Ron Boat with Memorial Day Thoughts

It’s a special day. A memorable day. A day which, even though it rolls around every year, never looses its important meaning to those who cherish freedom and the rare opportunity we have to live, work and enjoy life.

It is our duty, our obligation, and our distinct honor to remember those who gave so much to the existence of our country; To those who died in the liberation of our country and to those who kept us free and secure over the years. 

To many these days, they feel everyone owes them, everyone should support them and “give” to them just because, when in fact it is everyone’s personal responsibility to contribute to society, and millions over the years have given much more than we have the right to ask.

As a veteran with many veteran friends, there’s a sense of inner pride seeing men and women in uniform and knowing the sacrifice they make away from their lives; separated from family and departed from the comforts of home in order to fulfill a higher calling – the protection of our country from enemies abroad.

I and my many friends remember, honor and thank those who give everything to keep us free and safe. May we all live under the flag of freedom with gratitude that they made available to us through their service and sacrifice.

God bless America.

 

Rb

 

Memorial Day Prayer

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By: James Simpson | BombThrowers

This is the day we remember those who have fallen in battle, thereby making the supreme sacrifice in service to our great nation. Too many of us don’t fully recognize what this day symbolizes. So I am offering a Memorial Day prayer, both to give my thanks and hopefully help us all be a little more appreciative.

Here it is:

Dear God:

I pray for the fallen, those brave souls who gave their all for this country, never flinching from their duty, whatever they were called to do, and whether the leadership decisions that brought them to their last mission were well considered or not. They have given all they had, without question.

But I pray especially for the fathers and sons, mothers and daughters of these fallen princes, for they have to live on without, and doubtless would have taken their place without question, even if only to save themselves from such unbearable pain. Nothing can compare to the suffering endured by a mother who loses her child, or a child who loses his mother or father before their time. The fallen sacrifice their lives; the family sacrifices the rest of their lives. They will never see what their beloved’s life could have become, will no more share life’s trials and triumphs with them, never again see their smile or share their warmth on a cold winter’s night. They live in a sea of grief and will carry that wound for eternity. So, please God, bestow Your Tenderness and Grace especially on these families, whose loss can never be repaid.

But God, I pray also for the rest of us, for we lose too. We lose what could have been, from among the most selfless, principled, promising souls of our living generations. I would gladly exchange any ten Harvard graduates for one serviceman who willingly walks at the knifepoint. He has more guts, more integrity, more fortitude and likely more resourcefulness than the lot of them combined.

So, God, please let not their ultimate sacrifice be in vain. See to it that the objectives they were deployed to obtain are achieved. See to it that we have the satisfaction of realizing their mission successfully concluded. God, preserve this country for which they gave their lives, and give us all the wisdom, humility, and virtue to fully comprehend and gratefully acknowledge their sacrifices for what they are; for “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13).

Amen

The Real Russia-Gate Scandal

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By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media

Josh Gerstein’s Politico story about the owners of a Russian bank suing BuzzFeed for publishing the “Trump Dossier” containing “unproven claims” doesn’t go far enough. These “unproven” and even disproven claims that have guided the FBI’s dead-end investigation of President Donald Trum, are one reason that former Director James Comey deserved to be fired.

The real Russian disinformation has been the notorious “Trump Dossier,” which has been serving as the “roadmap” for the FBI.

Weeks after Accuracy in Media exposed the nature of this phony document in a three-part series, “The Final Truth About the Trump Dossier,” Wall Street Journal columnist Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., has stumbled upon the truth, saying the dossier smells like a Russian plant. Our verdict was that the dossier compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele was part of a Russian effort, financed by Hillary Clinton donors, to smear Trump. That’s what the evidence shows.

In his column, “The Trump-Russia Story Starts Making Sense,” Jenkins writes that it is likely that Steele “was the semi-witting vehicle for Russian rumors designed expressly to undermine Mr. Trump…”

Thank you, Mr. Jenkins, for confirming what we have been saying all along.

In addition to the latest lawsuit over the dossier, Politico’s Gerstein reported that BuzzFeed was sued in February by Russian Internet entrepreneur Aleksej Gubarev over claims in the dossier that he and his firms used “botnets and porn traffic” to conduct cyber operations against Democratic Party leaders. “At about the time the suit was filed, BuzzFeed apologized and redacted the information about Gubarev and his companies from the document [the dossier] on BuzzFeed’s site,” Gerstein said.

So some of the “unproven claims” have been disproved and retracted.

Remember that Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) had asked Comey about the FBI’s relationship with Steele and the dossier:

Grassley: On March 6, I wrote to you asking about the FBI’s relationship with the author of the Trump-Russia dossier, Christopher Steele. Most of these questions have not been answered, so I’m going to ask them now. Prior to the Bureau launching the investigation of alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, did anyone from the FBI have interactions with Mr. Steele regarding the issue?

Comey: That’s not a question that I can answer in this forum. As you know, I—I briefed you privately on this and if there’s more that’s necessary then I’d be happy to do it privately.

Grassley: Have you ever represented to a judge that the FBI had interaction with Mr. Steele, whether by name or not, regarding alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia prior to the Bureau launching its investigation of the matter?

Comey: I have to give you the same answer, Mr. Chairman.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) asked Comey about Fusion GPS, which was financed by Hillary donors and acted as an alleged foreign agent for the Russians in Washington, D.C. Fusion is reported to have financed the dossier. Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist pointed to this exchange:

Graham: Are you familiar with Fusion?

Comey: I know the name.

Graham: Are they part of the Russian intelligence apparatus?

Comey: I can’t say.

Graham: Do you agree with me that if Fusion was involved in preparing a dossier against Donald Trump, that would be interfering in our election by the Russians?

Comey: I don’t want to say.

The liberal media will not admit, as the Journal’s Jenkins now does, that the dossier was a piece of Russian disinformation. But The Washington Post and other liberal media are now admitting that Comey used a “dubious” piece of Russian intelligence to conduct part of the investigation into Hillary’s emails.

The Post reports that a secret document that played a key role in Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation “has long been viewed within the FBI as unreliable and possibly a fake…” CNN now says Comey “knew that a critical piece of information relating to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email was fake…[but] did not let on to lawmakers that there were doubts about the veracity of the intelligence…”

The media can’t bring themselves to admit that the “Trump Dossier” was also “dubious” or fake. No wonder that the May 2017 Harvard-Harris Poll found that that 65 percent of voters believe that the mainstream media contain “a lot of fake news.”

There are so many fake pieces of information that it’s hard for the public to keep up with them. And they keep coming!

Consider The Washington Post claim that Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington Sergey Kislyak “discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin…”

Even if the story is true, there is nothing inherently wrong with such a channel.

But at the end of a long Politico story about this alleged back channel, we are told that “this latest controversy could be part of a more advanced Russian plot, especially because the Washington Post report cited intelligence reports in which Kislyak talked with his superiors about Kushner’s alleged proposal.”

A former State Department official said, “Typically, the Russian clandestine subversion specialists, being the best in the world in this demonical art form, operate in double, triple and sometimes multiple tactical plot lines.” The report that the U.S. has “intercepted a message from Kislyak to the Kremlin saying that Kushner had proposed a backchannel connection during the transition period” has to be understood in the context that “Kislyak knows perfectly well that all his communications are being intercepted by the U.S.”

Finally, we are hearing from an anonymous source who understands Soviet/Russian active measures operations.

Kislyak would know that the information would be leaked for the purposes of confusing people about the Russian role. The Post and other media lap it up, making them active participants and dupes in Russia-gate.

Even worse than manipulation of the liberal press is what has happened to the FBI.

