The Meaning of Life: It is to grow as an individual, not to hide behind collectivism–the real cause of both World Wars

It is coming up more and more, largely due to the kind of president that we have in the White House these days, but the understanding of individualism as opposed to collectivism is quite the topic. As I have been saying, much of the consternation about President Trump is that he acts on his own, without a bunch of consultants and his own political party guiding him on the decision-making process. This is not at all unusual in the private sector where a CEO may answer to a board of directors and the shareholders, but as far as running a company, they tend to be front of the train decision makers by default and very secure in their personal considerations. Its particularly an aspect of American business to produce those types of people to lead companies. This of course stands as a stark contrast to the way our political system operates, especially under the umbrella of government employment. And is a topic of considerable importance.

Not to provoke a lot of unnecessary conspiracy theories, and the research will come clean with time, but I have a nagging feeling that it was Thus Spoke Zarathustra from Frederick Nietzsche that provoked both World War 1 and World War II—the second world war being caused by the sanctions of the first. But the first being driven by a European hatred of the kind of individually based thinking that was coming out of Germany by way of the anti-institutionalist Nietzsche. It’s essentially the same kind of hatred that is being leveled from the same type of people toward President Trump. That does not mean to conclude that Trump is a Nazi, far from it. At that time of that very powerful book by Nietzsche the works of Karl Marx was also coming out of Germany and the governments of Europe loved the idea. It gave them a chance to level the playing field where a political class ran by the traditional power brokers could issue out fairness. But Nietzsche was saying something else that went against all that, and the concept was not welcomed. They wanted socialism in Europe not individualism. That left Hitler to rot in jail stewing on all these complexities only to mix the various German philosophies into madness resulting in a dark period of history.

However, going back to the ideas of Thus Spoke Zarathustra there is something very revolutionary going on, which can be seen for the first time in the presidency of Donald Trump. It’s the idea that the fully developed individual has great power over the masses, and that the attempts to teach those masses the benefits is a fruitless exercise, usually. And that those best equipped to rule themselves and others are those best able to think on their own, far away from the kind of group think that is so common today. President Trump is showing that the concepts of self-rule, self-thought, and self-action are very much alive and were not destroyed by the wars of Europe which pulled the entire world into their rebellion against the basic premise that it is individuals who hold the meaning of life, not self-sacrifice to the void of existence.

My happiest state is when I’m alone free to think what I want as long as I want to. It is hard to see just how much I am in love with that state because I seldom get that kind of time to myself. I do believe that I could spend decades completely alone with just my thoughts, but that is me speaking from a vantage point of only a few hours a week. There is always someone who needs something of my time and that comes from being a good, competent person. People need you and I am the type of person who will always try to help, much like Zarathustra did at the beginning of that famous book. Only I don’t get frustrated and go back to my cave like he did, but I have the energy to try and try again even if it looks to be fruitless. But truth be told, I am happiest when I am alone, and this is not the condition of most people. Most people are terrified to be alone and they will go way out of their way to find companionship and to talk to people about something, anything. For them contacts with other human beings fills them with energy they wouldn’t otherwise have. For me, it robs me of sustenance. I never feel good after speaking with a large group of people. Its always work. But for most, it’s the goal of their existence.

In that way, I would say that the meaning of life is to overcome this shackle to needing others. We were never meant to be born, learn over our lifetimes only to die into some primordial goo back to the dirt we came from. We were meant to start off as a blank slate driven by DNA programming, then to take that and to construct a self-thinking individual, because it is from there that all creation springs forth, and thus the furtherance of existence. Nietzsche figured this out leading to madness at an early age and the concept was so terrifying that the governments of the world declared war on Germany to suppress such thoughts, and what came forth was the spread of Marxism which benefited the governments. What was pushed deep down into our culture with the stigma of being affiliated with the racist Nazi’s was Nietzsche’s ideas on individualism, much distorted by Nietzsche’s sister after his death.

And now that we have President Trump who has emerged essentially straight out of the pages of Zarathustra, we have the deep fear and hatred emerging that has always been there and had killed millions and millions of people in the hopes of surpassing the concept. Ayn Rand, the American author would go much further than Nietzsche and write better books about individualism and how it fuels the world of creation taking mankind away from the primitive notion of sacrifice, yielding to the forces of the universe, and essentially surrendering everything we were meant to become at the moment of death to the forces of nature, instead of using it to make something new. And that hatred has remained and will until the human race makes a decision on the matter. In any democracy, where most of society is of the type who needs the companionship of others, and the pursuits of individualists are demonized, it is clear that the conflict will ensue in spite of the odds of success not being favorable. Just because most of the world is populated by group thinkers it doesn’t mean they are the best or brightest, only the most numerous. Take the situation with every mass shooter where their three proper names are given to better illustrate their individual nature, and their tendency to be loners. The attempt by the masses to deal with the carnage is to seek affiliation with the evils of self-rule. Standing on your own leads to madness “they” will say, when actually it is the other way around. Going crazy is to follow the masses back into their deaths of dust and sand erasing from the earth everything they made to brand. And that is not a new story, but one that has different endings and is culminating in our present time in ways that nobody ever thought possible.

