The Weaponized FBI: Who cares about any tapes Michael Cohen recorded on Trump

It was about midafternoon when I was in an important meeting and my phone started going off in a frenzy of alerts. Immediately I thought something was wrong thinking that someone was trying to text me an emergency. But I was relieved to find that it was just a bunch of notifications from Fox News, CNN and ABC News informing me that Michael Cohen had apparently recorded tapes between he and Donald Trump about paying off a Playboy model during the campaign. I kept reading the stories to see what could have possibly have provoked such a news response, but there was nothing more serious than that. I had to laugh that some editor out there thought this was a big story. As I have said many times, Donald Trump was the very definition of a Playboy. In his Apprentice years on NBC it wouldn’t surprise me if he had Playboy playmates in every town in the country begging to sleep with him. I’m honestly surprised there aren’t more women coming forward than there are. As a 72-year-old man now and a long marriage to Melania who I think has been key to settling down Trump and making his mind ripe for the White House, I think he has other things to think about besides being a playboy, so he is turning out to be a great president. Maybe not so much ten years earlier, but certainly is now.

It’s about as much of a nothing story as you could get yet there it was breaking like the world was coming to an end. Reporters were absolutely salivating at the potential that Trump’s former lawyer might turn on the president and reveal salacious details about some sexual encounter. This baffled me because logic said otherwise. Nobody cared about such things anymore, Bill Clinton saw to that. If anything, it would probably make Trump more popular with men and their wives who might just vote for him to fuel sexual fantasies of their own. These reporters were clearly grasping at straws hoping something might come along and soak up the news away from the other very serious issues happening, especially in regard to the FBI case in becoming weaponized in favor of a political candidate during the 2016 election. They keep saying that it was the Russians who committed all the crimes during the election but as it turned out it was the FBI under the apparent orders of the Obama White House who did all the election meddling, and they were caught. Now Trump was threatening to bring Russian President Putin to Washington D.C. in the fall pushing the media and the Deep State toward near insanity. So they floated this story about Trump being compromised by his former lawyer hoping to do something to derail the popular president from exposing that the Russian stories were giant nothing burgers.

The real problem had nothing to do with whether or not Cohen had secretly recorded tapes of Trump about a Playboy model, it’s that the same FBI that had committed election fraud against the Republican Party with outrageous meddling for which Lisa Page and Peter Strzok as FBI agents on Capitol Hill had just testified, that had broken into Cohen office and confiscated its contents to acquire anything that the Trump lawyer might have had, including compromising tapes. For me it’s not that the tapes might exist, it’s that they were stolen by the criminals who had tampered with the election of 2016 and that they were still weaponized and abusing the law to defend their own reputation by destroying the lives of the people around Trump to force the president to yield to their authority—which ultimately, he controls under the Executive Branch.

Of course, Michael Cohen doesn’t want to become the next General Flynn or Paul Manafort. The reason for the FBI raiding his office was to show Trump that the people around him would be squeezed until they coughed up compromising material on the president. The not so subtle implication was that the FBI had the power to destroy lives if they needed to, and they were going to get Trump one way or another. That was the only way that such tapes would be brought to the surface and leaked to the media to stop the Donald Trump presidency. That was the entire purpose of the Cohen office raid and that should piss off every American. Where was all this toughness from the FBI when Loretta Lynch was meeting Bill Clinton in a plane to cut a deal to have that same FBI not move forward with charges against his wife, Hillary Clinton over the email scandal? Where was that toughness when they picked through the computer of Carlos Danger—I mean Anthony Weiner—which contained classified information from Hillary Clinton herself while she had been Secretary of State under President Obama? Or what about the DNC rigging the election to put Hillary Clinton in the nomination for the Democrats over Bernie Sanders which we only knew about from leaked documents stolen by hackers? Where was the tough FBI in all those situations? Yet they can kick down the door of Michael Cohen and take his stuff looking for evidence against Trump, and they can make plea deals with the Podesta brothers to try to squeeze even further Paul Manafort into revealing something salacious on President Trump. Give me a break! And all they could come up with out of all that is that Trump might have paid some hush money to a Playboy model to keep controversy out of his presidential campaign that he might avoid. That the FBI and the media would think the Playboy story even had legs shows they have no idea what they are doing even with all the power they have to prosecute.

Two can certainly play at that game, imagine the secrets that we are uncovering moment by moment in the Uranium One deal or all the cash payments that were revealed under the Clinton Foundation? Think of all the cover ups involved just in the Benghazi case when the Obama administration tried to cover Hillary Clinton’s screwups in that terrorist attack by blaming everything on a filmmaker. There are enough stories of corruption between the FBI and the Democrats to make our skin crawl for centuries and all these stories will leak out for decades. I remember when I first heard the controversy that Franklin Roosevelt might have known that the Japanese were going to bomb Pearl Harbor and that he wanted the attack to happen so all the ships were parked in such a way at the harbor to make inviting targets. No carriers were in the harbor, they were all out to sea. The controversy goes that Roosevelt wanted to get American buy-in to the war which fulfilled his aims at confiscating American industry under his socialist fantasies, which is precisely what happened the moment that Japan bombed the military base in Hawaii. Compared to all these modern FBI stories, the Pearl Harbor case is small potatoes, yet it has dominated thoughts for most of a century. These FBI foils that centered around the 2016 election are much more severe and people won’t forget them. They will be talked about for many years as speculation drives millions of private investigations into the matter. Nobody will care about a Playboy model and her relationship to Trump. But they will care as to why the FBI broke into Cohen’s office to apply pressure to a president who truly wanted to change things in Washington D.C.