The headline over an Opinion Journal video interview with Holman Jenkins captured the nature of the Russian operation: “How Moscow Manipulated the FBI.” That’s indeed what has happened. And you can add the CIA and the NSA to the mix.

But is it worse than that? What we now have to investigate is whether some of the leakers are in fact Russian moles in the FBI circulating this material to the press.

What we can now say with certainty is that the operation looks like a successful effort by the Russians to tie the U.S. government in knots and drain important resources away from the battle we urgently need to wage against terrorism.

However, we are now depending on a special counsel to get to the bottom of this corruption in the agency he once ran. How likely is it that Robert Mueller will blow the whistle on FBI corruption when he presided over corruption in the anthrax letters probe and got sued by an FBI agent for his mishandling of the inquiry?

It means that the Russia-gate disinformation operation will continue for months, if not years, and that an FBI director who blew one major investigation is now being entrusted to successfully conclude another.

As President Trump would say, what a waste.


Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at cliff.kincaid@aim.org. View the complete archives from Cliff Kincaid.

We’ve Left Montana: Georgia Here We Come!

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By: Lloyd Marcus

Our Conservative Campaign Committee team left Montana still basking in the after glow of We the Peoples’ victory over the Democrats’ Trump-resistance operative Rob Quist. Mary and I are in a van with the Conservative Campaign Committee team headed to Georgia.

The Georgia Trump-resistance candidate Jon Ossoff is leading in the polls against Republican Karen Handel in the June 20th congressional special election. A Facebook patriot sister in Georgia gave me a heads up that guys wearing pink Planned Parenthood shirts were in her neighborhood putting Ossoff literature on doorknobs.

Losing every special election, Democrats are desperate to energize their fake America-regrets-electing-Trump narrative. Leftists continue to pour millions into the Georgia race, putting all their hate-Trump eggs into Ossoff’s basket. http://washex.am/2qthSoc

In typical Democrat bait-and-switch fashion, Ossoff is running as a moderate. In reality, Ossoff is an extreme far left radical, backed by off-beat anti-America groups from Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter and numerous other counter-culture weirdo groups; rabidly obsessed with bringing down Trump. http://bit.ly/2r7vGqk

Isn’t the whole idea of Democrats boldly launching a Trump-resistance movement pretty outrageous? Remember the media firestorm over Rush Limbaugh saying he hoped Obama’s agenda failed? http://bit.ly/2qpqZa6 Leftists practically demanded that Rush be removed from the air and crucified in the public square, stabbed through the heart with his golden EIB microphone. Rush was excoriated for being a traitor to his country.

And yet, fake news media is orchestrating and praising the Trump-resistance movement as on the moral high ground. These people on the Left who are consumed with out-of-control rage over Hillary losing the election do not give a rat’s derriere about their blatant hypocrisy.

Speaking of Hillary, she’s back! Hillary hit the airways spewing more anti-Trump bitterness to keep the flames of hate, rage and insanity burning in her minions. http://bit.ly/2r8IT4f My fellow patriot Americans, we must remain extremely vigilant in our efforts to keep these Leftist wackos out of power. I still scratch my head, puzzled over what Leftists feel they must so passionately resist from Trump’s presidency.

Why is Trump proclaiming his desire to “make America great again” as repulsive to Leftists as showing Dracula the cross? If you are a Leftist, wouldn’t you still want your country, your homeland to be made great? These people are simply not right in the head folks.

The Left has gone totally insane. Cable news has become 24/7 destruction of Trump. It is as if nothing in the world matters other than removing Trump from office.

On Fox News, Bill Bennett noted how fake news media was far more outraged over the Montana Republican candidate tussling with a reporter than they were over the 22 people killed in the Manchester terrorist attack and 26 Coptic Christians murdered in Egypt. Fake news media’s passion and interest is only in events which further its Trump-must-be-removed narrative. Clearly, they have lost their minds, obsessed beyond reason.

A majority of Americans, 65%, believe the media publishes fake news. http://bit.ly/2rqZIbM In a Montana store, I overheard an employee expressing her support of Trump to another employee. She said she believes nothing reported in the media.

Fake news media have thrown all pretense of being fair and balanced out the window. They are in full-court-press remove Trump mode. My bottom line is it is us against them, folks. Thanks and may God bless you for your faithful support of our efforts. http://bit.ly/2r8IT4f I’ll report in again from Georgia.

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American
Author: “Confessions of a Black Conservative: How the Left has shattered the dreams of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black America.”
Singer/Songwriter and Conservative Activist
http://LloydMarcus.com

Report: 23,000 Jihadis Living in Britain

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By: James Simpson | BombThrowers

About 23,000 jihadis — potential terrorists — are living in Great Britain today, British intelligence recently revealed.

Approximately 3,000 of these are considered active threats and are being monitored or investigated, the Times of London is reporting. The remaining 20,000 either have been monitored and dropped from the list or cannot be monitored for lack of law enforcement resources. Salman Abedi, the Manchester bomber, was among the latter group. He had been investigated, but was no longer considered a threat. The same is true of Khalid Masood, the terrorist who killed five people and injured 49 in an attack on the Westminster Bridge earlier this year.

The 3,000 currently under surveillance are reportedly the subject of 500 separate investigations. MI-5, Britain’s counterpart to the FBI, does not have sufficient resources to monitor more than 3,000 at any one time. Consider that here in the U.S., the FBI currently has 2,000 ongoing investigations of jihadi terrorists, of which approximately 300 are refugees.

How many are we overlooking? As of 2010, the Muslim population of Britain was 2,869,000. The U.S. Muslim population is 2,595,000, so if other proportions hold, we could be looking at a similar total for jihadis.

“The figures reveal the scale of the challenge from terrorism in the 21st century,” British security minister Ben Wallace said. “Never has it been more important to invest in intelligence-led policing.”

This underscores the importance of limiting immigration and refugee resettlement from these dangerous parts of the world. It also highlights the absurdity of the Obama-rigged court’s obstruction of Trump’s immigration policies. Joining in with the “resistance” strategy that is now official Democrat policy, these judicial activists are now literally putting American lives at risk. Despite the Manchester attack, Thursday the Democrat-packed U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the lower court’s block on Trump’s travel ban in a 10 to 3 decision.

One of the dissenters, Judge Dennis Shedd, wrote:

Regrettably, at the end of the day, the real losers in this case are the millions of individual Americans whose security is threatened on a daily basis by those who seek to do us harm.

To add insult to injury, despite this deadly state of affairs, the Trump State Department quietly announced on Friday that it was lifting the limits on refugee resettlement. According to a New York Times article, the decision was not based on the court decision but rather the funding made available in the FY 2017 budget bill passed earlier this month. Despite the court order, funding constraints had nonetheless forced reductions in refugee resettlement until the latest spending measure was enacted. At this point, resettlement advocates predict that weekly resettlement will double from its current average of about 830 to 1,500. This will include a significant number of Syrians and others from Middle East terrorism hotspots.

President Trump was elected largely on the strength of his promise to restore sanity to our immigration policies, build a wall, end mass illegal immigration and rein in the corrupt, dangerous, out of control refugee resettlement program.

Should Trump renege on this key promise, voters will abandon him and the GOP overall in droves. The Democrats may yet get their midterm blowout. If so, kiss the entire Trump agenda goodbye and with it all hope for the future of our nation.

