The DeWine Administration Needs to be Severely Punished: They broke the law and for that they must pay

It doesn’t change anything for me, but the broadcast by Bill Cunningham on 700 WLW accessed below plays the case out well beyond good. A judge in a county in Ohio ruled the state directed mandates by Amy Acton and Governor DeWine unconstitutional in regard to a workout facility and the margin for discussion wasn’t even close. As I have said from the beginning, if we cannot trust our rule of law, our constitutional parameters, then really we have nothing in a society and violence and mayhem are the modes of conduct that will rule the world. Amy Acton, the pro-abortion supporter working in the DeWine administration and a devoted liberal took advantage of the law and tried to apply quarantine measures to them under the definitions of mass isolation over health, instead of the individualized sick. It was always a gross misconduct that would have a day in court, and as it looks, this case in Ohio that they are talking about in this broadcast is just the tip of the iceberg.

I have told you dear reader all the aspects of this case of the Covid-19 virus as it stands in the year 2020. The virus was a real little sickness that had a sad impact on a few unhealthy people, but generally, it was a small thing that people easily got, and got over. The strategy should have been what it always has been from the beginning of time, herd immunity. The medical community had some right to monitor and learn what they could, but they did not have a right to stick their noses into our business for social change policies that were meant to facilitate a mass push to the political left, into outright Marxism and communism coming out of China. What we witnessed was the media was ready to cheerlead on the effort, which is exactly what they did to Amy Acton in Ohio and the governor that hired her Mike DeWine. The media made those two into rock stars for advocating for the policies that the left always wanted to implement upon the entire world. It felt good to DeWine to suddenly receive so much praise in the press and that is how “they” often do control everyone. Lucky for us in America, we have state and federal constitutions that are rooted in great individualized philosophy, and we have a recourse to swipe at those who attempt to undermine it.

I think the Governor’s office in Ohio should drown in legal turmoil, and specifically Amy Acton herself. As a progressive, she clearly intended to supersede our constitutional parameters through panic and malice excessively overstepping her authority under the mask of chaos and fear. As I have said also on many occasions I have an Ohio constitution right next to my reading chair that I read through a few times a week for fun, and everything that was done during the Covid-19 outbreak goes against it in tone and value. I was against this nonsense from the first day that Governor DeWine shut down bars and restaurants in Ohio back in March followed by cancelling the primary election. I felt at that time that we should march on Columbus and rip is little ass out of his seat and end his governorship right then and there. But, most people gave him the benefit of the doubt and listened to his administration. And the more they complied, the more DeWine pushed his emergency powers until he had within a few weeks of that moment destroyed the Ohio economy and inspired governors all over the United States to follow him essentially destroying the entire country’s GDP. Not exactly the response President Trump was looking for. He needed his Republican governors to hold it together, not to join the other side. But that’s what DeWine did, and why he deserves everything that’s coming now.

There should be no mercy for Amy Acton. Sure, she’s been propped up by the media for doing their bidding, but she broke the law as did all who participated in mandating these lockdowns, the voodoo social distancing declarations and the mandating of wearing masks in public. What they did was some of the dumbest stuff in the history of the world sold to us under emergency powers and they all need to pay badly for what they did so that others won’t be inspired to do it in the future. If we don’t stand by the law, then we are endorsing violence in the future because we cannot accept this reality. America never should have followed the world with their response to Covid-19. They don’t have American constitutions in other countries to protect their liberties like we do in the United States. The enemies of America who call themselves progressives, like Amy Acton, want to end those rights for what they think of as the collective good. Their goal from the beginning of this using the virus as a platform was to state that there are bigger things in life than our American constitutions, state and federal. I also have next to my reading chair the Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist Papers. I also have the South Carolina guidebook on dueling to solve disputes that I read for fun. I feel quite certain that the foundations of America was never intended to put up with this progressive crap from other nations and that those within our country who exhibit the behavior should be punished severely. That is the spirit of all the philosophy that has come out of the laws of our land and we are required to pass judgment, not hiding in our homes waiting for government to tell us its safe to go to the store, or to go to work.

The hope was that after a few months of accepting so much government authority that America and the world would be a changed place accepting new rules from a more centralized authority. We were never intended to come out of this on the other side more resolute than before and adhering to our constitutions. DeWine has a son that is a Supreme Court Justice, that will be a difficult family dinner when they’ll have to talk about these many court challenges that are going to overwhelm the courts for many years to come. Maybe Mike DeWine thought he could manipulate the law with a son on the Supreme Court in his favor, because as a former prosecutor the Governor should have known better before ever giving Amy Acton so much power. Yet he did and now there will be a lot of Hell to pay. The first case has gone against them and that will be just the start. Legally, the Governor’s office broke the law in ways that cost billions of dollars and trillions in opportunity cost around the world by those watching Ohio and taking their lead. I have hope that perhaps we can settle all these disputes without violence if the courts are going to adhere to the Ohio constitution which is much more freedom loving than even the federal version we always hear about. That is the law we all agreed to, that is what politicians swear to protect when they take their oath of office, and that is the thin line between right and wrong. And based on what they did under Amy Acton’s actions, the DeWine administration broke the law for purposes of progressivism, and for that, they must be severely punished.

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Jon Husted, Mike DeWine and Amy Acton, Don’t Lecture Us: Government tampering in a free market is the cause of all the misery

Friday was a stunning day, the whole week has been for all of us of course, but I know something about Jon Husted, the Lieutenant Governor in Ohio to Mike DeWine and he shocked me with a lecture about behavior in the press conference he did with the governor and the health freak Amy Acton hinting that Ohio might be next to submit to martial law if businesses didn’t behave themselves. I’ve met Jon on several occasions and have thought of him as a Tea Party conservative, and he was part of the way that the Republican Party sweetened the deal of getting behind the rino-at-best, Mike DeWine in the last election. But Jon sounded like some communist leader of some third world country right from the capital of Ohio and it was shameful. Despicable from a person who should know better. Where is the Jon Husted that we all know and love? Listen dude, we don’t need a lecture on proper behavior by some government official. Most of the reason people are suffering is due to the inaction of our leadership in the state and that isn’t something that you get to pawn off and lecture to us about how we should behave or when. It was Ohio government led by Amy Acton that has overreacted to this Covid-19 crises and put everyone at each other’s throats. It was mismanagement of the governor’s office that started this chain reaction all across the country and you have only yourselves to blame. President Trump promoted social distancing, you idiots took it 20 steps further and now the nation is in a competition not to get back to work, but to how close to martial law they can push it until people break and start fighting back against the government. The press conference was a disaster to say the least.

