Defending Donald Trump’s Labor Practices: Politicians don’t understand what makes a good worker

Even as a Trump supporter I was willing to give Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz a look if they were to become the GOP nominee eventually, but not after the debate on Thursday February 25th, 2016 on CNN.  Cruz and Rubio showed a vast amount of ignorance when they tried to pin down Trump on hiring illegal aliens to build Trump Tower back in the 70s.  Cruz and Rubio both of Cuban decent supposedly representing Tea Party type values tried to attribute Trump to committing to hiring only “American” workers on his many projects.  Specifically they brought up Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach where he tends to hire foreign workers there for the seasonal social events that take place about four months out of a year.  Reports are that over 300 people have applied, but they weren’t qualified because as Trump says, most American help doesn’t want the part-time work—and those that do—(and I’ll add this for him so he doesn’t have to say it) don’t bring the kind of energy for the job that such a resort requires.  So he fills the vacancies with foreign workers with the right attitude who will do the seasonal work of one of the most exclusive resorts in the world.  I understand completely and I am one of the most patriotic people on earth.  But apparently, Rubio, Cruz and the entire media doesn’t understand the problem.  So let me illustrate it for everyone on behalf of people like Trump who find themselves unfairly ridiculed for elements beyond their control.

Of course such a controversial piece requires context, so let me provide it from my perspective.  If anybody does currently or ever has worked harder than I do, I’ve never met them—and I have met many thousands of people all around the world.  I’m far from a hermit living under a rock or writing articles from my mother’s basement.  Those descriptions do not apply to me in any way, shape or form. I know a lot about people and different countries, their religions, their histories, and their philosophic elements.  I am very good at seeing what is in people’s hearts because over time I have learned to read them by the kind of work they produce.  You can tell a lot about people by what they make in life—and work is something that most people reveal about themselves.  If they don’t like to work, they are typically very lazy people who can’t be trusted. If they work hard they tend to be good people in all aspects of their lives.  Hard workers therefore are good people, bad workers are not.    I have spent thirty years working every odd job that I think exists at every level of society.  I’ve at many times worked two full-time jobs at separate places for years on end, with only one car in our household.  During those periods I rode a bicycle to work all year-long in every possible weather condition.  Additionally I am seldom late or miss work, and I always give at least 100% to whatever I’m doing whether it’s flipping burgers or arranging multi-million dollar deals.  I like to work, I like to make things, and I love outperforming the people around me.  And I never let anything stop me from an objective—death, sickness—anything.  I’ve actually been in fistfights with people who felt so guilty by my work ethic that they’ve wanted to fight me to bully me into not making them look so bad.  This has actually happened a lot, and I’ve worked in some of the toughest types of places that there are—machine shops, union driven assembly plants, down-and-out fast food workers, janitors, tree trimmers, I actually did car repos for a time and have performed work as a body guard—so we’re not talking about powder puff golf club types or weekend warriors.  I’ve hauled around popular sports figures and helped them through tough times at late night parking lot brawls when they ran their mouths too much—I’ve been there and seen it all.  Saying all that, nobody from my past can come forward to say that they got the better of me in any way.  Nobody was able to bully me into some sort of compromise—on any topic large or small, and nobody can say that they worked harder at anything than me.  That may sound bold, and arrogant to people, but it’s a fact of life.  At 47 years old there are no demons in my closet anywhere in the world who can say otherwise.  That makes me uniquely position to say what I will next.

Just because some slob from a local trailer park who would rather watch Jerry Springer all day while on welfare applies for a job to keep their checks coming as a minimum requirement to receive their government money applies to a job like Mar-a-Lago it doesn’t mean they are qualified.  A warm body does not constitute a good hard worker.  Often you have to interview hundreds of people just to find one good worker.  It is very tricky business and it takes a lot of discretion and personal honesty.  Government people, and Rubio and Cruz certainly fall into that category now in my mind—assume that if an applicant applies for a job and they are American citizens that they are automatically qualified as a warm body for that position.  Not so.  Let me tell you.  All workers are not equal, in spite of what the government and the laws they write try to pretend.  Some are great, some are terrible, some workers are just flat-out lazy and want to collect a pay check for doing the absolute minimum.  When you are at Mar-a-Lago, if you are Donald Trump you want someone who says, “yes sir,” “no sir,” holds the door open for people, is generally of good hygiene and competent.  You expect quality. If all 300 of those reported applicants are not of good quality—they will not be good for the job.  A lot of times these deficiencies force big employers like Donald Trump to look outside of the country for good help. 

