Winning Back the House: Its not about just winning the Presidency again, its the House and Senate too

In so many ways, and it was in the bag before Ruth Ginsburg died leaving a Supreme Court opening suddenly just a few months before the 2020 election, but this seals everything up.  One thing that President Trump couldn’t do was to shape the narrative in the media before the big vote.  All of 2020 has been the set-up after all, Covid-19 was all about shaping the narrative, socialized medicine is another, and of course the riots, the race war with Black Lives Matters and the corporate tie-ins—its all been pushed onto the public stage to drive the narrative until election day.  Trump of course has been doing a great job responding to those issues, but this Supreme Court nomination issue is the deal sealer.  The reason why is not so much about the presidency at all, but its all about the 17 seats that Republicans need to win this year in congress to take away the speakership of Nancy Pelosi.  Trump can and will nominate his pick, and the Republican controlled Senate will approve the name because they know it too, what I’m saying.  The new narrative, and the primary concern that Democrats will have to fight after is the holding of the Senate by Republicans, even further expanding their lead, and regaining the House.  When the narrative is protecting the judicial, Americans tend to vote conservative and they will vote for congressional candidates and senate representatives who will at least protect that body of government and the Constitution as we all know it.

A couple of those congressional races that are close and are seriously threatening to nock out long time Democrats in those seats are Amanda Makki who is challenging in Florida Charlie Crist and another Florida race for the 21st District in Laura Loomer who looks very poised to knock out Lois Frankel.  There are many others and they will all benefit from being on a Trump ticket with high engagement voters anyway, but now with the Supreme Court issue clear in voter’s heads, many of those close flip races for the GOP taking out Democrats will only gain more votes.  So with the target being 17 seats, the GOP in this new environment could easily gain more than that due to the clarity of the Supreme Court issue which most Americans can understand and get their minds around.  They understand precisely how the Supreme Court affects them and can vote accordingly.

Democrats have no choice but to make fools of themselves because now the narrative will be completely controlled by Trump and the Senate Republicans which will make them even more attractive than the previous issues of government mandated masks all across the country and race riots in the streets destroying property and harming people.  That is how the Democrats have sold themselves before this nomination process and now they have to go and literally defend evil to preserve a woman’s right to choose, which many Americans are coming around to see as legalized murder.  When it comes to politics, politicians come and go, but these Supreme Court nominations are for life making this the front of everyone’s minds.  Trump’s pick will be confirmed just before the election taking all the oxygen out of the various races, and Trump should win re-election, and the GOP should win back the House and Senate with even better margins of victory.

So, don’t let anybody scare you, watch the Democrats flip out and cry foul for the next several months, it doesn’t matter.  People become much less sympathetic when events might harm them directly, and up to this point Democrats have not made a case for themselves in any of the House or Senate races, they’ve taken them for granted.  Let alone put out a wobbly old man in Biden who can barely speak.  And now this.  They arrived at this place in history by not talking to real people, by living in their social bubble and coastal outlook.  They ignored logic and now its coming to bite at them in a bad way.  Now don’t say to me any of this is new.  I predicted all this back in 2016 through 2018.  I specifically said that by 2021 the Democrats would be destroyed, and it pretty much is.  Socialism is now the philosophy openly embraced by their party and the masks of communist insurrection are fully on display.  In countries where freedom of a vote is not available, these tactics by the Democrats work, but in a society where choice is the centerpiece of the culture, it doesn’t.  And now that people can clearly understand the choice, they certainly aren’t going to vote against their own self-interest.

Even Never-Trumpers and fence sitters understand the stakes.  If there was anything that pushed Trump over the top in 2016 it essentially came down to Supreme Court picks for the moderates to get on the bandwagon late in October of that year.  And now that Trump has a track record, the decision becomes even easier.  Many people who would like other choices for the GOP will certainly want to secure nominations for the Supreme Court that won’t try to change their lives for the next two decades.  Suddenly, Trump is their best option, as if he wasn’t up to this point.  The Supreme Court pick is the thing that will win over many other GOP seats across the country who might of otherwise been much closer, or not quite enough to knock out a Democrat incumbent.  People didn’t appreciate the first time that Congress took it upon itself to impeach President Trump.  And now they are threatening to do it again which will inspire people to vote against Democrats in all races, even local regional tickets.  I mean look what Democrats have given people, promises of more masks, more shutdowns, riots in the streets and more impeachments.  People otherwise not activated might grumble about these things, but they won’t vote.  But for a Supreme Court Justice who might personally impact their life in a direct way, you can bet they will.

Democrats were trying to shape the opposite of what I am saying to you before the weekend even broke, trying to say that the GOP will lose seats if they go along with Trump’s pick.  That’s because their internal polling shows them what I have said, that if the GOP sticks with their plan, people will see it as a sign of strength, and they will be rewarded by voters who want someone to protect them from all this massive government overreach.  Watching riots of mobs gather at GOP senator’s homes, like Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell to intimidate them into delaying the Supreme Court vote will only solidify people’s fears about those same Democrats coming to their homes to harass them politically against their will.  And they’ll vote to put a stop to it while they still can, which is precisely what this specific timing will unlock in American culture.  People are open minded when they can afford to be, but when they fear for their lives and they can protect themselves with a vote as opposed to something else, they’ll do it once the issue has been defined for them, which is what Trump’s nomination does.  All the other plans Democrats had between now and the election are now over, and for the benefit of all of us.

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The MAGA Parade in Cincinnati: What Trump and Republicans have is “Engagement,” Democrats don’t

By now everyone has heard, but there was a rather large convoy of Trump decorated vehicles that stormed around the I-275 loop in Cincinnati. Like in other parts of the country where boat parades, motorcycle gatherings, and now massive shows of force from cars and trucks giving just a hint to the silent majority that everyone has been talking about are emerging as a counter force to the anti-American forces that have made themselves known of late attached to the Democrat Party. I received several media requests yesterday about the event and how footage could be obtained about some of the participants for some pre-convoy coverage on Friday, which sent me scurrying about to fulfill the request. The truth is, and I told this to the reporters, the people who normally organize the official Trump events had little to nothing to do with the convoy. It was purely a grass roots movement created on social media and exploded into its own thing. And that was the story, not that it was happening so much, but that it happened without formal organized effort driven officially by the campaign.