Here’s the problem, the whole driver of this extreme social distancing measure is to slow the spread of the virus Covid-19, because there is a fear, (not a fact) that hospital beds will be in short supply and government wants to manage the panic. But in so doing, you have created massive panic, really bad panic. So bad that I had to waste my time going to Wal-Mart with my wife last night to get food for the weekend because she was too scared to go by herself during the day while I was working—working to undo a lot of the mistakes this state government has placed on top of us economically. Supply chains all across the country are closing down because their states have declared stay home orders and its wrecking everything. The last thing I want to do on a Friday night is go to Wal-Mart because my wife was in such a panic that she was worried about being attacked over bread. And as I walked the empty aisles, caused by our Ohio government, the other people were also just as terrified—afraid to talk to each other, walking around with masks and afraid to make eye contact—and here we get a lecture about being civil from the Lieutenant Governor of Ohio on proper conduct. Are you kidding me? Wal-Mart closed at 8:30 PM on a Friday night, it felt a lot like we were living in a communist country, limited options, short supplies, dead spirited people—empty ambitions—all in just one week of activist Ohio government sticking its nose in business it didn’t belong in.

The hospital shortage of any kind is due to government interference. With every regulation is a barrier to capitalist response to any crises. The reason more people are not in the health care business to provide for surge protection from some virus outbreak is because government is too far involved. Medicaid expansion from the last liberal governor John Kasich is one of those bad decisions, where providing services has a cost that many potential doctors don’t want to deal with. Medicine should be as common as food. Government doesn’t decide how many fast food places are put on the corner of a highway exit, and it shouldn’t be tampering with the market of healthcare in any way. Because it does through much regulation, and the unions attached to the medical industry, it is slow to react to the needs of the public and the lack of innovation has provided an artificial constraint. That constraint is why we must worry about not having enough hospital beds for a virus surge. If the free market were more allowed to function in the field of medicine, we’d have a lot more options and wouldn’t have to shut down our state economy because of a shortage of hospital beds.

But who says we have a shortage of hospital beds? Amy Acton? She’s the person getting her information around the world from all these climate radicals who are using computer models to tell the story of an outbreak that they want to see happen, for their own political reasons. Why in the hell are you guys listening to her—because she’s a “professional?” Get fu**ing serious! Have you guys lost your minds? Just about everything the governor’s office has said this entire past week has been wrong from a supposed Republican free market capitalist point of view. This big brother government “knows best” position has been embarrassing. You might expect such nonsense by a liberal governor and their office, but not a solid Republican state like Ohio. Then to end a week of misery once many more have suffered the down effects of DeWine’s decision to lock down almost all economic activity with a lecture of how to behave and how we want to be remembered after this crises is over—if its ever over at all—was reprehensible. And yes, when will the crises ever be over? Are we going to track every virus that emerges for the rest of our lives? You can bet the news will try to provoke such a panic, look how successful they were with you guys in Ohio government.

Oh, I can hear your thoughts, you know more than we do, you’ve seen the models, you’ve heard the concerns, you’ve suffered losses from friends who are losing people to this terrible Covid-19 virus. Wrong, you have your face against the glass and you have let liberal activists push it so hard that your nose is breaking. You can’t see the forest for the trees because your looking in the wrong, panic driven direction. And its OK to make mistakes, which our Ohio government has, but its not OK to try to justify it with caretaking for the innocent. There are many more people suffering over a lack of food, jobs, and fear of an unknown that you guys have created than anybody suffering a respiratory problem who is in their 80s and may actually need a hospital bed due to Covid-19 to help with their breathing. Because the DeWine administration was suckered into this over-reaction, many more people are suffering needlessly, and yes, we expect you to know better than to bite on the hook that was placed in the water.

We don’t need a lecture from government on how to behave. The problems of this entire Covid-19 virus outbreak was caused by government standing in the way of capitalist enterprise and to hide that fact, government has shut down almost all economic activity. People are mad, they are getting angrier by the hour and that fault is on Ohio state government for mismanaging the Covid-19 outbreak. You took some direction from the Trump administration which is fighting its own battles with Doctor Doom at the CDC, and you guys went several steps too far and now you can’t easily put it back in the bottle. And instead of apologizing, you gave us a lecture.

Rich Hoffman

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Crazy Candice Keller Debates George Lang: A mask of righteousness to hide sheer incompetence

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I had gone to the Candidate Forum for the West Chester Tea Party at a nice little church in West Chester hoping to get a chance to talk to Candice Keller and to convince her to get behind George Lang to salvage her political career. Instead what I found there was a bitter woman afraid of the world, claiming the opposite, which is quite evident during her closing statements at that debate shown below. I know that George Lang, her rival for the senate run for the 4th District had been trying to keep it clean, but Candice and her followers would not stop with the negative punches on their Facebook page and on that same date Friends of George Lang decided to punch back, hard with a mailer depicting Candice Keller in what would be confirmed at that debate, as a crazy, terrified, conspiracy theorist who believes that the world is out to get her and to blame everyone else for the many bridges that she had burnt. George Lang tried to play it straight with her, even during his closing comments for the night, but anybody with half a brain could see that George was all that Candice could think about, and even deeper than that, had psychologically become her pin cushion for all the mistakes she had made which was now culminating in a short lived career as a 53rd House of Representative member at the Ohio Statehouse.

The truth of the matter was that Candice Keller had caught a fellow Republican sleeping when she won the 53rd District as a Tea Party type and she was on her way to the Statehouse to legislate. She believed in conservative ideas, however her ability to practice team building and really a true understanding of what a government representative is supposed to be doing was anchored to a kind of radicalism that might sound logical to church goers on Sunday, but were not connected to reality all the other days of the week upon a more general audience, and by the time she arrived on that stage just outside of Mason, Ohio as a candidate for the 4th District, she knew of no other way to get there but to burn down the Republican Party to hide all her missteps along the way. After hearing her talk for and hour and a half I didn’t want her endorsement of George Lang any longer to save her career. I just wanted to never see her again because she’s that kind of person, a revolting specimen who blames everyone but herself for problems that she created.

