I’ll Say it Again, They have No Idea How Close they Came

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What can I say about the Bob Mueller press conference on May 29th, 2019 which hasn’t already been discussed over the last 24 hours other than didn’t I tell you all this very long ago? Mueller essentially confirmed everything people like me have said about him, and the FBI that he used to work for, and was brought back in to be a special prosecutor for his fired friend James Comey. There message from the first day of their two-year investigation to the present, after many millions of dollars were wasted was that you don’t fire people in Washington D.C. You don’t question them. And when they ask for money, you better give it. If you don’t completely support them as an unelected kingdom along the Potomac, then they will come after you and destroy you. Even if you manage to get elected into the White House, the message was quite clear at Mueller’s press conference. If you challenge the system, you will be destroyed one way or the other.

I didn’t feel comfortable telling CNN even six months into the Trump administration that the FBI was dirty. I alluded to it, but I didn’t feel it was appropriate to make such a statement. It was certainly my feeling and I explored that concept on these pages as a distinct possibility. But as the evidence came in and we watched the “witch hunt” against Trump and his supporters I couldn’t help but think back to the IRS story from 2010 to 2012 where the targeting of conservative groups through that tax collection agency was being exposed and nobody in Washington wanted to deal with it. Not Republicans or Democrats of any stature. Some newcomers to Congress said some things and there were a few cosmetic hearings, but nothing of any substance emerged. The word was out that Washington D.C. Beltway culture was headed toward socialism and a power base that benefited only the elite government holders who were confiscating our wealth in the United States only to use it against us to substantiate their growing power. And many of us realized that we had to stop it.

I was in many meetings, and I’m not at all reluctant to discuss it, where we strategized what needed to be done. After all, we have a constitutional obligation that if our government gets away from us that we as a society must bring it back to order. Should we take up arms against our government or should we try one last time to elect someone who could manage this mess under the current laws of our nation. Being among the best that our nation has to offer, of course we picked the most legal and less bloody option. So we put our hope behind President Trump to bring business management and his self-financing to the job in the White House with the expectation that people like Bob Mueller and James Comey would lose their jobs and status and to reclaim the Beltway for the people it is supposed to represent. But for the CNNs and the MSNBCs, or their parent company NBC, Disney, even Fox, any of the corporate media that is turning toward a global socialism that makes it easier for the political class to control—a resistance to their tyranny of more centralization when more individual independence was desired was going to happen whether or not there was a Donald Trump in the Executive Branch. I say again, they are very lucky that Donald Trump won in 2016 because things were not looking good for their side prior to that.

And the other side obviously knows it. You could see it on Mueller’s face as he gave his press conference. It was that same old dual narrative that was designed specifically for stupid people too busy with their lives to pay close attention to anything, where Mueller and his troops of suit wearing insurgents spoke one way about law and order while out of the other side of their mouths used the law as a weapon against their political opponents. Mueller practically begged congress to move to impeach the president and I couldn’t help but ask myself, “did they know what they were really asking?” I say no because they take it for granted that people won’t use the law against them the way they have us. They expected us to just take them at their word and go back to sleep leaving them as an elite class to rule us all through bureaucracy and red tape.

Personally, I think the worst of all this has past us. I think the Bob Muellers of the world have lost and that President Trump will ride his way to a great re-election. That doesn’t mean we can’t stop fighting for him to be in office, but if we can manage to keep him elected, then much of this work toward impeachment and the last gasp of the swamp to stay in power will be for nothing. The timing of this press conference by Mueller is largely to take away the pressure of the coming investigation into many of his own people by William Barr as the new Attorney General. Mueller needed to coddle a bit because the Barr investigation into the origin of the Russian hoax that was started with the illegally prepared FISA warrants, funded by the Democrat Party was all part of the game that Comey, and Mueller were quite well aware of from the beginning, and it will come out what role they played in everything. So much of his agreement with the way Barr handled the Mueller Report is some well-played boot licking in hopes that the boots of William Barr don’t crush Mueller out of existence.