I personally love people from other countries because they remind me of my grandparents.  Both my grandparents had working farms and they were very hard workers. I grew up with great examples of people who weren’t afraid of hard work and they judged lazy people as worthless.  It certainly made an impact on me—I took many of those lessons to heart at a very young age. I never liked my teachers in public school or in college—but I always found I got along well with employers.  Teachers were people who often couldn’t do things in the real word and I knew that—so I fought with them incessantly because I deemed them too lazy to face the real world outside of the classroom.  Employers made things happen and I always respected that. The only people who I find these days, after two generations of complete social destruction by our education system who think the way I do about work ethics often come from other countries.  Immigrants from Europe (East Germany, Romania, Poland), Africa, India, Mexico and Asia generally work their asses off, and they actually enjoy it because they feel it reflects the quality of person they are.  They work hard in America because for most of them unlike their country of origin they get to keep their money—so they have no trouble working 12 to 14 hour days because they actually enjoy amassing wealth.  Many foreign-born Americans I know who have only been in America for a decade or so have their cars and houses paid off, and they still work a full-time job and a part-time job while they put their children through college with cash.  I love and respect that approach—like I said it reminds me of how my grandparents used to think—which is how all Americans should think. 

But many Americans who were born and raised within the United States and went through public education only to be trained to think incorrectly about most things don’t get it.  When they apply for a job, they think they are entitled to something. My generation starting getting bad about that attitude in the 1990s and the Millennials have taken it to a whole new level.  I am of a mind that I don’t even think we should have weekends.  If I had things my way Americans would have their companies operating three shifts per day seven days per week all days of the year except for perhaps Christmas—because that is a productive way to live life.  Work, play, and a healthy lifestyle all go hand in hand in my life and I expect that to be the case with everybody.  But too many people American born have been taught that a job is some kind of entitlement, that weekends are entitlements—and that sitting on their ass doing little of nothing but watching television is a right.  They forget that leisure time is not a reward for hard work performed, they assume that it’s a right to the essence of their very souls—and that attitude was adopted from the socialist trends in Europe that are just now catching up to Americans in the States. 

These days you have to interview a lot of American born people to find one good hard worker.  The best way to find them are people who were raised on farms because there is a good chance someone taught them early in life to work hard to some degree.  The worst tend to come from areas swarming with welfare recipients—it doesn’t matter their skin color.  There are always exceptions and it’s good to try to find them, but as a basic rule, that’s the way it is.    Politicians like Cruz and Rubio over the years have made labor laws assuming equality and opportunity to all—so there are legal restrictions to what you can and can’t do with employees especially ones that turn out to be less than spectacular.  But reality dictates flexibility and some method of recharging our education system into producing good workers who learn to live in an American economy instead of becoming socialist activists for a new generation—as they are today and have been for about three decades—at least. 

So you are Donald Trump and you need to complete a project ahead of time and under budget—you need workers who won’t drag ass like some dog with an itch.  You need people who will buckle down and get it done and then some.  Good work is worth more than money—finances are just a form of compensation. Trump needs people who will reach deep and pour their souls into one of his projects—and if you limit yourself to some limits a knuckle-dragging, banana eating political loser has established as the law from the perspective of know-nothings, who have never done anything productive in their lives—he might as well do as most people have and throw their arms up in frustration—buy a condo in Florida and play golf the rest of their lives—because unless you love to work hard—the pain in the ass that it is to make ANYTHING in America these days is unbearably difficult.  You almost have to be insanely hard-working to even try. 

When Trump says he wants to bring back jobs there is a two-part strategy that is far too complicated for someone like Rubio or Cruz to understand.  Nobody in government understands unless they have been in the trenches and actually done private sector work.  First you have to bring back the jobs that were sent overseas through corporate inversions.  Then you have to change the education system to produce workers who can actually perform those tasks.  It’s not so much about giving someone a job in America that Trump is talking about—it’s the wealth that comes with the productivity of those jobs.  Jobs in themselves don’t make anything.  But people do, and not all people are equal—even though politicians want to believe it because their pandering statements make the toothless chain-smoking, trailer trash, casino addicts think they are equal to a worker who wakes up looking forward to a productive day and hesitates taking a break because it makes them feel they are wasting precious time.  Any successful person understands this basic discrepancy.  Trump certainly does and he has worked within the law to find the best possible workers for his various projects.  But back in the Trump Tower days, there was no other option with the way labor unions try to bend you over backwards every five seconds.  You have to have competitive labor to protect yourself from socialist union activism.  Politicians created that limited labor aspect through their laws and policy which using the Department of Labor, heavily favors labor unions.  So if you want to build something, you have to think outside the box within legal parameters of course to find the best people for a project—whether the job is big like Trump Tower or small like job Mar-a-Lago.  Productive enterprise cannot be constrained by law and political short-sightedness to believe that a job of any kind can be filled by any ol’ warm body.  It can’t.  Jobs are opportunities for productivity, and that is a magical thing—and not everyone is capable of comprehending that magic and the wonder it often brings when it’s done well. 