Even during that clip shown above, her son was sitting in the front row of the audience mouthing intimidating gestures to George as he was talking on the stage. You can see George responding to the kid in defense, trying to keep it as light as possible. But it took me by surprise. After the debate I talked to Todd Hall, the Chairman of the Republican Party because during the debate Candice had called out to him from the stage as if to paint a target on him for the other members of the audience. Then at the end during her closing statements she indicated that she wasn’t afraid of the Republican Party or Sheriff Jones—which clearly established herself not as a Republican but a fringe radical that she had painted herself into being. That was what I was hoping to help her fix upon going, but it was quite clear that too much damage had already occurred, and she was too far gone. What Todd told me was that his phone was full of intimidating text messages from Candice Keller herself. The case was pathetic to people who know better, he certainly wasn’t afraid of her coming to try to beat him up, but she certainly meant to imply that if she could, she would because things had not gone the way she had hoped they would as she entered the Senate race. She got caught saying some bad things that forced the Republican Party to distance themselves and she didn’t give anybody time to recover, she just kept piling on until she alienated everyone. Then she sought to bring George Lang down to cover her own indiscretions. So yes, George Lang has every right in the world to fight back, and I think we all would expect him to.

Even more than that, many people whom I spoke with wanted escorts to their cars because they were concerned that Candice’s son might assault them in the parking lot outside the church. I offered to help make sure they could get to their cars safely, but why would they even think such a thing? That is not how you get elected into a high office, you can’t punch and scratch your way into a victory and try to intimidate everyone in your way. That might work for some small election, but not for a big district like the 4th. Sure, sometimes you must fight, but only when everything else falls apart. Its obvious that Candice and her supporters think fight first then burn everything to the ground second, then hope something works out last. The biggest bully in that room that night was certainly Candice Keller who had pushed and pulled everyone around her to suit her own ambitions and to hide it from the world, as she attempted to put that mask on everyone around her, and in this instance, it was George Lang because he was running against her for that senate seat. And if he didn’t like it, her son was in the front row letting George know he was watching him.

Of course, after the debate, things were pretty normal. Everyone broke off into their own circles of influence and there wasn’t any conflict. But that so many people were concerned about it says a lot about how Candice Keller has presented herself to those outside her circle. She was thought of as a bully and not in the good way, certainly not as a freedom fighter for the people in the Statehouse, but an uncooperative stone thrower who refused to hear anything from anybody who did not agree with her and if they didn’t, then they were the spawns of Satan and agents of evil from the armies of Hell. And just a note, most people don’t want to deal with people who think that way—they come across as crazy. And in the case of Candice, if you follow how she handled her House seat from beginning to end each year that she held that seat she has dug herself into a deeper and deeper hole since 2016. By the end of it just four years later not only the Republican Party of Butler County but the Ohio Republican Party didn’t want to deal with her, and that isn’t good.

People who screw up in life usually blame others for their problems, in the case of Candice Keller, it’s the establishment. Candice blew the chance to help the establishment get better so of course all she can think to do is rip it down so there is no reminder of her failure. Its easy to blame the establishment and to attack it. I do it all the time, but in doing so, we must have solutions. You can’t just destroy; at some point you have to build something. I’ve known George Lang, and good people like Mark Welch, Ann Becker and Todd Hall for a very long time and I know them to be good people who want to do good things. Good is a relative term of course depending on belief systems and all types of considerations, but good from the perspective of understanding. The measure is whether or not people can buy into that understanding of good and that’s what elections are for. What makes Candice Keller crazy is that she insists quite the opposite, that anybody who doesn’t agree with her is a devil or part of the conspiratorial establishment and she uses those designations to hide her own lack of skill in helping the establishment solve problems with truth, justice and the American way. And that is why she has lost all support around her and is headed toward another embarrassing moment in this upcoming election, for which she and her family will only have themselves to blame.

Candice said it all during her closing at the debate on March 3rd, 2020 when she spent the whole time essentially talking about George Lang and nothing about herself other than showing how different she is from him. Gas as of this date is $1.95 a gallon and knowing that was the path, DeWine wanted a gas tax which the legislature negotiated down to pay for things as we go. DeWine thought it was responsible, people like George kept him in check and kept the door open to work with the governor on gun legislation that is pro Second Amendment. All Candice did was say no. The energy deal she went on and on about was a tie to greenie weenie tech that would have went into place if the support was not voted on to contribute to financial health. George’s vote to support was to help a business struggling against a lot of forces that wanted to bring in Obama era energy policies that had set that business up to fail. All Candice said to the matter was no. As I have pointed out, firefighters belong to huge international trade unions and have funds that need to be managed, which Keller completely ignored. According to her, just because firefighters are willing to run into a fire while the rest of us run out, we should just pay them infinite amounts of money. That’s not a very conservative position at all. But more than that, Candice showed in her closing that she can bitch and show herself a victim to bullies when as it turns out, the only bully in the room was her and her campaign. And as to the things she has said about George Lang before that mailer ever went out, I know they are lies because I know George, for a long time. And she stood in a church and defended those lies with great conviction, and that makes me even question not just her sanity, but her true belief in an almighty God. After that debate, I question both.

Candice wasn’t alone, watching the video notice how Ding Dong Lee Wong sitting next to George was clapping with Candice in her closing. The takeaway is that these are people who are on the outside of politics looking in, trying to appeal to Trump supporting Tea Partiers, but under pressure and emotion revealed who they really were. And in a political system where being a Republican means something, both of those candidates were clapping that Candice was rebelling against the GOP. So, what is their option—anarchy? To become future Democrats? Or to stay as independents? That simple gesture by Crazy Candice and Ding Dong Wong states precisely why the only candidate to vote for is George Lang for more reasons than we can name, but for the one that matters most, because the other options are either crazy, dangerous, or just plain stupid. And those are not traits that belong in our Ohio Senate.

Rich Hoffman

Candice Keller, Locked in a Vault, Yet Nobody can Find Her: A campaign doomed from beginning to end

I had hoped that the rumors were not true and that Candice Keller would in fact be at the Butler County Chamber Coalition debate for the 4th Ohio Senate District at the Benison Event Center in downtown Hamilton. But like the giant bank vault of that old building that has stories to tell going back to the gangsters of prohibition, not even Candice was inside. All of her that made it was her name tag at a table where she should have been if ever she hoped to be a real candidate for the upcoming primary election on March 17th. I had hoped to talk to her, to salvage her political career somewhat by getting behind George Lang and living for another day, but she didn’t even show up to have that conversation. Instead, it appears that her phobia of public speaking was true and that her weak speeches at the State House were more than just a rookie learning her way in a new office, Candice has a real problem getting her thoughts across to the public in events like this one, which is crucial to any viable candidate.