The Cohen office raid has angered me from day one, because it could happen to any of us. It was clearly inspired as a witch hunt to destroy Donald Trump by attacking the people around him in a desperate search for compromising information. If the FBI will do that to the president who is supposed to be in charge of the entire department, they won’t hesitate to do it to any of us. They are a weaponized organization that are paid for by our tax dollars to work against us. They aren’t our friends. It would be nice if we could trust them, but obviously we can’t. And that is the danger always in giving the government too much power in trade for security. When they control the law, not even lawyers are safe, or presidents of the United States, and that is a big problem.

Rich Hoffman

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Twelve New Moons Discovered Around Jupiter: Why I stick to new media as opposed to working with the old for substantiation–independence has far more value

The news took a back seat this week along with many other big topics, but it should be considered quite interesting that 12 more moons were just discovered around Jupiter. That brings the number of moons around the giant planet in our solar system to 79 which goes to show that we are all in for a lot of news like this for the next two centuries. We’ve been looking at Jupiter for many years now with high-tech equipment and we continue to have discoveries like this happening all the time. It only builds a case that we still have a lot to learn when it comes to space and what we will learn about it. NASA also this past week announced that they planned to return to the moon within the next decade and that once we set foot once again on that moon of our own, that we will stay there, likely forever. We need a space base from which to work, because there are just so many discoveries waiting to be made and leaving from the moon is much more practical than always leaving directly from earth.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/ten-newly-found-moons-jupiter-wrong-way-driver-164525132.html

I suppose this is a good time to answer many letters I have received recently about the nature of this website and my ambitions for it. Many have asked why I don’t put my efforts into more formal markets, like established magazines and newspapers, or embed myself into more formal television and radio media—as I have in the past. The answer is simple, because the news is moving so fast and the world is so well-connected that many times what I do with information which is to personalize it into an articulate way for people to digest, there isn’t time to submit articles to an editor or even schedule television time. One thing that I learned a long time ago doing talk radio segments and even hosting live radio broadcasts is that information is needed by the public, they are very hungry for it. But the drawback to live broadcasts is that they are often forgotten as quick as people hear them. Printed media is still the best way that people retain information because they can reread what they hear coming back to their source information again and again.

Of course with the internet most broadcasts can be watched and listened to over and over again, but people seem to retain information better when they read it as opposed to having someone read it to them or give it to them in some other way. Many of my articles, even ones from many years ago are still very active. Where modern newspapers clear their stories from their servers within a few years, my articles go back for over a decade. If people want to do research on a topic from 2011 it is very easy for them to retrieve that information and track a trajectory of a story’s development, such as the evolution of space vehicles for personal transportation or regenerative health. I have found that this method of a “blog” has more staying power then regular newspaper and magazine articles in the context of history.

Also, I am not limited to a word count on these articles, which is important. Most news outlets have restrictions on how long a topic can be covered, or how many words an article can cover. This artificial limitation is ridiculous in this modern age. I get feedback all the time that my articles are too long, that people don’t have time to read over 1000 words per article every day. Well, I have found that most topics require at least that much print to cover a topic fully, and for my readers to get into the depths of a problem that is my offering. So the articles are purposely longer than what other contemporaries might think is needed. The goal of my articles is to provide coverage and opinion in detail, not to just hold readers attention to sell a subscription or get click based advertising for the site.

And for that reason, I do all this without money being involved. I have a natural interest in these topics, which many people share. I do lots of things in my life that make money, so I am not concerned about another paycheck, even though many people also think that writing on this site is all I do. In all reality, I am a very hard worker that is interested in many things, and so writing on this site is an overfill of what happens in my regular life that I am willing to share with people for their own benefit. It is not the aim of my days, so I do not have to charge money for its access or content like many newspapers do. I think there is a real honesty in some of these blog sites that have made them very beneficial to modern news sources. I have a great subscription base that has sustained itself over the years. Typically, its only more intelligent people who tend to read all this content where shorter termed thinkers stick to just the highlights of pop culture which is fine with me. I’m not interested in shaping my content to the dumbed down needs of pop culture. I just want smart people out there to know that they aren’t alone, that intelligence and thoughtfulness, along with wit are very much alive and they can always find those elements here.

Ultimately I had a very open fight with several reporters around the Cincinnati and Dayton area where they would cover me from time to time and they got into a habit of thinking that they were doing me some kind of favor. As it turned out they were very jealous of my blog site because it baffled them that I could write so much content about so many different topics and of course being employed the way they were, there was great restrictions on what they could write about. I never worry about what I’m going to write about, I love that freedom. And I’m happy to trade an official publisher that might be able to fine tune the grammatical elements with the freedom to write what is most on my mind in a fast-moving world. That made these reporters very upset leaving us to a war of words which ended with me telling them I could out-write any of them all together every day of the week all weeks of the year. Obviously, I’ve kept up my end of the bet. I think anybody would be hard pressed to find another writer anywhere, in any industry who writes as much as I do and has as much to say about anything at any time that I do—all days of the week, all weeks of the year, year after year after year. I don’t do it for money. As I have said I do many other things for money. I write because it’s a personal passion and I like the independence of doing it the way I do. I’m my own boss and I answer to nobody and that’s the way I like to do everything, But I am not shy to remind those challengers that I am out-writing them every day of the week and I don’t even get paid for it the way they do. I do all this and I still do many other things that take up most of my time all week-long.