Rubio and Cruz clearly didn’t understand the definition of good labor at that debate—but then again, few people really do.   But they do know big labor and how to make a pitch for their monopoly on productive work and the ability to shut down effort to drive up costs due to a lack of competition by the more ambitious.

Rich “Cliffhanger” Hoffman


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The Last Days of a Dying GOP: Why Donald Trump scares the establishment–the game is changed forever

Obviously this is the end of the line for the traditional GOP who desperately desires to stay in charge of the political machine that controls Republican politics.  After the historic Nevada win Trump showed the GOP establishment that he could break 45% of the vote in a victory so ahead of Super Tuesday the entire GOP put their faith in Marco Rubio’s mouth to change strategies and challenge Donald Trump during a CNN debate in Texas where the kid came out swinging hard.  He made an impact on the weak-minded who took to Twitter to goad me as a Trump supporter within hours of the tag team event where Rubio and Ted Cruz were obviously trying to knock Donald Trump into another dimension with one last gasp.  The following Tuesday could put everything out of reach for them within a week—as far as political ambition—so they fought like cornered losers—one last stand at the Alamo before being overrun completely.  Here is what was sent to me on Twitter after establishment supporters of the GOP felt their puppets did well during the debate:

@overmanwarrior @TwRandy 4 bankruptcies, lying about his net worth, inherited a fortune, supported late-term abortion and universal healthcare.

For which I replied:

One way to stay safe in life is to do nothing and live as a politician. Life at the top touches a lot of people.

I thought Trump held his own in the debate so there was no reason to defend him.  But the behavior of the GOP in obviously sitting down with Rubio and pressing him with their fate revealed a lot more than even I anticipated.  Rubio completely changed from playing the role of a somewhat nice all-American kid—a Kennedy-type of candidate—to a petulant teenager who was unproven in the world challenging his father in a last-ditch effort to not be like him.  As Cruz pressed Trump several times I couldn’t help but think—what has Cruz ever done in his life to justify any arrogance.  Trump on the other hand has accomplished quite a lot.  And like I said on Twitter, when you do things in life that touch a lot of people, there will be many who will not have a favorable impression of you.  Especially if you have a track record of winning a lot.  If you win, that means many people who have come into contact with you have lost, and that usually makes people feel bad about themselves.  That said, if a person is a winner, they will have many enemies and Trump certainly does.  Add to that his massive personal wealth earned the old-fashioned way and a lot of people who have lost to him in the past will do anything and everything to get back at him in some way.  But Rubio—what has he done in his life to justify his arrogance on stage that day?  He hasn’t done anything in his life to earn it—leaving him looking like a spoiled brat teenager full of gumption, but no track record to back it.

The GOP establishment did what they can only do, they studied Donald Trump on tape and goaded Marco Rubio into being the actor that he is—and mimic the alpha male the best he could with a last-ditch effort to knock the GOP frontrunner off the mountain and hopefully get some traction for really the first time now that Jeb Bush is out of the race.  Marco Rubio isn’t a tough guy by any measure, but he is a typical politician—he will say anything and do whatever he is told by the establishment who desires to use his youthful looks and natural charisma to maintain their control centered in the Beltway and extending out into America and beyond.

What the GOP didn’t count on was that they were forced to show all their cards five days ahead of Super Tuesday and that all that was by strategic design from Trump.  I thought it was odd that Trump mentioned Chris Christie several times during the debate with Rubio because he anticipated what was going to happen.  Christie joined the Trump campaign early in the morning before the debate to essentially become a Rubio killer knowing that the GOP would put everything it had behind Rubio—and the kid showed everything he had in the debate for which Trump just studied for the first hour—like any fighter does—track the opponent and see what moves he has—before laying in to a final punch.