A lot of people have such phobias of public speaking and being judged by so many people, but anybody running for a big office must understand that these expectations come with the territory. In her case she managed to offer something fresh to her district and people gave her a chance largely through church networks and Facebook. But people expect their political representatives to learn as they go and events like the one at the Benison Event Center are part of the job, and winning those debates are expected. The job for the 4th District Senate Seat is bigger than a Facebook campaign, these types of things are how politicians communicate to their constituents, not just through quips to the media, but in presenting herself to a crowd that isn’t always happy to see her and to win them over. That’s part of the game. Instead, Candice had an empty chair with her name on it, and her son showed up to video the other candidates to see how the professionals did it. But her empty seat was quite a statement, it said a lot more than if she had come and made a fool of herself. At least if she had, people might sympathize, but instead all she gave the audience was the impression that she didn’t even care enough to arrive.

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What her son was able to record was a very polished George Lang who is the obvious front runner deliver very well on all the questions that were asked of him. George is the real deal at every level, he is good with people, honest, understands the needs of donors, and he can reach across the aisle to work with anybody on anything. Candice’s son also saw a very sharp Kathy Wyenandt who will be the Democrat nominee after the primary. All evening she and George spoke well together in a polite way without surrendering their integrity, but in the manner that both of them could go to Columbus and get bills passed by members of the various influencers. Even if Candice did luck out and Moses came to separate the Red Sea for a freakish win at the Republican primary, for which the entire GOP is asking her to resign due to her reckless commentary about Nazis and gay people, Candice doesn’t have the horsepower to beat Kathy Wyenandt in a head to head race. Currently, the way things are, Kathy has a numbers problem, she’s running as a Democrat so no matter how good she is, she’s on the wrong side. But with the GOP not behind Candice, and Keller looking to be terrified of public debates, she would have no hope of winning a major election against Wyenandt.

That is why I wanted to talk to Candice, to help her see the light before it was too late. Instead, she is off on a fantasy that she can avoid these kinds of things and still win with a Tea Party like activism. Only I was there when the Tea Party was young, and so was George Lang. Many of the best conservatives today in the GOP are from that movement. What Candice and what’s left of the Tea Party are those who have not found an identity in the new focus of leadership that has emerged under President Trump. They haven’t made the transition from rock chucker to leader. George Lang certainly has; he is very much the Trump Republican in the race. When Trump comes to town, its George that he would seek, certainly never Candice, especially in the wake of her media troubles. She’s toxic poison right now with no future in sight once she steps out of her House seat and that would be a real tragedy to the election that she did win.

Keller’s son was also able to record the bumbling lunacy of Ding Dong Lee Wong who had a terrible debate. An absolute disaster. I would say about it, at least he had the guts to come. However, afterwards when everyone was talking during a social hour Lee disappeared rather quickly. The group I was talking to figured that it was because East Avenue was nearby, and he was likely going on shopping visits for his old friend Robin McDaniel—the “working girl.” Of course, before going Ding Dong Lee Wong said that the solution to the employment challenges were to just let in more Chinese people, or something to that effect, which left the audience baffled and looking for more to come. But at least Lee was there to make a statement, which was more than Candice. All jokes aside about the brevity of Lee’s post-debate networking, the obvious front runner of the debate was George Lang as expected, and Lee looked to understand that after this season of debates, this one in Hamilton being likely one of the last before the primary. Any hopes Lee had of landing a blow against Lang that could damage his frontrunner status was gone and so was Lee’s spirit. I almost felt sorry for Ding Dong Lee, but because I know the history of how much he hates George Lang, I won’t go so far to reach out an olive branch. He can wallow in it for plenty as far as I’m concerned.

Once the room had cleared and everyone went home, I did ask the caretakers of the place if I could look in the vault to see if Candice was back there somewhere. To humor me, they actually looked with me holding that name tag to identify Candice.  Nobody was in the vault, but it was impressive to look at such an antiquated structure from the years long gone. It reminded me a lot of the campaign of Candice Keller, confined, locked up, and even looted beyond comprehension. Her perceived path to victory was to lock herself in such a vault to the outside world and hope that some miracle might happen to get her elected into a high office by just throwing rocks outside those confines at a genuinely good person in George Lang. She should know with all her supposed Christian values that lying about people as she has been disparaging the character of Lang to such a degree won’t get her any keys to heaven. I’d love to help her with her problem, but all she gave me to work with was a nametag and an empty seat and the perception of an audience that already thought of her as a loser.

Rich Hoffman

Mark Welch is the Only Real Candidate for the 52nd House of Representatives in Ohio: It takes a lot more than just voting

Another exciting opportunity for this upcoming primary and eventual election in November is that Mark Welch is offering himself as a candidate for the 52nd State Representative seat in Ohio. With George Lang moving over to the senate his friend Mark is willing to cover that House seat and to keep a good thing going which the two of them have been doing for a long time in West Chester, only extending that same effort out into Ohio in a larger way. The tremendous success that Mark Welch has experienced as a trustee of the very successful West Chester township makes him the best pick in the primary to make the most out of that state seat and continue that good work on a larger stage. Like George, Mark has the highest grade possible from the Buckeye Firearms Association and has been endorsed by 80% of the precinct representatives in the 52nd District area, which is 80 total–19 in Fairfield Township, 25 in Liberty Township and 46 in West Chester. That’s an important thing to know because Welch’s primary opponent in this election is Jennifer Gross the retired Lieutenant Colonel from the Air Force and current nurse. She’s a well-intentioned person but has not yet developed any political clout to play at that level. When it comes to experience and a ready built network to get things done with that Representative seat, Mark Welch is the clear choice.

