And People Wonder Why Americans Need Guns: The evidence is all around us–impeachment, abuse of power, and massive corruption

Oh, I don’t know why anybody would question the rights to gun owners to have weapons that can defend itself against a domestic military, or why we might need to carry them even in the streets everywhere we go. After all, the Democrats through a little trickery on a low voter year took both houses in Virginia and went quickly to abuse their power as fast as they could by attacking the Second Amendment. Or even as gun rights advocates marched on the capital in Richmond against those incursions, the House Democrats in Washington D.C. were trying to impeach a president that we voted for to represent us instead of turning to guns to take back our government. Without those tools, the guns that are part of American life to its very core, imagine the level of corruption that Ralphie the Governor of Virginia would embark on. Imagine the world Nancy Pelosi would envision for the rest of us, and just think how much abuse Michael Bloomberg’s billions could purchase with George Soros—a utopia of their infantile state and an all-powerful government that could crush anybody. And these are the people who tell us to trust them and to give up our guns and accept control by the state forever. No thanks. And that was the message at the pro-gun rally at Richmond on Martin Luther King Day of 2020.

Reports are indicating that around 20,000 people showed up to protest the incursions that the Democrats are trying to push through the legalization process there to essentially ban weapons from private ownership. To many reporters, that is a lot of people, but to me, its just a Trump rally. What many people have not yet learned to accept is that Trump, guns and the trend of the world is toward more options, more freedom, and much less government control on everything—and even if Democrats did manage to ban all guns from society, and could impeach President Trump from office so that they wouldn’t have to run against him in November, that the causes that put those things in place would somehow fall in line and the world would be happy. Its like a kid wishing for some magical present on Christmas and prior to that day thinking how great it will be if only someone bought them that special present. Yet when the day arrived, they open it, are happy to see that they finally that that special something. Then two hours later, now that the wanting of it is gone, its just a thing to be forgotten. And the mind moves on to something else. Even in a more primitive mode, sex offers the precise same experience, the thinking about it is much more exciting than what you get. And after the act is over, you are left with the consequences, the children that are born, the hurt feelings, the psychological attachments, the house, the shared cars, the shared refrigerator. Those are things that people often don’t think about until afterwards, and that is clearly what Democrats have been thinking about regarding gun control. They want the laws, they want to think about a society of disarmed people, but they have never really thought about what comes next.

People want options and they don’t want a government imposing on them telling them what soft drinks they can have, how many clips they can put into their guns, or even where they will get their health care. They want you to spend the money they send in taxes wisely and to leave them alone to live their lives. They don’t want potholes in the highways, because that means the state has wasted their money. They don’t want a welfare state, because that means the government is paying people not to work off the backs of those working. They don’t want to waste money on public education if the schools are just going to teach a liberalized curriculum to influential young minds. And as time has gone on government has not earned more respect for a job well done, it has gotten considerably worse. And it is in this environment that politicians think they are going to sell gun confiscation and changes to human behavior. If anything, people will hold their guns closer, not further, because its their only recourse for a change if things go wrong. Obviously, with the Trump impeachment attempts, Democrats do not respect elections. So, what will they respect? And as in the case in Virginia, when Democrats do manage to win elections, look what they do with it—they immediately move to abuse their power.

What is laughable is that Democrats looked at those 20,000 protestors who showed up mostly armed to give warning to law makers of the next steps and they pointed to their recent election in November, as if that gave them permission to move toward a gun ban with 2 million voters putting them in power. There are around 5,660,969 voters in Virginia so nearly 50% showed up to vote for the Democrats, especially in the north where Washington D.C. spill overs are having the same type of demographic change at the polls as illegal aliens are in California. Republicans have to be cautious not to stay home and trust that everything will be alright. Bloomberg’s money inspired Democrats to vote, and they did gain the House and Senate in that state giving the governor a dream scenario for their far left reaching ideas on gun control. And now we have a fight that could have easily been avoided with a simple vote on election night. But those same Democrats claiming elections have consequences are the same ones saying that Trump should be impeached because they don’t like that they lost. They don’t get to have it both ways, and they expect to.

That’s why protestors showed up with guns and why there are actually millions of those people all over the United States. Any overreach by government will be met with armed force as a last resort and that was the message in Richmond. Politicians can squabble all they want about what the numbers mean, but the bottom line is that people are not going to give up their guns, they’ll use them to push back a government looking to inflict less choice in our country. Its as simple as that. The attempts by the governor to paint the pro-gun protestors as potential violent thugs like the leftist ANTIFA goons have been is just wrong. Gun supporters in America are just like those protestors. They don’t need to bloviate for power, because they already have it and know it. It’s in their hands so there is no reason to show off with violence. And they are the majority. They need to learn from this Virginia mishap and vote in November, and not trust that other people will cover their voice—because what happens is that one side out votes the other, and soon you will have to grab your guns just to defend your basic rights. And we shouldn’t have to do that.

