DON’T LISTEN TO THE EXPERTS: Covid-19 in a world of elephants and long tusks

I have been hard on Mike DeWine through the entire Covid-19 outbreak not because he’s a bad person. He’s actually a good person, but he screwed up as a leader and listened to the experts without providing the kind of executive filtration needed in his position. So I say he should be impeached for abusing his emergency powers, costing the state of Ohio billions, and putting unnecessary hardship on each and every person trusting him and his decisions. Good people do dumb things and when they do, they get fired like everyone else. And his mistake was in turning over practically all decision making in response to the coronavirus outbreak to Amy Acton, a professional academic, and letting her set a liberal policy in how to react to a crisis as an unelected bureaucrat. Now, I’m a Republican, an old fashioned one and am used to the people around me not being as solid of a Republican as I am. If the elephant is the symbol of our party, I am that elephant off by himself grazing in the hot sun with tusks dragging on the ground. DeWine is that beat up soul huddled in the group that has been through a lot, he’s had his tusks cut off for poaching, he’s been mulled by lions and he’s certainly been weakened over the years so he is what we call a RINO Republican, he seeks the safety of the herd for his own reasons. I get it, but when he makes himself easy prey for attackers, then he is a threat to my party and philosophy, and he doesn’t have a right to do that, and that is precisely what he has done by bringing in professionals to run the state where he lacked the courage to do so himself.

When we look back on this Covid-19 crises it will be our trust in the “professionals” that got us into all the trouble and caused the trillions of dollars in damages. We’ve set our society up across the world to turn people into overly specialized experts in their fields of endeavor when in all actuality we have been doing it all wrong for well over a century. Experts are good for specificity, but often leadership requires many ways of looking at the same information and picking the best path, and over-specialization blinds even the best experts to the totality of needed leadership. In the case of the world-wide shut down the source of the problem was terrorist intentions to take advantage of the specialized class of doctors in the WHO, the attention starved CDC and all the state health directors and contaminate their trust in modeling with bad assumptions which then triggered a global panic. Once that happened and the experts were crippled and looking to cover their asses with more bad numbers to try to get out of the corners they painted themselves into, the terrorists were looking to inflict massive social change while the world was focused on what the experts would say next.

For many years, and I still have that toolbox in my shop at my house, I had a saying I held very true from the 9 ways of the samurai printed on the lid of my toolbox so I could see it every day. I worked at Cincinnati Milacron for a while when I was younger and got to know a lot of machinists and precision manufacturers where I learned a lot, but I always leaned on those 9 ways of the samurai to think above and beyond the problems that company went through as they gradually died before our very eyes. I would say the cause of death was over-specialization. As the industry changed, Cincinnati Milacron couldn’t make the switch because they were too specialized to adapt. But one of those 9 ways of the samurai is to know the way of all things. That means that a person should not be specialized in only one thing then fit themselves into the cogs of society to only do that one thing, whether it’s a lawyer, an accountant, a manager, a mother or father, a teacher—whatever. What is required, especially among anybody offering themselves as a leader is a person hungry for knowledge in all fields and to understand their ways and how they connect. You don’t have to be a master of all the topics, but to understand their flow and relationships. Most companies, or governments die because they are overly specialized and too in love with processes that create a world of specialization. When needed, they can’t think on their feet and are easy to defeat when challenged.

And that is where we find ourselves with this coronavirus nonsense. We have allowed specialized doctors to create policy instead of the debate our republic demands and now we have all kinds of trouble. The powers behind this virus outbreak put the pressure on President Trump who has a history of doing exactly as I have said, not trusting experts and making decisions based on a wide range of understanding that most CEOs can do. When the experts threatened to paint Trump with every death that came out of essentially an aggressive pneumonia outbreak, Trump took a step back and said OK, we’ll listen to the experts. Its an election year. He’s not going to let them hang this on his head when it was the experts who said that millions of people would be dead if we didn’t social distance. And then they backed that figure down to 200,000. Now that number as of this writing is going down further and Dr Doom himself is trying to blame the modeling that he built his whole case around. If I were Trump, I wouldn’t play that game, but he is after all a New York liberal. He’s new to the field of elephants. His tusks aren’t as big as mine, but he hasn’t had his cut off like DeWine has, so there is at least enough fight and logic in Trump to make something good of all this. But it was all so unnecessary, and all the pain was caused by “experts” who leveraged themselves onto the world stage, and now they are drowning by the attention.