Experience isn’t everything, Donald Trump did step out of his role as a real estate tycoon to run for office and win. But those were extraordinary circumstances and to be honest, these House of Representative seats are pretty tough to run and hold without losing yourself along the way. They are the ultimate middle management jobs where you get squeezed from both ends and you have to be pretty savvy to stay true to the voters, yourself, and the constitutional principles that got you involved in the first place. Mark has been a very successful trustee now for several cycles and West Chester has seen great success which he has been a major part of. It will not be difficult for him to take that experience to Columbus and work the House and network in the Senate in the same fashion. He has great passion for the job and I can say that I knew Mark in the beginning when he was just a bright eyed hopeful like Jennifer Gross is now looking to contribute something to the world around them. Before being a trustee Mark was a successful businessperson, and still is. The Republican Party is always in need of fresh new faces to fill some of these seats, but to be honest, the optimal way to get them is to get into the pool and get your feet wet, then start swimming in deeper and deeper water. The 52nd District House of Representatives seat is about a lot more than just voting yes or no, there is a lot of work that must go on that nobody sees and we want a person who can handle all that with a smile on their face and ambition for the job every morning.

For about 10 years, especially in Butler County, Ohio we have been going through a strong team building phase. We have had enormously strong Tea Party efforts at the height of that movement and many of those people are now office holders who are helping to shape the direction of the Republican Party and are natural extensions of the Trump administration coming directly out of the White House. Perhaps 10 years ago before any good groundwork was being done to reform good, honest politics in Butler County Jennifer’s jump into the deep end of the pool would be applauded. We would have wanted anybody to penetrate the castle wall and hope to unlock the door from the other side. They may have been slain in the process, but we would have thrown our support behind her in hopes that she might be a change agent for the better. But at some point, you do win the castle and now you have to switch from victim to aggressor and you have to hold the castle—because you’ve taken it. And at the same time, you must create a path for others to follow so that you can grow as an effort.

Its not enough to say that a candidate wants to change the political system for the little people, or like that Democrat woman in Butler County who wants to run against George Lang for the Senate seat of the 4th, “People over Politics,” those are clichés from the past. Going from a nurse to a powerful 52nd House Seat would be a tough step for Jennifer Gross because she hasn’t had time to do the proper networking that is involved in being successful in a seat like that. Sure, she might make it up as she goes, but the odds are, she will only be a fraction effective as she hopes to be where Mark Welch will be able to hit the ground running because he has done the work along the way. What a lot of people don’t know about these political seats is that you have to be able to raise money, do the ribbon cutting, deal with all the people who suck up to you, but you can’t lose yourself along the way, which has been a major problem for a lot of people in the past. We’ve done well with the 52nd Seat in Butler County for a long time with good solid people sitting in it, which is why Mark is the best choice in this election for it. While its true that Jennifer Gross has financial resources that make her somewhat independent, the raising money isn’t just for winning elections, its how people in Columbus measure the most valuable voice that matters in bill proposals and other voting matters, the leverage you bring to the table as a member of the House.

Raising money is the quiet capital that is valued the most in the world of politics and its how things get done. Not how the money is used, but in how much money a politician can get their hands on because it says that the people of your district trust you enough to write a check for thousands of dollars. If they’ll do that, then the weight of a vote in Columbus where everyone has their own district concerns means more than just someone who happens to win an election because they had their mortgage paid off and showed up to cast a vote. There is a big difference in such political capital and anybody who hopes to be effective in a state seat anywhere in the country has to solve that basic riddle just as someone must learn to swim if they are going to be in the part of the pool where they can’t touch the ground with their feet. A school board seat or a trustee position is the first logical step in building that network. By the time a candidate gets to a state seat, they need to have the ability to have fundraisers and to capture a significant amount because that is how Columbus measures the potency of a fellow member.

And for people who don’t know Mark Welch the way I do, as a tireless worker who is always upbeat in every setting, and is willing to do the reading and understanding that it takes to cast proper votes that are truly Republican and not some fence sitter waiting to see if conservative values are fashionable enough to cast a vote, the most valuable number to keep in mind is that Mark has 80% of the precinct vote which are the people who really count in all elections. And they are endorsing him because they have had time over the last several elections to get to know him. Jennifer hasn’t, it will take a while, but the truth is, she is untested. While she may be a good person and a nice nurse with a military record, she has to prove that she can handle the fundraisers, the ribbon cutting and all the temptations that come with a powerful office without losing herself in the process. And Mark Welch in this case is the only candidate who has proven he can handle it, and then some. And Welch is the only candidate in this election who could fill that 52nd House seat the way we have come to expect and do the good work there that we all require. I’d like to see more from Jennifer in the future, but she has some work to do before she starts swimming in a seat like this.

Rich Hoffman

The Day After: Getting along in politics was never the goal–only winning any way possible

I think for me the battle began during the 2008 election season where John McCain ripped into the WLW radio personality Bill Cunningham for disparaging his presidential rival’s name, Barack Hussain Obama. It was in fact the guy’s name, yet McCain seemed to be playing a game none of us were aware of, including Cunningham who covered politics nearly to the extent that Rush Limbaugh had for many years. It was a kind of WTF moment for me in wondering why Republicans were so weak when it came to defending themselves against potential domestic enemies, defined by those who cannot agree at least that the American flag is a symbol of freedom and prosperity to the world. Anybody who says otherwise in my view is a domestic enemy that needs defending against as we all promise to uphold by the United States Constitution. Then there was the campaign of John Kasich which again involved Bill Cunningham from WLW. They campaigned together at Voice of America Park in West Chester, Kasich sounding like a Tea Party patriot. Only two years later, both men would turn wildly to the left and become something much more progressive. Then around that same time Mitt Romney lost to Barack Obama just as McCain did because he shared with the former some “nice guy” view of politics that the other side wasn’t playing equally. So that gave us four more years of the socialist Barack Obama and I personally had enough. When Donald Trump threw his hat in the ring, I was one of the first that signed up and the two speeches Trump gave on Thursday of February 6, 2020 was precisely the reason.

I have had enough of niceties in politics, I want people who represent me and my interests. I don’t think its healthy for everyone to play nice in the sandbox, I want to see friction and debate, because that is how we determine the strength of a thought, through competition and testing in a democratic fashion. The goal was never to get along. It was to win, as a nation, things that were good for the nation. And the Democrats showed clearly in these last three years or so since a true representative had been elected what they were always about. They have from the beginning been domestic enemies, going back to Woodrow Wilson and FDR. Kennedy if you look at the evidence of his murder was killed for many of the same reasons that politicians have been trying to get rid of Trump, to control the public narrative and keep the bar within reach of the most lazy Washington bureaucrat. For anybody who would care to challenge that assertion, the Trump administration a few years ago declassified the Kennedy assassination role that our own government played in it and to nobody’s surprise, it reads like the texts between Lisa Page and her loverboy Peter Strzok. It was quite appropriate for Trump to take a victory lap by reading those texts again for everyone to remember, just for the record.