I was at the Victory Center in West Chester for Trump several times on Friday performing other clandestine activities that were official but that was another story that I likely won’t be talking about—that’s why its “clandestine.” But it did give me a chance to talk to the official Trump people about the convoy for which they replied, “we have nothing to do with it. But they are meeting from this area at IKEA right over there,” (pointing to the south through the Victory Center windows. A little twinkle in the eyes of the men who had lived long enough to see everything and yet were still surprised that Democrats were challenging the patriotism of America in this election, much to their demise. And that was the spirit that drew together so many thousands of people to spend their own time and money to make a proclamation in favor of President Trump. What nobody from the SWAMP seemed to understand was what Trump was to the people who voted for him. Yet, they were finding out early in the election cycle with events like this convoy.

That is the key to any successful endeavor, when a leader of any kind can unlock “engagement” from the people following them, massive success is always short to follow. Engagement is one of the most difficult things to measure in any work culture, its where people do things because they want to, not because they are asked by a boss, meaning that the needs of something get done by those most able to do it in the fastest manner. So for those concerned about a civil war, which I would argue we have been in for a decade at least. A formal war against the socialist and Marxist Democrats will be a disaster for them because on their side, they have only followers, they do not have the kind of self-initiated engagement that has emerged first from the Tea Party movement that has now carried over into the Trump Presidency. Engagement does not show up on all the fancy graphs that businesses use to track productivity, its one of the most mysterious aspects of human behavior, and we can see it clearly in September for the re-election of President Trump. Events like this rally are just the tips of icebergs that are emerging from the water. Behind them are many millions of people who feel the same, but are shy to reveal their intentions due to social unrest and the peer pressure to conform. Their engagement to the problem is revealed in other ways, like picking up yard signs, spreading blog posts from conservative writers, or pushing back on social media chats about the state of the world from the Marxists of the Democrat Party. That engagement to the problem is so widespread in the Trump push for re-election says most everything anyone needs to know about the 2020 election season.

Donald Trump has been able to unlock the engagement of his employees for decades, it was most evident on his hit television show, ‘The Apprentice.’ That show was entirely about how engagement happens in a culture and how every business enterprise in the world that is successful discovers it, and nurtures it to fruition. The political left doesn’t have engagement and they know it, so their entire strategy is to use fear to clamp down on Trump’s supporters and their propensity toward engagement. Many of their riots and protests are meant to appeal to the animal aspects of their participants, but the goal is terrorism specifically to destroy the enthusiasm of the party they are fighting against. Instead of Trump supporters engaging in the political process, the Democrat terrorist intend to use fear to keep them hiding. But as was clear by the amount of people who showed up at the Trump convoy around Cincinnati on Saturday September 12, 2020, the engagement is winning which is truly terrifying to witness for the Democrats.

What this means in terms of “war” and actual battles that would make up the history of a civil war in the traditional sense is that it doesn’t take a general to organize the troops to combat. The people show up and do such a thing out of free-will. That is how a future state militia would operate as well. Should Marxists take over as they have with similar insurrections in China, South Africa, and Cuba—and countless other places as well—then the same people who decorated up their cars to show support for their political candidate will be grabbing guns, legal or illegal and they will be meeting the oppressors willy nilly anywhere they appear preventing any sort of control over the population in general. So should Democrats cheat and win this election, that would be the future civil war everyone is talking about. One side has natural engagement, the other doesn’t leaving the weaker side to assuredly loose any battle that might take place. Fear is not a motivator that creates engagement, and when that is all that holds people to a political party, it is easy to defeat such people. But it is not easy to defeat people who come to that political party out of excitement and optimism. That is how you can know who will win or lose in any battle whether its political in nature, or in combat. Its all the same.

Personally, I think convoys are much better ways of conducting battle than grabbing guns and killing the other side. The point in killing the other guy is to lower their engagement and make them fear losing, sending them to hide from war and thus the battlefield. In this case, the engagement has already been gained by one side as the other continues to surrender on sight. The rallies Trump has is a show of force that the other side can’t produce, which is better than actually killing them on a battlefield. The effect is the same, except without the deaths. So I am quite proud of everyone for showing this force now rather than later. It likely can do more good today than it will after November 3rd 2020. But its also good for that other side to know what’s coming to them even if they do manage to steal an election. They don’t have engagement in their party, only fear and loathing, and that isn’t going to win anything in any straight up conflict. Which of course would be the next step should they seize power. They don’t have the “engagement” to keep it. But the Trump side does, which is all anybody needs to know about the 2020 election.

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Trump at Mount Rushmore: The fight for tomorrow

I knew it was going to be a good night when Air Force One was doing its flyover of Mount Rushmore to a soundtrack of ACDC and Guns & Roses. Naturally, a guy like me was riveted by every broadcast moment of President Trump coming to the Black Hills of South Dakota, a state I love a lot and the state of my favorite governor in the world, Kristie Noam for a fireworks show and speech. It did not let me down and I thought about a lot of things during it. It was when President Obama had cancelled the fireworks at Mount Rushmore that inspired me to start attending Tea Party meetings in 2009 and to turn myself into something of a platform for Republican support. At the time I was getting very valid nibbles out of Hollywood for a career there, the nibbles were in the form of a stuntman due to my bullwhip work and as a writer. That was in the years of 2006 to 2008 and by 2009 the requests for me in Hollywood were getting to the point where I had invitations to live there. So committing myself to the 20 yard line end zone politics was no small matter. When Obama closed down the fireworks at Mount Rushmore to say it pissed me off is an understatement. My reaction was to buy a fancy cruiser motorcycle and travel the country to see what I wanted to save about it, and it started me on that patriotic journey that is now millions and millions of words down the road now, with a lot left in the wake. The fireworks returning with President Trump to Mount Rushmore was the perfect gift to my mind for all the hard work, yet even so, I had some deep thoughts about it all that I enjoyed enormously. By the time the end came with a jazzy rendition of Battle Hymn of the Republic, I had a firm idea of what this 4th of July weekend was all about. Trump’s speech sounded like something I’d write; he certainly went further than any other president in history to tackling the problems that are in front of us.