But it wouldn’t take much for gun owners to completely retake the American government, so long as we still have our guns, and that may be what it comes to if we learn that elections don’t matter to Democrats. What happened in Richmond is just a small example. Look how long it has taken to fight a war in Afghanistan. How in the world would any Democrat government run the United States in a civil war with so many elements that are beyond their control, even with the full utilization of our military. And that is the balance of power that we must maintain, for the sake of our country. But we first need to fully use the power of elections, just to give the option before the bullets fly. And yes, that is what we are talking about. We are at that place where that discussion must happen because of the actions Democrats are showing in Virginia and now in the Senate in Washington against President Trump. Compliance is less important than freedom and that’s where we are folks. The Democrats want to unwrap that present on gun control and they have not thought through what happens next. Hopefully, they will come to their senses before someone gets hurt.

Rich Hoffman

Lakota Alums Complain about EdChoice: School superintendents show they aren’t anything like CEOs, they just don’t have the skills

“I’m OK with choice and options for your kids. I’m not okay with public tax dollars going to the private schools,” said Matt Miller, the superintendent of Lakota Schools in reaction to this year’s expansion of Ohio’s EdChoice program. And across town at Hamilton City School’s Mike Holbrook the former Lakota principal and complainer-in-chief who is now the superintendent there, he’s back to complaining about money because this EdChoice challenges his district which has a report card of a “C” into making better decisions instead of just continuing to ask for more and more budget to fund failure. These Lakota school alums have spent some time lately complaining that the Ohio voucher program is getting more aggressive, which I have always said that it would, and its forcing them to control their budgets better, and they just don’t like it. I find their statements amazing because after all these years, we have been told that a school superintendent is like a CEO at a public school. Yet all they really have done is lobby for more money. Anybody can do anything with infinite amounts of money to work with, but only in public schools is it assumed that more money gets better results. Yet in Hamilton City and at Lakota Schools, that clearly is not the case. Those districts are not getting A+ grades and we pay them fortunes. So why not attach the state funding to children and allow competition to make everyone better? A CEO would certainly understand that, and these guys show in their statements on this EdChoice debate that they are clearly not up to the task.

This is what happens to a governing body when they are allowed to inflate their budgets with union contracts and overpay their staff without a funding model that lives within the scope of their resources. I have written about Mike Holbrook before when he was just a Lakota principal, you can see his comments after a levy defeat by clicking here. He has a long history of complaining about money, which public schools have allowed to be the role of superintendents. These guys want respect and to be treated as top managers, but they don’t want to do the work. They coddle the teacher’s union during contract negotiations and drive up their costs then expect taxpayers to bail out their failure. Hamilton certainly isn’t anything to be proud of with their “C” grade report card. But Lakota isn’t much better, and we did pass a levy in 2013 after a lot of debate, and guess what. They did just what I said they would, they gave the money to the teachers in the form of raises and performance went down. The school’s performance worsened. Paying top dollar for the so-called best teachers did not promise Lakota an A+ report card, and it should have.

The best way to secure the best scores is with vouchers, where tax money is attached to the kids. If parents don’t like the school, they should be able to take their tax money and pick another school. And if the schools want to be in business, they need to do a better job. That is the job of a CEO, to make sure that parents want to send their kids to their schools, and to make themselves that choice. They need to work at it, and if you have a six-figure income, that is your job to figure out guys. These token superintendent jobs were never intended to be levy cheerleading positions where you just spend and spend and spend and have guaranteed security due to the kinds of people living in your district. You should want to work for better kids, better parents, and better results. Not some state definition of success, but one that is market driven

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Senator Bill Coley, whom I’ve known for a long time and who cares about this voucher issue a great deal, tried to explain it to these superintendents in ways they might understand. The school district still has tax money coming in from every home and business and those values are continuing to appreciate, the revenue continues to increase every year in an area like Butler County. What’s the problem? Well, the problem is they have gotten used to not having to manage the money. That’s the issue. They are used to it always being there and most of the problems have been solved with coffee talks. Schools like Lakota took away busing to save money. Parents have gotten used to driving their kids to school. So why wouldn’t they just drive their kid to school somewhere else if they had a choice? And why should Lakota get all their money just because that student lives in the district? If the money is for education why shouldn’t that money follow the student, and the performance that the customer expects?

Of course, we all know the answer, public schools and their labor unions depend on these fixed numbers to manage their collective bargaining agreements. But wouldn’t the unions get what they want with this EdChoice? Teachers would get smaller class sizes due to declining enrollment in failing schools, those only getting “Bs” and “Cs” are failing based on marketplace analytics. If parents want the best for their students, that would be an A+ on the report card. If a district can’t get that, get rid of the teachers and get better. Oh, you can’t do that because the union contract won’t allow it. Well, there is your problem and so long as the tax money is locked to the school, not the student, we will continue to fund failure.