Leadership, real leadership is where you listen to what experts say, but you consider all types of other information as well. Americans are not a society that will be ruled by some academic class, which is exactly what this Covid-19 outbreak is about. To watch Doctor Doom from the CDC contemplate the 10th Amendment and wonder why the federal government hasn’t shut down the entire country, he clearly doesn’t know enough about law to grapple with the scope of his desire. He may know something about colds and viruses as a professional doctor, but he clearly doesn’t understand constitutional law, or much of what drives human behavior. He has built his models around his academic view of the world and nothing else, and that has put us all in a perilous place because the rest of the medical community has followed him state to state blindly accepting his mistakes as our new reality. To know the art of all things, to fight a virus we must consider that it is the human immune system that we must bolster to fight off viruses and to do that vitamin D is important (sunshine). Happiness in general. Good food, optimism, there are lots of factors to consider. We could easily say that following these doctor’s orders has likely spread the virus by lowering everyone’s immune systems in such a passive state. Specialists who are only thinking about lives saved and can only think in the means of a process struggle when the true answer is outside of those questions such as what factors make a life—a life? Someone pent up scared in their homes waiting on a government led by doctors to save them or a self-empowered person acting cautiously and doing all the right things to build themselves up to combat the virus with their own immune systems, which way is the best path? The push for a centralized solution ultimately is what caused all the deaths if we want to blame them on anything. The “slow the spread” tactic came up by these experts has only delayed the inevitable, which was their push to highlight socialized desires in the healthcare system, at the expense of all our happiness and good living.

If we listen to the doctors they would have us all wearing helmets each time we go outside, putting on masks so that ugly people feel more equal to pretty people, and they’d have us all having sex in hazmat suits. They are not leaders, only considerations. They become problems when we make leaders out of them and when they are, they destroy everything in sight every single time. There is no instance on earth or in world history where an overly specialized society ever thrived, and it never will in the future. Leadership remains an elusive science, but when a politician like DeWine accepts a leadership role then turns it over to a process driven specialist like Amy Acton, and she screws everything up, its his fault. You don’t surrender leadership over to experts who are too specialized to see the big picture. And that is precisely why every single American, and many around the world are suffering right now, because leadership was left to those least able to conduct it.

Rich Hoffman

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We Should Have Never Shut Down The Economy: Hiding in our homes, and behind body bags defeats the nature of being an American

I have the privilege of living a good life, not because anybody gave it to me, but because I have chosen to live it by overcoming massive amounts of opposition to seize it, and as a result I know legislators, associate occasionally with judges, supreme court judges, Lt. Governors—people of all types who run the world legally. I love to read and personally adore the constitution of my state of Ohio. It is much more freedom loving of individual sanctity than even the federal Constitution and think it is a tremendous advancement in human thought. I have a copy of the Ohio Constitution next to my reading chair that I reflect upon most weeks of the year at least once, and I rely on it for all the forward thinking considerations that we must make in our times to advance those ideas of personal freedom and a life dedicated to independence from being compelled to just be sheep in the world.