Rich Hoffman
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Trump’s Illustrious Base: Why the President’s pull in Syria is a great thing

Several of the weekend commentators on Fox News seemed spent after a few days of President Trump’s efforts where they were astounded at some of the things he had been saying. Even Republicans were showing their frustrations as Trump was pulling troops out of Syria to let Turkey and the Kurds fight it out and allow the region to do what it needed to. America is the number one energy producer in the world, the global oriented despots can no longer justify such troop movements to “protect” oil in other lands. We have our own thank you, so why else would we send troops all over the world to stabilize other countries? Trump managed to piss off everyone, yet his approval numbers don’t seem to be moving no matter what anybody tries to do to him, which is mystifying all the dirty tricks that politics knows to play. So, both sides grudgingly admitted that Trump was playing to his base as if that diminished the efforts, and it is there that our present topic is concerned.

When I talk about our education system, and I mean the global education system, the teacher in the front of the room preaching about things from the vantage point of a democracy, where the many rule, it is quite clear to me that it has been wrong for the human race. It doesn’t work, and when the adults of our lives try the same tactics, they used in grade school to push people into doing things, it becomes embarrassingly clear that it was always the wrong method of igniting young minds to life. The headlines on Monday morning regarding Syria were that several Republicans were breaking with the president over troop withdrawal and that this was dangerous in the middle of an impeachment hearing that was set to doom the president with an official congressional witch hunt to remove him from power. President Trump seemed completely unfazed, even angry and this left a mystified reaction to his critics on both sides of the political theater.

We are taught in our grade schools that if you want to go further, then you can only get there by bringing other people along. That you can’t accomplish much as an individual, that the key to all power, prestige and truth can only come by holding the hands of other people. So, in that regard, the perception of power is therefor in how many friends you have, how many people you can get to agree with you, and even the validity of a thought is based squarely on how many people join your alliance. The value is in people and their buy-in to your concept. However, that is not how it is in actuality. For many people not skilled in leadership, they have no choice but to make alliances with the masses. They may not be the strongest, so they make peace with people who might beat them up. They may not be the smartest, so they must find a way to acquire information they are not capable of obtaining. Yet true innovation and leadership do not come from such places, and our education system should strive to make more people self-reliant in their thoughts and actions to build more leaders for which the world is starving.

Trump like all great people of instinct listens to people and measures their reaction to things, but he is able to make decisions as a self-reliant human being. The trouble with the Beltway culture is that everything was built as a “go further together” type of endeavor, so very few people do anything on their own, including using the restroom. “I have to go to the bathroom; would you like to come too?” That is the kind of world that our education system has created, and it is short of what reality requires. Trump is that type of individual who does not need validation for his opinions. He doesn’t need a bunch of generals to tell him whether or not we can get out of Syria. He can make that decision based on his observances. He doesn’t need the threat of impeachment to control him into the warm arms of his political party for support, because he knows he can beat both fronts. So why yield? They need him more than he needs them.

Our education system, and thus everything that comes after, our adult lives, our business conduct, our politics, philosophy, everything is built on the childlike state of needing the approval of our peers because as young people that is the only measure we have to learn from. However, a good confident person quickly learns that society can only go so far. The true innovators must go into the scary depths alone, because groups and their opinions are slow, and the weakest link then decides how far into the dark you can travel. The greatest treasures in life come from individual experiences and the leadership that comes after. The masses are always willing to follow the brave soul who goes into the scary places, so that they don’t have to match that level of insecurity. And that is the way the world works. Its not to take the strong and make them as weak as the weakest links, its to encourage more people to become stronger and more independent, and for those who never develop such a level, to learn to be a good steward as a follower, which most are happy to live with.