Over the next two years we’re going to find that we were all correct to trust our Constitution and to go the way of a presidential election instead of armed insurgence. Of course, we should not let down our guard, but we have to understand that we have the high ground. These beltway types are but ghosts of the past already. Even as they stand before us and speak, they are as dead as a corpse from ancient Egypt. And as lifeless as one of their mummies. There way of life is coming to an end, the only ones who don’t see it is themselves, because they refuse to let go of the power that sustains them, financed off all our backs as taxpayers. Once they are cut off from that endless well, they will lose everything they have built toward a more progressive global nation. The trend which Trump has been riding, and helping to shape of more nationalism and populism for every country is spreading across the world as people are watching and learning how to stand up to their own tyrants. That trajectory goes well past the powers that have been toward much more self-government than the world has ever seen. Even China is on the chopping block these days which is a far cry from how things were even two years ago. Rather than wanting to punch the face of Bob Mueller while he spoke, I could only think of the ghost that he really was, and the calls from the grave to restore his people to power. But other than a few other ghosts in congress, those cries for help went on deaf ears knowing in the back of their minds that the choice before the beltway is much less violent than the one that happens if President Trump is impeached. Either way, they lose, and lose badly.

Rich Hoffman

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Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to be Weak Losers

This isn’t new news but maybe very timely as of now. An academic study of 171 men looking at their height, weight, overall physical strength and bicep circumference while also analyzing their views on redistribution of wealth found that weaker men are far more likely to favor socialist politics than stronger men. I mean that makes sense. Weak people obviously don’t feel inclined toward the competition of capitalism because they figure they won’t be able to compete, so they like the idea of a strong central government protecting them and giving them resources that they aren’t strong enough to get for themselves. And to be fair, women do favor many of those same socialist policies because they have learned to accept that men are stronger and they are less able to be physically forceful to get what they need in life. Weak men and feminist types who need to tip the scales in their favor support the idea of a big central government to help them have a shake in life toward what they consider fair. You can read the article for yourself below:

Physically Weak Males More Likely To Favor Socialist Policies, Study Finds

Most of the Republicans I know are what weak people would consider tough guys so the differences of political ideology truly does come down to physicality and experience with self-confidence. For instance, I do favor capitalism because I know I can do well in life with it, because I’m not afraid to compete with anybody, and I think that the path to true freedom is that everyone should feel the same way. That is why it is great to master some kind of weapon in life, so that a person can realize the freedom of their own defense and not fear for their life with every bolt of lighting that streaks across the sky. Not everyone can be the best at everything. So for the timid types, I think we can all sympathize with their anxiety. For those of us free of such concerns, the idea of a central government or socialism of any kind is reprehensible because we have the skills to do for ourselves and not everyone comes out of the box so prepared.

I would say I spend a significant amount of my life trying to help people learn to be more courageous I certainly don’t have an interest in being the strongest, fastest, and most dominant person on the block or in a city. Rather I’d like to teach people to be self-sustaining and to have the means of always defeating any bully any time and place and of all shapes and sizes so that they can enjoy that freedom for themselves because ultimately if they arrive into adulthood scared of everything, they will essentially vote for more big government to protect them which then hinders lifestyles like mine that want the most value. I would also consider strong people as the ones who advance society forward, because when people aren’t so worried about avoiding every little danger, they are inventing new things and building up industry which is needed for economic expansion. Some stringy haired hippie socialist wearing a tie dye shirt with a peace symbol on it isn’t typically going to be doing much of anything productive so those lifestyles should be avoided. But if such people do step forward, they should not limit the actions of the strong because it is the strong that protects other people truly, whether its their families, their friends and neighbors, or even their city. It is better to teach a weak person to be strong, but it is very bad to convince a strong person to give away their power to allow weak people to be equal.

And that is what is expected with socialism and why it never works in any place its ever been tried. There is a little socialism in every safety regulation, every compliance requirement and its been a very bad trend. What we need more of is not more regulations and reminders that government is the biggest, strongest entity that there is and everyone should be required to yield to it. We need more people to yearn to be stronger and for strong people to help teach them how to get there. We need the opposite of what we have been getting and the real trouble that has occurred is that too many people have just been emasculated from birth into essentially becoming pussies. And we all know what the purpose of pussies are. Not a good strategic position for anybody.

I think everyone has an opportunity to find some strength in themselves toward the freedom of self-reliance. The trouble is usually not the physical attribute of being strong, it’s in the laziness of the people who are weak that makes them that way. We used to have a society that encouraged in men to be strong and we passed judgments against them when they embraced their weaknesses and didn’t yearn to be stronger. For some people courage is hard, and some it comes easily. It really comes down to the kinds of things that people think about that makes them one way or another. However, in our culture now, the strong are chastised and the weak embraced so there is no incentive for the weak to modify their handicap and to learn to be courageous and strong if not physically, but mentally. The PC culture of our times has not helped advance mankind, it is hindering it into a regressive state.