And it is within that framework that some of Ohio’s laws regarding gun ownership, such as a duty to retreat are so despicable, because they go against the spirit of what we set out to do in Ohio, and that is to create a government that served individual necessity, and the private property that a good life might produce when actively pursued. If you take any CCW class in Ohio you will learn that the castle doctrine does not give you the right to just shoot anybody who enters your home. You have a duty to retreat, and to preserve your life and to let whoever is breaking into your home to have your “stuff” at their pleasure. And it is that same kind of ridiculous assumption that is at the heart of this entire Covid-19 crises, which serves government for government’s needs and ignores completely any notion of individual liberty and a life pursued for those lofty goals.

I understand President Trump’s dilemma. I’ve met Donald Trump a few times and I like him as a business leader. I’ve been very enthusiastic about supporting him as a president. But I am not so star struck to be blind to when he’s wrong, and he is with his reaction to Covid-19. Sure, he knows he’s going to be blamed for an absolutely stunning collapse of the American economy—bewildering really. True wartime bombardment on a scale of when the Nazis bombed London during the blitz. The damage to America from this coronavirus outbreak will be in the many trillions. Its so big that many people just can’t get their minds around it, so when the question arises if 100,000 to 500,000 deaths are acceptable, I would say of course they are. It is more important to live for something—like preserving our American economy—than in hiding in our homes waiting for mother government to protect us. Of course, Trump is the government now and he has allowed their panic driven doctors to run his administration, and if he doesn’t let them, they’ll put every death suffered under Covid-19 on him and ruin his chances for re-election. I’m sure Trump figures that if only he could lead the effort to a satisfying conclusion, measured in lives saved, then he can at least control the news cycle instead of it controlling him. And that’s a good strategy for winning the next election. However, the fear of liability for how the death count has been measured regarding Covid-19 has paralyzed all logical thought and put many mayors, governors and even President Trump on their heels and over-reacting losing focus on what we are as Americans. We don’t run and hide from viruses even if people we know and love die from them. We fight to protect our way of life.

It was raining last Friday, in the middle of the day as this Covid-19 virus was reaching a level of hysteria I’ve never seen in my lifetime and I went to the Kroger Marketplace for some lunch since all the restaurants were closed. I wanted to go to P.F. Changs but of course I couldn’t go inside so I was headed to the frozen section to get a Benihana frozen meal to eat, which ended up tasting fantastic. As I entered the building people were running through the rain and hiding behind their masks hoping not to get this coronavirus from anybody covering their heads doubly terrified of acquiring pneumonia from the cold spring rain—the kind where our grandparents used to warn us against catching our death. Viral outbreaks are nothing new, and neither are the kind of deaths that are projected to occur from the Covid-19. What’s different about this one is how the media and governments have focused on it, and anytime you look at something so closely its ugly. I don’t trust any of the measurements the government has been providing, including the number of deaths. The government is highly motivated to show President Trump every death and to personalize it to control his thoughts. The same with Mike DeWine who lost people early in this media swarm that inspired them to step over Constitutional boundaries to enact foreign interests as a policy, let’s just be nice and say that for now. My personal philosophy is always to live a little dangerously. Actually, I choose to live a lot dangerously which is why I know some of the people I mentioned at the beginning of this article, but I am not one. I love danger. I love fighting. And I’m not afraid of a little rain, or a virus. If my body gets attacked, I expect it to defeat the perpetrator, and I live my life that way in everything I do. So I walked across the parking lot of Kroger dripping with water, soaked to the bone walking calmly at a pace I set, not that the weather mandates, and I bought my Benihana lunch, and enjoyed it.

So, it’s completely against my nature to have a government tell me to hide in my home while the “experts” fight this virus. And I’m certainly not going to trust what they tell me, even President Trump. At some point I will pick to pieces the way the government did its math on the Covid-19 virus to inspire such a panic which I view as an attack on my country and I’m ready for a fight over it. Compliance is not an option. Being a wimp is not an option. Safety is a consideration, not an expected way of living and trusting government is just a stupid idea no matter who is running it. When the rubber hits the road, our lives and the things we do with them, the products of our existence has value. Our economy has value, more than most are willing to admit and we do not have an obligation to retreat at the sign of a virus just as we should never just let a robber steal our possessions in our home without shooting and killing them. We do not have a duty by any Constitution to retreat from a threat, and the same holds true with the coronavirus.