Those assumptions are why the Beltway types just can’t admit to themselves what President Trump’s base really is, they refuse to see it, even though it is right in front of them. That base is very powerful, and most politicians would dream to have it. The Democrats certainly don’t have it and they want it desperately. So, all they can do is criticize it. And older Republicans who have bought into that liberalized education system of everything must be done together is reluctant to accept the premise that the reason for the folly was so that the weak could feel part of the process. And when I say weak, it’s not so much a criticism as much as it is a reality. Some people are lazy, and not naturally intelligent. They lack the drive to become the most they have the potential to be, and that’s fine. They can be the followers, because the world needs them too. But they don’t have a right to cripple our existence so they can feel equal to the most ambitious, such as President Trump obviously is. Their hatred of him is not because of anything he did, but it’s because he has made it clear that he doesn’t need them and that is a very insecure position for them to be in. And they aren’t happy about it. But there is a base of American opinion out there who would support someone like a Donald Trump regardless of whether or not he was a Republican or a Democrat, but because he is a free person who can stand on his own reckoning. And that’s who we want in the Executive Branch. Not the politics as usual antics of poor education philosophies and group think. But the lone, solitary thinker who can act without the influence of institutionalized contributors. And for that reason alone, he will win again in 2020, and neither side of the political spectrum will understand why.

Rich Hoffman

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Trump’s Minnesota Speech: A new class of leaders only America could produce

Well of course it was OK to enjoy the Trump speech in Minnesota a few days ago. I certainly did, and most of the people I spoke with in the aftermath did. Trump is saying what we all have been feeling for a long time, and it feels good to hear someone else say it. I would go on to say that if you have the opportunity to support a business candidate on your upcoming ballot, like I do for our local school board in Jim Hahn. Its not that you’ll get someone like Trump, but the differences between a battle-hardened representative from the private sector and someone just looking to be part of the government employment network is quite clear at this point. And when I say that I’m not talking about a person who has learned to navigate corporate America as a mere employee, but a business owner or member of top management who has learned to work under pressure and great risk to be successful, and to bring that swagger to management in government. The real truth to the reason that so many in the Beltway culture hate Trump is not because of what he says or does, but its simply because they can’t compete with him due to life experiences. You can’t fake it until you make it at the level Trump is at as a person, and that drives people who do crazy, because they can’t hold up.

The wonderful thing about President Trump and all his independent wealth is that it has given him a freedom the rest of us have around our dinner tables and among our peers to vocalize his true passions where others who gained their status in life by licking the boots of someone higher on the steps of life then gaining access to new opportunities. Trump is and has been for all his life free of that behavior and it has given the world a unique personality to deal with these government problems and I think its just wonderful. Trump is a product of what kind of person can be produced in America. Running businesses certainly help mold that type of person, then gaining independent wealth is an attribute that is quite rare in the world.

The adage that we all answer to someone is one of those statements that was created to prevent people like President Trump from ever seeing the light of day and is a falsehood. The truth is, and most successful people know it, is that once you show that you have something special in the world, people don’t control you, you control the people who want what you have. That power can be hard to deal with and it can wear on you that everywhere you go that somebody want’s a piece of your time and energy. That is a byproduct of success. But it’s a truth about the way the world works that government bound politicians do not understand and are quite terrified of, the self-reliant person who does not fear their legal bureaucracies, the leverages over corporate America with more rules and regulations, and other shackles placed upon independence to prevent people from knowing that it is they who make the world tick, not the political class. When you are truly free and at the point of the spear the way Trump has been for all of his life, due to his family giving him an obvious leg up in life, then the understanding of how to manage circumstances where lesser people are involved becomes much easier. That is why Trump can go up on a stage like he did in Minnesota and throw back color to his accusers and have a lot of fun at their expense, because they don’t own him, and therefore, when he makes himself available to us, the voters, for representation, it’s a rare opportunity.

The roots of that adage about control is that really, until the United States emerged, no matter how successful you may have been in life, you had to bend the knee to someone somewhere, likely a king or queen. Perhaps even a religion. Nobody was self-reliant to the point Trump appears to be. But in American culture bending the knee to anybody isn’t a requirement. Having some special skill is what gives you that freedom, and once people know you have it, you find yourself in command of your circumstances. Circumstances don’t control you. Trump could have been another rich kid who just sagged his way through life jumping from one Lamborghini to another with beautiful women hanging on his arm, a different one every night looking to use their looks as capital to secure a better life for themselves using their assets while they could, before their flower wilted. But Trump took big chances and had won at life and he has emerged as a person forged from those risks, and that has given him the kind of freedom and confidence that it took to stand in that 20,000 person arena even as the House threated impeachment, and to stick it to all the lesser people quite spectacularly. Sure, he was saying what most of us have been thinking, but we often don’t get to say it from such a platform. And to hear such a thing to people who have spent their lives licking boots to get their promotions, their sexual partners, and their material assets is one of the most terrifying things they will ever hear. Because here was a person not afraid of what “others” might do to him, because he knew they were powerless to do it. And in the audience were people who felt the same way and wanted that level of freedom for themselves. What would become of those who did live that way, that is the root of their fears.