I feel sorry for liberals who came to their political views in life because they come from broken families our countries where Marxism and hard structured communism were the blue light special of the day. Not all of us grew up with the privilege of good parents and role models when we were kids and in America, we allowed liberalism to seep into all our institutions, especially education, to bridge the gap between where they were in the world and where they needed to be to find freedom and success. But, instead of paying us back for our civility toward them, liberals have revealed that they want nothing but to destroy America for the rest of us who did have parents who cared about us and were given enough structure in our lives to live above the line lives as Americans. One thing is obvious especially in places like South Dakota, people there are normal. There were no stupid social distancing mandates at the Mount Rushmore fireworks, and very few people willing to bend the knee to the ridiculous masks people are wearing for protection from Covid-19. Even as this event was happening Trump’s kid, Don Jr stayed behind because his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle had tested positive for Covid-19 and the media was reporting it as if she had just received the death sentence of AIDS.

It didn’t stop there, most of the afternoon it was reported that protestors were blocking access to the fireworks site, Antifa radicals, stringy haired greaseballs, and Black Lives Matter supports which the more I thought about the images reminded me more and more of the terrorist group ISIS in the Middle East recently in the way they advanced their platform and destroyed history to gain control of people’s minds in the future. But the police didn’t full around in South Dakota, and the protestors were easily removed. It was a reminder of how the next steps in this ideological war would go, once Americans, the real Americans, those who appreciate the country for the doors of freedom it can open no matter what race or sex, realize the tune of the song that the political left is playing, they rally behind to meet the challenge. That certainly describes myself when I first got involved in the Tea Party movement then doing everything I could to get Trump elected in 2016. When pushed and spit at, most good Americas see quickly what must be done, and they see what is happening now. I wasn’t the only one happy about the fireworks in the Black Hills. The people in the audience at that event got it, they understood the significance of the flyovers, the speeches, and the overall meaning of the setting there at Mount Rushmore.

As I said, most liberals grew up without the proper parental benefits and the system we allowed them to create to get them there have failed. They have taken our tax dollars for public education for instance and turned our schools into centers for Marxist study. When I said all this over a decade ago, most people like WLW’s Bill Cunningham couldn’t deal with that idea. At that time I did a lot of radio on that station and the argument was very uncomfortable for people like him. He couldn’t bring himself to believe that public education was taken over by socialism. Like a lot of people in that radio audience, they just wanted the sports scores in life, they didn’t want to deal with a complete failure of our institutions that had been taken over by Marxist ideology, because we had allowed them to be out of compassion for their place in life. I can say that in Cunningham’s mind, he didn’t know his father, he was raised by a single mother—actually in a very similar way to my friend the great George Lang who is the future senator of Ohio’s 4th district. Guys like them did not have the benefits of good family structure, so they relied on the American institutions to make good lives for themselves. But they are the exceptions, not the rule. Most liberals don’t want to be fixed as people into becoming Americans, they just want to get rid of the measure, they want to bring it all down and that is their shocking intention, and the truth of the matter which Trump captured well in his speech.

Trump talks a lot about the silent majority and they greatly do outnumber the people out there who will vote in this election. In places like South Dakota they are easy to see. The media tries to make liberalism larger than it really is by keeping their media centers in the cities where liberalism has crushed people’s spirits, they don’t often get to see the kind of fanfare that goes on in places like Mount Rushmore every day. So the images, speeches and temperament of the audience were shocking to the rest of the world who have been thinking they were going to win after the Covid-19 shutdowns, the advancements of Marxism recently through the “cancel culture” and race riots. And ultimately the impact to the economy that coronavirus and the blue state governors had unleased on us all to destroy football, baseball, and even NASCAR. They thought they had us, and had their foot on our throats. But what they saw at the Mount Rushmore fireworks were lots of people like me, who were awake and yearning for patriotism who were more resolute than ever. It was not the reaction that the liberals were hoping for and their concern of the effectiveness was quite evident.

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Calling Their Bluff: Go on out there, back to the world–its not as dangerious as they are telling you

The big secret that many of these politicians, both Republicans and Democrats are trying to hide about the terrible economic impact they allowed themselves to be tricked into believing over Covid-19 is that they need you to think that every dumb thing they did was for a good reason. Yet it wasn’t. That is the reason for the drive for testing after all, to justify their failure with some data that looks scary. And for all their idiocy in bypassing the state legislators into creating law through governor directives regarding social distancing and stay at home measures, all which were completely unconstitutional and massive intrusions on all our lives. They must justify all their failure by something otherwise we might just march onto our capitals and rip all their lame asses right out of their office seats. They need you to believe that reopening America will be dangerous and that you might “die,” if you do so too early and don’t follow the doctor’s orders—we might have a reignition of the virus outbreak and have to shut everything down again. All this fear has nothing to do with reality of course, it’s about control of the message and keeping people believing that all this damage that the politicians caused by following the World Health Organization to our dooms was a good idea. It has nothing to do with reality, but everything to do with justifying their panic. So the way to beat them the correct way is to not be afraid, reopen our businesses and prove to the world that we aren’t a bunch of chicken shits—and that the virus was never really deadly. We need to call their bluff. Life needs to get back to normal without social distancing, masks and social isolation—and we need to rub it in all their faces to drive the point home—because Covid-19 was always a scam meant to drive the world toward communism.

All this was of course reported in the great book Plato’s Republic with the analogy I use often of the cave. The doctors of our present society are the people in that story who have learned to predict the shadows on the cave walls and they want to keep that power over mankind. But some of us are free of our tied-up position where we must get our information by those experts, and we are free to get up and look around to discover what causes the shadows on the cave wall. If you know the story, you understand what I’m talking about, but for those who don’t, the story of the cave is a warning from thousands of years ago Greek society about listening too much to experts, because they are often wrong and crave to keep a people stupid and facing the cave wall where they have power in predicting what the shadows mean. That is what Covid-19 is all about, it’s a power grab to support Agenda 21 United Nations strategies from academia to force mass society to look at the cave wall where they control the images with fear, and the cost has been horrendous. They deserve what happens next, which is to challenge their fears with bold audacity.