People keep asking me how long this will go on, this stay at home order set by government so that it can deal with this crises the way all inefficient governments do, slow and cowardly, like those people I mentioned running through the rain with their masks and jackets perched up over their heads to save them from potential “death.” The states of our country are not bringing in money. Eventually, very soon, within weeks, the pain of that lack of revenue is going to crush them. Surely they are counting on President Trump to declare a state of emergency and bail them out of the debts, many which they had before this coronavirus ever hit. But there won’t be money for government employees because there just hasn’t been any sales tax, which is the most irresponsible aspect of this whole shutdown over viral concerns. Many more lives are being ruined because of the destroyed economy than by anything this Covid-19 virus will produce. The lawsuits that will happen after this is over will be monstrous, detrimental to a court system that won’t even be able to pay employees to staff the courts. This is a tragedy on a scale beyond comprehension and is far more damaging than even the high number that Doctor Doom predicted of millions of deaths. When all this is over, there will be a lot of asses to kick and that is where I’m at. Giving up our freedoms is not worth saving a few lives. Our economy, the possessions of our intellect we do not have a duty to retreat from. Just as the duty to retreat is wrong in Ohio regarding the castle doctrine, it is just as wrong to stay in our houses to allow the government to save face for its lack of preparedness to deal with this World Health Organization pandemic as they called it, and panicked the world into communist action. No matter how many body bags they stack up on television for us to see, there is an ass kicking coming, and it was they who started it. We can fight in the streets, we can fight in the courts, but that fight will happen, and the outcome will not be the one that Bill Gates and the losers at Google calculated in their modeling before all this started.

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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The Misery Index: When will the governors give back their emergency power?

It’s a tough act to walk back, but now that they’ve had a taste of the emergency powers granted to them, all these governors and mayors are going to be very reluctant to give it back to the way things are supposed to be. Emergency powers need a time limit, yet none of them can give us one, nor do they want to which at this point is why this “flatten the curve” nonsense keeps getting pushed out into April and May. In the case of Mike DeWine, I don’t think the power has gone to his head as much as he knows that there are going to be serious ramifications coming his way in the wake of this mess in Ohio, where every day businesses are closing forever, people are committing suicide, divorces are happening at an increased rate and the state budget is getting decimated. So his abuse of the power is more out of self-preservation than anything else as he has allowed Amy Acton to dig everyone deeper and deeper into a hole of financial depression by staying closed much longer than was ever deemed necessary for a virus that in the end will turn out to be a pretty standard seasonal thing. They’ve painted themselves into a corner and there’s no way out without tracking through that paint and being accused of many bad things that nobody will forget.

The Covid-19 virus will spike in the coming days, but to date we only have under 20 deaths that are attributed to the virus. Many say that’s too many but if we look at every single life with a misery meter and judge them all the way we have tracked this virus where every person who gets it has their face plastered on television and the department of health steps in to force mass quarantines and further testing of targeted audiences, the numbers are always going to be skewed toward the state’s case for more emergency powers which then allows a governor to behave like a king and sidestep the legislature as long as they can deem the need for an emergency. If every person in Ohio were measured in the same way there would be more than 20 deaths caused by the state shutdown, the fights that wouldn’t have occurred otherwise, the suicides over financial ruin, the misery of weakened immune systems that wouldn’t have otherwise been sick if they had not been forced to hide in their homes and not indulge in the things they enjoy, which then made them sick of other things. Yeah, there is a mess in every state, Ohio is not the only one, and it will be Hell for all state governments for the foreseeable future that they overblew the statistics for Covid-19 to harness the power of emergency powers for their own varied needs. But in the wake of that, they caused a lot more misery and destruction than what the virus would have if they had just trusted the free market to handle the surge in need the way we always have in the past with other viral outbreaks.