The media went wild that someone had finally challenged Trump.  Cruz and Rubio were heroes to all the cowardly lions out there who were naturally intimidated by the manner of Trump—and they were hopeful that perhaps a lesson had been learned.  To their minds Donald Trump represents every movie bully they had ever seen.  They have no other context for a character like him against the backdrop of their little lives and all the little dreams they limited their mind to.  So their hatred of Trump goes further than just political ambitions.  Trump is essentially a grown-up unconquered child with the mind of a very young person—sharp, playful, ambitious and striving to learn and be challenged.  For all the people who have sold themselves short in life with low goals and were too timid to hold the line to challenges that shook their belief system—Trump is a mirror they’d rather not look at.  When they look at him they see everything they wanted to be, but dared not become.  So the hatred of Trump runs deeper than just politics—and there are plenty of enemies who hoped they could buy success through him with Trump University and many other things avoiding the hardship of actually living and accomplishing endeavors.  Trump tried to teach people how to become wealthy, but something even he didn’t understand at the time—you can’t make second-handers desire to become primaries with a couple of years of education.  They either are people not afraid to be at the front of the train, or they are happy in the back.  CLICK TO LEARN MORE.  THERE IS AN ACTUAL SCIENCE TO THIS WAY OF THINKING THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT. Nothing can help people inclined to the back of the train, to be successful—and Trump learned that the hard way.  It was one of his failures started with great ambition, but the psychology of mankind prevented its success.  He’ll win his civil case without any problem.  Trouble and the wake of it come with being a billionaire who has actively tried to help people all his life.  Some people just can’t be helped.ultimately finding that they did not have the right stuff to become like him.  Rubio studied Trump and mimicked him on stage at the CNN debate trying to turn the tables.  Trump seemed to admire the effort a bit and even told Cruz and Rubio to keep swinging for the fences—but toward the end of the debate Trump had what he needed to crush Rubio in the days that followed.  And that’s exactly what will happen.

That is the difference in this particular case ladies and gentlemen.  There has never been a person like Donald Trump in history who has made it to this point in the political process and the machine which controls both parties and is run off the fuel of communism—established during the 1950s in America, knows that its very existence is in trouble. CLICK HERE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE USE OF COMMUNISM IN THIS CASE IS NOT AN INFLAMATORY STATEMENT, BUT IS OF HISTORICAL RECORD. This political machine will not be able to compete with Trump.  It is over for them and they know it.  The rules are changing day by day—and not to their liking.  They have been exposed once and for all.

Trump has had a few things that didn’t work out, and he learned from them and is the person he is today as part of that history.  I’m comfortable with his record, because for every failure are wonderful successes—great successes.  But what has Rubio done—or for that matter any other person in the entire GOP?  They are second-handers themselves—like those people who took classes at Trump University hoping to become like Donald Trump—but

Rich “Cliffhanger” Hoffman


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Make America Great Again

This is a worthy article in favor of Donald Trump. If you are on the fence, read this and get on the Trump train. It’s leaving the station and you don’t want to miss it.

Becoming American

It’s actually pretty simple ‘Make America Great Again’ and with a candidate like Donald Trump, you actually believe it will happen.

I have long held Libertarian ideals, yet in my private life I am very conservative. As a teenager I liked a lot of what liberals had to say, but that was during the Bush Administration, and I never really cared that much for Bush, though I did like some of his speeches. You’d have to be heartless not to get behind him after 9/11, but aside from that, I didn’t care for his expansionist government policies and reckless spending. The handling of the Iraq war still haunts us today.

The only time I really liked Barack Obama was when I first heard about him in 2006. I liked some of his speeches, and he spoke like the constitutional professor that he was. After that I never much liked him…

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See Donald Trump in Columbus, Ohio: Click here to get into the March 1st event

This is what a presidential candidate is supposed to look like.  Watch Donald Trump the day after the GOP debate in Texas where Chris Christie has announced that he’s endorsing him.  Trump is coming to Ohio and you should go.  Details are below.  

Rich —
Please join Mr. Trump in Columbus this Tuesday for a rally.

Details here:

Tuesday, March 1. Doors open at 9:00 AM.

Be sure to invite your friends and post the link to your social media.

Look forward to seeing you there! With your help we will Make America Great Again!
Robert Scott
State Director for Ohio
Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.

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Corporate Inversions: The ultimate wealth redistribution scheme


It’s important for everyone to know that corporate inversions are the direct result of policies and laws created by open border advocates for the primary objective of redistributing the wealth of America around the world to socialist and communist countries.  For instance, many don’t know it, but the Mexican Revolution at the turn of the last century was a Marxist inspired event, just as all of Central America, Cuba and South America were challenged with.  Those are not capitalist countries.  All of Africa has struggled between communism and socialism as well as Europe.  Russia was communist—now it just wears the face of a free market economy—but is still run by a former KGB agent who strives to take Russia back to the “good ol’ days.  Scandinavia is openly Bernie Sanders socialist.  China is communist, Vietnam is communist.  North Korea is communist. India is a hybrid socialist country and Australia is experimentally socialist.  That leaves really the United States to be the only somewhat capitalist country on earth and we all know in economics that socialist and communist countries are not job producing environments.  So they needed jobs in those places—to be fair, and only the United States had them.  The United Nations put pressure on law makers to organize trade deals that inspired corporate inversions through American tax codes to drive jobs created under a capitalist system to poor regions distraught by Marxist philosophies.  It was the ultimate wealth redistribution plan.