Particularly the way that Trump talked about the Joe Biden scandal and the FBI attempted coup against his administration was the difference between a person who truly had independence in life from their own personal wealth gained not through favors, but through honestly earning the money. Nobody else in Washington D.C. can claim such a benefit. They do owe somebody something everywhere they go. The politicians are always begging for money and trading favors, the attorneys are always trying to get a good case arranged through those connections, and the government employees on payroll learn to toe the line so that they don’t lose their cushy jobs that they know they wouldn’t get anywhere else. People who live their lives in such a way, which is most people, don’t have the kind of freedom Trump has to say what he thinks whenever he wants to say it. But America as a country is designed to produce people like Trump. And they are out there, some of them occasionally want to run for public office, perhaps more now than before Trump came along. But whatever their status, watching Trump give his speech under a lot of pressure, and to see him have so much fun as the heat of the pressure cooker was obviously being turned up, is something that only a seasoned veteran in business could relate to and it was obvious that due to that success we have a rare opportunity to get more Trump types in elected positions. Nothing would be better. Trump’s speech was more than just a defense of his positions and a strengthening of his base for a 2020 election. It was a spit in the eye for centuries of aristocratic controls that are coming to an end in our lifetimes for the chance at freedoms few have ever realized. And that is what the accusers of Trump are really afraid of. Their world is changing rapidly, and they know they won’t be able to hack it in the new one, for which we should all enjoy immensely.

Rich Hoffman

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Deregulate Electric Power with Thorium: California goes back in time as the fires rage on

The ultimate failure of a liberalized, toxic government is the exhibit A of California where the regulation mandated power company PG&E has been shutting off service to millions of customers so to avoid their aging infrastructure from causing wildfires, which have started anyway. So not only did people have to go without power to run their air conditioners, traffic lights, and basic needs such as gas pumps, but it was to no effect because wildfires started regardless. It was only PG&E who could this time say, “It wasn’t us” because we shut off the power and couldn’t be blamed. During the last round of wildfires, lots of lawsuits went toward the power company so this time the response to the danger was to just shut off power. The whole event is just as I say about all liberal causes including environmental issues, it’s a climb backwards in time to unlearn what mankind has advanced. These are not the solutions of a first world superpower but rather a back-water village disconnected from the future.

The solutions are obvious, energy should be deregulated as I said many years ago. There are options such as the mini thorium power stations that every home in America could have like a current air conditioning unit that would take care of all the power needs of that household independent of the power company. (CLICK HERE TO REVIEW MY PREVIOUS ARTICLES ON THIS TECHNOLOGY). Additionally, wildfires are a choice, especially in California. Drought conditions are well known, and the events that cause them. Otherwise PG&E wouldn’t know enough to even think to shut off power during this time of year to their customers out of “safety.” We have complicated sewage systems that traverse the state, the same kind of infrastructure could run water from the ocean to areas where dry conditions cause wildfires and the ground would be too wet for wildfire breakouts. A first world solution is to have a giant sprinkler system to guard against the conditions in the same way we remove our sewage. Those are ways forward and well within reach of today’s technology. And when people complain about the expense, well nothing is more expensive than doing nothing as the world ticks on.

But the key is in reducing government interference and forcing a monopoly like PG&E from running electric power distribution. Power deregulation would be as transformative as it was with the phone monopolies prior to the explosion of the cell phone. Remember those days where you had one phone company running everything and they could charge you

extraordinary fees for calling long distance—like to the next county over. Today we make calls all over the world for pennies on the dollar, its almost not even a thought and that is because of internet capability giving us communication independence. The same kind of deregulation would bring forth more options for power. Not having power is a choice and as much as the current progressive governor of California claims he’s against what PG&E is doing, his kind of government supported monopoly has given them the keys to this type of terrorism, and a bus back to the past when power was not an option to homes and businesses. The next step of course will not be to cut power off for wildfire prevention, but to save the planet, or to cut power to the districts of political opponents. The writing is on the wall for all to clearly see now that PG&E has done the deed.