Dr. Carson Compassionately Spoke The Truth About Black Poverty

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By: Lloyd Marcus

Dr Ben Carson being under fire for saying “poverty is a state of mind” during an interview is a prime reason why black Americans should end their insane loyalty to Democrats. http://bit.ly/2qrbii2

In essence, Dr Carson compassionately gave his fellow blacks a crucial key to personal success and overcoming poverty. And yet, Democrat and Leftist self-proclaimed advocates for black empowerment rushed to silence him; beating the crap out of him in the media. As a black man, I am so frustrated.

Up until around age 9, I was raised in the Baltimore projects. My mom, dad, four younger siblings and I were so excited moving from our leaky roof ghetto into a brand new 11 story government high-rise.

In a very short time, the new building became a huge ghetto; elevators out-of-order much of the time due to vandalism. The stairwells smelled of urine and were dark due to busted light bulbs, perfect for muggings. After school walking up to our 6B apartment, the sound of me walking on broken wine bottles echoed off the concrete walls. A few residents kept their apartment nice. The majority had no pride in keeping their no-skin-in-the-game free housing nice.

At a very young age, I realized taking the poor out of the ghetto was not enough when their ghetto mindset was alive and well.

Despite free housing, food and health-care, the vibe of the projects was angry and violent. Thank God in 1952, my dad broke the color barrier to become a Baltimore City firefighter. Our family moved out of the projects into a black suburban community in Pumphrey, MD. Sadly, my cousins who lived in fatherless households stayed in the projects, enslaved to government. Government is a poor substitute for real daddies. And yes, I felt my cousin’s daddy envy. Their tragic lives were filled with drug and alcohol abuse, out-of-wedlock births, more poverty and AIDS.

Incredibly, most of my cousins died extremely young; never experiencing the joy of personal achievement or pursuing a dream. Insidiously, government provided just enough to get by and keep them voting for Democrats.

In major cites controlled by Democrats like Chicago, Baltimore and Washington DC, I see the same cycle of government dependency and poverty I witnessed while growing up, but far worse. http://bit.ly/2bFUj4T

Meanwhile, Democrats and Leftists are doing the same thing to Dr Carson that they do to anyone who dares to compassionately offer real solutions to ending black poverty. Democrats and Leftists seek to silence and destroy this extraordinary black role model and advocate of real black empowerment.

Democrats and Leftists despise blacks who have achieved extraordinary success the old fashion way by earning it; businessman extraordinaire Herman Cain, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, world renowned retired neurosurgeon Dr Ben Carson and former secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to name a few.

These successful blacks expose the Democrats’ and Leftist’s lying narrative that America will always be a hellhole of racism for blacks in which blacks’ only hope is to continuously vote for Democrats to keep evil white racist Republicans and conservatives at bay. The Democrats’ and Leftist’s scheme is extremely destructive and evil.

Please, please, please Dr Carson, continue telling the truth.

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American
Author: “Confessions of a Black Conservative: How the Left has shattered the dreams of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black America.”
Singer/Songwriter and Conservative Activist

Former CIA Director Brennan’s Testimony Before Congress

With Rep. Brad Wenstrup (OH-2), George Rasley, Danielle Pletka and Bill Gertz

REP. BRAD WENSTRUP (OH-2), Member of the House Armed Services Committee:

  • Former CIA Director Brennan’s testimony before Congress
  • Russian cyber warfare capabilities and their influence on US institutions
  • Possible effects of Trump’s defense budget
  • Positive developments in Veteran Affairs

GEORGE RASLEY, Editor at Conservative HQ:

  • Trump’s budget proposal
  • How Obama and Clinton policies led to the Manchester terror attack
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling on Trump’s travel ban

DANIELLE PLETKA, Senior Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy at the American Enterprise Institute:

  • The Trump Administration’s policy options for counterterrorism in the Middle East
  • Risks of the growing terrorist nexus in the Western World
  • Analysis of new sanctions imposed on Iran and what future relations will look like
  • President Trump’s efforts toward an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement

BILL GERTZ, Senior editor at the Washington Free Beacon, Inside the Ring columnist at the Washington Times:

  • China prevents businessman from revealing spying on VOA
  • Dangerous Chinese aerial encounters toward U.S. aircraft
  • THADD missile defense in South Korea

Investigate Obama’s Appeal for Russian Help with his Reelection

On Tuesday, a Republican congressman finally asked questions that could shed light on an actual instance of American collusion with Russia to interfere in a presidential election.

Ohio Rep. Brad Wenstrup broadened the focus of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into whether alleged Russian influence operations were abetted by Trump campaign personnel. He did so by asking former CIA Director John Brennan about President Obama’s request for Vladimir Putin to give him “space” in the 2012 election – after which he would have “more flexibility.”

When Dr. Wenstrup asked whether such a comment raised a “red flag” concerning a prominent U.S. citizen and Russia’s “playbook” for interfering with and subverting our elections, Brennan refused, in his words, “to recognize that question.”

Congress must now recognize the imperative of pursuing such a line of questioning – and require John Brennan, among others, to answer it.

After Trump’s Saudi Arabia Speech, Iran Responds

After President Trump delivered his speech in Saudi Arabia that included harsh words, rightly so regarding Iran, it was predicted by the owner of this site that Tehran would respond. Responses are beginning to surface and militant operations are probable. Primer: Iran’s Motivations for Supporting Terrorist and Militant Groups In part from Byman: Iran has […]

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Toronto Uni. Report on Russian Information Warfare

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The Future of NATO

With Herbert London, Matt Spalding, Dale Wilcox and Fred Fleitz

HERBERT LONDON, President of the London Center for Policy Research, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute:

  • Reaction to President Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia
  • Radical Islamic extremism in Saudi Arabia
  • Turkey’s future relations with the US and NATO
  • The Red-Green Alliance’s campaign against the Trump Administration

MATT SPALDING, Associate Vice President and Dean of education programs for Hillsdale College in Washington, D.C.:

  • Leftist calls for Trump’s impeachment
  • How ‘the swamp’ is crippling the President’s ability to govern

DALE WILCOX, Executive Director of the Immigration Reform Law Institute, former state director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform:

  • Origins and background of the Southern Poverty Law Center History and beliefs of the SPLC’s founder—Morris Dees
  • Methods for labeling organizations “hate groups”

FRED FLEITZ, former CIA analyst, Senior Vice President for Policy and Programs at the Center for Security Policy:

  • Reflections on President Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia
  • US—Saudi relations in the future
  • Recent developments in the Russia investigation
  • Reaction to the testimony of former CIA direct John Brennan

Don’t Allow Lobbyist And Deceiving Voices Conceal The Truth About Venezuela

More than fifty days after mass civil disobedience began in Venezuela, more than 50 people have died at the hands of the government.

People have lost fear and the government is resorting to more measures that are repressive to subdue the population. The idea is to make every effort to stay in power regardless of human casualties. Thus, the Venezuelan government is launching the so-called “Plan Zamora,” an unclear plan and has not been published in a written form. This makes the plan even more unpredictable and dangerous. So far, “Plan Zamora” has been applied on three Venezuelan states, Táchira, Carabobo, and now Barinas (Chavez birthplace).

“Plan Zamora” consists of a military-civic coalition that includes national guards, the military, militias, and para-military groups. The purpose is “to prevent a coup d’état” and “to restore order” in the face of protests. This means increasing repression, assassination of protestors, and SA-style elimination of opponents.

Indeed, in the last several days, five protestors were treacherously murdered under the plan. It is a system aimed at intimidating protestors to the point of dissuading them from further joining demonstrations.

Maduro has also proposed a constitutional reform aimed at eliminating the National Assembly, currently dominated by the opposition. A new constitution would be drafted by a new constituent assembly elected by the local city halls and by community groups, carefully picked as stooges of the Maduro regime. The move would secure power consolidation in the hands of Nicolas Maduro.