My decision for this endeavor is largely out of a personal desire to put context to our fast-moving world in the form of writing and to cover as much as possible as quickly as things happen. Newspapers, cable shows, and local television and radio have so many people involved in their productions that it slows them down and waters their content toward loss of potency. But at my site I have only me to filter through the evidence and articulate a response, and if that is what people are looking for, they can get it. It is hard to know what to think about things as fast as they come in, so that is where I like to lend a hand. And that is the reason sites like this have become the new media that people trust and is having a vast influence over the shape of today’s culture. The traditional methods are failing, but new methods like this are growing and I’m happy to play the part that I do. The value for me is in getting the information out to the people most hungry for it, and I am reminded of that importance every time a story like this Jupiter discovery emerges. It’s easy to lose such observations in the depths of all the other events soaking up the news cycle. But at least we capture here the lightning in the bottle for the right people to see and act on, and to not forget it in the years to come when such information is ultimately most needed.

Rich Hoffman

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Donald Trump Reminds me of the Great Poker player Doyle Brunson: Give those Mariachi performers at the White House a $1 tip

If I were Donald Trump listening to the Mariachi protestors outside the White House all night attempting to keep the First Family awake, I’d walk out onto the lawn to the fence and throw a $1 bill into the hat of one of the performers. Then I’d go back inside and let the losers wear themselves out. Trump has the high ground in this fight and he can easily use it to defeat any panic driven protests from the political left. As much as a Mariachi band sounds like a vacation when you hear the music if it is taken as a cultural reference to a Marxist society south of the border, it’s a pretty pathetic protest that will turn off many voters ahead of the November mid-terms. To really add salt to the water, a $1 tip would take the air out of their ruckus. That is what those bands are all about, you can hear them in just about any restaurant in Mexico, they even play in the lines at border crossings seeking money thrown into their hats like beggars in the streets. If that is the best that the political left has, its pretty pathetic. They will wear themselves out quickly and let them.

But the event did bring to my mind the central tenet to the whole Russia issue, that of whether Trump should have chastised Putin in front of his face to make all the corrupt American intelligence directors happy covering up their own crimes, or whether Trump should have played it cool as he had. What a lot of people don’t obviously know about Trump is that he is actually quite well read, and as a best-selling author in one of his books produced through Trump University, that school that most critics said didn’t exist, was that he has a top ten reading list for students to do their own homework. One of the books Trump mentions is The Art of War. Anyone who has read that book knows what Trump is doing. I can certainly see it, I carry The Art of War around with me everywhere I go. I have a pocket version of it that I keep with me at all times, so Trump’s strategies are obvious to me, and so is what he did with Putin and the American intelligence agencies who are trying to build up a case for impeachment.

However, to the protestors on the streets in front of the White House, they likely only read work from Karl Marx and nothing else—which is why they are liberals. They have no way of understanding a strategist like Trump where even misspoken words are part of the strategy to bait opponents into a direction you wish them to go. In Trump’s world, everything is a strategy including the Mariachi protestors. While they think they are doing something that will keep the president and his family awake at night in reality they are doing exactly what Trump wants and needs. Their noise can be drowned out easily within the White House. But the optics being broadcast across America are not to the advantage of the political left. Nobody wants a cheesy Mariachi band playing in their neighborhood streets. They’ll put up with illegal immigrants as long as they are somewhat hidden in poor neighborhoods, but if they think they can migrate into the suburbs and bring a Mariachi culture into the mainstream, they have another thing coming.

The real reason that Trump couldn’t put a stop to any tampering that Putin might be involved in is because America is doing the same thing in other countries and that must continue. The political leftists were trying to trap Trump into what their global aims were, and that was to put an end to what they call American imperialism, or otherwise the influence of western culture around the world. If Trump demanded that Russia stay out of trying to influence America than Trump would be forced to do the same and that is precisely what lefties want. They want to weaken the influence of American culture around the world, they want American movies to be weaker, they want American music weaker, they want everything that comes out of America weaker. However, they want to create the illusion that other cultures have irreversibly penetrated American culture changing it forever, which is why they are attempting to use the psychological assault of a Mariachi band outside the White House to drive home the point. But Trump is smart, he knows that the protesters are an extreme minority and that they will run out of gas rather quickly and that their efforts are pushing neutral voters into the Republican column. So give them a tip and let them sing!

Getting back to The Art of War, I think its one of the most important books on strategy that there has ever been written, and Donald Trump understands it keenly. That is why China will never beat him on a trade war—they know it and he knows it. He has the high ground, it is impossible for China to win. Only people who understand strategy would know why, so the ignorant people trying to make politics about the war of tariffs are at a loss because they do not understand that book on strategy composed so long ago by the Chinese themselves. To understand any dealings with oriental cultures, The Art of War is mandatory. Trump is much more intellectual than he lets on and that is because he has mastered fundamental elements of strategy that all winning individuals learn to utilize.