Obviously, if America is going to survive, it has to stop that practice.  When Trump uses the Carrier air conditioning company moving from Indiana to Mexico as an example to take advantage of corporate inversion business tactics, the key to solving the problem is to make it not so economically feasible for those companies to leave.  Their labor costs are already too high because of the socialist oriented labor unions—also by design—to drive up costs in America making employers want to seek places like India and China to help their bottom line.  But the big villain is the tax structure where corporations are demonized through the tax code to pay extraordinary amounts which inspires them to places like Mexico just to survive.  That is a progressive strategy manipulated by behind the scenes radicals like George Soros to attack the American economy by looting the wealth of capitalism and redistributing it to the socialist progressives of Mexico.

The proper thing to do is to view such behavior as a military attack against American sovereignty.  Immediately whoever the next president is needs to change the corporate inversion laws to make the practice far less attractive to companies.  The next president needs to find a way to make American companies want to stay in the United States.  So far, only Donald Trump has shown any willingness to attack this issue with swift action.  That’s why it’s laughable that people would actually attack him as not being conservative.  You have to understand what we are fighting.  Corporate inversions are anti-capitalist—they are massive wealth redistribution schemes created by Marxist philosophy.  Jobs created in the United States are inspired to move with their feet for short run gains only to put jobs in the pockets of socialist countries unable to create them on their own—because of their terrible social philosophy.

Trump offers something that only he could perform, an opportunity in the first year of his presidency to reverse the corporate inversion imposition that we are currently experiencing by convincing congress to change the laws on the books and to deal directly with manufactures like Carrier to stay in Indiana instead of moving to Mexico.  Remember that giant sucking sound that Ross Perot was talking about in 1992?  Well, this is it, and somebody needs to plug the hole.  Only Trump shows the ambition, business smarts, and willingness to do the hard work of changing the corporate inversion culture.

So what happens to the rest of the world?  Surely, the moment that America puts a stop to corporate inversions the United Nations will cry foul like a forward in soccer falls to the ground the moment a defense player breathes on them.  Well, they will suffer, and if they stick with socialism and communism, they will rot away.  America could take the lead to teaching them capitalism—for their own survival.  Japan has learned well from America, and Hong Kong is still doing pretty well in spite of its communist mother country.  The UAE is pro capitalist for the most part.  There are plenty of examples to learn from—and the countries of the world need to pay attention.  But they do not have a right to operate as collectivist based Marxist economies and use our weak government bureaucrats to steal America jobs because they are incompetent idiots.  They need to learn what works and adopt that; otherwise they won’t be able to compete.  That is the way it’s going to have to be.

It’s not compassionate to destroy yourself so that the deliberately weak and malpracticed can continue to operate as parasites.  It is not justice for jobs to be created here in America—developed and nurtured along by a customer base, then to lose those assets to deficient countries who get gold mines dropped in their laps without doing the work of creating it.  It’s no different from welfare recipients getting a check from government which was stolen through taxation from wealthy, hard-working people—someone else did the work, and someone else benefited because government served as the mediating thief between the two parties.  Donald Trump’s position on this could not be more conservative, and there is no other candidate who will dare move against the George Soros type of American insurgents financing the open border movement for the very reason of spreading socialism around the world.  That is one of the premier reasons that I’m supporting Trump, and the swiftest action possible the moment he’s elected.  Because time is running out.  When companies like Carrier are heading into Mexico the clock is about to run out.  This is not something to take lightly.  I talk to a lot of people, especially in business, and there are many who offer their two cents on any given topic, but their value isn’t worth a penny.   Because they are already on their way to Mexico in their minds, and the world of socialist governments who offer short term gains for lazy, complicit losers.  Yes the booze is cheap in Puerto Vallarta, and the women are easy—because they have nothing else to run to.  For a corporate CEO looking for a tax shelter and cheap labor who spent the first half of their life busting their ass to work up the ladder and is on their second marriage—Mexico looks attractive.  But it’s not America, and it never will be.