What was different with this one is that we allowed ourselves to be dominated by many foreign powers, this time coming at us in the uniform of a scientist building models that overly stated death counts and functioning from all kinds of emotional needs at the World Health Organization. We trusted these people in our government to know better and they screwed up in a massive way and now that we all know it, they are buying time hoping to push off the inevitable. We’ve handled mass virus outbreaks just as bad as Covid-19 in the past, people got sick, they stayed home and when they got better they went back to work. We certainly didn’t try to ruin everyone’s lives over a fear of hospital capacity. And we certainly have not seen where so many places around the United States have used such a minor viral outbreak to acquire so much power for the state and its government in a king-like manner without knowing when they were going to give those powers back. That anxiety is costing even more lives and money by the hour. For instance, there are people who really love baseball season. There are companies who invest lots of money in seasonal tickets and some people get great joy in going to the park on a spring day to eat a hot dog and to watch a baseball game. There are sports teams like the Reds who have spent massive amounts of salary to have a good season for the city they represent, and all that investment and momentum is on hold over the fear of massive deaths that will never come. And those people have no visibility as to when all this might end, and they can plan their lives once again.

One of the themes of this reaction to the viral outbreak shut down plan has been lives matter more than money as if those were separate elements of life. But think of the thousands and thousands of small business restaurant owners who have lost their entire inventory of food because it’s shelf life has expired and they have no idea when they can start to place more orders because they don’t know when they can open. Think of Kings Island and Cedar Point, the big amusement parks in Ohio who have no idea when they can open, hire staff, or even purchase food for their concessions. The government know nothings advocating this shutdown might say, well, those are wealthy companies and they can figure it out. Well, they shouldn’t have to, government should never make itself an impediment to anybody’s success, and if the misery index were to follow each and every person the way they have tracked the Covid-19 virus government would see just how many lives they have ruined with these “safety” actions and that they made everything much, much worse than if they had just stayed out of it.

President Trump and the Senate are certainly guilty too. Taking over General Motors to make health equipment is not acceptable, nor is a 2 trillion-dollar bailout. I get Trump’s strategy and understand the necessity of the moves, but we should never have stuck ourselves into that situation to begin with. Future presidents will abuse their power many times worse because of the precedents set forth by Trump. We have set new standards on encroaching government into everyone’s lives over the overstated concerns of a normal, everyday, virus. For all of us, there are many major decisions that will have to be made as our reaction to this whole event will be scrutinized until the end of time, but at the heart of that is the massive amount of power that was abused during it without any forecast as to when governors, presidents and mayors would give that power back. They’ll show you all these charts showing peak viral infections as if that justifies all that they’ve been doing, but they can’t tell you when they will give that power back to the House and Senate of their states to stop the madness. They are all humans with fallacies, but that is the problem we should all have learned by now from history, we can’t give any one person ever this much power, especially for such an undetermined length of time.

I really think Mike DeWine means well. I think Amy Acton, from her point of view means well. Jon Husted the Lieutenant governor in Ohio I know means well—I’m sure of it. These are not bad people. But through their well-meaning actions they have screwed up just like any CEO might ruin the lives of the people working for their company if they make bad decisions. When people make mistakes, we have to limit the damage and in the wake of this crises, that was entirely a manufactured reality based on bad math and panicky people, many, many more lives have been lost and ruined than this Covid-19 virus will ever take. The amount of cases is not important because the state is seeking to use as much testing as possible to skew the numbers in their favor, but the death toll just isn’t going to be there to justify all the panic. The power grabs from the CDC and WHO cannot continue to use uncertainty to drag out this panic into seasonal awareness that continues to shut down everyone’s lives every couple of months for every little sniffle that we might get. What has been done already far exceeds what might be acceptable, and what is certain at this point is that we can never do it again.