Only by having such a competitive element, such as EdChoice will school superintendents be forced to do the job they were hired to do in the way that schools need to do it. The word “public” assumes that there is some community right to money and the education of kids. We have seen over the last century that public education is not the best way to teach a kid, and parents who understand that private schools are clearly better for children are already paying for that improvement. Why should their tax money go to appeasing failure? But as Senator Coley has said, Lakota will still get their money, so will Hamilton. They’ll lose a little but they’ll also lose some class size. Everyone should be happy. Property values continue to go up in this Trump economy. A CEO would understand how to make those elements work, but apparently all the Lakota alums want to do is complain that they don’t have enough.

Any real CEO of an organization would love to have the problems of these public schools, they have guaranteed income, they have nice new buildings, and they have sports programs to distract the base and keep team building exercises active in the community. It’s a dream job for anybody with half a brain so it is extremely disappointing to see these guys crying like babies. Manage your contracts, let the complainers leave with their poison to other districts because it hasn’t helped your report card anyway and pull up your bootstraps. Don’t ask for more money with levies because that’s lazy, work with what you have. And work to be better and to make yourself an EdChoice destination instead of a repellant. And if you can’t, cut your losses and be happy being a “B” or “C” player in the world. That’s life. The trend is in choice, choice in entertainment, choice in food, choice in government, and especially choice in education.

Property values unlike what people may have thought ten years ago are not so intricately linked to the public school in their districts. They are linked to choice, the kinds of jobs there are, the entertainment options, the overall quality of life. Most people in Lakota don’t even know that there are football games on Friday nights. They could care less; Netflix has all the options they need and the carryout down the road has dinner. I would suggest to these superintendents that they start acting more like the CEOs they want to believe they are instead of union stooges padding the way for continuous contract increases to their labor rates. Choice in performance will demand them to get with the program, EdChoice is just the beginning.

Rich Hoffman

Jeffrey Epstein and Democrats are all the Same: The evil of ‘Sex Island’ and Pelosi’s attempts at impeachment

In so many ways what we are learning about the Jeffrey Epstein sex island in the wake of his death, is that the Democrat Party, which was participating wildly in the orgies hosted by the New York billionaire on that island, for which many secrets are desperately being secured from the investigation, are all a lot alike. The modes of sex trafficking, which could be said to be the case everywhere in the world is psychologically very close to the way that Democrats recruit new members and attempt to hang on to their old ones. The abuse is simply more mental than physical. Of course, I have been talking about losers like Jeffrey Epstein for years, while the rest of the world is just now catching on. Better late than never I suppose. So, take it to heart that what I am saying about the way Democrats behaved during their attempted election of 2020 sabotage against President Trump was out of the same playbook as Jeffrey Epstein. Mitch McConnell did a good job on the Senate floor not in making such a comparison as I am about to, but in discovering the bad, and bizarre behavior of the Democrats after they signed the impeachment documents and attempted to apply some logic, for which there wasn’t any.

It really does sum up as attempted abuse, the entire impeachment push, from the media to the local politicians espousing the same. And none of it is any different from what Jeffrey Epstein attempted and in many cases did to young girls as young as 12 years old, as we are now discovering from the evidence retrieved from that vile island of abusive sex and partying by the powerful elite who manipulated those circumstances for their pure pleasure. The reason we consider rape and sexual abuse such a vile crime ultimately is that it robs a woman of her choices and that is what went on at those sex orgies. Epstein took away the choices of the girls, took their cell phones, took their passports, took everything until all they had left was drugs and sex to drown out the pain of it all. They were lured there with opportunities for modeling jobs and other lures of wealth, but gradually, Epstein and his officers on the isolated islands stripped the girls of all hope until they were willing participates in their own misery. Aren’t the parallels obvious?

Democrats, especially Nancy Pelosi have in the promised this, then that, especially with healthcare’s “we have to sign the bill to find out what’s in it” she has lied, we have watched it openly and studied her shaky hands attempt to manipulate us all in the same way that slime balls like Jeffrey Epstein lured young girls to his island with promises of great days ahead. Only when they get there, they discover that gradually all their freedoms are taken from them until all they have left as options are compliance to a higher authority. That is the Democrat playbook so it shouldn’t be surprising that they hung out with Epstein and enjoyed his orgies because its not just a job for them, it’s a lifestyle. They think in this abusive fashion in every aspect of their lives. The only difference in the abuse approach is that one is sex with underage girls, the other is mass abuse on a voter scale that is so massive that nobody can believe that anybody is that evil, and sinister.