Rich “Cliffhanger” Hoffman


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The FBI is Lying to Us: Apple is 100% correct and then some

The FBI and their attacks against Apple are completely unfounded and idiotic.  Apple should not and has no obligation to assist the FBI in providing encryption access that the iPhone left behind by one of the San Bernardino terrorists.  There is nothing on that phone that the NSA shouldn’t already know, or the cell phone provider ascertaining information through their various cell phone networks couldn’t already retrieve.  The FBI along with the White House is completely in the wrong on this issue.  What they are doing is attempting to take the light off their major flaws in allowing a terrorist attack to happen in the United States in the first place.  This Apple story is only a cover to make everyone forget what the FBI really did—the massive failures they performed during the San Bernardino terrorism investigation as an act of severe neglect.  Watch the video below and read the Brietbart story for review.  Additionally, click here to review my article at the time.  People need to remember these things.

I have never seen such an act of stupidity and neglect than what the FBI performed by allowing the police to turn over Syed Farook’s apartment that she shared with her converted terrorist husband to the media and allow the press to swarm through the crime scene less than 48 hours old.  Here was a major terrorist incident that had taken place on American soil and the FBI and White House were desperate to minimize the reach and public outcry by denouncing that it was even an act of terror though it’s obvious to everyone from the outset that was the case.  They were reluctant because the couple was Islamic and the White House toyed with the idea of containing that fact from the story early on.  So the FBI allowed for the press to rummage through the crime scene looking through personal effects of the couple in an attempt to humanize them into some sort of normalcy.  In the act the media destroyed countless amounts of evidence in the form of fingerprints and DNA samples which should have been extracted from the site for subsequent months—not hours.  The whole incident was a shell game that the FBI was playing under White House direction and they were all caught from the outset.

Now, two months later the negligent FBI started issuing court orders against an American company, Apple—that has a net worth of what most of the countries around the world do—to force them to “cooperate with the FBI investigation” citing that the tech company has some sort of patriotic duty to let FBI agents get into their encryption of that Syed Farook iPhone.  Give me a break.  The crazy lunatic Islamic radical was talking to ISIS recruits on Facebook—where was the FBI in stopping that action before it happened?  And why did they try to cover it up when the terrorist act happened?  And then they drug their feet before announcing that it was a terrorist incident.  Then two months after the fact—after they allowed the press to completely destroy evidence two days after the initial attack—all of sudden Apple has some patriotic duty to the knuckle-dragging FBI agents who screwed up the case from the outset.

I actually know a few FBI guys.  Sure they get into an occasional shoot-out, but who hasn’t these days.  That doesn’t impress me.  Let me just say this—I wouldn’t want those guys to have encryption decoding ability to anything.  They do a decent job most of the time, but like anybody who is employed, particularly in the federal government, they are prone to immoral acts of embarrassments and they often abuse their power.  Let’s just say that.  Apple doesn’t owe those people in the FBI anything.  The FBI has all the information they need to pursue the terrorist sources in the Syed Farook case.  They know who said what to whom, and who sold what and when right now.   They are using the Apple case as a way to gain access to encrypted products in the future under court order, and they are using the legal process to stall their own investigation because they don’t really want the results to come out—at least until Obama is out of the White House and they can dump the news on the Friday night cycle perhaps the night before the NFL starts again, or some other cultural event that otherwise occupies the attention of the American masses.  If they wanted to uncover the terrorist network behind the San Bernardino terrorist attack—those accomplices would already be prosecuted and in jail—Apple has nothing to do with it.

I am deeply insulted by the comments of the FBI and the White House.  The assumption in their statements is that we are all stupid.  I would agree with Donald Trump and urge Apple to cooperate with the FBI if I thought we could trust them—but we can’t.  They have shown an inclination to mislead and bungle investigations either on purpose, or by incompetence.  Either way, they are a risk, and no competent company should be compelled by law to squander their product for the sake of fools who are highly likely to make mistakes with it.  Apple is trying to establish an Apple Pay system that is completely predicated off the public’s ability to trust the security of their products—so the FBI compelling Apple to provide a backdoor to a terrorist’s iPhone won’t help the company build that confidence.  This whole “greater good” argument that the government is making is horse shit. What was good for the most of America was for the White House and FBI from the outset of the San Bernardino terrorist attacks to admit what they knew and when they knew it.  Instead, they let the media come in under the guise of curiosity and destroy very valuable evidence—and then lecture us all on the merits of patriotism.  Give me a break!

Where there is smoke there is often fire and there is a lot of smoke regarding the FBI handling of the terrorist incident at San Bernardino.  They screwed up the case terribly—to my eyes on purpose—because I honestly don’t believe people are that stupid.  If they are—then we can’t trust them with anything—certainly not the encryption of a single iPhone.  The FBI is manipulating the situation obviously.  The question left for the rest of us to ask is…………………………why?