Rich Hoffman

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Matthew 5:5 is True: The meek have inherited the earth and they are running our government

The most common mistake that I have heard in relation to the China Virus outbreak is the weakness in philosophy that it has exposed in our culture. As I heard governor after governor declare as they instituted essentially martial law throughout the week using the state to take over the means of capital was the Bible verse from Matthew 5:5 where Jesus said from his famous Sermon on the Mount that the “meek will inherit the earth” is that the term had been weaponized by the governments of the east to destroy the capitalism of the west. Socialism is a very eastern idea, the concept of the “greater good” and that “we’re all in this together” are concepts that were formalized by Karl Marx in his Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital and spread into academic institutions to collide with the religions of Europe to prepare the mind of the modern human being a mixed bag of emotions on the topic. There is a lot of communism and socialism spawned straight from Karl Marx that is emerging violently from the fear of the China Virus and ultimately, that is the fact behind the multitude of conspiracy theories. If you want to destroy America, exploit the massive hole that is right in the middle of their entire thought process, their love of capitalism mixed with the strong belief in the Bible teachings, particularly that of Matthew 5:5.

It was quite clear by Friday of last week that the governors, Republicans and Democrats had been exposed. In their church services was their teachings of Jesus that was calling on them to put lives over livelihoods, or otherwise home arrest over production. Capitalism would have to take a back seat to the danger of this virus because lives needed to be saved. So why don’t conservatives use that same argument when it comes to abortion? How can we let liberal governors declare martial law to save lives and to destroy the entire economy yet allow them to support the killing of babies through abortion? See what I mean, the hypocrisy is quite obvious? And what right do governors, especially Republican ones in Ohio have to tell us that they define every life, elderly to infent and must choose between the economy and a life pent up and afraid in their homes trying to buy toilet paper. We’re not talking about quality of life as a measurement, we’re just talking about being alive, even if it is government that keeps those lives on life support because people grow to become so meek and helpless that they are always looking for a savior in government to pacify their ambitions for Jesus to lead them to the next place in their lives. When challenged, meek people resort to their natural desire to be led by a savior and when your politicians are meek, they of course are easy to exploit if they are seen as an enemy by foreign and domestic enemies. The way to beat such people is not with a surge against a castle wall, but through their minds and imaginations. The Covid-19 virus has been just such a weapon, no matter how valid of a virus it is, the perception of it being a killer has brought to the surface a lot of meekness in our personal American philosophies that have shown a vulnerability that our enemies have found beneficial to them.

However, it has been a while since Karl Marx sought to exploit the meekness of Roman Catholic Europe by repackaging the Christian doctrine of Jesus into the terms socialism and communism. Jesus and his teachings were very much concepts that came from Buddhism flowing out of India and the ancient texts of Enoch, the foundation for the Bible many thousands of years before it was written in the first centuries AD. Yet the religion of Christianity was designed to overtake the pagan religions of Rome and the Greeks which were still very much a part of western civilization and we still yearn for them today, as a free people looking for higher concepts. So when we are free to think, free to make money, and free of tyrannical authority, we can explore such concepts, but in times of trouble we instantly resort to what we were taught in college and in our churches, that the meek are the way to go, union membership is where the meek go for protection, and that we are all one big happy collectivist family where altruism is the saving grace of mankind. After all, Jesus died for our sins and so can you. This world is crummy, ratty, and evil, except for our collective summation. As individuals, we are all sinners, but together we can be redeemed if only we follow Jesus.

To rid ourselves of this obvious quandary in America we invented capitalism to the level that it has given us freedom from all these philosophic nightmares and allowed us to define morality through worth—the things that people do with their lives as individuals and therefore collectively increase the lives of everyone else. In such a society it’s not the meek who own the earth but those who work 100 hours a week to improve their lives, which then puts pressure on the meek to match those efforts, which of course they don’t like. So for the Chinese to topple the American economy they have discovered that the way to do it is to exploit this deficient belief system that we have where on one hand we believe that the meek deserve to inherit the earth and that there is some kind of honor in it. What was it that DeWine’s administration was trying to say in Ohio about all those people who were suddenly unemployed because big daddy Jesus government came in and took over the means of production, which would have a modern day Karl Marx orgasmic with delight—“its not shameful to get on unemployment.” Otherwise saying, government is here for you, be meek and join us all.