I’m sure Nancey Pelosi doesn’t look in the mirror every day and think of herself as the political equivalent of Jeffrey Epstein. But I doubt that Epstein thought he was doing anything bad either. He probably convinced himself that he was giving the girls opportunities they’d never have otherwise and that they should thank him for the experience. This is typical of deranged people who lose touch with reality. Yet, what makes them all vile, evil people is that in order to function in the world, they must limit the choices of others to sustain their mental depravity. Anywhere where choices are eliminated in people, for whatever reason, we can say that the efforts involved are evil, whether or not we openly admit to the breaking of laws, or whether the evil is so vast that it defies legal parameters of understanding. To stand in front of the public and say that congress takes impeachment very seriously and to be a somber occasion, then to deliver pens from the signing on a literal silver platter and to pass them out in celebration is to celebrate an evil. They were happy to limit a choice election with some profundity that they made up to give their side an advantage. That is no different than Epstein drugging girls for sex or cutting them off from their families so he can destroy them in seclusion for the joy of his guests. Its all evil because it all celebrates limiting the choices of people in some way or fashion.

Most people struggled to find the words of why they were angry at this attempt against Trump and to watch Democrats actually celebrate the occasion with such audacity. That’s because most people aren’t evil. And most people couldn’t go to a sex island owned by Jeffrey Epstein and have sex with underaged girls who see no other way out of their situation except to cooperate. Because all their other options for hope had been taken from them. Most of us aren’t evil in these ways and we just don’t have the vocabulary to understand why our emotions find these things so repulsive. So, I’ve made the situation easy for you dear reader, I’ve named the beast. Now you can work with it now that we’ve said it. It’s the lack of choice that we find so repulsive, and how it works at many levels to add up to mass abuse. Most of us can agree that sex with minor girls is abusive and should be against the law, but we often don’t consider that the reason we find it so despicable is that the girls involved are stripped of their individual rights and robbed of choice until there is nothing left but to cooperate. And that was exactly what Nancy and the gang of congressional thugs were celebrating with their impeachment attempt, taking away choice in the upcoming election—they hope.

The behavior in both cases, with Epstein’s sex island and with Nancy Pelosi and her Democrats—they think its funny and joyous to limit choices to the point where people must turn to their captors and beg for elements of freedom. Nancy did it before with Obamacare, and many other congressional proposals. That is why all those people are against guns in society, because they don’t want people to defend themselves. That’s why Jeffrey Epstein took away the cell phones of the sex slaves on his island if they didn’t behave, because he couldn’t have them calling their parents for help, or friends back in the states. He had to isolate them, drug them with mind impairments so they would have bad judgment, then force them to look to only him as a way out of their circumstances. That is abuse in the worst way, but in all reality, it’s no different than what the modern Democrats as a whole are proposing. Its all abusive, except one is so evil that we can’t even comprehend its audacity. And that one isn’t the one involving sex.

Rich Hoffman

Democrats Hate You: What is really behind the attempt at impeachment of President Trump

That’s the only conclusion that you could make watching the Democrats from the House of Representatives walk down to the Senate their articles of impeachment—was that they hated the Americans who voted for Donald J. Trump. Even in an election year where voters could choose to elect a new president, the Democrats could see the writing on the wall and figured they had no other choice but to try to mark the most successful President in American history with some taint that might convince voters to turn away from the Republican Party all together. Their hatred isn’t in the Republicans or even in Trump really, it is in the trend of the country to move toward self-empowerment as opposed to the Democrat Party platform of perpetual victimization. They hate us because we don’t want to be part of a dependent class any longer and voted for a choice in Trump. This attempt at impeachment is simple, it’s an attempt to take choice away from us so that we might still be stuck with their terrible leadership for some time into the future. That was why they were giving out celebratory pens at the signing because in their world, they think the rules of government favor them. What they don’t seem to understand is that the trend toward freedom and personal choice is not going away, and once the trial in the Senate is over, that problem will remain for them for which they have no answer on any horizon.

What was very interesting was in watching Democrats attempt to initiate articles of impeachment for Trump without involving the Bidens in the matter, the boy Hunter protected by his father the Vice President of the United States at the time, Joe. We are supposed to believe that Joe Biden is a Democrat front-runner who is leading in all the polling in every state and that in head to head match ups, he is poised to beat President Trump. And that Trump looking to eliminate a rival cooked up some conspiracy with Ukraine to get dirt for the upcoming election. Only it was the Democrats who were guilty of all those things, all Trump did was ask a legitimate question. Just because someone is running for President it doesn’t make them immune to questions of impropriety. The quid pro quo deals were made by the Biden family. In fact, it looks like most of Washington D.C. culture was in on the corruption of Ukraine in some form or another. There were many pigs at the trough and many of them are using this impeachment attempt to hide their own crimes, which is why the Democrats were so proud of their ceremony. Only they were blind to why they were out of power in the first place.