PG&Es poor management was empowered by the government regulatory committees who allowed that power company to be the single source of power distribution in that part of the United States, and such a thing knowing the kind of pent up options that are out there is ludicrous. In this day and age, there is no reason to ever only have one source of power. Ultimately the problem is a liberal one because they don’t want people to have those kinds of independent options, because they want to micromanage the power options people have because that kind of control is part of their political platform. They never plan that one of these monopoly power companies like PG&E will do the unthinkable and just shut off power. It is expected that after a major storm when powerlines are down and service is cut off, that the government backed monopoly of a power company will head out into the heavy winds and rain to restore power to everyone. There is never a plan for the day where that lazy power company says, “to hell with this. We’re tired of getting blamed. Fix it yourself.”

The action that needs to happen after this PG&E incident is deregulation at the federal level to allow states to make decisions on their electric consumption and supply. It would not take long for mini thorium generators from becoming as common as iPhones. It would solve a lot of problems. It would be harder for government to control the situation, but as pointed out, the California problem is clearly a debacle of intent. Too much control by the government and the power companies has created a situation where mismanagement has led people to not having power taking them to a time before the 20th century which is a major step backwards. And it shouldn’t be tolerated. Energy is the key to further human progress and without question many liberals don’t want to see that expansion of imprint across the world, so they will be against unleashing any such future technology. They like the gifts of technology, their iPhones, iWatches and many other wonderful devices, but only so long as they can pull the plug on them literally to exert control over the masses at will. They don’t want people to discover that hundreds of millions of homes could be supported in North America, and the world for that matter without government mandated monopolies in the form of power companies.

The California power problems, and wildfires are ultimately the problem of government created to maintain control over those people, not to make them safe. The goal was in compliance, and to let the rest of the world see that even as a first world, America has its problems. Yet the problem is completely artificial. Think of all the voters in California who would right now vote for a Republican who gave them deregulation of power and allowed for an end to this madness. I understand the complications of the union vote coming out of the power companies, but that is a minority voting bloc compared to the people who are suffering right now and could be won over very easily with some options. No company of any size should have the power to literally distribute energy to anybody. And to hide that desire for power behind “safety.” In this case it was to no point, only to throw a fit from the last round of lawsuits which the company responded poorly to. This year they said, “oh yeah, we’ll show you, you can’t get your power from anybody but us, so take that!” The solution is to tell them, “well, yes we can get our power from here, here, here, and there. We don’t need you.”

Rich Hoffman

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To Hell With the Chinese Government: There is a lot more money to make once the communist regime is removed

This year feels like a greatest hit of “I told you so” euphemisms and that is certainly true of the situation in China. I suppose I’m a little surprised that people are just now discovering that China has been a communist country and is very much an oppressive regime. They have used corporate extortion with companies like Disney, Nike and Apple to hide their treachery behind capitalist goods sold back to the United States with a nice big smiley face. But it was never an illusion to me that they were a murderous blot of communists that needed to be destroyed at some point in time for their many injustices. My position on China has been always the same because I do know history and it has been appalling to me that so many American companies wanted to do business with China and actually bend to their will for a shot at their population as expansion of an emerging market.

As much as I support corporations, usually by the time they mature, they are not much different from socialist dictatorships ran by a board of directors as opposed to the innovative techniques that made them great in the first place. At the point of a company like Nike, The NBA or the movie industry looking for more and more people to consume their products its not a big deal to cave into the demands of China’s communism because as corporations, they are already thinking the same way within their organizations. Its all about brand protection, Nike has their image to protect that they’ve built over a long period of time. China also has an image to protect, so its not hard to see why they are such good bedfellows.

The good thing is that through the trade war, President Trump has forced the economy of China into a dire situation and they have lost their ability to project superiority as a culture. Taking away their buffer cash reserves has exposed China to the kind of dirty dealers they have always been, and its left this uncomfortable relationship between all these massive American corporations exposed. Seeing their chance for freedom under the protection of the Trump administration, the people of Hong Kong are making their move to stand up for themselves and it is really pissing off China to see all those American flags and protestors uttering American sentiments wherever they can.

China in response is trying to close off their culture to western ideas, which blows the plans of the Hollywood industry out of the water as they count on China to cover their bottom line these days. Naturally China is blaming America for a lot of the riots in Hong Kong and they are angry that they are losing their grip on the world both as a brand and financially. So, they are putting up their walls and trying to disconnect from the world as a reaction, which is really too late to attempt to do now. China culturally has oppressed their people so a stand off is ripe. And now, due to Trump, they don’t have the financial resources to deal with it. They have no choice but to make a deal with President Trump to make the pain go away. And that’s where things are today.