The Democrats and the Deep State which supports them have projected their own strategies and Donald Trump has exploited them quite brilliantly. One of the greatest poker players in the world is Doyle Brunson who has mastered the art of making his opponents underestimate his hands even when they know he’s doing it. They think he’s talking small talk and what he’s really doing is causing them to up their bets and to inspire them to fold at the wrong times with his easy Texas talk while at the table. Trump reminds me a lot of Doyle—he’s brilliant in making people underestimate their odds against him. The most important quotes in The Art of War are about making other people empty and filling yourself by their efforts, which is what Trump has been doing since 2015 on the political stage. These Mariachi protestors are emptying themselves in front of the White House, and they are filling Trump. People see what is happening, just as Trump needs American operatives to continue to spread western ideas around the world to wear away the socialists and communists who stand between peace and war, these protestors are reminding Trump supporters that Mexican culture is being rammed down their throats from illegal aliens and the optics make it look like they are attacking the White House. Beltway insiders chuckle at what they think is causing Trump to lose sleep. But that is because they don’t understand the strategy of the situation.

I thought about keeping this to myself so not to let the enemies know what Trump is doing. But from my vantage point Trump is fulfilling another important quote from The Art of War, beating an enemy before the war even starts. Trump has already won over these protestors just like Doyle knows he often has the best hand before the dealer ever puts down the “river” card. Great strategists often win before anybody is even thinking of victory and they do so without a lot of fanfare because just like in poker, the game needs “producers.” You have to let the little guys think they are winning sometimes to fill the pot. Trump gives his opponents little victories here and there just like Doyle does in poker to convince them to fill the pot for the real betting. Trump is happy to let the protestors empty themselves and to fill the political pot with lots of talk radio discussion and cable news coverage because it fulfils the requirements of victory. And for that, we should all give those idiots a $1 tip. Because they are emptying themselves and filling us all up, and that is the brilliance of Donald Trump.

Rich Hoffman

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No Dam has Broken in Support for President Trump: It’s the institutionalists who are leaking

This was a fascinating article of pure fantasy from a mainstream news source, the belief that a dam has been broken in Trump’s support base over what happened at a press conference in Helsinki, Finland with Russia’s President Putin and President Trump. The article refers to calls from Republicans criticizing Trump’s remarks as putting Russia before America and cites comments from RINOs like John McCain, Jeff Flake, Paul Ryan, John Kasich, and others like them. These same people writing these articles actually think that Robert Mueller and James Comey are Republicans—which they of course are only in name only as well. These are not conservatives. All of these people are globalists in the way that the Bush family has been and they were always part of the problem. They are why we elected Trump and not their other Republican offerings, because voters were sick of what the Party was giving us.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/analysis-for-republicans-‘the-dam-has-broken’-but-for-how-long/ar-AAAdjBc?ocid=spartandhp

During the Obama years it was clear to people like me that James Clapper, Lois Lerner, John Brennan, and Eric Holder were corrupt, communist leaning insurgents and they were heading up our intelligence agencies. I had no idea at the time that John Brennan was actually connected to the Communist Party in any way. It was just obvious that they were not playing on “Team America” as defined by traditional standards—Chevrolet, apple pie, baseball, hot dogs, and guns. They were using the intelligence agencies as tools of a shadow government and the funding was coming from the IRS who worked as an arm of attack dogs to break up threats to this new world order, such as the Tea Party scandal by the IRS which broke loose between 2010 and 2012. By the time Trump came on the scene in 2015 many of us had enough of the obviously corrupt American government and we intended to take control of it back. Being nice, law biding citizens, we planned to do so through elections, but guys like me were planning other things. Whatever the means, it was going to happen. Brennan, Clapper, Holder, Obama, Lerner—all of them had no choice in the matter. They had shown themselves to be enemies of our republic (not a democracy) and they were going to be removed from power.

On election night of 2016 I was relieved. My son-in-law and I were grateful at 4 AM in the morning while we shot guns on my indoor range listening to the radio that we weren’t going to have to resort to violence to take back America. It was a cause of great celebration. I remember it well. My whole family went to Chili’s for lunch that same day with no sleep to speak of and had one of the finest meals we’ve ever had. It wasn’t that the food was great, but the situation was and a new day in America had taken root. I was, and continue to be very happy with the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States.

Of course the opposition represented by the villains, people like James Comey as it turned out, Peter Strzok, and the old foes of Barack Obama, Eric Holder, John Brennan, James Clapper and many, many others living off the government payroll we all are forced to fund through the corrupt IRS had other plans. They now planned to use extreme measures to put the country back on the track they had been pushing it into for years, so an impasse was inevitable. Luckily up to this point armed insurrection has been avoided. But it’s always in the back of my mind. What isn’t in my mind is surrendering the republic of America into their leftist leaning hands. That’s just not going to happen.

The key to the whole story about what Trump said to Putin and who can trust whom is that we know and understand that there are spies out there in the world trying to learn what they can from each other. America has spies, Russia has spies, China has spies—everyone has spies. The reason that the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was supposed to be using a government server for her email correspondence was because there were hostile spies out there trying to obtain information from her. But since she and her partners going all the way up into the Obama White House planned all along to break the law and keep government documents out of congressional oversight committees, they used a private server improperly secured at a private residence and did government business from it. The reason that’s a big deal is because it gave hostile actors easy access to her information which then ended up becoming the Wikileaks documents which came out during the election to show what was really going on in the DNC, and it cause them a lot of deserved trouble.

