via mobile · Like

So let’s study what is meant by the phrase, “Our children deserve the best so let’s make sure that Lakota is able to give it to them,” since this appears to be a common belief among the levy supporters.   What is the determining qualification for why “their” children deserve the best?  Why do they deserve the best, because they are the children of these particular women?  What makes these mothers so special?  Are these children royalty for some future kingdom—what makes them so prone to entitlement?  And why does Lakota have to give them this attribute.  Lakota in the context provided is all tax payers in the Lakota district.  These mothers are supporting the open looting of financial assets from every tax payer to fulfill the Barbi dream house mentality that their children are automatically deserving of some special treatment just for being born.

The word “let’s” implies collective action, as though through thuggish democracy the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.  The levy advocate above states clearly that even if voters are on the fence, they should just vote Yes for some greater purpose—defined by the levy supporter. They are encouraging thoughtless compliance to the mob rule of group assimilation.  The purpose of this Facebook communication is not to address a single fact as to why taxes need to be increased at Lakota, but simply to advance the emotion of the argument with thoughtless compliance.

Always at the center of these rally cries are the “needs of the children” which are exploited, as if kids will be destroyed if such a tax increase is not passed.  Yet the responsibility for raising children falls squarely on the shoulders of the parents.  Most of these staunch advocates of tax increases come from voters who are deeply insecure about their parenting skills, and would rather pass that responsibility off onto a paid teacher who is professionally trained.  This equates to the same mentality of the person who sends their car to the dealer to change their oil or replace the brakes.  Since they lack the skills to make the repairs to their vehicles on their own, they would rather pay large fees to have someone else perform the task for them.  The same trend translates over into their family lives; they would rather pay a specialist to do their parenting for them, because they lack the skills of parenting needed to raise children.  They seek to cover up this deep insecurity with rally cries supporting teachers who they fully expect to do their parenting jobs for them while they run around like busy bodies gossiping about everyone who intersects their life, eating too much, shopping too much and are continually busy so they can always have an excuse for avoiding the scary task of parenting.  The escapades of their life are a travesty of errors brought about by their need to avoid the insecurities of parenting.  So they want Lakota teachers to do their job for them, and expect the “community” to pay for their children to be fixed, just like a mechanic fixes their cars.  The notion is as stupid as those same tax advocates asking the community to pay for their oil change, when the rest of us tend to do it ourselves.

Most voters in the Lakota district already raised their kids, and they did it on their own.  They didn’t leave the task of raising children to professional teachers.  In previous generations, when education quality seemed to be higher, and still cost a lot less than it does today, teachers were only a part of the lives of children, they weren’t expected to actually be the parents the way modern levy supporters do.  The guilt that many parents feel over their lack of skill in communicating with their children is covered up with their radical support of tax increases.  In a warped way, the levy advocates believe that they can sin every day of the week, but on Sunday, they can say a prayer and get into heaven.  In the case of their children’s educations, they believe they can be gossiping, materialistic, social menaces and all the sins of their lives will be erased if they campaign for higher taxes at their children’s school.  They convince themselves and anyone who will listen that everything they do is “for the children” but it’s really for them—to cover the sins of their chosen lifestyle and the guilt they feel over it.

I know most these levy supporters will read this at some point in time over the next couple of months and I challenge any of them to dispute my claims in the comments below.  I know what is in their hearts and I invite them to dispute it with me.  But they can’t because what I have said here is true—it is the backbone of their neurosis—they seek redemption for the sins of their crumbling lives off the backs of their children and they hope that nobody notices.  But anybody with any level of intelligences sees the situation clearly.  Only the like-minded levy supporter is blind to the messages of mental depletion that is written upon their foreheads with invisible ink, yet the messages are there for those with special lighting who can see it plain as day.  My special lighting comes from experience, and in dealing with these types of people for thirty years now.  I have met and dealt with every personality type that gets involved with these school levy things, and I know how they think.  The tax increase is not for their children, but to get them off the hook for being terrible parents either by choice, or by personal insecurities.  The cry for better schools is the subtle demand that someone besides them raise their children for them.  The crime is that those types of parents believe falsely that their children can be maintained like their cars—dropped off at the dealer to have their oil changed and brakes fixed—then returned to them all ready to run for a few thousand more miles.  But kids don’t work like that—and no amount of tax money thrown into the black hole of public education can change that fact.  Kids need love, and they need parents who are role models.  And that can’t be purchased at a school, or supplied through tax increases.

As for the Lorax , he’s a greenie weenie tree hugging anti-capitalist and it is appropriate that the pro levy Lakota campaign would seek him as a symbol of justification for their public education expansion.  Watch the video above and see how anti-business the Lorax is—just like the pro levy supporters at Lakota.  