The United States has once again increased its sanctions on Venezuela’s chief Supreme Justice and seven other members of the Supreme Court. Such step was taken in reaction to their decision last month, to strip the opposition-controlled National Assembly. Those sanctions will freeze their assets within U.S jurisdiction and no U.S citizen will be allowed to do business with them.

This is an important step as it discourages government officers from obeying illegal and unconstitutional orders. However, it remains insufficient given the magnitude of the regime crimes. From now onwards every military officer, every security official, and every government official that follows the government must be sanctioned. Likewise, every single individual involved in the drug business, which is today a huge government business. The purpose of these measures should be to encourage desertion from the government.

Furthermore, the Trump Administration should not compromise with lobbyists or with members of Congress that have been lobbied by the Venezuelan government. Most such lobbying is conducted through CITGO, the U.S based company associated with the Venezuelan oil giant PDVSA. So far, CITGO has scored incredible successes, which are scary in terms of how foreign agents can corrupt Washington. Former Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) effectively prevented the Senate from passing sanctions legislation against Venezuelan government officials in 2014. Former Congressman Joseph Kennedy (D-MA) was in charge of Citizens Energy, a non-profit organization that distributed heating oil provided by CITGO to U.S poor neighborhoods, to buy the good will of the U.S establishment.

The same applies to U.S business interests that, so far, have prevented full sanctions against CITGO and PDVSA. This step is also long overdue that could have devastating consequences for the Maduro regime.

Trump’s campaign promises included the curbing of such lobbyists and we hope and expect that the president makes good on his promises.

Additionally, Venezuela has its own conscious and unconscious accomplices in its disinformation campaign in the United States. This week the Rev Jesse Jackson warned the Trump Administration not “to help get rid of a regime it does not like,” as if Venezuela were not a huge violator of human rights or the number one sponsor of international transnational crime. He praised the regime founded by Hugo Chavez as one that brought about reduction of poverty and improvement in health care services, as if Venezuelans were not facing hunger now or as if they were any safer in the face of government-sponsored violence. Worse, Jackson criticizes the old elite that ruled Venezuela before Chavez and forgets the new class of billionaires that the Chavez regime created by allowing them to benefit from dubious businesses, government connections, and plain corruption. This includes his own vice president, who in his early forties has accumulated a fortune of 3 billion dollars in a supposedly socialist and egalitarian regime.

Jackson accuses the United States of mobilizing the Organization of American States (OAS) against Maduro, when in fact the person taking the lead is the OAS Secretary and former Foreign Minister of a Uruguayan president with strong left-wing credentials. Jackson forgets that OAS members are appalled by the violations of the organization’s democracy charter and human rights commitment. Furthermore, countries of the region such as Brazil and Colombia are concerned that drug cartels are receiving Russian weapons from Caracas, including MANPADS, a shoulder-launched surface to air missile. The Swedish government also confirmed that such missiles were found in a camp ran by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Last but not least, Jackson called to follow the initiative of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a Caribbean country that has accused the OAS of being a “weapon of destruction” against Venezuela. But Jackson does not mention that St. Vincent as well as other Caribbean countries benefitted from Venezuelan oil largesse in exchange for political support. Furthermore, as I wrote a few years ago, several Caribbean countries that are part of Venezuela’s political Bolivarian Alliance (ALBA) have issued passports to Iranians, presumably at the request of Venezuela.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines itself produced unreliable travel documents, where anybody may obtain a new passport and easily change their names. It is reasonable to assume that Iranians could have taken advantage of this vulnerability. Likewise, St. Vincent forged an alliance with Iran, who sent the island US $7 million for social projects.

The Trump Administration, as well as the media and the public, must be aware of these facts and politically fight obstacles that prevent us from carrying out the obligation to protect our national security, the security of the region, and the values for which America stands.

Diplomatic and economic efforts must continue until Venezuela recovers its democracy.

Brits Stop Sharing Intelligence with U.S. Due to Leaks

Didsbury Mosque, where the Abedi family worshiped. Credit – Associated Press. “And other loose ends reported from the investigation include German magazine, Focus, which “reported that British police informed their German counterparts that Abedi had received paramilitary training in Syria,” AP writes. “It also said he passed through Duesseldorf airport four days before the concert attack. […]

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State Dept. Spent $22.8 Mil to Resettle Muslim Refugees

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U.S. Spies Heard Russians Discuss Ways to Sway Trump

 In Russia, this is called ‘active measures’ and there have been several panels before congress providing testimony highlighting with evidence all the methods used by Russia. This type of political intrusion is part of the Russian hybrid warfare not only against the United States but other countries in Europe, Eastern Europe and NATO. Primer: The […]

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Failed Notre Dame Walk Out

How embarrassing?

Prior to the walkout during Notre Dame commencement with guest speaker Vice President Mike Pence, organized group We StaND For, was not involved in much. The group has labeled itself as a student activist coalition, and according to their twitter feed, they believed there was going to be a successful walk out this past weekend.

Turns out only 100 students joined the group to show their dismay in VP Mike Pence. Over 3,000 students remained in their seats, some even shouted a few boos to those that decided to get up and leave. Once the students left the event, they stood outside the ceremony awaiting their photo opportunity wearing gay pride ribbons.

Of course groups such as the Women’s March praised the students that decided to selfishly take attention away from those that worked hard and paid a lot of money to enjoy their graduation. There is a time and place to protest the current administration, and this wasn’t the place. It seems the liberals have yet to understand that the abundance of protests are continuing to sway many independents to the right.

Ron Boat chats with Suzanne Shattuck – Part 2

Continuing our discussion with Suzanne Shattuck, we look at some truths about Islam and the politics of America.

She speaks of views, ideas and ideals that aligned with mine, and I find her to be an exceptional lady of great experience with a strong love for this country, life and putting forth the truth.

This is part 2 of 2 segments discussing the important considerations of our time and where America might, or might not be headed…. And what can we do about it.

RB –  It’s a shame that our lives are so consumed with politics. It used to be you could go days or weeks not worried about who was president or what congress was or wasn’t doing or national security issues. Now it’s an hourly thing for many discussing who wire tapped who, how’s the vote going in congress or will taxes go down, the border be secured or how many Muslims are coming in from unstable countries of war?

SS –  Exactly! And I would much rather be spending my days decorating, gardening, playing sports, hiking and on and on. Like I tell others, this is not what I want to be doing. It is not easy putting your name and your non-PC beliefs out there. Especially now when there are serious repercussions for doing so. Look at Tim Allen and what happened with his perfectly good show.

RB –   Going back to the military subject, you had some emphatic thoughts on General Mattis. Think it was a onetime comment about killing the ISIS leader, possibly misspoken, or some underlying philosophy that might prevent his long term success?

SS –  I believe General Mattis politically aligns himself with “Obama like” people. He is more than likely a Democrat. If you look at who he wanted to name as his deputy secretary, a woman named Anne Patterson, an Obama ambassador to Egypt who backed the Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi. If that wasn’t bad enough, he wanted to name Michele Flournoy to that same post as well. She was Hillary’s pick for Secretary of Defense had she gotten into office. I don’t doubt his military prowess, but seriously don’t think he understands who he is fighting and why they fight.

RB –  On your show I finally heard a reasonable, factual parallel opinion to mine about Islamic terrorism. That being that it’s not Radical Islam that’s the problem, it’s Islam itself. I mean really… a 6th / 7th century “religion” founded by a prophet who married a 9 year old, who promotes violence, polygamy, murder and torture. The two things that bother me are 1) all Muslims ascribe to the Qur’an and yes some claim to be peaceful while the same book tells others to lie, kill infidels and rewrite history at will. Not logical. And 2) With all the evil, killing and world destruction I keep wondering where the leaders are standing up and denouncing this viciousness. In my book, if you don’t speak out against atrocities, you’re part of the problem.