Yes, we have been dealing with bad, evil people and the responsibility to do something about it falls on all of us. I am just thankful that the Trump family has been willing to do the job, because what has happened to President Trump since his election has been nothing short of an actual assassination. If we were living in less public times, like it was when television was new in 1962, an actual killing would have been the preferred method of eradicating a political rival. In fact Kennedy was a Democrat believe it or not, but he was the kind I might even support. The way he stood up to communism in Cuba and Russia was important, even if it did get communist supporters working in our own government to the blueprint table to plan his assassination as a byproduct. Then of course there was that ridiculous notion of going to space when the government of America wanted young people wallowing in the mud at Woodstock naked and afraid—and drugged into voting for a more socialist kind of Democrat—ones like Bernie Sanders who would continue to function in the House and Senate for decades before finally pulling their masks off in 2016. They did kill Kennedy by setting up the circumstances that would produce his brutal murder in front of a crowd and terrify onlookers into cleaving for government into the known future. A hostile act that would otherwise be viewed as a declaration of war, only who would we fight? The enemy was unseen in the publishing houses of New York, in the chambers of congress itself, and in the many academic institutions across our country committed to brainwashing young people into the spread of communism as it was viewed globally during the 30s, 40s, 50s then climaxing in the 60s.

The obvious anger Trump expressed on the day after his acquittal was more than justified. I had been thinking much the same thing and it was very nice to hear him articulate those emotions properly. I keep hearing from people that the nation is divided, and that politics has become so divisive as if there were some rule against aggression. That good ideas should be shelved if they hurt the feelings of other people, and that just isn’t the way things work or should ever work. Conflict leads to honesty and understanding. It is good to be respectful, but when we hear that someone wants to play nice, watch out, they are up to no good. There is always a trick to the method, an attempt to lower our defenses so that some enemy of ideas can sneak in and destroy their target unmolested, just as Obama did with John McCain in 2008. McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin, a woman that the left should have embraced was attacked in every way conceivable, viciously just because she was attached to a Republican ticket. That should have told everyone what kind of game was going on in a day when people weren’t so divisive because the expectation back then was that the political right would just take it while the political left had their way with everything.

So, the speeches yesterday by Trump were a long time and coming. I’ve waited a long time to hear them and was actually relieved that our system of government, as a republic, had lasted a serious attack by domestic enemies who obviously dislike what America was and intends to be. It is better to fight them legally than in the streets and door to door, but make no mistake about it, that continues to be on the table. Getting rid of Trump will not allow them to roll across America and take it over with some socialist view of the world. The niceties are over, the gullible John McCain types with John Kasich and Mitt Romney, those days are over and have been for around a decade now. Trump is the future and fighting back whether its them, or some of us who might have to step up but playing nice is not in the card deck. Winning is. The goal in politics is not to get along, its to represent the people who voted for you. And if that means punching people in the face metaphorically, or otherwise, then so be it.

Rich Hoffman

The Virginia Anti-Gun Law Politicians: Don’t shoot them, embarass them

Of course, there is this Second Amendment rally in Richmond on Monday in direct reaction to Governor Northam’s aggressive attack on gun rights. Now that Democrats have taken the majorities of both the House and Senate there they are taking their campaign donations from radical leftists such as Michael Bloomberg and are enacting what they think will result into laws that will move toward a gunless society. They have bills nearly ready to be signed that contain a very aggressive assault weapons ban worded in ways to mean just about everything but a BB gun. They are attacking even the ability to train with guns on anything other than government property. And they have thought of everything, these Democrats, they are even attacking compliance among their police officers by dangling out there penalties on law enforcement who refuse to enforce their new gun laws by attacking their pensions. For those interested in just how aggressive the gun laws are I have placed good videos here that explain the details. For the concerns of this article, understand that Ralphie and his minions are out for blood and are baiting people to do something wrong. It was good that already the leader of the Republicans in the House, Todd Gilbert has distanced themselves from Neo-Nazi groups and any other radicals who are approaching this situation with a “cold dead hands strategy.” That is not the way to deal with this. Rather, hit them where it really hurts, and remove them from office in the next several elections. Take this newfound power away from them, because that’s the only thing they really fear. So give it to them in large doses.

I was reading some of the NRA material on this matter and it’s the same argument. Without question the rally will be more of that type of thing. Now, without question, the NRA knows their business and without them, gun laws would have been taken away years ago by these menacing politicians. You can’t have a logical argument with them. They don’t care about crime statistics. They don’t care about safety—even though that’s why they say they are doing all this. We all know social breakdowns and bad reactions to marijuana are larger contributors to gun violence than anything else, but Democrats do not care. While we are trying to have a reasonable argument with them, they are making plans to smear gun owners at every turn, and they play very dirty. So before we talk about taking out guns to the capital and running them out of office, lets use the tools for that are applicable to a stable society, such as elections to change the hands of power for long term fixes, and for the short run, play dirtier than they do.

I would say, take the fight to them, bury them with ink on forums, blogs, podcasts, radio, everywhere. Expose everything they do and make it personal. Every time they even wink at a waitress at the local café, publish it somewhere. Take the fight into their personal lives and embarrass them to the ends of the earth. They are willing to do that to us, so give it back to them ten times harder. Don’t sit on your heels and grab your guns. Get pictures of their ugly naked bodies and put them out for all to see. Pick them apart in every aspect of their lives and embarrass them completely. That is what Democrats care about, and that is how you get their attention. Don’t let them hide in the shadows or behind a judge’s gavel. They have rigged all those engagements with layers of case law. Instead, hit them where they care the most, their social butterfly status and be ruthless about it.

To answer the show of force that has certainly got their attention, no, we don’t trust the democratic process. They still think this is a majority rule society and that their strategy of flooding red states with purple people eaters is the way to win elections, which they were successful in Virginia after the 2019 election. But don’t forget, there is another election in 2020 and really every year after that. Bloomberg has helped a lot of candidates so understand how the game is played and play it harder than they have. Put your efforts at winning elections before you start shooting up enforcers who come to your homes to take your guns because you let them push you into saying something stupid giving them the justification. They will certainly try to do that to the leadership of this gun rally. So, don’t give them the chance. Instead, put them on their heels and looking over their shoulders.