The truth of the matter is that we should encourage everyone to be strong, even those who are small in stature or don’t have big biceps. There are many kinds of courage and we should always work to inspire those attributes in people no matter what sex they are, what size they are or what color. I’ve seen little people who aren’t afraid of anything. If you told them they could wrestle a Silver Back Gorilla to the ground, they would find a way to do it. And those kinds of people would likely be Republicans and fearless. But grown men who put on dresses and yearn to act like girls are just abortions to everything that being human should be. And any political system that embraces such a weakness is a detriment to the human race, which is quite a bit more serious than just political ideology. A yearning to make the world more fair, and more safe produces losers who would rather embrace socialism so that they could avoid any kind of fight for survival which is essential to human beings’ needing to continue advancing in life. Its ultimately that yearning that built skyscrapers and highways across North America and drove us to explore space through the early days of aviation. You don’t have to be strong and big to be bold and fearless. You simply have to learn what you have to work with and to maximize its potential. Being weak is a choice. Not a born trait. It can be overcome rather easily, and it is essential that we all do. The sure way to end the line of human beings is to allow them to build up their governments into an almighty, ever cautious parent who insists on safety over courage and a slow descent into the abyss of complacency and ultimately a terminal existence. There are far worse things in life than getting hurt from a long fall, or a cut hand—its in becoming scared of everything then seeking as adults to vote for larger governments to conceal their neurosis due to their perpetual anxieties.

Rich Hoffman
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Democrats are Not Evolved due to their Yearning to be Victims

With every holiday and meeting with people you only see a few times a year comes the unsaid expectation from them for some sort of apology for being a publicly affirmed Republican conservative in all the traditional ways possible. They expect you to apologize for supporting a mother in the home with the children, to find welfare disgusting, and to endorse every failure known to human endeavor with a valueless live and let live acceptance of total failure. The game the way that liberals and so called “fence sitters” play it is that if you are going to be a conservative and insist on voting for someone like Donald Trump, that you’ll keep it to yourself. Nobody is supposed to make their thoughts about politics known to the public. So for me, as a very committed conservative who has this blog and has written books, hosted radio broadcasts and even done television and put myself out there in sometimes audacious ways, comes with it a stigma that I owe them something, which of course I don’t. The best part of Memorial Day for me this year was that Rush Limbaugh hosted his own program without a substitute and that I had time to listen to him the entire three hours in the garage as I opened the pool for the year. It was a blissful day because I normally don’t get much time to listen to him throughout a typical week day due to the many professional engagements that require my attention. The broadcast I enjoyed on Memorial Day can be found at the below video presentation in case you missed it or are coming to this article many years in the future, like so many of my readers do, sometimes a decade later once they’ve grown up and become wiser, and understand that if they had listened to me ten or twenty years ago, they would have had a much better life.

Listening to that broadcast reminded me of something I had been thinking about a lot lately. I don’t need Rush Limbaugh to explain it to me, but it is nice to hear that someone else understands these things. As I have said before, the Democrat Party is filled with people functioning from some sort of mental handicap, which doesn’t mean they are throw away people. But in their current state of liberalism they are not complete people whereas conservatives, (not all Republicans) are further along in understanding the nature of the world. There is a reason that America is the most powerful superpower in the world. There is a reason that the world wants to storm our borders while other countries couldn’t give away a seat into their nations. There is a reason that that some things and some people are better than others. And the way President Trump sells his role of leadership to other countries shows that his brand of conservatism isn’t just for show, like most American presidents have been, or leader in Congress. Trump understands that the keys to human happiness is to encourage people and nations to function above the line and to reject any part of their natures which is below the line.

I was indifferent to the game of golf for most of my life. My dad no fault of his used to have me caddy for him and that really turned me off to the game, because I have always been a leader. If I’m not the star of the show, I’m not very interested in whatever is going on. I don’t typically get in the way of other people being the star of the show. I usually leave it to them and get on with something that requires my talents as an exclusive leader. And caddying in golf wasn’t my thing. But now I’m at an age where I have lots of reasons to do it. I have arrived in a place in life where playing that game is kind of unavoidable if you want to talk the language that people of a certain nature understand. And those certain kinds of people often have in common a yearning for above the line behavior. Golf and the country clubs that come with them have in common a focus on above the line approaches to life, which is summed up in the game of golf itself. You start with a driver to see how close to the objective you can get. Then each swing of a golf club is designed to get you closer to that moment of precision that you get the ball in the hole with careful thought, patience, power, and precision. And the whole game is played on immaculately landscaped courses that remind the player that the good things in life are well managed. The trees are trimmed well. The grass is always nicely cut. And the people playing the game are expected to dress well and treat each other in an above the line way. I appreciate the game much, much more than I used to which is also why poor people and lazy people (usually synonymous with each other) aren’t also playing. I don’t mind carrying my own clubs, but having a caddy is much more of my nature than being one to say the least.