If this information is unfamiliar to you dear reader then perhaps it would be easier for you to watch the great movie, THX-1138 from 1971 by George Lucas before he made the Star Wars series. It is essentially a futuristic version of Plato’s cave analogy, where the main character wakes up from his controlled state where the authorities of that time keep everyone overly medicated and focused on the efforts of that government completely. What the World Health Organization has been proposing due to the coronavirus are obvious steps in the direction of the concepts explored in that movie. It should come as no surprise that the leader of the World Health Organization is Tedros Adhanom who has in the past been a Marxist revolutionary, which is key to understanding what the real intentions of the Covid-19 reaction was all along, it was never that the virus was dangerous. But it was meant to control people’s thinking to the level where centralized change agency could take place and a Marxist revolution erupt once people’s daily lives had been conditioned to accept the authority of the state by eroding individual rights due to the actual fear of death. If you are trained to see the signs, which are abundant in literature, art and history, then anybody could see from the beginning what was behind the Covid-19 pandemic as the World Health Organization called it, to trigger what we have seen all around us, a surrender of capitalist values to those of outright authoritarian Marxism.

It is the responsibility for instance of governors like Mike DeWine of Ohio to know these things so they can be leaders. He should know that these kinds of things have happened in the past, such as one demonstrator at the capital tried to point out about the Nazis in Germany. The protests in Ohio were not from Neo-Nazis which are always leftists in their gatherings, but from people concerned that Ohio under the directives of Amy Acton were following in the footsteps of Germany toward their Third Reich activism prior to World War II. And to answer the governor regarding the use of swastikas and the Nazis, it was abundant from indigenous tribes in Ohio to use swastikas often. It was the Nazis who copied the Celtic cultures of yesteryear who put a bad name to them with their own authoritarian abuses, its not the swastikas themselves that were the problem. Because the cultures of North America had a very intimate relationship with swastikas well before any formal European outpost was established in the New World. DeWine is supposed to understand history and art so that he could make good decisions about the present as a leader of the state and the Republican party. Instead he has shown himself vulnerable and shallow and easy for crazy radicals like Tedros Adhanom to exploit from the World Health Organization. Instead of a communist revolution with physical troops like Mao had in China, or Castro had in Cuba, or wherever your favorite communist erupted on the world scene, Adhanom controlled the message through health policy, which the American CDC picked up, whispered in the President’s ear with the exploitation of millions of lives lost. Then state health directors overly educated in Marxist colleges—and yes, Ohio State is one of them—so that people advising governors like Amy Acton could utilize Marxist strategies behind good will health advice to ruin the American economy.

It was always a military incursion hidden through the Trojan Horse of health concerns and to see it, we all must have an understanding of the past and the thoughts that emerged from them, or even the warnings of our artistic culture from films like THX-1138. It is unlikely that George Lucas would make that movie today, in many ways, he’s one of “them” now. Its just too pleasant to plug into the Matrix and enjoy life at that level of the celebrity in San Francisco. But as a younger person he saw authoritarian danger clearly and made a great movie about Plato’s cave analogy—which is exactly what the WHO and the CDC are using to attempt a global coup of capitalism in an election year to disrupt the direction of the world economy back to one where the communists stay in control. Nothing about social distancing, wearing masks in public, and house arrest was ever about safety. It was always and continues to be about controlling our behavior and breaking us like a horse to a new normal of environmental communism instead of our raw independence that we have known up to this point. Its all about messaging and to understand that, Plato’s Republic was written 2500 years ago. Yet its as contemporary as the latest Fox News broadcast. Nothing much has changed in human thought from then until now. And the same enemies are trying their tired old schemes, only this time they did change the approach. They used the literal fear of death to convince us to listen to them. And in so doing, give over control of our individual lives to maniacal communists in global organizations who truly and without pause, want to rule the world.

Rich Hoffman

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The Gun is the Only Rule of Law: We have seen government out of control over Covid-19 and know we can never really trust them

One thing that I have learned as a result of the mass government panic over the Covid-19 virus outbreak is that the Second Amendment is more important than ever. I’ve always been something of a cowboy law traditionalist as defined by the culture of America, but I always first look to the laws of our Republic to work out problems through debate, networking, and elections to solve the problems. But in my lifetime, and everyone reading this, we have never seen a situation where government lost their minds so quickly, and more dangerously than they have with the mass neurosis of the China Virus that the media hyped so vehemently, the world locked themselves down over, and governors and mayors all across America became drunk with power all behind a mask of protecting people for their own good. We have now seen for ourselves how these elected representatives would behave together under pressure and we can be 100% sure they could never be trusted in a gun-less society. Its one thing to theorize about it, as we have been doing for decades, but now we’ve seen it for ourselves with two fine examples, one is Mayor Cranley of Cincinnati and the other is the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti.

To enforce the Governor of Ohio’s stay at home order Cranley took the exceptional measure of committing officers to going from business to business to question whether or not they were essential businesses, and stated that citizens would be questioned of their intentions if they were found out on the streets. People were not supposed to question the competency of the government decision to go on a wild goose chase with this Covid-19 spectacle, everyone was supposed to just do what they were told by a governor abusing his emergency powers by overriding a court order to keep the election going, and now was issuing a mandatory stay at home order based on bad modeling coming in from Europe. We were supposed to all lock ourselves up in our homes, follow government directions and destroy our businesses because our elected government was losing their minds and Mayor Cranley decided to take things several steps further all on his own. It doesn’t take much imagination to see how things might further get out of control if something like this statewide lockdown went on any longer, we can easily see how national guard troops would be sent to troublemakers homes to be arrested and have all their rights stripped away by just the stroke of a pen from an elected official who has lost their minds.