The message should be clear, and President Trump was quick to point it out over this issue, don’t elect Democrats because they will try to do these kinds of things. Look what they have done at the federal level once they gained the House, they went to impeach the President. They don’t care about any logical arguments; they just want to smear him to the point where he might have trouble getting elected. So, take a page out of their own playbook and give them Hell and then some. While the NRA is trying to get them to pay attention to crime statistics, they are making reservations for the next wine tasting where they can brag to their liberal friends that they are changing America to the utopia they have always envisioned. Instead of them having that conversation, make them have the one defending the naked pictures that were released about them, or the prostitutes they have slept with. Make it personal and take away their anonymity.

Look at the Megixt situation in England where Harry and Megan the actress went to the Queen begging to be relieved of their palace duties. They just want to get out of the spotlight and live their lives. They don’t like the constant pressure of being in the public eye. Make every Democrat in Virginia feel the same. All liberal people have a weakness for craving public approval. Take that away from them to the point where they can’t even go outside. Do worse than get in their faces at restaurants—like they have done to us, get in their faces everywhere, and publish everything. Give them no air until they choke, and then some. Don’t let up, don’t join with them in compassion. Don’t make friends with them. Destroy them not with guns, but with the First Amendment to protect the Second.

Personalize the fight, don’t allow it to be conducted on their terms, with legal processes they control, with government resources that they manage with our money. Don’t allow yourselves to be a victim. Get to know the politicians who wrote and voted on these anti-gun bills and learn everything you can about them, and get that out to the public. Embarrass them to the point where they are retiring from office just to get their life back. Make it so they can’t even go to a wine tasting without having everyone there with some knowledge of a cross town tryst with a banana or some shoe fetish that only the most deranged lunatic would understand. Get it all out there and take the fight to them instead of trying to defend yourselves from the latest law. Fight dirty, its better than bullets, and much more effective than death. That is how we win these fights, not on terms they decide, but on the ones they care about most—their connections to people. Don’t just attack them at the ballot box, make it so that they want to retire before the election even happens, then replace their seats with a Republican one. That is how you win fights like these.

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

Rise of Skywalker hits the Billion Dollar Club: Star Wars in the age of Trump

The final verdict for me on the new Star Wars movie the Rise of Skywalker is that I’m happy it crossed over the billion-dollar mark for the weekend. Disney needed that number to justify everything they had put into the effort, and that means more for the future, which is a good thing. I could rip the movie apart technically, and continue to be upset that Lucasfilm under Disney’s guidance veered away from the source material that was there for them for the plunder. We will never get the Jaina Solo that the series deserved and who lived dear to many people’s hearts before The Force Awakens ever appeared. But with all the mistakes made, I felt Disney turned the corner with Solo: A Star Wars Story and reached out to the fans who didn’t reach back. So Disney redoubled their efforts to win back fans with this latest movie with obvious hat in hand. That was enough for me. The most important thing to come out of this latest film is that it is one of the most positive movies I’ve seen in a very long time, everything is above the line and positive, which ultimately is what Star Wars is always about. And why people love to see the movies. We all understand reality and the nature of it. What we want to see in movies is hope, and optimism, and that is what Rise of Skywalker is all about.

The critical reception of the film I have said, and continue to, is solidified in the politics of our times and can be seen in the election of Donald Trump. For all the reasons that some people hate Trump they hate Star Wars. Some people don’t like optimism, they want artistic interpretations for the problems of their lives, not a “can do” spirit to take on anything and to win with perseverance. I think demographically, many fans of Star Wars are also Trump supporters even though Vanity Fair wants to believe that these movies are all about the resistance to Trump. The comparisons to modern politics and the way people vote with their money at the box office is synonymous. Where the rubber hits the road people pay to see hope and to walk away from a movie theater feeling good. And that is what Disney gave audiences finally after messing with the formula with experimental film makers several times in previous attempts. If Disney had just listened to George Lucas at the start of this journey, they’d be a lot better off, but at least they were able to make a recovery with these latest two films, Solo and Rise of Skywalker. Thankfully for them and the rest of us, they weren’t pig headed about it.

Even more importantly, the new ride at Disney World, The Rise of the Resistance continues to show enthusiastic support from a hungry audience. After going to Disney World the week after the ride opened at Hollywood Studios to ride it, my concern was that the movie would come out and people wouldn’t like it making the billion dollar investment that Disney made in the new Star Wars land not worth the effort. I was concerned that it was too little too late and that the brand damage to the property was too far gone. But still, well past the holidays people are showing up in the mornings to ride the most technical ride in the world and its selling out within an hour of the park opening still, meaning that the enthusiasm for Star Wars is still very high.

The most important part of the movie, Rise of Skywalker I think is at the end when Rey goes to the old farm of Luke to bury the lightsabers there for future generations. When Rey rides down the little sand dune as she did in the first movie it showed that J.J. Abrams and other writers for this latest movie understand that Star Wars isn’t about change, its about surviving and living to have a better day tomorrow. With all the events of the films in this recent trilogy Rey had shown that she was still that hopeful girl from the first movie unchanged by the tragedies she had endured. Even though Rey should have been Jaina Solo, and The Force Awakens shouldn’t have ruined the main characters from the original by dumbing them down into stumbling fathers or failed Jedi masters, or women who put their careers before their families only to breed the next generation of galaxy killers, acts like the one with Rey at the end are what Star Wars has always been about, and its great to see it get back on course.

My interest in all this is of course cultural. I don’t get much from a movie like Star Wars that inspires new thoughts in my mind. The movies are meant for children. I want the movies to do well for kids to have something to grab on to for a future where expansion into space and taking values with them for goodness late into their lives is key to establishing a wonderful future. Star Wars is key to that future, so I am very interested in how Disney uses the brand to shape goodness, and optimism in our society. But after The Last Jedi, which I liked because it had some interesting things in it, I wasn’t sure Disney would ever figure out what to do with the George Lucas creation.

But after visiting Galaxy’s Edge in Disney World and seeing The Rise of Skywalker several times at the movie theater, I can say that I am happy with the results and the mythic imprint it has on our society. There are a lot of very positive messages that are spawning off these efforts that will shape the intent of this next century so its all very exciting. It would have been a very sad story to see the brand disintegrate due to all the progressive political experimentation that has been going on, all the #METOO gestures in an attempt to win over the girls away from the boys in the audience. Star Wars is still a movie for boys ages 8 to 13. Girls can come, but its made for boy problems and no matter how much Disney wanted to change that, it was never meant to be. So at least The Rise of Skywalker returned to those roots as best they could, and the box office rewarded them with another billion-dollar money maker which they needed desperately.