I learned what I needed to know about China from the Joseph Campbell book Oriental Mythology as it reported page by page how the communist government took over in 1949 and inflicted upon the good people there tyranny beyond belief. We all have a lot to be enraged about when political leftists and corporations want to turn a blind eye to the terror that is the Chinese government and has been for many years now in favor of making a few bucks. And they think they have a right to then lecture us on the evils of capitalism. Its all been a not so funny joke.

Yet our education system and our own government in general has looked to communist China as the way to do everything, which is appalling. We could have over a billion people if we wanted to, but the same leftists who support China with a desire to market products to their billions of people are the same who support abortion and the mass killing of millions and millions of potential Americans. The same leftists who preach to America about tolerance for Muslims and other aggressive religions is the same one that promotes China where religion is illegal unless you are worshiping the government. The political left has been pointing us all toward China for most of a half century and telling us that this was what was coming to us and we better get used to it.

And what did we ever get out of China? Nothing really, our trade relationship allowed them to loot off us and gain what they could as a tyrannical regime of communist advocates. The way to weaken them was to prevent them from cheating off our homework and let them fail on their own without propping them up. The only way Chinese communism was going to work was if they could loot off the United States corporations to validate their climb to power. All they had to bargain with was their billion people. Other than that, they had nothing. Yet the political left went all in on that gamble and now it is lost, crumbling before their eyes.

Yet what’s so astonishing is that so many people don’t know that China was and still is such a hostile power, that their communism was so evil, and vile. And that the Trump administration has exposed all this treachery without firing a single shot in aggression. Because honestly, its not bullets that make war work these days, its economics. In a lot of ways, it always was. The governments of the world wanted socialism, so they used China as a way to advance it around the world, they were propped up to succeed and corporate America forgot about the value of a strong nation and bought into the global brand. Why market to just Americans when the whole world was open to them, so it was an attractive proposition.

However, what everyone missed was that those Chinese markets do not have to be limited to us, as they have been. Think how much money could be made by these same corporations if you topple the communist government and free those markets in China along with Hong Kong? Most of those billion people who live in China are poor. Dirt poor. They don’t have money to go see NBA games, to see movies, or buy Nike tennis shoes. But once the communist government falls and the doors of capitalism open, there will be a lot more affluent people in China who could. So pandering to the communists was not the smart thing to do. Getting rid of them is, and with Trump’s tough stance with tariffs, it is exposing that communist government complete with all their weaknesses. They are going to have to change, they have no choice. Then, and only then will markets really be open to American companies. Pandering to evil will not help the bottom line, it just gives the illusion for a short-term gain at long term losses. Those losses are now being felt as they damn well should.

Rich Hoffman

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The Fighter Donald J. Trump: He’s what I want as a president, impeachment is not an option

When people asked me why I was supporting Donald Trump way back even during the early days of the Tea Party, when he was just flirting with being president, it was because I knew two things had to happen in the Executive Branch, which would then cascade down into our overall government as a change agent, first whoever would run would need to be self-made and wealthy, to resist all the temptations that Washington dangles in front of people. The second is that they’d have to thrive off the chaos that was associated with Beltway culture and be essentially an overman, beyond the reach of peer pressure and the worm tongues that are associated with the Beltway culture of consultants which are as common as raindrops in a hurricane. My thoughts on this go way back into even the Reagan days of the 80s and have shown up in both of my published novels, The Symposium of Justice and The Tail of the Dragon. I knew it had to happen and Donald Trump seemed perfect for the job, so I supported him very early in the process for all the reasons we are now seeing. Very few people in the world could stand up to the bullies of Washington the way he is and enjoy it. We elected the right guy and I am very happy about it.

When you know you need to make a change, because things were not obviously working, then a change agent is essential. In all future elections due to this Trump presidency, more battle-hardened executives should find their way into school boards, trustee positions, and congressional seats which will change the nature of our political system for many years. As it has been it was largely washed up lawyers who couldn’t hack it in the private sector who ran to public office to pad their resume and perform law without the burdens of true competitive markets. And that is what’s wrong with most of what we have in politics, we elected the wrong people for all the wrong reasons because essentially, we didn’t have a choice. People like Donald Trump never really made it to a ballot, and if they did, they didn’t want the public pressure that usually comes with it. Trump did, in fact he thrived on it. And now that Democrats are throwing everything but the kitchen sink at him with this impeachment attempt, I trust that he will throw back at them an entire house. I will back him on that 100% because they deserve everything he can and will throw back at them to win. Yes, winning means everything, even if it destroys an entire political party, which I suspect may very well happen.