SS –  I’ll simply agree with you here. Nothing has changed in the Koran for 1400 years. They follow the same doctrine and the same prophet, Mohammad. Muslims have never been told they can pick and choose how they live their lives. Their lives must model Mohammad. In Christianity, you have the Old and New Testament. Christians live in the New Testament times, and Jesus didn’t encourage violence, sexual perversion, polygamy, rape, torture, etc. He instead encouraged forgiveness, love, and mercy. Islam is the only “religion” I know of that rewards paradise to those who murder.

 

[ RB – As a follow up to that, I heard recently that Christians follow Christ in their actions, thoughts and with a desire to be like him. Muslims are doing the same following their god, their leader, to be more like him and that includes everything they’re doing to destroy the world. ]

RB –  In their own words,  (Qur’an 3:54) “And they (the unbelievers) planned to deceive, and Allah planned to deceive (the unbelievers), and Allah is the best of deceivers.”  And Qur’an 8:30,  “And (remember) when the unbelievers plotted deception against you (O Muhammad), to imprison you, or kill you, or expel you. They plotted deception, but Allah also plotted deception; and Allah is the best of deceivers.” Quite a basis for a ”loving” “peaceful” “truthful” religion.

SS – You hit on one of their main modus operandi, lying or takiya. The Muslim Brotherhood front groups like Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), thrives on deception to the point of denying they are linked with the terrorist group HAMAS. This is well documented and even in the Holy Land Foundation documents entered into public record. In addition, there are many open sourced materials that link them, but the heads of these groups deny it openly in the face of facts.

RB –  I think Americans need to wake up to the facts, the truth, the threats of Islam as it’s not a foreign religion but a threat right here on our own shores perpetrated and promoted by one Barak Hussein Obama. Trump’s desire to better vet those coming here is a natural link in our protective chain of entrance into this country. And a better vetting of those already in our government needs to take place as well. With your work with several national security groups, have you seen an understanding of the problems and a commitment to better protecting this country?

SS – I think for the sake of Western Civilization, Islam needs to be declared as more of a political ideology more than a religion as it is a complete way of life. And, come to think of it, I would probably not even quantify it as a religion because it is more like a cult. The very fact that we sanction it as a religion gives it a protected status in our country because of the wording of our Constitution. I take a more rigid and unforgiving stance on the supposed “vetting” of Muslim refugees and immigrants into this country. There really is no way to vet an individual who harbors a political ideology in opposition to our Constitution.  If there were no other place in the world that these individuals could go it may be a different story because of the humanitarian aspect, but there are plenty of other Islamic countries for these people to go to instead of America. If you want to keep America… America, then Islamic immigration of any kind must cease. It is for the survival of our civilization.

RB –  Trump rose on a wave of discontent, and while he is no Messiah, do you see him as a saver (not savior) of this country from our downward slide? I can’t image what we’d be going through and discussing had Clinton been victorious on Nov 8th.

SS –  While I believe having Trump in office is much better for the country than Hillary, there is still reason for much concern. Although trump seems to be moving in the right directions with the economy and America’s strength on the world stage, he is disappointingly turning away from dealing with the enormous threat on our soil, the Islamic threat. He has tabled the Foreign Terrorist Organization for The Muslim Brotherhood which is extremely worrisome. But, it is evident Trump can turn on a dime and make some bold necessary moves. I hope and pray he does this concerning the designation for the Brotherhood.

RB –  You’ve researched many refugee resettlement issues and immigration in general, and I find it incomprehensible that our previous president would throw open the borders allowing tens of thousands to wonder in only to be taken care of by the taxpayers of this country. They’re housed, fed, given medical treatment, education opportunities and free transportation. What a life. While our elderly suffer and our veterans go unnoticed. Can we not see and acknowledge a subversive agenda to this former social justice madness?

SS – We must get a grip on immigration as a whole, especially immigration through the Refugee Resettlement Program. The Refugee Program is simply a means to destabilize this country just like it did and continues to do in Europe. There is not one good reason for Islamic refugees to come to this country, unless they were leaving Islam, which makes them an apostate and running for their lives. The other Islamic refugees should rightfully go to other Gulf rich countries in the region. The Islamic ideology of Sharia is contrary to our Constitution and therefore should bar them from our country, period. No more discussion should be required.

RB –  With the success of your Red Nation Rising radio program, where do you see the program moving in the future? More impactful, hard hitting topics? More forceful discussion of our growing enemy, Islam? Guests? What are the pressing issues that need to be brought to the forefront with the same deliberate emphasis you brought last week?

SS –  I am starting to have guests on the show and/or tape interviews with people who I think have something to say about this fight we are in, whether it be against Leftist/Progressive/Marxist policies, the Islamic movement or simply people whom I have met that would enrich my listeners lives. I believe we are headed for trying times, but the more we stand and speak truth now, the more people will wake up and join this fight for Liberty. And the more people are educated and willing to stand, the better chance we have at preserving this precious country we have been given.

RB – Where can people go to learn more about Suzanne, her views, projects and proclamations?

SS – Suzanneshattuck.com, rednationrising.us, drrichswier.com

 

I can’t thank Suzanne enough for taking time and voicing ideas that run through all our minds – but many are hesitant to express. Conservatives may have won the election in the early hours of Nov 9th, but the ultimate success of a Trump presidency is still to be seen, and we continue to fight the destructive progressive ways of liberals.

They are standing in opposition to everything Trump is trying to achieve, wasting time and energy with one Russian dog fight after another, advancing any story or lie to diminish the presidency because “they lost”, and generally developing the largest set of road blocks to any presidency we’ve seen.

The uncontrolled immigration of overwhelming Muslim populations, any continuing advancement of an Obama socialistic society, the onslaught of immigrants from the south needs to stop and soon… or America will become a third world country with problems we can’t even imagine yet.

People need to get involved ensuring local offices are filled with constitutionally minded patriots, working to make sure their state representatives to congress are the best for America, and working to make sure that the presidency will always held by a person (man or woman) that is grounded in the beliefs that America is exceptional, is a beacon of hope for the world and conforms the desires of our freedom seeking founding fathers.

~RB

Ron Boat chats with Suzanne Shattuck – Part 1

A while back I was wondering though different shows here on RNR and was struck by one very strong and passionate personality. In a world of men dominated radio hosts, Suzanne Shattuck puts forth such energy and strength that others could learn a lesson from her.

She spoke of views, ideas and ideals that aligned with mine, and I had not heard many express on the open airwaves. I’m not easily impressed, but after talking with her, I found her to be an exceptional lady of great experience with a strong love for this country, life and putting forth the truth.

This is part 1 of 2 segments discussing the important considerations of our time and where America might, or might not be headed. And what can we do about it.

 

RB – Suzanne, you certainly had a middle American start on life growing up on a farm in Virginia with middle America lifestyle and values. Did that form a basis for your thinking and conservative direction, or did it really develop later on? Did family and faith play a part in your conservative thinking or did you become disgusted over time as you grew up? And has that hunger for truth always been a part of your inner core?

SS – Most definitely, my growing up on a farm had everything to do with my more conservative way of thinking, as well as my family’s strong faith in God. My childhood, for the most part was spent on my grandparent’s farm since my parents built a home on the end of their property. More days than not, I would be hiking in the woods and through the fields many times ending up at my grandparent’s home and not being allowed to leave until I ate something!