Eric Garcetti went even further by saying he intended to track down violators of their stay at home orders through cell phone feedback. Violators in L.A. according to Garcetti could be hunted down by tracing their cell phone locations, that same technology that runs Google Maps and tells you where to go and how long it will take to get there. Government in conjunction with cell phone companies are perfectly willing to use that technology against you to make an example out of violators who dare question their sanity. The entire “Stay at Home” program advocated by these politicians obviously requires deep legislative consideration and is connected to Democrat ideas about zero emissions to protect against climate change as they have defined it with the same over-hyped modeling procedures. But under these emergency acts these deep seated liberals were able to enact lifestyle changes that would never be approved by an elected legislature so they went into action quickly to become the terrors we always feared they might become from the days of arguing over smart meters and Agenda 21 desires from the United Nations. Instead of that governing body, none of which was elected by Americans, we had the World Health Organization setting policy this time and crazy radicals in office used that chance to severely abuse their authority.

I’ll tell the stories later but I saw several times this past week where I thought I might get into one of those firefights to defend my constitutional rights from a government seeking to take them from me. Luckily it hasn’t come to that but I won’t forget how I felt. This Covid-19 case is relatively a minor one, so it doesn’t take much to think how quickly things could have gotten much worse if we didn’t have a president like Trump in office for instance, or if we didn’t have a Republican in Ohio government as the governor. Mike DeWine tried to talk out of both sides of his mouth knowing how draconian some of these policies were, but if we had a Democrat, things could have been a lot worse. It doesn’t take much imagination to see government going door to door confiscating guns, separating families, and confiscating all property for the greater good. All those things would be possible if a governor under emergency powers—any emergency—deemed such a thing necessary and we just can’t allow that unchecked power to remain.

Gun rights are the foundation of rule of law. When a politician gets to the point where they make the rules up as they go, as so many did during the Coronavirus shutdowns, then it may well be needed to check that power at the point of implementation. Usually when emergency powers are used it’s for disaster relief like a hurricane or a tornado. We have not shut down entire states of what has become apparent are purely political reasons, because Coronavirus was never that deadly and was over-hyped to secure a power grab to exploit those emergency powers, and at that point, if you become an enemy of the state because you are in the wrong political party, or you have expressed yourself using free speech to make an argument, and they decide to come for you and your family, then deadly force will have to be used, what other choice would you have? Is being arrested and thrown in jail by that same system of government acceptable? My answer to myself was of course not. When governors like DeWine, whom I have supported, decide to go against court orders, then what chance do you have in the legal system if you find yourself a fugitive by mandate of safety for the greater good?

These are hard questions to answer but at least the good news is that now we know without a grain of doubt that government will abuse its authority in days, not even weeks, of a national emergency. Civility quickly loses ground and even the best people can start to appear like tyrannical maniacs on a self-imposed crusade to initiate law anyway possible to violators of their command. And like Mayor Garcetti stated, if you violate his order, he was willing to hunt you down after only a few days of a crises. Imagine if something like this went on for months. This leaves us with no other conclusion, the only thing we can really trust to enforce the law is a gun secured to our bodies to use if needed to defend our lives from those opposed to it. Compliance to faulty thinking people is not an option, that is why we have a republic, not a democracy, because we elect people to debate rules we can all agree on, not on politicians who use emergency powers to become kings and emperors and can demand compliance even to the most insane regulation. And when it does happen, the gun may be the only thing we have left that represents anything close to law and order.

Rich Hoffman

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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

The 1977 Act of Emergency Economic Powers: Ending communism once and for all

Not that its any kind of surprise, but it is important to note, Democrats do wish harm on you and me so they can have a hope of beating Donald Trump in the next election coming in 2020. They’ve tried everything, the Russian hoax, the constant name calling and belittling of his entire family, and openly mocking everything he has done over the last three years as President of the United States. Now their last and only hope is to harm the economy because its all they have left. Everyone knows that Trump is going to run on his great economy so its logical that they would try to harm it, and in so doing, would wish harm on every single American just so they can gain power. Make sure to remember that. They don’t care how many lives might be wrecked in the process, all they care about is gaining and keeping power. So the economy is their target and I am very pleased to learn that President Trump is perfectly willing to protect the economy with the 1977 Act of Emergency Economic Powers.

The economy is largely driven by sentiment. A happy society generally has a happy economy, so all the psychological mechanisms that make human beings do the things that they tend to do are what drive up economic numbers. The Trump presidency has only created good sentiment for the economy by reducing taxes, putting money back in the pockets of the people who create good sentiment, and deregulating the industry so that more people can participate at a faster rate. The low unemployment that we have had and several consecutive quarters of positive GDP growth are only scary to Democrats because its proof that the President’s policies have been working and show no signs of abating by the next election, so its now or never for them and they are trying to throw the kitchen sink at him in an all out effort to defeat him in the election. Its as simple as that.

China as a communist power has been leveraging against the United States for decades and there are plenty of Americans on the liberal side of politics who helped make that happen and wanted to drive our economy into the waiting hands of China. As a result, much more of our modern media is owned or is directly influenced by China making them pawns for Trump’s trade war which had to happen. China couldn’t be allowed to continue to mooch off the American economy the way they were. Any of my readers here know that I have been reporting for decades that China’s economy is directly tethered to America. Without America they have nothing. So in any negotiation with them, this must be revealed. Once China put $75 billion worth of tariffs on American imports Friday, it was the best move possible for Trump to order all American companies out of China and into some other market, preferably America. This of course shocked the world, but its nothing short of the best strategy. We aren’t talking about simple and free open markets here, we are talking about defeating at the very least communism once and for all. And for that, the sympathizers are furious, especially those domestic enemies in North America who have been trying to get communism put in place for most of the last century.

I don’t talk about it much because it was so long ago but my sentiments about communism and the political left was solidified a long time ago. As I have reported, I have had a colorful life and spoken often with people from all kinds of backgrounds. I’ve always been a conservative, but I have a personality that gets along with anybody anywhere about anything. I can speak to people from the other side without losing myself and that has given me the opportunity to socialize with many kinds of people over the years. And so it was that for a period in my life I was invited to all the big parties in Cincinnati that sort of hung off the University of Cincinnati who lived along the rim of Clifton overlooking the city in their very nice homes and I got to know their minds well. I spoke to them as I would anybody, with honor and respect, but any compassion I had for the other side’s way of thinking evaporated in those gatherings. Essentially, they were communists, they wanted communism in America and they were set to do anything to get it. And when I talk about these people, I’m talking about the Dwight Tillery crowd when he was mayor, and Roxanne Qualls and the type of people who hung on their every word. There were the top architects of the city at these events and producers of television and stage plays, owners of the media, all the big wigs of our “culture.” So I learned first hand what they were all about and it was quite clear that the left wing of politics wanted China’s communism.