The content that was stolen was bad and it showed what a terrible party the Democrats were, and they were deeply embarrassed by it. But it was their own fault for not properly securing their information. Their premise is that Russia or anybody else should have never tried to infiltrate a political party for dirty information that might change elections. The Democrats used sheer stupidity to try to hide their crimes and even with the FBI attempting to provide them with a cover story the situation was so bad that the information got out anyway. People like Bill Clinton, Loretta Lynch, James Comey and John Brennon thought they could lie to our faces and they’d get away with it because they controlled the entire judicial system effectively at every level and they felt above the average American voter. And the spies of other nations found that information. Is it Russia’s problem or anybody else that they discovered illegal activity from the DNC and provided it to Wikileaks to bring it to the public or is it the crime itself? Clearly, I am on the side of crime. I accept that there is spying going on in the world, and I expect it. If we tell Russia not to do it, then we have to follow the same rules, and that wouldn’t be a good idea. I’d rather know when bad guys get caught what they were trying to hide, and I’m grateful to know just how deep our intelligence agencies were into inflicting insurrection within our American culture. I’m not a fan of President Putin, but I’m certainly not a fan of criminal political parties within the United States weaponizing our tax payer funded intelligence agencies to work against the American voter. That I personally won’t stand for, so I voted for Trump and I stand by him emphatically today. I love the man because in my view he is saving thousands of lives while America works out this cultural void that is essentially another revolution.

I was buying another gun the other day and was proud of it. As the background check was being conducted I thought of the FBI on the other side of the line checking my history to make sure it was safe for me to buy a gun. I’m about as squeaky clean as any reviewer of a background will find, so I wasn’t worried. But I did consider that there might be some radical like Peter Strzok reviewing my purchase and might associate my name with my political activity and try to give me trouble. The fact that the thought even crossed my mind is enough to fuel the rage we should all have toward these real criminals like John Brennan, James Comey, and Peter Strzok. There is no dam that has been broken in support for Trump and that will show in the polling over the next few days. The media fantasy that these insurgents from both parties have penetrated the support base of Donald Trump is completely inaccurate. What it all amounts to is that the media and these characters, from John Kasich all the way down to Peter Strzok don’t have any idea what America is or the people who populate it, and they are about to find out with a rude awakening.

I couldn’t help but notice that Lisa Page had on her wedding ring during her congressional deposition, and she seemed to be pretty proud of it. Nothing says I love you to a husband that she cheated on then in coughing up the goods on a former lover who had just made an ass of himself during public testimony a few days prior. Yes, those texts meant what they meant, Peter Strzok had extreme bias and was the lead investigator who botched the FBI case against Hillary Clinton and tried to cover it up. And thank goodness there were spies who let the information out because we couldn’t trust our own intelligence agencies to tell us the truth. And that is what is so terribly sad on the entire issue. It wasn’t Trump’s summit with Putin, it was that the FBI let us all down and now there is hell to pay that they are hoping to avoid. But it’s too late for that. If a dam has been broken, its in our trust in American institutions, not the individual behavior of Donald J. Trump.

Rich Hoffman

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Standing Proud with Donald Trump: Yes, Putin is more trustworthy

To answer John Kasich’s question which he asked on television about Trump’s Helsinki Summit with Vladimir Putin I am more in President Trump’s corner now than I ever have been. It wasn’t Putin who was the bully on the national stage, it was the American intelligence departments that had been weaponized by hostile forces to work against all Americans using their own money to fuel the Deep State strategies. I took much of what Trump was doing as foreign policy and attributed it to the great American game of Poker. Obviously, the rest of the world composed of the media were playing Candy Land so they had no way of understanding how Trump could speak one way to Germany then another to Russia. It really depends on what cards you have in your hands, what is on the table from the dealer and who has what chips for which you are trying to inspire a bet. Its elementary negotiating stuff and Russia is a player at the table and Trump wants to deal, which he should. But there was a lot fishy about the Robert Mueller investigation dropping the indictments of 12 Russians on the Friday before the summit as if they were trying to force Trump into picking sides. The media was oddly in sync with the Mueller investigation in attempting to paint Putin as the vilest enemy on planet earth. The investment that many from both the Republican and Democratic parties had in making Putin out to be a villain was oddly forced. Then I saw the New York Times cartoon that they had produced trying to show Putin and Trump as gay lovers. With so many forces working together to paint a picture about Vladimir Putin the question I had was why?

Trump is a great strategist and if I had been in his shoes, I would have done the exact same thing. He knows that the FBI was weaponized against him and that the swamp of Washington D.C. culture was looking to impeach him just for winning the election. If he listened to their urgings in publicly dismantling Putin for some Russian interference in the American election of 2016 then he would have validated the efforts of so many who worked against him. What if the Russians didn’t have anything to do with meddling in the election? Why should we believe an intelligence agency that tried to overthrow a winning president and covered up the crimes of Trump’s political rival? Why should any of us trust anything the intelligence agencies say about anything—because they have been caught lying many times now? I thought Putin’s offer to let the Mueller team come to Russia to interview the supposed hostile agents mentioned in the Friday indictments was a good one. If anybody really wanted to pursue justice, Mueller would have already been on a plane to conduct the interviews in Russia. But we all know that the indictments were not to pursue justice, but to take the eyes of law and order away from the crimes of the FBI and put it on some misty villain on the other side of the world. And Trump was supposed to be so patriotic that he’d back the American intelligence agencies to support the story against even himself all in the name of national unity.