Trump as I’ve watched him over the years, I think grew into a great president not only from marrying a good woman in Melania, but in steering his business from casinos more into golf courses. His business focus certainly seems to have shifted his personal philosophies into this very above the line person. For instance, during the days where he was a known playboy and appearing on the Howard Stern Show, those were very below the lines ways of thinking, and he clearly wasn’t ready to be president. But these days, a decade later, he has changed into wanting everything he does to be above the line, and life in the White House has been very conducive toward that objective. And his interaction on international affairs is just as Rush Limbaugh pointed out at the start of his broadcast, Trump wants to help every nation to become better, in much the way that going golfing has a silent hope that everyone does well on the course because the experience of playing is to enjoy the above the line nature of it.

Where Democrats and liberals of all degrees of that political philosophy go wrong is that they insist to keep the world into a victimized state so their direction for running everything is very below the line. No human being can hope to ever be really happy when their focus within their own existence is to keep their minds on below the line behavior—otherwise a victimized status. And that is the heart of why family get togethers at holidays is so awkward. If you are living an above the line life, and most everyone else is looking for an excuse as to why they are failures, then there is nothing you can say that can make them feel better about what they are doing. In every family there are always a few members who are drowning in below the line behavior and they look to you as a life raft to save them but only under their terms. And on the national and international stage the rules are the same. People functioning below the line want company in their misery so they have started all these dumb rules of compliance. Good above the line Republicans don’t feel the need to rub people’s face in rival opinions so they are vulnerable to aggression which mostly comes from below the line people, Yet I disagree with that approach so I won’t be apologizing. And I don’t feel even the slightest temptation to do so. It is the task of everyone to take themselves above the line. Not for us to endorse their bad behavior by stepping below. And those are how the new rules of the game will be played, and Trump is the perfect president to bring that above, and I will not apologize for any of that. Ever.

Rich Hoffman
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Why “A State of Urgency” is not a Bad Thing

I found it alarming recently that the phrase “state of urgency” was one of the banned terms of the new liberalism. But it really isn’t new, the concept of having a judge free existence has been around for a while now and it has pretty much destroyed everything it has touched, and any kind of state of urgency is considered an offensive judgement because it understands that to have urgency toward anything, that someone has a value judgement about something. As I have said more and more, especially lately, I have been around for a long time. That’s important because I remember what it was like before. Even though these liberal euphemisms have been around for even longer, our culture largely rejected the concepts, except for the most recent stringy haired hippies and grunge rock losers.

The theme of our colleges and public schools has in fact been to embrace this no judgment culture and throwing out terms like “state of urgency” has been part of their defining characteristics of an educated culture. There are many more terms that have been banned from our education system and most of them involve any kind of personal value judgment and favors collective morality and the impact has been obvious. Unlike in years past where personal accountability was stressed even in public schools, the temperament of our day is that nobody is responsible for anything and that things will happen when they do and that we should all yield to them in favor of collective opinion. Therefor, how could we have have a state of emergency for anything because the roots of the judgment come from an individual need. And individuals are not to be trusted, only state sponsored endeavors that are “democratically” organized are to have any merit.

Personally, I can see these effects every day, after a couple of decades of this type of thinking it has ruined many people and their ability to do things because the culture they are interacting with is running from responsibility instead of toward it. It is especially noticeable in the United State where workers have yielded to the pressure of lacking performance and instead embraced a culture that hates Mondays, looks toward Wednesday as “hump day” as if a week represented some sort of decline back toward their weekends of not having to live with any kind of expectations. And of course there is Friday, which for most people means their work week is over and they get to reclaim their personal time once again. Our education system has advanced this kind of thinking purposely to inspire a diminished expectation in our capitalist culture which they of course hope brings our economy to its knees. God forbid that more individuals get rich with good ol’ fashioned hard work. Allowing individuals to have more or to do more than others is a socialists dream of a utopian existence.

On any given day you can see the impact, anywhere in the world. Gone from the minds of the many are the concerns of productivity. What has replaced that former expectation has been an emphasis on complacency and rudderless leadership. The only place that a “state of urgency” has been allowed to reside in our earthbound cultures has been in sports where a timer judges who wins and loses in the world based on who has the most points at the end of the game. More and more we have cultures who view timers as something to reset if they miss their target objectives since for over two decades, they have learned that the timers in our lives mean nothing. There shouldn’t ever be a “state of urgency” because there is no game to win. There is no competition. There are only weekends and massive amounts of empty space to fill with a servitude toward collectivism.