Clinton was president during those years and those types of people were very ostentatious about their sentiments. They figured that it wouldn’t be long when China would simply absorb America’s economy and we’d all be working for the communist, so they were happy. When Clinton came to town they all rushed out to lick his boots and they were elated to do it. They put up with me and my views because they liked my charisma and they figured I wasn’t a threat. My America was dying and being compassionate liberals, they didn’t mind my acquaintance because deep down inside, someone has to do the work of living, and being natural mooches, they knew to stay close to a guy like me. So, I learned a lot from them, and those types of people haven’t changed no matter what city we are talking about. Only now their theories have failed, and they are desperately trying to cover their tracks whereas then they were just getting a few presidents, in Clinton, Bush and Obama who would prop up communist China and help bring that socialist philosophy to America.

In that regard it doesn’t hurt my feelings at all that companies in China are struggling to figure out to do with President Trump in the White House. But the bottom line is that this fight had to happen and its important that Trump do what he’s doing. The anger about it is obvious because the liberal political party has completely tethered themselves to China over the years and now with the Hong Kong protests and the squeeze from United States tariffs, the Chinese economy is in real danger. And this is all happening at exactly the right time, year three of President Trump’s term with an election year coming up and the potential of four more years of the guy. Liberals know they have no other window if ever to try to topple Trump, so the economy is their target, and they hope it tanks so they can save China and reverse the trend of restoring economic power in the capitalism of the west once and for all to end a debate that was subtly started with the publication of Karl Marx’s works and to restore to the world an economy that does not have communism in it, for the benefit of all.

Rich Hoffman

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Democrat Policies Have Caused Mass Shootings: If we have Red Flag laws are we going to arrest all of them as potential terrorists?

Ahead of President Trump’s visit to Dayton, Ohio the Democrat mayor of Dayton was very disingenuous toward his intentions and toward guns in general. Rather than talk about the victims and the circumstances leading up to the recent mass shooting she made an open pitch for gun control which would have done nothing to stop the problem. Rather, the shooter was from her own political party and actually was an advocate for gun control. The shooter didn’t really care to live, and he knew that if he did conduct a mass shooting that the debate on gun control would rage, largely by his own making. So it was rather astonishing that Governor DeWine surrendered so quickly to appease gun control advocates when it was really political radicalism antagonistic toward President Trump’s successes that caused the violence. Yet nobody covered that issue. A few reporters tried to get the Dayton mayor to say something about the political motivations of the shooter, but she ignored the questions and deferred. Meanwhile, most establishment Republicans did exactly what Democrats wanted them to do really without any reason whatsoever.

Now rather than talking about the cause of the violence, everyone is talking about “red flag laws” which is a very dangerous platform. In the future, no matter what they say now, once we accept that red flags brought up by friends, neighbors or family are a means for preventing crimes then we have essentially entered the realm of the “Minority Report.” It will be the next level of social control which Google and Facebook are already performing for the government with censorship and is a direct attack not just on the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, but the Fourth and Fifth. Red flag laws are an absolute abomination of American law and serve only one purpose, by giving government more control for which they don’t deserve.

There were plenty of red flags surrounding the life of Conner Betts, but our government didn’t act on any of them. There were plenty of people including many mainstream reporters who were interacting with his extreme liberalism on social media, and he had a history going well back to high school that showed a propensity toward violence. Yet there he was running around in the world planning a mass killing. The solution to him was to have more concealed carry holders there on the spot to kill him within the opening shots instead of waiting for the 30 seconds that it actually took for the police on the scene to engage him. Because it was a nightlife district, there were plenty of police there with guns, so the carnage could have been much greater. But it could have been reduced even more if the engagement was within 5 to 10 seconds. I have a few guns that I carry that would have stopped that guy with or without body armor, and to be honest, in a society like the one we have now where moral conduct has lost its grip, that is the only solution for the short term, until we can restore some structure to our society once again. But we are a long way from that. Until we deal with the real problems, more concealed carry holders are going to be needed in traditional gun free zones so that we can cut down the reaction time from when a shooter reveals themselves, to when they are stopped. If politicians, especially on the liberal side of things don’t want Wild West shootouts in our streets, then they should have managed their cities better.

The Dayton mayor really made me sick over these last several days of news coverage. We have been talking about how Democrats are ruining cities and Cincinnati and Dayton are certainly no exception. I like both of those cities, but the evidence of Democrat leadership is grossly obvious. Yet the mayor only wanted to talk about laws like red flag and how to keep CCW holders from expanding into day cares. As she spoke it took everything I had to keep from leaping into the TV to explain to her that if we truly did what she wanted the entire Democrat party would have to be red flagged, because their rhetoric and activism against the flow of the nation makes them all a menace. Are we really going to arrest them all and throw them in jail because they “might” do something illegal and against the safety of society in general?

All liberals want out of these mass shootings are more laws that they can use later to get more control over all of us. Red flag laws once started will then be used to attack political opposition just as Google and Facebook use them now to attempt to control the First Amendment. Democrats are seeking to attack the entire Bill of Rights and they aren’t shy about it. And for most of us, we should see that as an open assault. Democrats in general don’t care about the people who died in these tragic shootings, they only want to see how they can advance their cause on the backs of them.

In Chicago, which is an important story, over 1500 people have been shot so far in 2019 to the date of this article. Most of those shootings have occurred in the south and west sides, which is filled with years and years of socialist government experimentation. The results have been a completely failed society that is obvious from the air when landing at O’Hara. There were 59 people shot the weekend of the so-called mass shootings. 7 people actually died which is just as bad as the Dayton mass killings, but nobody is talking about that with equal vigor. That is because the cause of the shootings are the results of Democrat policies and social tampering. Guns are already illegal in Chicago yet they have no control as a police force of how to stop those killings which are happening every day. More laws won’t do anything to stop the problem because the causes are in education, social safety nets and their effects, low moral conduct—no dads in the homes, drugs, and poor economic outlooks. Neighborhoods that are poor have generally adopted socialist policies over the years pushing capitalism to the suburbs which cause bad options for jobs and micro economies. High taxes, high government tampering into investments, and government run housing that nobody wants to live in are all contributing factors. To fix all those things we have to admit that it is liberal policies that have failed. No new law can mask that.