Rich Hoffman

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Sara Pichler’s Letter to the Editor: Fighting against the Lakota school levy

Over the weekend I was out and about when I noticed that several No Lakota Levy supporters had put out their signs early matching the efforts of the levy addicts.  The “For Lakota” campaign had already done so weeks ago as their inbred campaign of terror and parasitic throttling began pretty much at the start of the football season.   While it was good to see the signs for No Lakota Levy going up so soon, I must caution everyone to wait, at least until the last two weeks of the campaign just prior to the election.  The levy zombies will steal the No Lakota signs and they will be all gone by election time.  CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT THEY DID LAST TIME.   We had over 500 signs stolen or openly vandalized within one weekend during the last campaign which cost thousands of dollars in damage.  The school, the police, nor the pro levy campaign attempted to stop the behavior as behind the scenes it was encouraged.  Word came back to me after the election that Lakota teachers were breaking the law spending time covering pro levy topics during their classes and were encouraging students to spend their Friday and Saturday nights vandalizing, and stealing No Lakota Levy signs.  The police of course did nothing about the behavior as pickup trucks filled with No Lakota Levy signs—some quite large—drove around at 3 AM unmolested by Butler County Sheriffs sitting along the road ways and watched.  The police after all were protecting their fellow union brothers and sisters, and encouraged the property destruction with their silence.

Because of all the sign stealing that tends to go on from the “For Lakota” side, I have encouraged the tax resistance efforts to utilize methods of protest that cannot be so easily stolen, such as letters to the editor in local newspapers, blogs like this one, and the comment boards where the levy addicts tend to hang out—and challenge them on their turf.  Over the weekend it was also good to see that Sara Pichler had done just that, she had submitted a well written Letter to the Editor in the September 22nd 2013 edition of Today’s Pulse Butler County competing directly with the hive of levy supporters which typically hijack that process with neurosis, and mindless radicalism.  That letter can be seen below as it appeared in the paper:


Homeowners in the Lakota School District need to be aware that the state of Ohio has passed legislation that will eliminate the 10 percent rollback on your property taxes on Jan. 1, 2013.  This means that if you vote “YES” for the school levy, you will be paying the 10 percent rollback that was eliminated and the new millage Lakota is asking for.  Everyone might want to look at their 2012 property tax statements to see how much the elimination of the 10 percent rollback will impact their household budgets.

With the current economic conditions and the uncertainty about how much your healthcare costs will rise on January 1st 2014 can you afford to vote for a school levy in November?  Lakota has declining enrollment.  Lakota emphasizes that they will increase security at schools return busing, lower fees for students, etc. but, really, aren’t they just going to raise salaries and benefits for all staff?  The levy is not needed at this time and at the millage Lakota would like you to vote for.

Sara Pichler

Liberty Twp.

All those points are good ones yet the best one is the cost of the upcoming Obamacare debacle that will have a major impact on all our incomes with the largest wealth redistribution scheme ever attempted by government.  Even the Lakota teachers who make such extraordinary salaries for mediocre work will agree that they are concerned over Obamacare.  Even with their amazingly high wages of an average of 63K per year the best of the benefits from the Lakota Education Association is the gold-plated health care benefits.  Obamacare threatens that benefit in a radical way with costs not yet foreseen.  Obamacare is the tsunami wave that is not so far out at sea which is coming and we all know it, and when it hits there will be massive amounts of destruction to personal bank accounts.  Can property owners even dare afford hundreds of dollars in additional taxes for the Lakota district when that money might only be a drop in the bucket toward the increased premiums that will come to insurance policies in the wake of Obamacare implementation?  No.  The idiots supporting the upcoming Lakota Levy of 2013 obviously have not done the math, or are too brainwashed to see clearly how dire the situation truly is.

That letter is but one small effort toward the efforts that are massive before us all.  For every letter and sign that is put out against the proposed tax increase, there are ten that will come out in favor of the levy.  This does not mean that there are more supporters for the levy than against; it simply means that the No Levy voter tends to be quiet about their thoughts because they don’t want levy radicals running through their yards stealing their property and threatening them with sins against children while attending church on Sundays. They have learned to keep their opinions to themselves, and they tend to vote NO at the ballot box as a way to stick it to the social parasites who perpetually wish to raise taxes on them.

But a letter like the one above against the levy does thirty times the good of any literature that comes out in favor.  The reason is that the levy people are preaching to the choir, the kind of people who want a first-class education, but can’t afford a private school, so they seek a free education off the backs of the community.  They don’t mind paying $5,000 to $6,000 a year in taxes when private instruction might cost them twice that.  But if they can trick the senior citizens, and business owners into helping to cover those costs, they certainly will.  Those are the typical levy supporters and once their children grow up, they move away, and leave the rest of us with their tax bill, and the teachers union make off like bandits.  That has been the trend anyway, until No Lakota Levy put a stop to the madness—and slowly more people like Sara Pichler have gotten involved and participated in the process of fighting school levies.

The early activity is encouraging, the signs, the letters, and the willingness to engage the levy zombies with facts they cannot combat.  While signs are important to a campaign, No Lakota Levy has won many campaigns without having a majority of the signage out.  The Pro Levy groups have often outnumbered us 10 to 1, but we still win because the silent majority quietly despises the levy addicts.  Still the most effective way to fight the levy zombies is on their own turf, particularly the local newspapers in the fashion that Sara did.   Signs can and will be stolen, lost forever to the thieves of Lakota, but words and ideas stick around much longer.  It is in those tactics that the levy zombies cannot meet with equal ambition because their tax increase proposal is simply a scam that requires emotion vacant of facts to advance.

Rich Hoffman

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