The report that I gave yesterday of where Americans on average are bored 131 days per year, or otherwise stated, 36% of their lives is a disgusting number. It is a direct reflection of our education system not inspiring people to do good things with their lives but in clipping their wings starting with their intellects in favor of a collective based society that puts everyone on equal footing, and making sure that judgements do draw lines between people as is our natural instincts. It’s not about skin color or the sexes that the political left is trying to make equal, their real target has always been and continues to be the productive against the unproductive. If they can take away the treasures of ambition and push everyone into a big government addiction, then their philosophy will then grow and socialism will become the norm. By stating that “a state of urgency” is a bad thing to think about, then competition will slip away between human beings and complacency will permeate our existence. The goal is to clip all our wings and surrender to the needs of the many, which is to accept a loser state of existence. After all the best way to take away the incentive to be the best that you can be is to take away the benefits of doing so leaving behind husks of a human body vacant of thought and action.

Of course, like any state authorized imposition it has had the opposite effect. While people do tend to avoid social stigmas, they have taken the need for competition underground where “a state of urgency” is living well in the video game culture. I was watching one of my grandsons playing Fortnite the other day and given how popular that game is, it tells me that people are running from government and onto the online video game world where competition is alive and well. Sadly, this has separated people from their necessity to be productive and pushed that level of competition into their leisure time exacerbating the problem, not helping it. But the need for competition and the challenge of managing “states of urgency” are quite alive and well in people. We just aren’t seeing it in our jobs and political existence like we did even a few years ago.

When I was growing up people were called bums who didn’t work hard and even attempt to play at a productive life. People who ran from their responsibilities were called losers, which is still my term for them. I see that things worked much better then than they do now and that is a judgment based on more than reflections of the good ol’ days where an older person thinks their way of life is better than a present one. In this case it is literally the truth. Too many people have allowed the politics of our day to clip their intellectual wings and accept a mundane existence and it is repulsive that we’ve allowed that political strategy to sink roots in our cultural expectations. And the primary mode of attack has come from our education system informing our youth that time is never of the essence, that competition is a very negative thing unless it comes from team sports, or otherwise in service to the state. Individual goals are to be avoided because they emphasize choosing those values of the votes of the many, the opinions of the losers, and ambitions of the lazy.

Rich Hoffman
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How can Americans Complain about Being Bored 8 Hours per Day when they Have Kings Island?

I really treasure summertime, especially in Ohio where I live. The change of seasons gives a really nice perspective to the story of a year. The spring and summer time period for me is by far the best time and Memorial Day in our culture is the launch of the summer season, even though it doesn’t officially begin until later in June. But this year was a bit different, my wife and I had a rare window to go to Kings Island after a hard week of work Friday night and the stars had lined up just right to have a wonderful evening. I tend to be a very positive person, so many of the things I observed that night might seem trivial, but I’ll share them anyway for the benefit of contemplation. This year since we go to Kings Island a lot my wife and I had the drink and dinner plans so we could eat at the new Miami River Brewhouse which is the new sit down restaurant in Rivertown and not worry about the typically excessive expenses of amusement part food and watch the Reds play baseball on one of the many big screen televisions hung around the establishment. As we ate, the Reds had beaten the Cubs in a really good game. And through the windows we could see the world of an amusement part through every window which made me think of how the rest of the world lives, which is not nearly so blessed.

My first thought sitting there in that fabulous place, which was a redesign of what in previous years had been a Cincinnati Reds themed eatery, was that everything was so grand. The building itself had been there a while, but for this new Brewhouse Kings Island had completely overhauled the place so it was filled with nice big tables and large areas to move around. In the corner overlooking the lake that Diamond Back storms through on its return to the loading station was a big, magnificent bar themed a bit like what we might think of as a wild west saloon. And that was themed to the general look and feel of Rivertown which is my favorite part of the park. It always has been but lately the people at Kings Island who make strategic decisions for these kinds of things have really embraced the wild west like feeling of that part of the park and themed it off the old history of the Miami Valley itself. And that theming has carried over into their new and classic rides, like The Beast, Diamond Back, the Train and the latest addition Mystic Timbers. When I have a really stressful day, which I had all that previous week, Rivertown is my favorite place during the summer to blow off steam and put my mind in a good place.