It is good that at least President Trump gets it and he showed as much on his visits to El Paso and Dayton. The political class under him are still functioning from unearned guilt, but maybe they will follow his lead and stand up for themselves. Red flag laws are already in place, but what are you going to do when we have an FBI and CIA who see and monitor this activity but fail to act. Yet Alex Jones and many other conservatives are de-platformed off social media for uttering nothing even close to the kind of rhetoric that Connor Betts participated in leading up to the shooting. The lack of attention to his activity almost look as if authorities wanted him to commit a mass shooting so that more anti-gun legislation could be enacted. That isn’t the kind of thing many of us would utter in the light of day, but we all think it within the confines of our minds. And it isn’t Democrats that are changing their tune, they are demanding that Republicans change. That is outlandish because it is Republicans who are offering and have been offering solutions. Democrats have been making them, and their lack of responsibility in the matter is truly astonishing.

Rich Hoffman

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The Enemy

You have to understand that one of my good friends was just killed by a train in Texas. I’m still very twisted over the arrest of Roger Stone, the investigations of President Trump, and the obvious malice of the F.B.I. attempting to tilt the table in favor of Democrats during the 2016 election so regarding affairs of the “republic” I’m not in a very good mood. If it wasn’t so funny I would be even angrier over the proposed Green New Deal. I thought the old New Deal by FDR was one of the most destructive elements of a free thinking society and should have been eradicated long ago, yet here are political elements who want to go much further, so obviously its time to have a hard talk about when its time to have a real civil war again within the United States where violence is the only way to settle disputes, because the intellectual goals of the two sides are just too far apart. I think now is the time to do so, and I offer this article of opinion as a foundation for any legal issues that might take place later. Because personally speaking, I have reached my limit. I’m ready to defend the Constitution with force now, and that means that its time to define who the enemy is and understand why they are such. From now on I’m not going to rationalize how two sides can live together in debate as the republic was designed because the enemy as defined here doesn’t wish to have a discussion, or find truth in debate. They want to destroy us as Americans, and as men of family, and they don’t care who they have to hurt to get there which is why I now refer to them as “The Enemy.”

Many years ago when I first started this “blog” site I did so inspired by two of my favorite literary classics, The Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist Papers which were collections of essays written for newspaper publication around the time of the Federal Convention to hash out the details of what an American Constitution should be and what it should do to not only hold the country together, but still maintain the spirit of the Revolution so that individual rights could be maintained. It didn’t matter if the Constitution had been written now or 2000 years ago, what occurred in the newly formed United States which at the time was only 13 states was a giant leap in human thought, the idea of self-rule when for the entire known history of civilization people where always ruled by someone no matter where in the world someone may have traveled. Such a concept was worth the bloodshed of a future Civil War, the eradication of the Indian Nations, or any countries that might have tried to stand in the way, because the effort itself was captured during the formation of The United States and gave rise to a world power unlike anything that had ever occurred in all of history. And the philosophical foundations of this effort were captured in the debates of the Constitutional Conventions expressed in The Federalist Papers and The Anti-Federalist Papers. I devoured both as the Tea Party movement emerged in late 2008 and 2009 and found that I was much more of an Anti-Federalist than a Federalist and that for the coming decade I would offer my thoughts on these pages for others to consider in much the same fashion.

It was obvious to me that our modern society had declined to the point where intelligent debate was necessary, so I did my part and I hoped to inspire enough people to seek wisdom from debate to avoid violence. In that regard the modern Tea Party movement was very successful, the revolution was fought as it should be, through education followed by good elections. On the conservative side of things we rooted out the modern versions of Benedict Arnold, politicians like John Boehner and John Kasich from my home state of Ohio and we replaced them with the Republican Party of Donald Trump, which was very peaceful, lawful, and have launched the country into an era of prosperity that is unequivocal in our young country and have forced the world to look at themselves and make peaceful adjustments just to mitigate the risk of becoming globally irrelevant. Taking the long view, the Tea Party movement in the United States from 2009 to 2015 is the way that revolutions should take place, and it is certainly a testament to the strength of the American philosophy that was formed in The Federalist Papers and The Anti-Federalist Papers.

Nothing ever devastates me, I’ve been through everything and seen the worst that people can offer under the worst conditions. So when I found out about the death of my friend Doc Thompson I wouldn’t say that it changed my life or sent me into some shell of sadness. I accept tragedy as part of life and simply moved on to the next thing which for me was an oversea call with some important people. Later that evening after a 20-hour work day was completed I sorted out my thoughts on the matter and decided to re-read for probably the 25th to 26th time in a ten-year period The Anti-Federalist Papers, which took me about 11 hours stopping to eat twice. Doc Thompson I saw was a person who really believed in the American ideas created by the Constitution. As an authentic person it led to his eventual death, not by conspiracy as he was hit by a train, but by the fact that the world of media for which he wanted to work had closed its doors to him and his boss Glenn Beck and they were on the short end of a world that was changing by what I will call the Enemy for the sake of literary distinction.

The Enemy wanted to change the nature of the American Constitution and since Doc was a purist, he was on the outside looking in always trying hard to find a way to get his voice out to speak in favor of Constitutional principles. Unlike his friend Glenn Beck who had made a lot of money in his early Tea Party years at Fox News and was living well off it, Doc had never hit a substantial sum of money and was the living embodiment of what the Founding Fathers would have went through had America not prevailed during the Revolution, English society would have castigated them out of existence. But what occurred to me was that Doc wasn’t supposed to have those effects, none of us were. We had the Constitution and these modern efforts by the Enemy were not supposed to have the impact to our legal and moral system that they were. As I closed the book to The Anti-Federalist Papers for the latest time I realized that violence was inevitable in order to protect The Constitution that was born from that philosophic text written during that critical period of American contemplation.