I can remember working in the garden, hay field, or potato patch and looking forward to the dinner break, which was usually served around 1-2 o’clock in the afternoon. My grandmother was an awesome cook and added at least 1 ½ cups of sugar to every pitcher of iced tea. Often while eating, my grandfather would reach up and flick the radio on to Rush Limbaugh. Rush made a lasting impression on me as I remember listening to him regularly for over twenty-two years.

My family was always involved in church. Later, when I was in middle-school, my parents switched from a Brethren to an Independent Baptist church. This new church actually had people carrying their Bibles into the worship center and studied them intensely on Sunday morning and night, then again on Wednesdays. It was quite a change, but I found myself coming into a more personal relationship with Jesus at that time. It would turn out to be a good thing for me as it was also about that time I was experimenting with partying and alcohol in high school.

Thankfully my parents saw that I needed a little help in making wiser decisions and abruptly placed me in the Christian school associated with the church. It was there that I found some great friends and learned you can have fun in high school without getting in trouble and drinking alcohol. Instead, many of my new friends loved to scope out our teachers’ or other friends’ homes to decorate with toilet paper. We got pretty creative and always did a superb job. It also helped that one of my friends was the janitor/night security at a large business. He used to donate heavily to our paper products required for these missions. That friend continues to work at this same company and to this day I believe he is one of the executives.

RB –   Being a military wife and having the opportunity to experience that living and working environment, did you see a strong patriotic dedication over the years? Were there changes in the way the military, that you were exposed to, that indicated a social influence or did the enlisted and officer corps show more patriotism than compliance with some “social” agenda? How would you compare it to the last few years of our military command under Obama?

SS – Again, I must credit my parents for setting the tone for my patriotism that has been strong for as long as I have memories. They taught my brothers, sister and myself; love of freedom, respect for our founding fathers, honesty, forgiveness, hard work, and a desire for the truth. There was frequent talk of current events and politics of the day. Most all of my immediate and extended family were Republicans and hardworking individuals, because they took care of farms as well as having other jobs in the community. I can remember going to Republican Dinners and listening to speeches from local elected officials, even standing in line to see Dan Quayle come through the little city’s airport where I grew up. I am blessed to say I had a wonderful childhood.

Being a military wife increased my understanding of how this small section of the population sacrifices their lives in numerous ways to keep America free. I must say much of the sacrifice is given by the children of those in active duty as they never really experience being able to sink roots down anywhere, thus being denied a feeling of grounding and solidity. Being a military wife enabled me to be around so many Americans who respected our freedom enough to dedicate their lives to the protection of it. I have many vivid memories of driving on Army posts when “Retreat” would play over the loud speakers. This indicated the flag was being lowered. It is custom to stop your car, even in the middle of the street, get out, place your hand over your heart while facing the direction of the flagpole. You were to remain silent for the remainder of the playing of “To the Colors.” It was always a reminder of what that flag stood for. My children remember that as well, and it is something that will never be taken from them.

As a military wife of an officer, I probably had more opportunity appreciate a growing political correctness towards the end of my former husband’s career. I think this also was more apparent to me as I was becoming well read in the area of the Global Islamic movement and more specifically with the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood here in America. I definitely witnessed the deference to the women in the military and a sharp rise in sexual harassment cases within the ranks which lead to sensitivity training, the same kind of training that is going on now for transgender and other minority groups. It is sad to see the decline of morale in the military largely due to the social experiment it has turned into.

RB – You just recently entered the world of radio broadcasting?

SS – Yes, I just started broadcasting my show called, “Wide Awake” on Rednationrising.us. The name comes from my website, “I’m Wide Awake” at suzanneshattuck.com. I chose the name as a way of letting our enemies know that what they are doing in plain sight isn’t fooling me. Many of our elected officials, Hollywood, MSM, the Left, and Islamic leaders continue to attempt to lull Americans back to sleep so they can continue chipping away at our freedoms. The name of my show and those who listen to me aren’t going to fall for it. In addition before anyone moves to protect freedom they have to wake up to what is going on.

Don Neuen was very instrumental in bringing me out of my shell and offering and encouraging me to write, to speak. It was he and his wife, Donna Fiducia, who gave me the opportunity at radio. I really never planned on doing any of this, but doors kept opening to me and I trusted God to walk through them.

I don’t feel like I have anything special to offer. I am simply filling a void that exists because so many are silent about what threatens our liberties here at home. And one of those main threats is the Islamic movement. It exists here in this country though because Americans have lost their identity. Many fail to remember our roots, grounded in not just freedom, but God-given freedom.  We are not passing that on to the children, which over time is showing us vulnerable. America is not too big to fall. It took the lives of many to purchase the freedom we enjoy, and we cannot expect to keep it without fighting to preserve it.

RB –  And what pushed you into such an arena of ever changing, competitive verbal dog fights and exhaustive energy to keep up with shifting political landscape?

SS – I always think about Rush talking about how healthy it is to have a free exchange of ideas. Growing up, I remember debating a lot with my grandfather on my father’s side. He grew up in New York, actually in the city during the Great Depression. He loved to discuss religion and politics all day long. So, he was also a big influence in my desire to find the truth and to openly question and ponder issues both past and present.

RB –  As we discussed, I first ran into you by finding your show here on Red Nation Rising, and felt I had to connect with you because you exhibited such passion and drive for your subjects. Where did all this drive and craving for truth develop from?

SS – I believe ultimate truth is of God, so I believe searching for it is a drive He places in your heart. In regards to my subject, I went to a gathering in 2010, down on River Street in Savannah, Georgia where Ralph Reed was going to speak. Somewhere in the lineup was a wife of an Army Ranger who also had 4 children. She spoke with much passion and her topic was the Islamic movement. This sparked my interest because ever since 9/11 I was curious about who these terrorists were and what made them attack us. I ended up becoming friends with her and another local lady who also was passionate about educating others as to this growing threat in our country.

RB – Because you have such energy for your views, do you find push back from other media, friends or listeners because you’re so steadfast in your beliefs and truth laden topics?

SS –  Yes, in fact my intensity probably is off putting to some who literally have no idea of the seriousness of this issue. It can seem very foreign when you first start to understand it. I am very active on Facebook and find occasionally some who vociferously disagree with me. I am fine with anyone wanting to debate the facts, and I don’t consider myself an expert so I am willing to learn from others who can back up their arguments with facts. What I do not tolerate is name calling and shooting the messenger type tactics. Usually those are the left leaning folks whose arguments are based in emotion.

 

Next time, we’ll talk about day-to-day politics, General Mattis, Trump, the Qur’an  and more. Don’t miss her show here on Red Nation Rising, Sundays at 7 EST on the Justice network.

Thanks to Suzanne for sharing her views.

 

~RB

Ron Boat says Happy Mother’s Day

OK, maybe it’s a given that everyone should express and enjoy a holiday such as this or Father’s Day. But not everyone has the opportunity to do so, Having recently lost my father, I know the impact it will have come June 18th. And while I still have my mother, many don’t.

To remember and celebrate our family is paramount in a civil society. In Asian cultures, generations of ancestors are remembered and revered. Taking a day out to expressly honor a parent is part of who we are.

And maybe this is part of a bigger problem as we move toward the continuing development of our society. How many don’t even know their fathers, or mothers through whatever process of abandonment, neglect, death etc.? Without a cohesive family unit binding our nation together, we are a collection of lost souls randomly wondering through life alone without the glue of love and support that helps all of us to grow and develop.