Corporate filmmaking is a very different thing from a young George Lucas going to the bank to get the money to make Empire Strikes Back with all his hopes and dreams on the line, which showed in the final cut of the film. We may never see ambitions like that again in Star Wars due to the need of the films to make so much money to cover the corporate expenses. But there was a lot at stake with Rise of Skywalker even though Disney certainly has plenty of money to work with on a budget and advertising. It was good to see that a big company like Disney can gamble in a big way and come up winners when so many people need the win. Disney continues to show they don’t always understand what a winner looks like, as most big companies don’t, but they are always on the lookout for them, and they win more than they lose. And this time, its good that they won, because Star Wars will have new life, which I think is great for our future in many ways that are still undefined mythologically.

Rich Hoffman

Richard Jewell, the Movie Review: To understand what’s happening now everyone should watch this great film by Clint Eastwood

The movie, Richard Jewell is certainly one of those that every Trump supporter should see, and those considering becoming one. No wonder it has not done well at the box office, the last time I saw such an antagonistic hatred of a movie was the Atlas Shrugged films for many of the same reasons. Critics hated the movie, it essentially comes down to institutionalism against individual rights when movies take the side of individuals, the college trained movie critics become synonymous with anger at those who challenge their understanding of the world, which was forged in such places as Harvard, Yale, Oxford and Princeton, or some of their copy cats teaching those who didn’t do so well on their ACT tests. When people want to know why the media and our government rally to each other’s needs so often, and so quickly, well, they were all taught in the same places to march to whims of the institutions while those who didn’t enjoy the experience become everybody else. But the best products of our modern education systems, our unionized government schools or our best colleges essentially become guys like the featured FBI agent played by Jon Hamm’s Tom Shaw or the newspaper reporter hot to get any story and generally bored with life, Olivia Wilde’s Kathy Scruggs. And it was those two who were playing around with each other sexually who came up with the whole story against Richard Jewell, because they needed somebody to be the face of terrorism, even if the guy was completely innocent.

There is a Kathy Scruggs in every newsroom from all sides of the sexes. There are guy versions, but this one played by Olivia Wilde was fantastic, and very close to many of the people I have known in the media. 89-year-old Clint Eastwood, who directed this picture with the experience of a man who has been around and seen everything is likely the only person who could have directed Olivia Wilde with such realism. She reminded me of a not so disgusting scum bag as Eastwood showed in his Dirty Harry film Sudden Impact, the bar whore who was the central figure behind the rapes of the two leading girls. For these characters wreaking other people’s lives is a kind of game that they love playing. It fills a void in their lives that they work very hard to hide from other people and they are dangerous. But make no mistake about it, there is a Kathy Scruggs in every newsroom to some extent or another. She is not an exceptionally evil person, she is as common as a raindrop in the world of the media, and it takes a director like Clint Eastwood to pull that kind of performance out of an actress who might otherwise not feel comfortable going to such a dark place.

We all know the story, but as I was watching this movie, I was thinking that this is exactly what has been happening to the Trump administration. Kathy Scruggs might as well have been Lisa Page in the middle of the FBI investigation against President Trump. Sexual manipulation is not a new thing for women to play against horny, stupid men, and Peter Strzok was no exception. Not all people are as flamboyant about their behavior as Scruggs was, they hide their actions better. But these kinds of things are happening all the time at every level of our society, and if you get in the way of their actions, another Richard Jewell is born. We only know of Richard Jewell because the profile of the case was a big one. There are Richard Jewell types losing their jobs every day, or being denied promotions for all the same reasons. What Trump captured of the FBI and the media in Richard Jewell was an examination into the kinds of people who are really part of these classes of people, and it wasn’t pretty.

What happened to Richard Jewell, with the attempted entrapments by the FBI was exactly what happened to Roger Stone in the early morning raid of his home at 5 AM with the CNN reporter tipped off and waiting to capture the images of an arrested Trump confidant to splash on the television at the earliest moment. Or what about pinning down Michael Flynn without a lawyer while attempting to get him to give false testimony by pretending to be his friend in the early days of the White House transition? You can’t lie to an FBI agent, it’s against the law—but they sure can lie to you, or control the evidence in such a way to make you look bad if it makes them look good in the process. This movie Richard Jewell showed how those things happen in a very legally valid way. We should all question ourselves in why we have given the government so much power over us. Well, I’d say it’s because there’s a bit of Richard Jewell in all of us, a do gooder who just wants to live a good life and we don’t want to think that people are so dishonest as Tom Shaw or Kathy Scruggs.

The problem with institutionalists like the villains in the movie Richard Jewell is that the villains see value for themselves in supporting the institutions at all cost, even at the price of humanity. And to the rest of us, we can’t even comprehend such evil, yet we face it every day. Occasionally we get fighters who know the system better than the bad guys like the attorney in the film played by Sam Rockwell, Watson Bryant. President Trump comes to mind as a person who has made so much money in life and seen every trick in the book that he can sidestep the institutionalists easily. But those not so experienced around Trump were not so difficult to pluck into the trash bins of trouble. One little misstatement at that level and you are going to jail, while gang members, thugs, and illegal aliens roam our streets unimpeded. If you lie to an FBI agent when they set up the deceit themselves to trap you in it, and you are going to jail to show their power. It’s a bad, nasty game that many fear almost more than death, and it’s sad that we have allowed it to take such a hold of all our lives.

The problem though isn’t that we are stupid, its that we have been short to admit to ourselves that people are as bad as Kathy Scruggs and Tom Shaw. We find it astonishing that they would take it for granted that we’d just naturally believe them and that we’d put up with their evil ways because we all want to believe in the good in people. But some people just don’t have it in them. They adhere so well to the institutions because as people they are broken likely from birth, and there is nothing to hold them together but the rigid rules for which they control. Whether it’s the FBI or the media, the rules are built to serve the institutions and when they need some diversion, they can always pick on the latest Richard Jewell—the good guy who is so well intentioned that he can’t see the evil that is at work right in front of his face. Yet we all see it, and its not just in the Jewell case, but it’s happening right now to our president by that same FBI. Only that story is a much bigger one that many just aren’t ready to admit has been happening. But to see it for all its possibilities, everyone should see Richard Jewell. Its one of those types of movies for our times.

Rich Hoffman