To think that Democrats won the House of Representative majority off the backs of several Republicans who retired leaving open seats, and after a campaign of continuous smearing that the media did on Trump trying to split the Republican Party to cause such a seat change losing the majority, that all Democrats have managed to do, or seem to want to do is to use that majority to impeach Trump from office because they have no other angle is pretty pathetic. But when you consider that for them there is a lot at stake, if the country moves away from a victimized electorate, would anybody ever vote for them again? And if they can’t win elections, how can they control the laws they have broken in many corruption cases to enrich themselves while in office. Both parties have their guilty characters in this type of scandal. But Democrats under both Bush and Obama have had quite a time running around the world getting rich off corrupt governments like the one in Ukraine. Biden is just one of the participates. There are many more, and those are the ones behind this impeachment push, giving out the gold pens, providing speeches trying to indict Trump on crimes they have committed themselves. They are happy because they think they can use the law to destroy evidence and control the narrative, and to put the free minds who elected Trump, back in the chains of limited options.

Yes, they hate us, those who voted in Trump for choice. They had the system rigged in their favor, what we call the “swamp” and they were getting rich off that system. It took a while but many of us started looking for choices decades ago. I was certainly one of them. Lately I have been telling many colorful stories of my antics on the Perot campaign in 1992 which took me on many interesting adventures. I learned a lot that year about politics because I was fighting for a choice between the two-party system. I was able to meet Ross Perot and members of his family, particularly his daughters and I came to respect them quite a lot. I’ve been looking for a choice in politics for my entire life. As a sixth grader in school I campaigned for Ronald Reagan and was active in giving presentations on why his strategy on expanding the military would expand the American economy. When Donald Trump came along, I was with him from the very first instant, because he was a choice. Without choice, corruption flourishes, with choice good behavior is forced, and that is what the Democrats hate about choices. They want us to have fewer options and to remain dependent on them like some third world country, which is exactly what we see in American cities these days where Democrats run things. Go to Chicago, just outside the city to the south and to the west, all the way over to O’Hara. You’ll see what I mean. No choice for those people and socialism was the governing philosophy and it shows. Rows and rows of streets that tell the story of limited choice. That is what Democrats want and why they hate those of us who want otherwise.

I’ve watched this history for a long time and Trump is a kind of breakthrough. There is no going back. Even with the media participating in the lack of choice because the networks are essentially fighting the same problem. All these new streaming services, the internet in general, blogs like this one, YouTube, there are so many options to consumers these days the established media is hoping that if they buddy up with Democrats that they can join to limit choices for people and get back to the good ol’ days for them. So they try to make Joe Biden look better than he is, and protect him from his past of corruption hoping with all their dreams that he might beat Trump in the upcoming election and that this impeachment charge might give Crazy Uncle Joe the edge. But the truth is that while people wait for days to even be near President Trump anywhere in the country, Quid Pro Joe can’t fill a bathroom of supporters leaving Democrats for a change without hope. Their games aren’t working, including this impeachment attempt which is a magnificent abuse of power on their part. And all it tells us about them is that they hate us so bad that they don’t care anymore. And for that, we must make them pay.

Rich Hoffman

Marriage Story: An important lesson on the birds and the bees and the nature of relationships

It was far better than the old tent pole movie Kramer vs. Kramer which splashed into our culture about divorce in modern America many years ago. Marriage Story, which is on Netflix and can be watched by everyone without an excuse is a fantastic film about the creation of families and how they can disintegrate over little issues. Its one of the best that I can think of and should be a must watch for anybody over ten years old. If you can watch the movie, it may be the best thing you could do for yourself today. The movie directed and produced by Noah Baumbach is a labor of love that tackles divorce in a startling way with humor, hope and tragedy rolled all up into one well done package that is more beneficial than just another offering for entertainment.

Even more stunning was that these big name actors, like Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern and Alan Alda set loose a story that really shows in this day and age what happens when a mother puts a career in front of her family and expects everything to work out. Without question Adam Driver’s character of Charlie was the victim. He hadn’t done much to provoke the divorce, it was mostly Scarlett Johansson’s character who was seeking her own identity after doing what happens to most couples, finding a guy she liked, landing him, then trying to change him. When he continued to eclipse her socially, she wanted out of the marriage which a lot of women in this #metoo age feel pressured to do. The results are often divorces like the one shown in Marriage Story.

Rather than give a regular review for a film like this, other than to say, SEE IT, I’ll instead give a much needed lesson on the birds and the bees because so many people just don’t understand, including poor Charlie in this movie. He had sex with his girlfriend who became his wife. She got pregnant and he worked hard to be a good dad. So what in the world went wrong? A lot of people are asking those questions these days and our society does very little to explain it to them. That’s why movies like this can be so important, and why everyone should see this movie.