This has long been the discussion of the black community where nearly 74% of kids are born out of a marriage unit and that has led to societal ramifications of crime, incarceration, dysfunction, welfare, and generational shortcomings and missed opportunities. All races have their problems but in general, aiding and promoting the proper and desired quality of a family unit is paramount to the long term survival and betterment of our country.

And to those of the gay community that feel a day such as this slights their position of a “parent?”  GROW UP. Not everything in life is about you. If there are 2 daddies or mommies…. then celebrate twice but don’t try to diminish our traditions to change the world to your ideology of uniqueness, diversity and difference. There’re well founded reasons and a place for established societal customs.

Here’s wishing everyone a day of relaxation, peace, love and joy in their family settings whether expressed in person, or through a medium less personal – yet just as meaningful.

 

RB

Ron Boat applauds Comey change

In a free and just society, our very lives depend on our leaders. We live with one party or another running the country, back and forth with policies we “hope” are good for the country at large. But we expect and deserve honesty, transparency, and above all – fairness and equality under the law.

When someone in the chain of governance fails and changes the rules, we’re in trouble – whether we recognize it, know it or not. When someone, on either side of the isle, decides that their way is the best way instead of our constitution and set of laws and rules, we’re diverting from our path of freedom and heading toward tyranny.

This was the course, not necessarily established but, played out by James Comey in his quickly call presser, potentially to change the political landscape. The biggest road sign on his downward journey was his news conference in July last year. Everyone, especially Republicans, waited on the edge of their chairs, hands clasp, and holding their breath as 13 minutes of a stinging indictment; damaging in-depth details of Clinton’s legal shortcomings were expounded with specificity for all the world to witness and judge:

  • “Of the 30,000 emails returned to the State Department, 110 emails in 52 email chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent.”
  • “The FBI also discovered several thousand work-related emails that were not among the 30,000 emails that had been returned by Secretary Clinton State in 2014.”
  • “None of these emails should have been on any kind of unclassified system.”
  • “There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.”
  • “We assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.”

All nicely packaged and wrapped up like a July 4th patriotic present with a last minute reprieve stating that:

  • “Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”

I’m truly thinking that he meant to say ” that no reasonable [Democratic] prosecutor would bring such a case.” For when legal scholar after legal scholar lists the crimes committed, the national security rules broken, the incompetence, malfeasance and misfeasance in high office and then no one pursues the obvious…. it’s enough to think we’re being conned. (Or Comey’d)

The intrusion into the election process was not professional and should not have happened for any reason and… to be fair should never be done by either party. But when you do interject yourself into the process by accusing, then excusing criminal acts, when the whole investigation is tainted with a tarmac meeting between the nation’s highest LEO and the husband of the investigation’s subject, with leaks and rants by every political hack on the planet… time to regroup.

The final straw in this bazaar stageplay is the Director’s decision to not just be an investigator, but an un-elected, un-appointed prosecutor performing duties not in his job description. When you state out of place:

  • “As a result, although the Department of Justice makes final decisions on matters like this, we are expressing to Justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case.”

This is where things fall apart because the FBI’s job, and only job, is to gather facts, present them to the Dept of Justice, and THEY decide yea or nay on the legal appropriateness of charges. But of course when the leader of that dept. has poisoned the water with her quiet, almost secret meeting…. everything deserves higher review and scrutiny. And keep in mind, this meeting would have gone unknown except for an aware local TV reporter in Phoenix who thought the occurrence was strange, recorded it and reported it.

Hillary and the Dems celebrated the absolution and acquittal, while Repubs couldn’t believe their collective ears. And it’s been reported that  many non-partisans observers — and even friends of Comey — noted that his veneer of “independence” was shattered after the matter.

As long-time Comey friend and former co-worker Andrew McCarthy writes in National Review:

“The independence of law enforcement is critical, but at times he seemed to redefine ‘independent’ as beholden to only those institutional guidelines he subjectively judged worthy of following.”

After the comments, former Department of Justice spokesperson Matthew Miller bemoaned on Twitter that the Comey presser was “outrageous”:

“Absolutely outrageous presser by Comey. DOJ/FBI is supposed to speak in court. If it won’t make statements in court, it shouldn’t make them.”

Lewis Schiliro, a former FBI agent of 25 years, told Politico that Comey “undermined his status by holding a news conference” just days before the election and that he was doomed from the start:

“He brought the bureau into a political situation when it ought not to be. That’s not the place for the FBI,” said Schiliro. “I think Comey was trying to play investigator and prosecutor, and putting both hats on was a drastic mistake on his part.”

“His press conference ought to have been two sentences: ‘The FBI has concluded its investigation. The facts of the matter have been presented to the Department of Justice for a prosecution decision.’ Thank you very much and walk off,” Schiliro added. “That’s the way it’s done.”

Many say the timing and nature of Comey’s firing are suspect. Many more reflect on the unfair, bitter end to an otherwise distinguished career in government, it seems the crisis for Comey began when he stepped outside his rightful role at the FBI and into the fire storm that was the 2016 election.

That was the moment where Comey should have been let go. But it was left up to Trump to deal with it and make the decision – one that MANY Democrats wanted but now decry, and one that Hillary might have done on day one, and so…. here we are again: Accusing, divisive, inefficient politics as usual.

The glaring appearance of Trump eliminating his accuser on the Russia investigation will be fodder for the “D’s” for some some time, but if people let the facts come out, watch the quality of a replacement, see the final results in all this mess, we trust that the confidence in the rule of law, the process of justice will be reestablished and ultimately prevail.

I find it mildly amusing that Dems refuse to recognize the president’s ability and right to change his mind with updated facts, but can’t see their own shift and stutter from one irrational position to another, thinking their latest rant is the only possible position to ever be taken on their behalf.

Through the turbulent storm of Trump’s reign, possibly and hopefully the end game will show that American is great again, law and order has been restored, and we can move the country forward with a better economy, a safer country, and an equality in the application of justice for all; politician and citizen alike.

PS – I find it all so interesting and telling that since Nov, 2016, everything of question has become a constitutional crises. Where were these historical geniuses during the last 8 years?

RB

Ron Boat warns Obama made Socialism fashionable

If you didn’t see the Socialist leanings of B Hussein O in the last 8 years…. you must have been living out of the country.

His association with Frank Marshall Davis – a literal, card-carrying member of Communist Party USA – his redistribution agendas, his early life involvements with a far left political concepts of the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) and the New Party of Chicago all bear testament to his anti-American, pro-socialistic/ communistic mind set.

We see the growth of this anti-American movement with California’s decision to allow open Communists to work within the state government. And we all know Jerry Moonbeam’s socialist leanings in his state imposed policies.

We see this openness in the current election of Jackson MI with candidate, Chokwe Antar Lumumba. A radical leftist running as a Democrat but an openly presented member of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization,  a US Marxist-Leninist group.

These groups always propose they are “for the people”, “movement of the people”, for “social justice and betterment” and yet when the layers are torn apart… their socialist agenda stands strong and bold. The real problem? Many citizens are so stupid they don’t recognize the persuasiveness of their methods only see the “good stuff” they’re supposed to get through the new association.

WAKE UP America… the roots of socialism, communism, fascism and tyranny are growing into a giant oak that will one day shade the freedom of our country with leaves of control and destruction.

 

RB

Ron Boat sees the country getting taken for a ride

Let’s face it….. THIS is what you get when you’re groomed to be president of the US and then leader of the world: $3,000,000 for one speech at a $20,000 a night hotel.