Rich “Cliffhanger” Hoffman


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Demons in the Snow: The anger of the establishment at Donald Trump

I can only think of the mountain climbing scene from Akira Kurosawa’s fantastic movie Dreams, where the ghostly goddess vanished into a snowstorm leaving the crippled mountain climbers for the first time unencumbered emotionally because the apparition had been luring them to their very deaths and was in fact a demon.  Watch the really beautiful scene below.  I’ve used this metaphor before, but it certainly applies to those against Donald Trump in the wake of the Nevada caucuses.  It’s hard sometimes to tell who the villain is and who is true when life has a way of beating us all to death day in and day out.  The reaction the media collectively had when Donald Trump won Nevada as I flipped through the channels at 2 AM was the same as the frustrated demon trying to use a beautiful face to disguise its true intentions.  A similar demon has been trying to kill America and after the Nevada results poured in, the spirit which possessed all our media pundits from all sides of the political spectrum lashed out in anger because they had lost their grip on the mind of mankind for what looked like the first time in centuries.  It was a magnificent scene and I stared at my television in the quiet hours of a Wednesday morning wondering if it had ever been real—as the demon disappeared into a wisp of spectral smoke and vanished in shame.

How big was Donald Trump’s win in Nevada?  Well, in Ohio, it is extremely important to pay attention to all the local races—the 8th congressional race, Ann Becker for State Central Committee, all the senate races, the school levy repeals, voting down all taxes that one can.  Even better it would be for Donald Trump to beat John Kasich in Ohio for all the lies that governor espoused to win his office then turn into a hugging monstrosity of a former man sulking in the husk of a body once defined by testosterone.  Just for his position on expanding Medicaid through Obamacare, Kasich deserves to be embarrassed in that March 15th election notoriously.  Before Nevada it looked like Trump would do well nationwide—and would likely win the GOP nomination for president of the United States.  After however, with Trump’s above the poll turnout—it looked certain.  The pontificators of mediocrity had to hold their faces to keep them from melting off—and it made me very happy. That momentum will obviously define the 2016 election cycle and of course Ohio is right in the middle of it.  On that March 15th day, a lot will be happening and all signs point to a complete revolution without guns toward a new type of government not rooted in either political party—which would be a great thing.  A seismic shift in political priorities occurred after Trump won Nevada and it would be changed forever.

I see the battle taking place on many fronts.  Trump needs to win on the national stage, and people like Ann Becker need to do well in the trenches.  It’s unlikely that everyone will win their positions, but the totality of the attempts equates to the greater sum of just one front being attacked toward positive reform away from the socialist trend we have been witnessing for far too long.  Often the fight is better than the results because the assertion of intention changes the behavior of the enemy.  The enemy in this case is those who have tried to use government to steal more wealth from hard-working people, cheapen the United States through open border policies, and allow the communist intentions enacted since 1958 to maintain their grip on both political parties and the mainstream media.  Year by year they have pulled America toward a United Nations controlled one world government.  The people doing those things to our country deserve to feel horror at what they saw in Nevada.  It was an impossible victory by an impossible candidate that nobody had given any credit to up to that point.  Now the realization was that he was for real and he had momentum that looked impossible to stop.

But the real fight across the nation is on Super Tuesday, a week after the Nevada win, then of course there is Ohio two weeks later where if Kasich holds on that long—he will likely be very embarrassed which would finally bring justice to those of us he betrayed so flamboyantly.  Analysts from Trump’s big Nevada win could only sum of the word “anger” to express why the New York billionaire was doing so well.  What they failed to identify properly was the source of that anger.  For instance, in Ohio, we elected John Kasich as a Tea Party conservative—because that’s how he sold himself.  We also stuck with John Boehner for a long time—long enough that he was able to graduate into the Speaker of the House seat—which was the third most powerful in America.  Within a year both of those idiots were out on the golf course with President Obama getting neutered by the progressive activist and quickly changed their tune into Beltway boys.  When we raised our concerns about the issue the Republican Party went on a search and destroy mission to destroy the Tea Party—which turned out to be a really bad idea.