Patriotism does not mean you support villainy if it is coming from your own side. Trump would not be a patriot to go to meet with officials from other countries and stand by what he knows are criminal elements from his own country. By doing so he makes himself a fool and in America it is individualism that rules, not subscription to groups and institutions. There are serious problems with the American intelligence community, many of them need to be in jail for what they did, and in order to deal well with Russia Trump needed to show that he could admit as much. Which then forces Russia, North Korea, Syria and many other hostile places around the world to step forward with similar admissions. It wasn’t unpatriotic to admit that America had its own problems with its intelligence community. To chastise Putin would be to show Trump as a liar. Yet the institutionalists behind the American intelligence community thought it was Trump’s obligation to sacrifice his individual integrity for the good of national patriotism and to sell their version of the events to the world by using Russia as the punching bag.

Yet for Trump to condemn Russia for meddling in the 2016 election the President would then be admitting that his victory was the responsibility of a foreign power. The whole point of this made up story by American intelligence was to justify why Hillary Clinton had lost. It couldn’t have been because Trump worked harder and ran a better campaign. We must never forget that the Russian dossier which was personally handed to the FBI by John McCain’s office, which was originally started by that same FBI funded by the DNC was created to tie Putin to Trump in a negative way. The only problem with it was that the entire thing was made up, just as the meddling story was. Even if Trump wanted to, he couldn’t attack Putin over Russian guilt because honestly there isn’t any real evidence that they were involved an anything significant. The real guilty parties in election meddling was American intelligence that once were caught tried to pin the blame on Russia because they were the last country on earth that anybody thought would be in a position to defend themselves from the accusation.

That is the reason that nobody involved in the conspiracy stories about Russian meddling in the 2016 election wanted Trump to meet with Putin—because it would blow up their story. Putin obviously wants to clear the air by inviting Mueller to Russia to pursue his indictments. Everybody knows there is nothing there so of course the FBI won’t go, which says everything. Yet the criticism of Trump was that he didn’t patriotically stand by his own intelligence agencies while on foreign soil. If a family has a child molester in its ranks, it is not being loyal to the family not to address the issue and call the police on the bastard knowing what he is doing to little kids. If a family member is an alcoholic and is beating the crap out of his spouse, it is not a condition of loyalty to turn the other way to protect the family name. It’s contributing to evil. And the same holds true of Trump. Putin and Russia in general may not be the best people in the world. But it’s not Trump’s duty to contribute to a false story just to show loyalty to the American intelligence agencies. They are obviously guilty of many bad deeds and if Trump wants to sell himself to the world as an honest negotiator, he must call a spade a spade and why shouldn’t he? That same intelligence agency has tried to destroy him. Why would he be loyal to them and help them off the hook they put themselves on? The answer is he shouldn’t. And he didn’t, even under great pressure. And that is what makes Donald Trump the greatest American president the world has ever seen and history will remember these events very favorably.

Rich Hoffman

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The Brillance of Donald Trump’s Summit with Putin: Democrats and Rino Republicans have lost all claims on sanity

Ahead of the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland Democrats in America were chewing away their fingernails with worry. Some of the things they said about Trump were hilariously foolish, as if to assume that the President would be outmaneuvered by President Putin at every juncture—to sustain their own beliefs. Such as the truly insulting comments that during this summit that Putin might pull out a map of Ukraine and that Trump wouldn’t know what he was looking at, as if to insinuate that the President of the United States wasn’t smart enough to read a map. Of course as the day’s events in Helsinki evolved, Trump was magnificent and his meeting with Putin went well. As a Trump supporter I wouldn’t have expected anything less. But what continues to be fascinating is this Democratic insistence that they represent some superior intellect and that they have a monopoly on intellectual aptitude citing that Donald Trump is just another dumb Republican to fulfil their own notions of political superiority that is completely made up. I have met Donald Trump several times and read all his bestselling books—he can handle anything at any level. Vladimir Putin is not superior in any way to Donald Trump. But Trump is kind enough to bring in Putin to help solve some of the big problems in the world, like keeping North Korea on track to disarmament and in taking away the leverage of Syria in the gradually collapsing economy of Iran. There were lots of reasons to have this summit with Putin, and its good to see a president with real leadership for a change. But the good results of the day were certainly not a surprise to me.

Democrats have this perpetual problem, they have this ridiculous belief that if nobody witnesses a tree falling in the woods that it didn’t fall. They believe, and they get this from the philosophy of Immanuel Kant and his predecessors, that humans must witness something in order for it to have happened. They insist on such things while at the same time citing that faith in government must rest on foundations not rooted in reality—that blind trust must be given to the political elite of any culture. And to support these neurotic claims Democrats must have designated villains to play against, such as Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, the Republican Party, the rich—just pick an opposition and you will see that Democrats use those elements to sell their dystopian vision for the world.