Forget about political correctness for the duration of this article, the nature of all human beings at a very biological level is to eat and reproduce. Young girls are pretty as humans define them because they are like flowers just blooming. The pretty ones attract the best DNA in male bees seeking to pollinate the most attractive females so that those DNA matchups are optimal and good children are produced. That is the divine way of the universe, we are all programmed to think in such a way. As women start to wilt beyond age 25 they come to understand that their value as females is going away. They had been taught that sex was their power since puberty, and they are about to lose that power so they enter a phase of crisis which in the modern sense of things is to replace their sexuality with a career.

Men are programmed to be ready anytime a woman is ready to be pollinated, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Often men get married so that they don’t have to waste time looking for sex, so they can do other things with their life like develop hobbies, and spend time with friends. Even after thousands of years of evolution they have not learned that you don’t get married to have sex. You get married to be a stabile biological contributor to a woman’s offspring and once she is pollinated, and wilting rapidly thereafter, sex is the last thing she cares about. She wants to raise her children and she wants resources. Men go from being showered with attention while the woman wants to be pollinated, to being a very low priority in the scheme of the family and they never seem to understand why. Charlie in the Marriage Story didn’t, and he had a really wonderful breakdown toward the end of the movie that was honest in ways I’ve never seen before, yet most of us go through it in some form during our lives. Because it is the story of all marriages. The only differences are that some learn to deal with it while most never do.

We’ve tried to turn marriage into some Disney fairy tale where people live happily ever after and that just isn’t an intellectual argument that belongs outside of the mind of a 7-year-old. Marriage is only about making a family. Happy couples who stay married learn to do things together that they both enjoy. But couples working in different directions don’t stay married because it just doesn’t work for the human mind. People are drawn together by common goals. If a couple does not have common goals, marriage is all but impossible. For most marriages obviously the production of children is enough to keep people working at a marriage to construct a family. Many people struggle to stay married once there are no longer children as the common goal, but in the case of the Marriage Story, it was the mom who needed something of her own identity as she could feel herself wilting as a flower and she wanted to replace that sinking feeling with a career. That was certainly the case of her friend and attorney, Laura Dern’s character who played a wonderfully accurate busy body modern day feminist who was a disaster of a personality. There are so many people like her functioning in the world its no wonder so many families break up and why so many kids are growing up messes of people.

The way its supposed to work is that a woman marries a man while she is still a nice-looking flower to pollinate. The man seeks to protect that image for the rest of his life even if he has to dehydrate the flower to preserve it in a book or something. It may look gross to outsiders, but the man remembers the flower he pollinated and the children that came from the experience and he tries to protect it for the rest of his life. But when we add complex social experiments to the nature of biology and psychology then we get variations of success in the experience of a happy life, leaving most people miserable. That’s when people start cheating on each other or seek to divorce so they can get that pollination feeling again, because they didn’t take the time the first time around to enjoy the experience. But its never the same the second time, or the third, fourth, or fifth.  Humans just aren’t built to have that many complex relationships in their lives, it destroys them at a core level every time they do it because the goal of the entire experience is to produce children. Not to have the fulfilment of an individual experience.

Couples who learn to play together at life, do things together are the ones who are happiest. By design, after 20 years of raising kids, there should be enough there to have a decent marriage. But men who leave their wives for younger women are doing so because they failed to launch past their biological necessities as the pollinators of young flowers. Maybe when they were young the attractive flowers wouldn’t give them the time of day and now that they are older with more money, they can get the attention of the flowers in full bloom with all their nice colors and thin stims. But it doesn’t last long, and the male soon finds themselves in the same cycle. Sex is used to secure the relationship and if kids aren’t produced there is no reason for the initial union, and the relationship dissolves.

We’re not supposed to talk about these things because we are supposed to have gay marriages legalized, and men and women are supposed to have their own careers and leave their kids to the state to raise in public schools, and its all supposed to work out. But that’s all hog wash. I’ve been married over 30 years and I know lots of people who have been married for 50 or more years. Take a little advice, watch a Marriage Story and learn from it. Avoid the mistakes because you’ll wish later that you listened and learned what the true nature of marriage was, and to build your life appropriately around it. If you want sex, don’t get married, rent a whore, find a knothole in the fence somewhere, or stay in your mom’s house and go to skank shacks at night picking up wilted flowers that spray-paint themselves up to look fresh under dim lights that are dying fast. But if you want to raise a family, which everyone should strive for in my opinion, take a number, be very patient and learn that nothing you do in a marriage is about you—its mostly for what you can build with someone else after the sex of youth has long gone, and what lasts in the realm of immortality, the things you do while you are alive that people remember.

Watch Marriage Story, its simply fantastic!