This is why I picked supporting Ross Perot over George Bush way back in 1992. Perot was a self-made person and had all the battle-hardened sensibility that business tends to carve out in people. But he didn’t care much for the chaos and fights that were required. He had a lot of fight in him, but he didn’t thrive off it like Trump does. Ultimately, that’s why he only acquired 19% of the vote and we ended up with Bill Clinton. Even then what we ended up with was better as a change agency because it was starting to root out the soft Republicans from those who were truly conservative, so in that way, party politics was on a track to what ended up being the Tea Party. It took a few decades and people thinking about these things long and hard, but we ended up better than before. Not even the media sees that change because they have been in a bubble for that entire time marching to some viewpoints that started way back in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. For example, due to Ross Perot shaking things up in the Republican Party we ended up with the Newt Gingrich Contract with America, which everyone generally thinks started moving things in the right direction. Gingrich was and still is considered a rough and tumble conservative by the standards of the Beltway culture. But to a lot of people he’s not nearly strong enough. A few years ago my wife had a chance to meet Gingrich and shake his hand. She embarrassingly refused because he wasn’t nearly conservative enough for her and she walked away leaving him uncomfortably standing there with his hand out with no reception. That’s how it really is in politics.

Many of Trump’s supporters are like my wife. I can wine and dine with people and find common ground with anybody in spite of my strong opinions on this literary exchange. I could make a friend out of the devil and have him wash my car while he was at it, so naturally I have no problem shaking the hand of people like Newt Gingrich. I’ll take an alley who wants to play tough in the Republican Party even if he does disappoint me from time to time. But not my wife. She’s either there or not and many people who pull the trigger for Trump at the ballot box are similar. They don’t care for politics, they want someone who will fight, and they don’t answer their cell phones for polls. If they don’t know the caller, they let it go to voice mail making modern polling nearly impossible. And now with a few years under his belt, Trump’s change agency is much more mathematically persuasive than anything Ross Perot did. The effects will be felt for years which is why Democrats are freaking out now. As bad as impeachment might end up looking for them, they simply have no other means of beating Trump in an election. They see the crowds, they know William Barr is sniffing around conspiracies they are in the middle of, and Trump has held his cards until this election year anticipating their moves. They are in deep doo doo, and I’m happy for Trump to go scorched earth on Washington D.C. which I suspect he is about to do because that’s his nature. Do anything to win, and he will which is just the kind of guy I voted for.

Even in 2012 when I wrote Tail of the Dragon reviewers and blurb contributors were pessimistic at my thoughts about government. But they can now see that it was every bit as bad and scandalous as I proposed. The coordination of the so-called “deep state” is scary. The way the media and the FBI have had their relationship exposed has been truly terrifying as its been unleashed to the public and that is just the tip of the iceberg. I always knew it was ugly and whoever was going to clean it up was going to have to do it from the Executive Branch and would need to be financially comfortable by other means besides what government provided, so that they were free of the levers of power that have corrupted Washington D.C. from its inception. President Trump is exactly what we needed when we needed it, and I am behind him completely hell or high water. We need him as a change agent, which is more important than any other factor if America is to survive for the next few hundred years. It will take the Democrats longer than that to pull themselves together after this upcoming election year, which is the best news of all.

Rich Hoffman
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The Anti-Trump Joker Film: Todd Phillips activism will be rewarded by a Hollywood culture that wants terriorism

Now that I’ve seen the Joker there is no question in my mind that Todd Phillips made the film as an anti-Trump message and his anti-capitalist message will be rewarded with Oscar nominations, and awards. I’ve said it before in regard to how Hollywood operates and the kind of social activism they sponsor. Its not so much the box office that many actors regard as their highest honor, it’s the path to get an Academy Award. Most actors don’t think they can ever be taken seriously until they’ve won one and it is that yearning which keeps Hollywood marching along the lines of social activism. So when we talk about mass shootings and generally bad behavior that we see in society, yet no responsibility is ever placed at the feet of those who are actually responsible, the path to get there is just in the types of projects that brought Joker to be. For women in Hollywood, the message to them is that they must present themselves on screen in the nude, and it is then and only then that they will be taken seriously. For the men, they must show themselves to be disasters of imperfection and flawed to the core of their being. And that is why actors who have played the Joker in the various Batman movies have done so well with awards and this latest one starring Joaquin Phoenix is no different. It would not be surprising to see him get a best actor award for his performance in the Joker. He did a fabulous job, no question about that. But why we consider it fabulous is where the disagreements are and how actual terrorism is usually at the heart of that decision-making process.