The genius of Donald Trump is that he not only understands how to solve some of the most complex issues on planet earth among many different cultures, but he knows how to utterly destroy the Democrats at the same time. Everyone should be happy to have Donald Trump as president of the United States at this very particular time in history. I would say that he is the best of the best and history will remember him that way. For people who understand the game of Poker or Chess, Trump is a master of playing the right cards at the right time and getting the people around him to do what he needs them to do when he needs them to do it. And Trump isn’t doing any of this for malicious ends. It’s doing it all for the name of good—good for everyone.

To assume that Trump is a stumbling idiot is a play from a playbook that has long been irrelevant, it’s not going to work for Democrats this time. We don’t have a Mitt Romney or a George Bush for president who would allow Democrats to build up this false image of Republican leadership. In a lot of ways the Republican policy on playing the high ground against Democrats has been ineffective. In a world that plays games, Republicans always needed to learn to play the games more viciously than everyone else, because they have allowed Democrats to project an image of superiority when reality has been far from it. When a tree falls in the forest, it falls whether anybody hears it or not. Trump is the Republican answer to the long needed public image that Republicans have always been in need of.

Regarding the Democrats, to exist they must have a villain to oppose them otherwise their philosophy of emotion is worthless. Without the world being terrified about a Vladimir Putin that is some master James Bond type of villainous spy, the most timid of our populations won’t be inclined to flock to the safety of the herd which is the Democratic Party. The master strategy of Donald Trump and what he is doing right now is something I have been trying to inspire in Republicans all of my adult life, and it took someone like him to finally do it. Much of what Trump is doing is genius because he knows what I’m saying to you now dear reader, the way to undo liberalism around the world in whatever form it takes, the socialism of Europe, the communists of China, the Democrats of North America, the Marxists of Canada and Central America is to take away the villains of the world and bring them all on the same side of things so that real discussions toward peace can take place. Trump is giving everyone a seat at the table because he is confident in himself not to be taken advantage of, and once that is clear to everyone real trust can be established.

The race of our day is to truly make peace around the entire planet, and the fear that Democrats have is that once that happens, nobody will want to join their ranks, because there will be no villains to flee from. Trump is showing the world that there really are no bullies in the world, and the real challenge that Democrats have is that once people realize it, they will lose all their power. Fear is really all that Democrats have to inspire anybody to join them. They have managed to create the impression that it is they who validate value in the world, that if they don’t accept that the tree fell in the forest, that it didn’t, but reality says otherwise, and Trump is exposing reality moment by moment day by day and his genius is that he knows how to sell reality in a way that people can understand. Without that ability a lot of these miracle foreign policy visits that he has been doing just wouldn’t happen.

Watching that press conference between Trump and Putin was a thing of wonder. Trump did not allow the fake FBI story to continue to use Russia as a bad guy. He robbed them of it. The FBI has been caught trying to make Putin into the ultimate bad guy when in reality just like Kim Jong-un, he’s a small player in the world. When Russia says they did not interfere with the American elections why on earth would we believe Bob Mueller’s prosecution of some Russian agents who will never show up to provide any testimony when we watched Peter Strzok lie to our faces on national television during his testimony last week? Sure, Putin may be lying and as a former KGB agent I’m sure he has at some point lied to people. I’m sure he has even killed many people in his climb and maintenance of power. But the fact remains what we know, the FBI did lie, and they did meddle in an American election, and they did try to build a case to impeach an American president. Those are things we know, and Trump did a great thing in not playing into the story that Democrats were trying to build, that everyone is smarter than Trump and that only Democrats can control a narrative. Wrong. For a change there is a Republican who is truly in charge, and he’s smart, aggressive and a far better messaging master. And that is the worst-case scenario for Democrats. I’m very proud of President Trump for his meeting with Putin. Very classy and very strategic.

Rich Hoffman

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What the Little Baby Trump Blimp Says about Europe: The difference between the lazy and the productive

Since they took that little baby Trump blimp to Edinburgh, where President Trump was staying with his family at his Turnberry golf resort I have to pick on the balloon. I was going to leave it alone, but for crying out loud, the blimp was so tiny. It was astonishing that the world’s media made such a big deal about—it shows just how much they wanted to show a resistance to Trump from Europe. While there were significant numbers of protesters who did hit the streets in London, then in Scotland it showed more what Europe was fearful of than what they really wanted to protest. I’ve seen some of those protests up close, especially up near Parliament and it surprised me how openly socialist they were. Socialism has always been a dirty word in the United States, but in London you always see that red Worker’s Party tent when they do big events to protest capitalism, and it has brought about their own detriment, which brings us to that stupid blimp.