Rich Hoffman

Sushi and Kroger’s New Marketplace: Works of art often come from modifying nature

It’s true, I have a thing for sushi. I appreciate the warrior’s way that food can be created in a raw form to defy necessity and turn the experience into art. The way the food is prepared with the fine work of a knife and is placed into a composition of edible delight is something I never get tired of eating or observing. And so it has been often at my house, a nice football game has been on through the Holidays and I have wanted sushi, only the Kroger Marketplace that was supposed to be built at the end of my street has been stalled out for a few years leaving me without a proper outlet. Much to my relief, a good friend of mine sent me the article after a lot of asking on my part, letting me know that construction had resumed, and that the wonderful 133,868 square foot store was moving along once again. The reason that is such important news is that Kroger Marketplaces always have great sushi outlets. I use the one in West Chester several times a week for a sushi run. But that is a little far for me for those spur of the moment trips, so this news has been great.

I understand some of my neighbors are not crazy about the idea of the new Kroger. They have had views along RT 4 for many decades of empty farm fields in that location that look out for many miles in every direction. The Kroger location is a fine piece of land and my wife wasn’t crazy about the idea of a new Kroger being built there. After all, just down the road just over one mile was a 57,000 square foot facility that supplied everything you could want. Only for me, for decades, it was just too small of a store. I avoid going there because its just too cramped, I need some elbow room when I want to get some sushi. So learning that a new Kroger Marketplace was going to be built even closer to me and that I could run there to get sushi during a halftime intermission without missing any of a game was an absolute delight to learn.

I love nature and obviously Japanese culture is very heavily steeped in it, which sushi reflects. But I do like how the Japanese look to incorporate nature into their everyday life. That is evident when you visit their country, they are very creative people and have found ways to join nature to construction in ways that are very satisfying to their society. For them its not an “either or” scenario, its just a necessity. They don’t view preserving nature as a defiance to capitalism, quite the opposite. But we have allowed ourselves in America to have the definition of preservation established as a resistance to construction. The suggestion that an empty field has more value to nature than a booming metropolis of 133,000 square feet of food options of all kinds has been the established norm, which is a notion I reject.

Also near my home just a bit to the west of the wonderful Elk Run Golf Course is a new Kentucky Friend Chicken that I also welcomed, along with a brand new Burger King. I see all such places built as acts of creation and I love them every time they open. I love wide open spaces too, and nature. I live where I do because I get both in a kind of sushi like existence. There are great parks, great open vistas, and there are great capitalist enterprises everywhere. I can literally get a bucket of chicken to eat, any hardware I need to repair my house, and even get a new heavy-duty hitch for a truck within a half a mile of each other. Then spend a day playing golf across the street. I often said before President Trump was elected that we would know the strength of the national economy by whether or not Kentucky Fried Chicken would build a free-standing outlet near my home, because its sort of in between other locations. Obviously with the Dow hitting 29,000 in just three years of the Trump presidency the Kentucky Fried Chicken opened just before the New Year and it was right on target. A good economy is an opportunity for many creative people to do things and that is what I see every time a new enterprise is erected, and I never get tired of watching new businesses open. I like the entertainment options, but more than that, I like seeing an economy come alive as a new living thing.

The centerpiece of a great economy is the luxury of having so many options, such as being able to get fresh sushi cut nearly in front of you while a football halftime show is commencing. Only the vast resources of a Kroger Marketplace can cut through the opposition of nature to tame it to the degree that such a thing is even possible. And that is why I am excited for this new retail development. Developers are not blights on the surface of the earth, rather like the Japanese who compose nature into a beautiful symphony of food with sushi, every new enterprise built by some mind using capitalism to advance their cause is taking raw material and making a work of art out of it that expands our economy and that is one of the most beautiful things in the world.

Its true, a wide-open field is beautiful too, to see food being grown on it from a fresh spring planting is wonderful. But it’s not an either-or thing for me. I typically wouldn’t eat a fresh fish right out of a lake caught that morning, but when it is put together with the context of sushi, then I will. There are many states of nature and to me building something new is one of them. Taking something like land in its raw form and turning it into a place that has multiple beers, chips, meats and of course sushi is an amazing achievement. And to give shoppers the kind of elbow room that makes them comfortable while they are there is even better. I personally can’t wait for the opening of this new Kroger Marketplace. I will go there a lot.

While some of the neighbors in the area are still sore that they are losing their view of an empty field from their windows to be replaced by a parking lot full of cars, I think they are only seeing part of the story and need to open their eyes to the nature of the achievement. The nature is still there but like sushi, humans have taken it and carved it into what they truly desire. Construction is a work of art and creation, not a blight on nature. Its an extension of it. A parking lot is still that open field, only now people have something to do except just look at it and think of the worms, ground hogs and mosquitos that otherwise would inhabit it in a raw form. They are still there, but now there is sushi and people who are good at making it. And that is a miracle of human achievement all by itself.