For me what makes me most happy in life is time to think, which is something I don’t get as much as I’d like. And turning an environment around from a negative one to a very positive one like Kings Island provides is a very helpful exchange. As I’ve made clear I strive to have above the line places to go and the point of Kings Island is to give that to people. I couldn’t help but think again how grateful I am that I live in an area that has one of these big amusement parks. I think often of Orlando because it’s a very optimistic city now with all the Disney Parks, Universal Studios and the many, many offerings from Kissimmee, Florida all the way up International Drive until you arrive at the south part of the city of Orlando itself. But for thrill rides, Ohio has the best between Cedar Point and Kings Island which Ceder Fair Amusements owns both. Under their care over the last several years of their ownership Kings Island has improved quite a lot and sitting in that Brewhouse I couldn’t help but see that they were doing a better job of making Kings Island on par with a place like Universal Studios and Disney than like a big carnival playground as it has been considered over the years. And to have something like that near where I live is something I am very grateful of, even though I have been going there most of my life.

I heard an alarming statistic a few weeks ago from a survey which indicated that Americans were mired in boredom 131 days a year, or otherwise stated 60.48 hours per week, 36% of the time available over a 7 day period. That is a baffling concept for me because I can’t say that I am ever bored. It does get on my nerves waiting for people I may have to interact with sometimes who don’t use the clock of the day as effectively as I do. Most of the time that is like minutes of a day, but 60 hours a week, which comes out to 8.5 hours per day. That is just a reprehensible statistic, especially when entertainment options that are out there include places like Kings Island. Part of the definition for boredom was reports of no fun time as defined by the participants as having too many full-time adult responsibilities.

This is obviously a mistake, this approach to life where what people consider having too many childish things in their life means that they are immature where in fact the opposite is true. By classic definitions of adulthood, it is expected that people rise above the yearnings of childhood and that is part of the problem. It should be the other way around. Childhood isn’t the problem, the belief that it is inferior to adult responsibilities of service to others as the primary objective is. Speaking for myself which is why I’m sharing these thoughts, I can’t think of any time that I am bored. In my ideal day, which I had previously before going to the Brewhouse for some dinner and to watch the ballgame before riding the roller coasters at Kings Island I had spoken to people in five different countries, played a little Red Dead Redemption on Playstation 4, read a third of a book as my days usually start at 4:30 AM every day and attended several important meetings that were all aimed at making money which I consider all those things equally important. What is there to be bored about? My problem is that I’d love to have 48 hours per day instead of just 24. Even then, I don’t think it would be possible to do everything I want to do in a day. And out of all those things, I don’t recall an abandonment of fun. Sure, sometimes I may get mad at something and throw a chair or kick in a door but in a lot of ways I find that fun, not stressful. It is fun to engage in the passions of life. Getting mad at something isn’t necessarily bad. To me it is just another form of happiness because the anger comes from a zeal for accomplishment which is a creative enterprise. It certainly isn’t boring.

I am certainly grateful for Kings Island. I do still play a lot and I don’t see adulthood as an opportunity for boredom. Most of us spend our lives wishing away our time so that we can become adults and buy the things we want and go where we want. It is sad that most of us spend 8 hours a day bored. I don’t think people in America should ever be bored. Responsibilities shouldn’t be looked at as a hindrance to happiness especially if you learn to play along the way. And places like Kings Island certainly make it easy to do just that. There are places in the world who could only fantasize about having such a place in their city, even well-established countries with decent economies and culture. Kings Island as much as we might take it for granted in Cincinnati, Ohio is a real benefit to have and I certainly did enjoy my visit there over Memorial Day weekend. As I always do.

Rich Hoffman

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Donald Trump is Fighting Back the way Teddy Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson did

First of all, we are not a democracy, so dying in darkness has nothing to do with the current situation regarding President Trump and his declassification of the documents used against him politically by Democrats to attempt an overthrow of his election. We are a republic which requires smart people to prevail at the end of the day in a representative fashion to manage a country. This concept of “rule by the people” doesn’t work because not all people are smart or good at movement. A simple majority vote simply leads to communism then anarchy and really aren’t conducive to good government, which is really what is behind the attempt to destroy the Trump administration at the outset. Because people who essentially wanted to destroy the American Republic and replace it with something more socialist knew that Trump represented a turn away from the typical Democrat. So they did everything they could to destroy him and anybody connected with him.