After Kasich lost the Issue 2 election where he challenged the public sector labor unions and lost, I took up the task of becoming the ground leader for making Ohio a right to work state as a next step.  Many friends that I had at the time turned against me because the mandate from the head of the Republican Party—Kasich– wanted to run for president and put his political ambitions ahead of the needs of the state.  Under the tutelage of Bill Cunningham—who is a long time friend of the governor, Kasich softened himself up into the kind of progressive that Cunningham really is off the air.  On the radio he plays a strong conservative, but off—he’s still very much a Kennedy democrat, and he helped sway the wounded governor into taking much more progressive positions, and that included stacking the deck against me personally through the local Republican Party because of my involvement with Right to Work in Ohio.  My role in the whole thing was an obvious solution to the continuous tax levies that public schools were asking for to cover the extreme costs of teacher salaries that were statistically too high because of their collective bargaining agreements.  That is where my support of Kasich started to end.  It was finalized when he expanded Medicaid under Obamacare siding with the president in expanding the treacherous and unpopular government takeover of health care.  The establishment Republicans showed me personally that they were more interested in the collectivist aims of a sitting governor than the strategic advancement of conservative value.  Even though Trump wasn’t yet running for office, I became a supporter of the next person who would step beyond the GOP platform established by people like Boehner and Kasich and re-establish those lines based on actual conservative positions—like border security, Second Amendment protections, and a strong dollar domestically.

Glenn Beck just before Nevada really betrayed his audience by calling Trump supporters brownshirts, and declaring that Trump would win because he had a giant phallic symbol right in the heart of Las Vegas.  He went on to proclaim that Trump was somehow morally unfit to make America win again because he was one of the first casino owners to put strippers in them—according to Beck’s radio show on caucus day in Nevada 2016.  Beck completely missed the point of Trump’s dominance.  People are so sick of losers who lie, manipulate and talk out of both sides of their mouth, that they are willing to overlook things to have a chance to win again in America—that is how morally depraved we have all become.  Some people are willing to do anything to taste victory again.  And what is Beck’s proposal—a person who claims to be a libertarian with a live and let live attitude about things—who is morally repulsed by strippers and casinos—but then looks at Trump in a biblical way as being the anti-Christ.  That doesn’t sound very libertarian to me.  I’m not a fan of casinos or strippers—but Trump is a lot more moral in his behavior than Glenn Beck—and Ted Cruz.  Trump is open and has made his life a clear window into his soul.  The validation of that is in what he produces.  With all the gifts Beck was given, he hasn’t been able to really do anything with them.  He has a movie studio in Dallas—and has failed to really put his money where his mouth is—he could have been a modern Walt Disney—but he has essentially failed at that. Trump doesn’t fail.  He does what he sets out to do—he takes risks—big risks, and most of the time he comes out on top.  Statistically he wins much more than he loses.  The few things that people like Cruz, Rubio, and Beck point to as failures are only loses in relation to their lives which have yet to be filled with big successes.  Trump has had many more successes than failures and that track record can be seen.  The evidence is on the skyline of New York, Chicago, and Las Vegas.  Where are the Cruz successes?  Rubio had trouble with traffic tickets.  How’s he going to do anything on a scale where the nation can benefit?  I mean both men are still young, Cruz and Rubio, but they are untested in the matters of the world.  They may have had little legal successes, but what have they built?  Trump has lots of successes and people can see them.  They are part of so many American skylines.  They can walk up and touch them—they are real.  And people need that right now.

Even with Trump being a casino owner and someone who has supported the use of strippers in them to create the kind of environment that Las Vegas visitors expect—he is far more moral than the long faces who have been selling out our country to foreign interests for so many years.  I am actually surprised that Glenn Beck and many others are so angry at Donald Trump for having such success.  If they really wanted to fix the country, wouldn’t they think the same way as I do?  I’m not a “brown shirt.”  I’m not part of Hitler’s army.  But I’ll tell you what I don’t like, and yes I do get angry when I meet them.  I don’t like people who lose a lot and makes excuses for it.  When things got hot for Beck, he left New York and retreated from the scene—pretty much.  When things got tough for Trump, he dug in and fought harder in one of the most competitive cities in the world.  When Trump supporters harassed Beck at a caucus site in Nevada—it wasn’t because they were “brown shirts.”  Rather, they were people who are sick of losing and tired of people like Glenn Beck and other pundits trying to whisper us all back to sleep again—like a demon from Akira Kurosawa’s movies.  If something is out there trying to steal your very life from you—we have a right to get mad.  And we are.  I certainly am.  Short of an armed revolt, Trump is the next best thing that can right elections without open warfare.  If Beck really wanted America to return to a constitutional republic he’d understand the root of that anger—and realize that in the eyes of the hardy and strong across America that he is the new Cleveland Browns of politics.  He loses all the time and can’t seem to understand how to win even when he has all the resources to do so.  Trump on the other hand is like the New England Patriots or any team that Payton Manning is playing on.  They just win.  And when the demons can’t beat them—they accuse them of being less than honest.  But the results tell the whole story.  In America, results matter.

Rich “Cliffhanger” Hoffman


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