I would argue that Americans invented capitalism to determine true value for things without needing a savior, whether its Jesus or government to guide us through life. Our invention of a free market system was to shake off the title of meekness and to strive for greatness, which is a divorce from the collectivism of the east. But not everyone in America can quite wrap their minds around the idea. They enjoy the culture of sports, food, and employment that is only present in America at all hours of the day and night, but when presented with a life or death situation, even if it’s a made up perception such as Covid-19, they quickly resort to their Matthew 5:5 default mode which has been taught every Sunday in every church since the Roman Empire. With a crises looming, these so-called leaders in government went to their default modes and abandoned the free market, the solution of western civilization and clung to the runs of a ladder into Hell with eastern concepts of collectivism, altruism and sacrifice to the greater good, just as some ancient Mesopotamian civilization might have sacrificed a virgin to the gods to grow crops, or to hope that the gods might help them win an upcoming battle. The meekness of the truly weak has been exploited, weaponized and used to destroy western civilization as we know it with the fear of a tiny little virus of little real consequence called Covid-19—the China Virus. And guess what, every person calling out for sacrifice, collective salvation and understanding are wrong. They are just trying to take the world back to the past, before America divorced those ancient religions and hoaky practices in favor of something far better. We should never have to choose between lives or livelihoods, because both are important and feed each other. Those who say otherwise want to put the church or the state back in control which is what all this has always been about, and for a global power like China that wants to crush the American markets, and American ideas in favor of global communism run by an all powerful state, the China Virus has been their weapon of war to attack our mindful foundations, and it’s been working.

Rich Hoffman

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Why This China Virus: The cause behind the panic—-its all about marketing more funding

I am proud to say I was one of the first in the country to call bullshit on the China Virus outbreak, well before weak kneed politicians started shutting down the American economy based on alarmist CDC employees over-hyping their field of endeavor in the same way that school teachers and other public employees do all the time, especially when they are looking for money. In this case, no matter which conspiracy we may entertain on political motives and global conflict after trade disputes, the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control did have an agenda and that was quite clear on the Netflix documentary that came out at the end of January and is directly related to the uniqueness of this particular Covid-19 “pandemic.” After my research into the matter I would point to two things that made this Coronavirus different from other pandemics and why we have shut down our economies around the world this time as opposed to in times past. The reason will piss you off dear reader, but maybe it should. We are the idiots who put our hands in the woodchipper to scratch an itch then wondered why the thing cut off our arms then drug in the rest of our bodies killing us. Its important to understand the hows and whys and as usual everyone has good intentions. However, as I always say, the path to Hell is paved with good intentions and lets face it, for the last several weeks, we have all been needlessly living in Hell and we have a good reason to be angry about it. But to understand the start of this story, you should watch two things, the video below which is an undercover story from 60 Minutes exploring the kind of Chinese wet markets where all these viruses start each year, then the Netflix series, “Pandemic” that was recently released and helped start the chain reaction of neurotic behavior that has essentially paralyzed our nation.

Basically, what started this mess was activists within the World Health Organization, some covering for China as part of their communist propaganda arm, and others who wanted to bring attention to the danger of the “wet markets” there. I understand and sympathize with the desire to halt the animal cruelty in China—bringing in poor animals from all over the world to be sold and eaten in raw form on those city streets from the thousands of “wet markets” all across China. For context, imagine a flea market only instead of yard sale junk, its animals that are sold for food and they are kept in angry cages filled with disease and despair. There are good people in the WHO who want to put an end to this behavior and I don’t blame them. But for them, they did resort to a kind of terrorism to change people’s behavior and you can bet they wanted to get the world’s attention which was behind their decision to make a big deal out of this Covid-19 as opposed to other viruses in the past. Of course, Bill Gates had his hand in this activism which is likely why he resigned from the Microsoft Board last week, things were getting a little hot and I don’t think any of these people meant to cause such a panic. Which of course is exactly what happened.