I am happy every day these days, most of them anyway. Trump is running the country the way I have wanted for my entire life. He does and says what I’ve always wanted to see because anybody who looks could see what kind of game was going on in Washington D.C. They weren’t working for us as American taxpayers, they considered themselves above our station and that their political view of the world was rooted in making the presidency into a kind of king’s court for which they were members. The rest of us were mere peons, which I never accepted as a reality, and is the root of my political interest. I’ve always been interested in presidential politics, going back into my grade school days. While a lot of kids were trying to sneak of copy of Penthouse from the local bookstore that they were too young to purchase themselves, I was reading presidential biographies about life in the White House. They only ones who ran the presidency the way I thought it should be done was Thomas Jefferson and then later Teddy Roosevelt. I never personally had an interest in a president who just wanted to get along with everyone. I wanted someone who wanted to fight for a small government appetite at the top office, and Trump has clearly offered himself to perform that task so I feel a need to be protective of his efforts. As I talked about here many years ago, the Edmund Morris Theodore Roosevelt Trilogy which took many years to produce is one of the best collections of books on Roosevelt ever produced. I think President Trump however is far better than Roosevelt. But I was reminded of how important Roosevelt was with the very recent book by Dan Abrams called Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense which was just released a few days ago. It was a great book about the kind of character Roosevelt was and why he was important to American life at a critical time in our history.

And it will go down in history what a great president that Trump has been. Once the cameras get cold and forget about their daily ambitions to over-throw the country one news story at a time, Trump will be remembered as one of the best American presidents without question. And one of the most heroic moments of it won’t be the way he stood up to world leaders looking to sap us all dry anyway possible, but that he rooted out insurrection attempts within our own government. As Jefferson said, “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against the tyranny in government.” Or how about this little gem of a thought, “I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labour of the industrious.” Or on the nature of republic government as opposed to just flat rate democracy, “Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.” And this one is one of my favorites, “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

I think we can all agree that Thomas Jefferson was hardly a crazy radical and was one of the greatest American presidents. Jefferson was well read and very interested in being a top contributor intellectually to the spirt of American government. And Roosevelt was much the same, he loved to read and was very, very educated. But while Jefferson liked to think and philosophize, Roosevelt liked to fight. He just thrived off conflict with other people which really improved our government for a while. He liked to fight so much that he stepped away from the Republican Party just to spite the party boss at the time and went on to help found the Progressive Party to get back at his rivals—which turned out to be a disaster. But that’s a story for another time. What matters is that he brought the will to fight and a vast intelligence to the White House and that held our government together at a critical time. Trump isn’t crazy about reading, but he is very smart and was excessively accomplished before he ever came to office and his love of fighting is very much an important attribute to his election. People like me voted for him not out of any desire for racism, or ignorance. I doubt there are many people on the political left who are as accommodating of ambition no matter what country it comes from as I am. And I seriously doubt many of them read as many books as I do, or write about the benefits of our republic as me. And I will say gladly that the insurrection against President Trump can’t go unmatched. He has to kick some ass, I expect him to, as do millions of his supporters. That’s why we elected him. Its better to have the fight legally through elections than with guns in the streets, which is where we were headed. I have no intention of accepting any form of socialism in our government. What we do have I consider unacceptable. More of it simply isn’t an option.

This is exactly the moment I talked about a few years ago, where I stated that the Democrat Party likely would come to an end. They can only rule by force, and by cheating because the American people who are actually smart are not with them, regardless of political ideology. Even with the incubation contributors of colleges toward liberalism, and our horrendous public education system which is essentially a 12 year advertisement for socialism, there were enough people who supported Donald Trump for president because of all the reasons we knew of regarding a government that had lost touch with what they should have been doing as elected representatives all along. The Democrats had lost that connection more than anybody, and as I said, I don’t think they’ll survive. And with how they all collaborated to remove Trump from office, there were many crimes committed, and that will bring them all to a much-deserved end. And the beginning of that end was the Trump declassification of the documents that prove all their plots of insurrection to be true. Now William Barr has the green light to bring the Justice Department down on those insurgents and they will get everything they deserve, because we elected a president who wouldn’t just take it. But would fight back the way we have always wanted to.

Rich Hoffman

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The Black Spire Outpost–the roots of genius

Most of my readers are over 50, but I do have quite a few that are under that number and they are likely as excited as I am about the opening of the Black Spire Outpost in Disneyland, which happens next week. That is of course the new Star Wars Land called Galaxy’s Edge which is finally opening after Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 and now six years later is about to be opened. I had a lot to say on the matter back then and just as I hoped, it will prove to be not only a technical marvel, but an important contributor to human mythology. Additionally, it centerpieces an enthusiasm for the imagination which I think is critical to the production of genius in our culture. A free roaming imagination has many safe places in the Star Wars stories, so being able to actually visit such a place with all the authentic detail that fans and just park goers can share with this new Disney contribution to the live action myth building that they are so well known for is a really exciting enterprise. So for the sake of people thinking of visiting it in the weeks to come, or over the course of this upcoming year the video below is a good place to start just to get the basics of a successful visit.