Most of the actors in Hollywood have received awards of some kind for dressing as a terrorist clown and updating the mythology. Actors like Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, and even Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill have all done praised work of the super villain of the DC Comic universe and that attention does not go unnoticed. The message clearly to actors is, especially white, male, actors is that if you want to get attention, you must do acting not in the moral stewardship of John Wayne, for which Hollywood was built, but on the deranged lunatic, like the Joker villain. This trend goes a long way in Hollywood including in one of the best westerns I think has ever been made in Once Upon a Time in the West. In that film, it was a big deal that Henry Fonda, the perpetual blue-eyed good guy, was the crazy killer and ultimate villain. Hollywood loves and always has loved, to make good people into bad people, even though box office numbers favor good guys who stay good guys. In this world of the “woke” it is the villains that are getting all the attention because to be entirely honest, the people who make movies in that culture want more people like themselves in the world so they don’t feel so lonely.

The giveaway to the Todd Phillips Joker is that it wasn’t the Joaquin Phoenix character who killed the future Batman’s parents, it was an inspired mob. And in the grandiose way that the film ended there was a quiet message to the masses to go out and conduct themselves as the Joker had because the world from the liberal eyes of Phillips is so unjust. But he’s not alone, most everyone working in Hollywood feels the same way, and so does the media. They would never admit in the light of day, but at the bars of Glendale under the warm night air with their arms around their dates, they will say quite openly, “F**k those Trump voters out there over the mountains, in that 2000 miles beyond to the shores of the Atlantic. Let’s kill them all the way good ol’ Charlie did. We won’t have the blood on our hands, and we’ll hide the terrorism behind free speech and destroy them all with their own Constitution since they love their guns so much.” But in their media events, on the show with Ellan, or The View, they will be called artists of great consequence and be told how compassionate they are for the plights of the poor and downtrodden. And after the next mass shooting, which they had inspired by their “artistic” work, they will be quoted for their positions on more gun control managed by the same government that caused all the tension.

It’s the same lunatics that have called Robert Mapplethorpe’s work “art,” while praising The Rocky Horror Picture Show as a true representation of the human soul. Most working in Hollywood are not good at anything else in life so they hate the good family man, the business leader, the titan of industry. Most of the rejects who fled to Hollywood the way gold panners headed west during the Gold Rush was to make money any way possible. They will prostitute themselves in any fashion to get a shot and their moral ethics is part of what ends up getting hired by studios built by the same types of people. People who left their families to make a lot of money in show business, to be whatever someone told them to be so they could get an invite to the nice parties of Los Angeles social life. It isn’t the clean-cut moralist who gets their script bought by a studio ran by people who would rather put hundred-dollar bills in the G-strings of strippers at gentlemen clubs than hang out around the house raising their children. Most producers want writers and actors around them who think the way they do, and much like the Joker played by Joaquin Phoenix they are lonely and would love more company. So they make movies to recruit more people to think the way they do and if it leads to killing people along the way, there is a secret little smile that they have in the back of their minds every time it happens, because for them its revenge.

To provoke that activism the Academy of Arts and Sciences gives out their Academy Awards to social activists and actors who help them sell degeneration to the masses, ultimately so that they don’t have to be alone in life. They truly do want a world like the end of the Joker where Antifa types are running around terrorizing those who want to hold onto that traditional idea of America. They of course don’t say they want to kill anybody, but look at the silence given to Antifa when they physically beat up Trump supporters just for wearing a red Make America Great Again hat in public. Where did that antagonism come from, that spark for violence? It came from Hollywood and its products, in attitudes evoked from the Academy of Arts and Sciences and from filmmakers like Todd Phillips.

Like Charlie Manson they don’t do the killings directly. But they inspire them and while Phillips was cutting together this Joker movie, you can almost hear his voice calling out for people other than him to go out into Trump country and do the work of the Joker. Recently Mark Hamill, the nice guy Luke from the Star Wars series but occasional Joker in the animated series put out a really ugly Tweet toward Ivanka Trump for letting her kid dress up as a stormtrooper. His hatred for the Trumps was truly remarkable and was insight into how these Hollywood types really think of the people who voted for Trump in the last election, and who continue to want an America built by the Constitution. Actors who play characters like the Joker get praise because Hollywood wants more of that type of character because deep down inside they want the school shootings, they want the violence in Chicago, and they want the destroyed families for all the same reasons that Arthur Fleck did. Because they are hurting and they don’t know how to articulate it, so they want to lash out at those they think have victimized them. And in Hollywood, that behavior gets awarded, so they get a lot more of it.

Rich Hoffman

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