If Ayn Rand were alive today she would be very proud of Donald Trump. Here was a beacon of capitalism unapologetically defending it even in the face of the very hostile socialists and the biggest stunts they could come up with where some strangely painted people, a skydiver breaking the no-fly zone, and that silly little blimp as Trump played golf at one of the nicest resorts of its kind in the world for which Trump actually built himself. I’ve read biographies on most American presidents and there simply is nobody like Trump. I have said for years that what America needed was another Teddy Roosevelt that was less progressive, or a Winston Churchill—even a modern version of Abraham Lincoln or George Washington, but Trump is better than all those people for the simple reason that he knows how to think big, and he has put the nation on his back to help it return to that mantra. And Europe can’t stand it. It must have been something for Trump to play that Saturday game of golf at Turnberry with his sons and to see all those things he worked so hard for coming together in the same place at the same time. As president of the United States shaking the world up as the greatest salesman of capitalism that has ever been he was playing golf at a resort he built which many consider one of the finest in the world. As a best-selling author well before he was ever president he had accomplished what many never thought possible in their wildest dreams and all his opponents really had to throw at him was that stupid balloon.

What really struck me while traveling through Europe is how small everything is. I’m used to how things are in America, where the restaurant helpings are big, as are the roads and homes. In Europe especially in London when you ask for a Coke they give you this little glass of warm dark liquid that barely tastes right since much of the sugar is regulated out of it. I could tell the story with great fanfare of the time my wife and I were starving for a good old American meal while in England and we found a Burger King. I ordered the largest value meal they had and what they gave me was this little cup that I thought was for a kid and it tasted like Diet Coke, so I assumed they handed me my wife’s order. No, it was the one intended for me, their big Coke was the size of a child’s in America and it tasted different due to the differences in regulation there. I found living in Europe for most of a month to be difficult. The roads, sidewalks and general thinking were all too small for me to the point where it was very uncomfortable, and clearly that was due to the various amounts of socialism that most everyone had some little part of in their thinking. It was easy for me to see coming from a capitalist country that was very successful. Europe felt they were superior to my American sensibilities because they had such a deep history within the world. But in the modern sense they have never really come out of the Dark Ages, socialism gave them an excuse to stick with their old ways of thinking.

Then here comes Trump with all his big things, his big car, his big persona, his big resorts, his big American plane, his big challenges and he literally turned everyone over on their head and made socialism whither in his presence. The socialists knew they’d be challenged so they prepared for his visit by getting out the word to all the potential protestors they could find to show solidarity against his arrival. So they had that little baby blimp of Trump made and they were so proud of it that the world’s news outlets carried the coverage extensively. Then when the London protests were over once Trump left England to stay in Scotland the protestors took that little thing up to Edinburgh and it was covered as if it was a significant thing. The whole situation was laughable, that blimp wouldn’t even have made it on the local news in the United States because most children have things like that in their homes. But in Europe, that blimp was what they thought was a big deal because their minds had been scaled down with socialism to think that little things like that were acceptable.

In so many ways the contrast did all the work that Trump could have hoped for and occur without any real effort by him. Any reader of his many best sellers knows that he is an unapologetic capitalist and why shouldn’t he be? Capitalism is a wonderful invention of human intellect. Socialism is a destroyer of that same human intellect. When a reporter went through the town of Turnberry and asked them if they had played golf at Trump’s resort they answered that they couldn’t afford it—so no. That is the socialist in them speaking. The capitalist would say, I haven’t yet earned enough money to do so, but I hope to soon. That is the difference between socialists and capitalist and between the rest of the world right now and Trump. With Trump anything is possible and that is a very hopeful resonance to convey to the world. Obviously, it is carrying Europe out of the gutter and getting them to think properly about economic matters for the first time in their history, and it is Trump who is leading them. Socialists know the danger is that the work of Karl Marx is falling apart in front of their faces like a soaking wet paper towel trying to pick up a car. Only when there is no competing thoughts can socialists hope to sell their small thinking and their scam to protect the lazy with a social philosophy that puts sharing at the front of the train. Sharing in a socialist culture means a few hard-working people give their good work to the crazy lunatics who protested Trump in London allowing everyone to feel equal in the exchange when in fact they are nowhere close. In Trump’s capitalism if a person wants to work hard enough and earn enough money, they can play golf with Trump at Turnberry. If they want to be lazy, they will just have to look at the gates and wonder what goes on behind them.

That is why the little baby Trump blimp is so hilarious. To the socialists they thought it was a big deal, and the media did their best to cover it that way. But in reality, it was just a stupid little kid’s balloon that anybody in America would think is pathetically small. To the Europeans it was massive, and that says everything. I hear from people all the time some of the remnants of America’s own temptations with socialism, especially the thoughts left over from the Depression and pre-World War II days of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. I catch people saying all the time because they learned such things from their parents and grandparents who lived through that era where government tampered with supply and demand to the point of economic restriction. They’ll say things like “we can’t afford that car, or that house, or those clothes.” What they really mean is that they are too lazy to work for those things. It’s possible that they just don’t care about the material aspects of possessions, and they might even use Bible verses to justify their laziness, but when someone says something like—“I can’t afford that” they are essentially saying as the residence of Turnberry were relegated to state, “Trump’s resort is too expensive for us. We’re just common folk who like to see an appearance from the queen from time to time and sip our tea.” Trump’s visit to Europe was a direct challenge to the entire premise of western civilization which had adopted socialism over capitalism and all they had to defend themselves from it was that silly baby Trump balloon. It was small thinking at its best which showed why America was clearly pulling away in the modern age leaving the socialists of the world in the dust. And Trump understood his role in pointing out that difference and he was quite comfortable with it. And that is why these Trump years will not just go away with future elections, the imprint will last for centuries, and that is something that needed to happen for many years.

Rich Hoffman

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