As many also know I have a small obsession with the concept of genius and growing older to me can be a blessing if the elements of childhood have not been lost in the process. However, I view most human beings as being at their peek around the ages of 6 to 10. After that, most of us slowly decline over time. We may gain more responsibilities and wisdom, but usually it’s at the sacrifice of thoughtful imagination and wonder. Being older of course has more fiscal opportunities, but I sort of drew the line at 50 because at that age people become much more reflective and my readers come here to think about the things in their life that they neglected before getting to an age where its too late to change anything quickly. Most of my fans don’t want to leave the world worse off for their children and grand children so they start thinking of politics and what they can do to help.

Unfortunately, everyone under 50 is mostly concerned with social statuses and where they fit on the pecking order of existence where it is generally accepted that elected offices are something that most people don’t want to think about. Rather than talking about politics they reside to the safe topics of sports and grilling hamburgers or steaks in their back yards. It continues to amaze me how much conversation is generated among people in this age group, between 30 and 50 years of age about grilling out in the back yard. And these same people detest any talk of politics, because they fear it will harm their climb up whatever social ladder of influence they are concerned with navigating. Then of course there are the people of the previous twenty years, from the ages of 10 to about 30 that are nearly obsessed with their newly turned on sexual attributes. The race to find a mate to have children with, or to just use sex as a tool of manipulation and control becomes their dominate thinking. Watching all this from my perspective is disgusting and I never accepted any of those social gates. Instead my mind has always been more on books and other mythic entertainments because those were the values of my youth and I never let go of them. And I see quite clearly that the path to genius is through retaining that child-like “Peter Pan” element of perpetual curiosity.

Star Wars is a great vehicle for refining that genius. Some of the smartest people I know are comic book geeks and pimple faced readers of Star Wars books. Most of these people are extremely overweight and don’t get out in the sun much, but they don’t care. They have made decisions to not care about their places in the pecking order of our civilization and they get made fun of for not participating. But most of these people are extremely intelligent and rather childlike. It’s a shame that they are so stigmatized in society because they could bring to the world great things if only, they cared to participate. But the world to them is often a disappointment and nowhere near as exciting as the Star Wars stories they read about and enjoy in the movies. But that trend has been changing and places like this Black Spire Outpost is the latest effort to allow people to revisit their childhood hopes and to actually put their hands on what used to be only a fantasy, and I think that is a very good thing.

Star Wars was and has always been very political. After all, if there is a war, there must be something to fight over and those stories often reflect the politics of our day. As much as people think of George Lucas, the creator as a hippie of his generation concerned over Watergate and the Vietnam War, I see in him a pretty conservative hot rodder who came to age through racing cars and learning to work on them who also had an active, very childlike imagination, which is why Star Wars turned out to be so special. And so the seeds for the Black Spire Outpost were born from the burnout smoke of his race cars and a keen interest in anthropology. Unlike many filmmakers these days who are obsessed with film trivia George Lucas made Star Wars from a perspective of genius by carrying with him into adulthood the hope that most young people have, that they may have the opportunity to change the world as an individual.

Of course, genius doesn’t stay with people. It can be lost in a puff of instant smoke. Once the values of genius are lost, people usually revert back to some biological timeline of age ward progression. But it doesn’t have to be that way and every time a big amusement park land like the Black Spire Outpost comes on the scene it reveals some of the best elements of our culture. And that excites me greatly as I enjoy the enthusiasm that comes with such ambitions. This particular creation at Disenyland is a huge cultural element that when I was a kid wasn’t even thought possible. I remember going to Universal Studios in Hollywood and looking forward for months beforehand to see the full-sized star fighters from the television show Battlestar Galactica—the Colonial Vipers. I think it was one of the most exciting things I had seen as a young person and I never really forgot it, even though the thing was just a prop from the television show’s set. To be able to see the Millennium Falcon sitting in a free state and to be able to actually ride it in an active way is extremely exciting and we can only imagine what impact that will have on future generations . One way or the other, the opening of the Black Spire Outpost is a very significant cultural event that will likely have long standing consequences for the better. So for those planning to visit, enjoy it! It is truly something special!

Rich Hoffman

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