One thing that really makes me sad however is that when reading those works, The Anti-Federalist Papers and The Federalist Papers it is clear that as a society people are not as intelligent as they once were, our education system has failed, our civilization under guidance of the Enemy has had a destructive influence over our children and neighbors and it really is a tragedy that must be rectified. The Enemy therefore doesn’t just deserve a day in court, they need to be eradicated from existence because they have shown themselves to be a menace. The Enemy are those who want to change the Constitution of America from a document that protects individual liberty to a means of empowering a larger central government to distribute collective salvation even to those who don’t deserve it. Through the actions of the enemy it naturally weakens the strength of The United States as the best light the world has to yearn for and is therefore up to malice that is not forgivable by civil discourse. So from that perspective the Enemy must be destroyed and removed from the political theater and the future of this site will make that case hopefully before bullets start flying. But likely the bullets will be discharged before all is well again because such a measure will be needed to protect the Constitution from domestic enemies who are trying to destroy us all by attacking the philosophic foundations of our very existence.

Rich Hoffman

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Richard Hardy’s ‘The Program Manager’: A book more about communism in the corporate world than business, but well worth the read

You have to understand, I read a lot. A whole lot. And if I could, I’d read even more. Every time we have one of these Holiday seasons and all the people I know send me texts and emails wishing me good tidings and my response back to them is usually short and to the point, it’s usually because I’m rushing back to a book. That’s not all I do of course, I live a very full life, but I think reading a lot and maintaining my rule of reading at least one book a week all weeks of the year is very important. Professionally I am a professional problem solver, and I don’t spend any time looking over my shoulder the way a lot of people do worrying about being knocked off the ladder of success because honestly the root source of my magic is my ability to read and communicate what I have learned. But to be honest, it takes a lot of work. I don’t think there is any book on this planet that can teach people to be successful if they are not willing to do a lot of hard work. I would say to anybody who fantasizes about being successful that unless you are willing to outwork the other person, you will likely always be second place in anything you do, or in a lot of cases, dead last. If you lack drive, curiosity and a quest for knowledge you will not have much of a life, and those are just cold hard facts. My habit is to look at reading as a daily exercise and I do it as much as I can, and the results always give me a competitive advantage not so much over other people, but in the circumstances of challenges that are presented to us all. I like having the answers to questions before they are even asked, so keeping a brain fed is the best way to achieve that function.

Being the Holiday season of Thanksgiving where generally there are four consecutive days off every year it is a time to catch up my ratio for the year and to stay on target, I needed to read seven more books to catch up to my 2018 targets. Some of the books I read in 2018 were big ones so it can sometimes take a week or two longer to read them, which throws off my target, which I always catch up on during the two Holidays at the end of the year. Over this particular Holiday weekend I was able to read four books, some of them 300 to 400 pages, some of them only about 150. And surprisingly it was that shorter book called The Program Manager written back in 1999 and self-published by Richard Hardy formerly of Boeing that I enjoyed the most. Usually books on business topics are boring and the fun of life is not present in them. But its important to suffer through them because always there are little nuggets of information that need polished a bit before you can use them, but are of great value nevertheless.

Much to my surprise Richard Hardy likely nearing retirement hit on a very slippery topic in his book on how to be a program manager, and that is to articulate how much communism is present in the modern world both politically and within corporate structures. It really too me by surprise, but as an older guy it is understandable. But I’m sure within Boeing there was a lot of consternation about his book coming out, even if it was self-published and a little rough on the grammar. The insights are quite good and as you’d expect from someone at the top of their particular field of endeavor. I look at those kinds of books as though you had the opportunity to meet someone and have them tell you their life story and you can extract from that whatever you want. The professionalism of the publishing profession is to put it as bluntly as Richard Haley did, filled with communists. Of course, nobody calls themselves that, and many of the publishers in New York and London think that term is rubbish. They call themselves progressives now, or “environmental activists” but that is only because they don’t know their history. For students of history, not the history they teach you in public education or in college, what is present in almost everything, especially in the corporate world, is varying degrees of communism that people have just accepted over the last 100 years. A book like Hardy’s The Program Manager would never be published professionally by a New York publisher. But sometimes it is those books that are the most valuable to read.

And while we are being blunt, most of the Lean activities that most company’s employ to attempt to mitigate that trend is to get communist thinking of group associations and power from above structures to become more holistic instead of siloed. Cuba for instance as a communist country was extremely siloed meaning they were never open to outside ideas, but only the ones flowed from the top down. Lean concepts are all about decentralizing those sentiments so that the point of emphasis is the health of the company everyone works with. Like most politicians’ power structures within an organization chart become their obsession and they constantly view their workers as middle-class citizens, or even worse, among the poor and they spend a lot of time thinking about that class structure when they should be thinking about running a business. I was curious what Richard Hardy who worked in the very stringent Boeing culture did to solve problems in that environment and was surprised to find him such an Ayn Rand fan, an individualist who understood the nature of all things. After reading his book I’m not surprised that he was so successful and sought after. But I was surprised to learn how consistent it was to my own personal thoughts on the matter.

And that is what reading can do for you, just when you think you know everything that there is to know, you find yourself surprised by something that should be obvious but isn’t. When it comes to business books, most of them are very dry and philosophically dormant. They talk about how to do something but don’t really get into why companies are siloed or how holistic thinking can be good and sustainable for continued profit growth and employee sustainability. But Richard Hardy made his point quite well protecting the names of his fellow workers at Boeing and replacing them with a metaphor of bulls protecting a herd as essentially being the primary objective of the program manager. Most of what he said in his book are things that are easily obtained in other books and college level courses, but in his case he was talking about the development of the Joint Strike Fighter well in advance of our modern times which I remember being a part of, so I had some context to his subject, then to read some of the behind the scenes decisions and the why and hows was quite a treat. It was a very nice surprise that doesn’t come along too often.

I don’t know how well the copies of it that are still out there will be. I bought one that was in good condition arrive, but as I flipped through it the pages were falling out from being dry rotted. I practically had to tape the thing together as I read it to keep the book intact. But if you can get your hands on one not so much for the task of business management, but for understanding how communism entered all our lives and tried to change the nature of American life so subtly and over such a long period of time, it is a very interesting read and well worth the time in doing it.

Rich Hoffman

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