Rich Hoffman

The Obscurities of Exsistance: Understanding differences between results people and process driven bureaucrats

I am pretty happy these days, we are having what I think is a very healthy growth period for the human race. That was quite evident while listening to Rush Limbaugh’s January 9, 2020 show which can be watched below in its entirety. I would suggest to all to take a little time to watch it this weekend for the content which in a lot of ways is revolutionary. Rush Limbaugh always does good shows whether or not the listener happens to be a conservative. There are few places anywhere on planet earth where these kinds of topics are discussed and analyzed that have such far reaching consequences. I am of course talking about the aftermath of the Iran situation and the killing of their top general, and how Trump did everything so decisively leaving lots of sloppy minds in his wake. Congress reacted by attempting to limit his powers, but what they are really saying is that they just want to slow him down because he’s such a fast and decisive thinker that it makes them look bad. While Trump was saying as much he had guests in the White House behind him in a speech and they were laughing to themselves at the situation as many do these days all across the country, and that is because of this issue that Rush spoke about, the big difference between people of action, and people of process.

I have always been a fast driver; I enjoy best a road with nobody in front of me. I hate most traffic. I am not a patient driver when on a highway only going 15 mph. I prefer to go 100 mph or more with no cars in front of me and I don’t look back at whoever is behind. There is nothing more arrogant than some loser who pulls out in front of you if you are cruising down a street at 50 or so and they get in front of you and only go 35 or worse. They may stick ride to the speed limit and stay there in front of you almost smiling to themselves that they are slowing you down and that its for your own good, because they think speed kills or something ridiculous. This is the mentality of our regulatory class of people who are process driven and are the direct products of our current education system which is obviously deficient.

I heard recently that Boeing employees were mocking the FAA on approval of the 737 Max with little new training for pilots. It was the New York Times reporting it as process driven social malcontents because in their world, regulations and process is what protects them from a world that demands results. They of course sympathize with the government workers at the FAA because they are those slow minded losers who pull out in front of us on the highways and hold up traffic to the speed limit or less. Speed limits as I say all the time, I hate them so passionately that I wrote an entire book on the subject called Tail of the Dragon, are for the weakest links of our society, not the best. Not the fastest. Certainly not the most competent.

I’m not saying we live in a lawless world, or a world that doesn’t need FAA regulators, or even people who drive the speed limit. We do need those people for things. But we should not like them. There is nothing wrong with mocking them just as the people behind Trump snickered at how stupid the rest of the world was while Trump was talking. People get it, they know the process drivers of life are slow, dim-wits who should not be in charge. We can use them to test our skills and advance our civilization. But we should not let them limit us creatively in the realm of business. Trump has shown why it was always important to have a business guy in elected office instead of process drivers who are overly educated in process, but not in results.

Businesspeople are used to results where as Rush pointed out, government types are used to processes. They hide their lack of courage and personal timidity behind processes and so long as the world stays under the speed limits that they set; they can feel like they are important to the growth of the world. But they aren’t, usually what happens is that they are those slow losers who pull out in front of us and ruin our drive by slowing us down ridiculously and they are smug about it because it forces us to live within their limits instead of them reaching up to ours.

Trump by the nature of his existence is forcing this discussion in ways that just weren’t possible a decade ago. Rush was right, if you really take the reason that people don’t like Trump in Washington its because he’s a results driver as most good executives are in business. He’s exposing the compliance and process class of people who have been running things for many decades for what they are, slow people who never expect to accomplish anything and to get paid well for no results. They go home at the end of everyday whether or not the work was done, they meet friends for drinks even if the world is on fire, and they could care less. They are safe in the processes that we have created for ourselves, and so long as they stay under those speed limits, they feel safe. But for the rest of us, we feel fury at the lack of results that are produced, and at the cost of such bad results.

My happiness comes from having this discussion finally after many years of observing this trend and my own personal feelings about this matter. I’ve always had a thing for speed limits and compared them to our processes in a social context. These processes greatly limit the human imagination and it makes me sick to see. I enjoy most to see free minds thinking and striving at whatever pace they can handle. I don’t want to see them running over others and killing them, but I want to see what people can do if they push themselves and processes prevent that kind of thinking and place everyone into the same box of performance based on some arbitrary speed limit that a bureaucrat conceives is “safe.”

As I tell people all the time, processes and speed limits can be used to make you better, so they aren’t all bad. We do need FAA regulators to check our quality and to maintain standards. But they should never be allowed to be the pace setters for society. If they pull in front of you on the road, you should pass them. And in the Trump presidency, he does just that and the workers behind Trump gave their knowing smiles because they understand that. So did all the people later that night in Toledo, Ohio who lined up to watch him speak in a stuffed venue in the middle of the work week. None of the Democrat candidates could draw a crowd like that even if they paid people. The process people just don’t understand because things are happening faster than they think and are willing to function. Leaving them in the dust, permanently. And for the rest of us who have felt unnecessarily restricted by these process driven lunatics for many years, finally we can see changes happening much to our relief.

Rich Hoffman