The other thing was the was the planned release of the Netflix series called Pandemic, which was released on January 22nd of 2020. Its production of course went well back into 2018 so this concept of preventive measures, of preparing for some mass viral attack has been brewing for a while. But if you watch the series you will see and hear a lot of the kind of radicalism that we have seen shut down our economy across the world since Netflix is easily downloaded in every home. The timing can’t be ignored. That was the vehicle that allowed this virus to step over the media and go straight to the consumer to directly feed the panic over the WHO announcing that the Covid-19 outbreak was a pandemic. When people wanted to know what a pandemic was, there was the show on Netflix to scare the hell out of everyone and start the chain reaction of panic that we have seen this time. If you step into the mind of the average health care worker and WHO activists they will likely say they were happy people overacted to this virus because the next one might really be dangerous and they are happy to bring awareness to people because they have been trying for decades to get attention on these important matters. The terrorism that costs everyone trillions of dollars is after all only money—by their rationalization—they only care to save lives which is the same excuse that politicians like Mike DeWine have used to justify their behavior. Like I said about the path to Hell, the paved road is covered with golden intentions, but ultimately it was terrorism.

At the heart of both cases, from the intentions of the filmmakers of Pandemic and the radicals at the WHO they want funding for their universal vaccine which was the point of the documentary. The World Health Organization officials had been trying for a very long time to get the world to do something about the terrible treatment of animals and source of so much disease in the wet markets and they have been successful now. I doubt they will apologize because they think they were right to cause all this mass panic to get their point across. Like all terrorists they think the end justifies the means and depending on your point of view, they could be heroes or villains. I can say that I don’t support the wet markets of China. I think the suppliers should be crushed with the same voracity as sex industry traffickers. But nobody has a right to shut down the American economy by playing on the fears and stupidity of politicians into overreacting the way they have, and exercising state controls to trample all over individual rights. Other places in the world do not have the kind of rights that we do in America, yet we have surrendered them all in the same way as the rest of the world has, and that has been a terrible thing. WHO radicals will say they are happy they got the Americans attention and they are delighted that they have managed to alter our lives for the “common good,” as defined by them of course.

Without question if we were to take Amy Acton, the health activist from Ohio out to Bob Evans for breakfast and get her to talk, she is one of these WHO people who want to shock people into preparation for the next possible outbreak. She would likely tell us that she’d rather save lives than lose them to under preparedness and that she was happy to find in Mike DeWine a gullible Christian governor who could align with her concerns to save such lives even if the alarm was overblown. As a radical she managed to get the issue on the table for people to talk about and from her perspective its all been very successful. This whole incident reminds me of when CNN produced that documentary against Sea World called Black Fish. Not many people watched it, but influencers did and from there policy was set and it ended up killing the Sea World stock almost destroying them as a company.

Activists at the WHO took notice and they produced the Netflix show Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak with the same kind of action in mind, to attack the economies of the world and get people to pay attention to things they think are important at the expense of everything else. So, for those of you out there who want to know why this virus blew out of proportion and how we all came to this radical form of prevention all around the world at the same time, now you know. It wasn’t some master plan from the smart minds of the governments around the world, it essentially came from a Netflix documentary from a bunch of scientists looking for funding and a few rebels at the WHO that want to shut down the wet markets in China. And for all that, this is why things are the way they are today, with no end in sight. Once politicians got a taste of that intoxicating emergency power, it will be hard to take it away from them.

Rich Hoffman

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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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