And remember… we still pay him $200,000+ in pension and another $200,000 in expenses. NOTE: Congress proposed a law that would take back dollar for dollar what an ex-prez earns above $400K…… But Barry vetoed it.
To quote a great black American philosopher who was also a liberal progressive fascist president….
“I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.”
                                       ~B Hussein Obama [ April 2010 ]
I think that’s something I could get behind.
The Clinton’s must be really pissed, and for me… I can’t imagine any person worth 3 mill for a speech. But… some people have more money than brains. (Just look at congress)
RB

Ron Boat is Miffed, Pissed & Waiting

I’ve generally been known as an easy going, fun loving, accepting and understanding guy. I try not to get overly passionate about worrying over many things as there’s generally nothing you can do and it’s easier to be aware and go along with the flow until something is really an emergency.

But I’m reaching that point where it’s time that our government’s representatives and senators and other leaders really took our lives seriously and did their job.

I could have added disappointed to the title above but to be be disappointed you have to have expectations and I’ve given up expecting anything efficient or positive from these people – only hoping that I might be surprised.

For eight years they sit whining about BarryCare and then when the time comes, they can’t pass a great replacement putting it off from a first attempt to last week.  Another half-hearted attempt at leading with a slim vote of 217 – 213. Even 20 Republicans didn’t go along and of course for pretty much partisan reasons, 100% of the Dimms didn’t.

You’d think people would come together to lead with the best interest of the public in mind but instead lean on party ideology to rule their actions.

I guess the overall process of the government has become tainted to most Americans as we see little being done, no responsibility for inaction, no rhyme or reason for their thinking other than personal or party selfishness, no long term plan, only wasted time spent on things that should be more obviously addressed.

I know that President Trump is no Savior, no Messiah come from the hills to save us from our political plight, and yet, at least he’s trying to get things done, move forward and make a difference. He’s taking action and unfortunately is lacking the support of even his own party.

There’s too much wishy washy going on. Paul Ryan is a joke. He rallies against Trump during the election, He supports then backs off then winds up leading the charge for new healthcare. I’m not sure where he stands on things and I never trust people that smile too much.

We need serious people that care about their job, think and make a difference – not sit around collecting nice paychecks, retirement options and benefits. Congress was never meant to be a career or pathway to riches. But it’s happening at our expensive expense.

So, this is my rant for this week as I consider the direction of this country and the real, truthful efforts being made on our behalf by those who wear the pins. We wasting time when we could be making progress in many areas of technology, medicine, our economy and life long pursuits.

Until I see real progress from Congress, till I see real work and dedication to their chosen “career”, I’ll just remain miffed, pissed and waiting.

 

RB

The Producer Reproducer Ratio

Math – for many, mere mention of the subject sends chills down the spine. However, in the case of the Producer Reproducer Ratio, it isn’t the math that’s scary – it’s the implications.

The Producer Reproducer Ratio or, PRR, is a concept I came up with a few years ago in an effort to explain a point to a friend regarding the economics of childrearing. I derived the notion from my mother’s oft repeated comment in which she said “The nine months it takes to get ‘em here is easy, it’s the eighteen years it takes to raise ‘em that’s hard.” Having had six children of her own, I consider her a bit of an authority on the subject.

The PRR explains a fundamental concept of the economics of childrearing by converting my mother’s wisdom into a social mathematical principle. Every human being requires a certain amount of resources (food, clothing, shelter, medical care, etc.) during his or her lifetime. It is the responsibility of parents to provide these resources for their child until such time as that person can provide for himself or herself. The problem, of course, is that many people who are biologically capable of reproducing are unable or unwilling to produce the resources the child requires, thus shifting that burden to someone else.

Now comes the math (try not to panic): say a set of parents reproduces (R) one child (R = 1) and the parents are required to produce (P) the total amount of resources that one child requires for the first 18 years of life (P = 1). As long as the parents produce the necessary amount of resources for that child, P = R or, expressed as a ratio, 1:1. And that’s the way it works in most families. However, problems arise for instance, when the parents only produce half the resources the child needs, resulting in a change in the ratio to 0.5:1. In this case, someone other than the parents must provide the remaining resources. Occasionally, these parents are able to turn to other family members or friends but, all too often, the burden of making up the shortfall is passed along to the taxpayers.

Consider a more extreme example: say a set of parents has three children (R = 3) with the means or motivation to provide for only one of them (P =1) resulting in a PRR of 1:3. The bigger the R, the bigger the problem. As long as P = R, no shortage of necessary resources exists – parents are pulling their weight and properly providing for their children. When R exceeds P, shortages of resources arise and either the parents receive help from outside sources or the child goes lacking.

An alarming trend in our society is the growing rate at which R is exceeding P. Too many parents, usually young, poorly educated, often unmarried and ill-equipped to alter their own life circumstances, are having children with little or no regard for the provision of their most basic needs. Most assume the state will provide for their children. And why wouldn’t they assume such given the acculturation of entitlement to which so many of today’s young people have been exposed?

The PRR may remind us of a dull, dry, uninteresting mathematical formula we were required to learn in high school only to selectively forget the minute we graduated. In truth, it is a numerical reflection of an alarming social trend plaguing modern America. The choice to have a child is the most monumental decision a person can make in his or her lifetime. Regrettably, the biology of reproduction is all too often unaccompanied by the motivation for resource production. No decent person wants to see a child go lacking the essentials of everyday life. We recognize, after all, that the child isn’t at fault. However, by continuing to send the message that it’s okay to have children without consideration of, or provision for, their needs, we merely encourage the behavior.

Further, those who so flippantly disregard the daily needs of their children often fall far short in other areas of effective parenting as well. For the sake of the children, it is important to send the message that having them is acceptable only in the context of being prepared to properly care for them. Merely loving a child isn’t enough. Being a good parent is hard and, from time to time, even requires learning a little math beginning with the Producer Reproducer Ratio.

What You Don’t Know About America’s Health Care System Can Hurt You

As a physician practicing full-time emergency medicine, I’ve spent thousands of hours treating patients in an acute care setting. During that time, I’ve seen America’s health care system at its best – lives saved, diseases cured, health restored. The daily contribution by our health care system towards the reduction of human pain and suffering is incalculable. American health care is unparalleled in the developed world and, without doubt, if a person is sick or injured, America is the place to be.

Regrettably, however, America’s health care system has a dark side as well – one populated by those who abuse themselves by abusing street drugs, alcohol, or prescription pain medications, those who chronically make poor lifestyle choices, and those who are generally out to beat the system. This dark side of America’s health care system is a side that, as a health care provider, I know all too well, yet, ominously, it’s a side many Americans don’t even know exists. Nevertheless, whether one is aware of this dark side of American health care or not, it’s a side that can hurt us all.

Average Americans are actually very decent people – hardworking, dependable, responsible, compassionate, charitable, and concerned about their fellow citizens. Further, the average American isn’t a substance abuser, doesn’t consistently make poor lifestyle choices, and isn’t out to get something for nothing. In fact, such activities are so typically foreign to them as to be beyond their awareness and even comprehension. Therefore, it often comes as a surprise to many of these average Americans when I recount the myriad stories of waste, fraud, and abuse I witness daily in the emergency room.

For instance, not so long ago, I treated a middle-aged woman who presented to the emergency room with a complaint of low back pain. The patient was well known to the ER staff, having been to that particular emergency room 43 times that year alone, of course, all at taxpayer expense. Her story was that someone had stolen her pain medication which she needed for a chronic back problem. Typical of this common scenario, the patient stated she hadn’t been able to see her doctor for a refill. When I asked her to describe the nature of her back problem, she couldn’t. When I asked what her MRI had shown, she explained that she’d never had one – the reason being that she missed her appointment. When I told her I would like to speak to her doctor, she proceeded to tell me she had recently stopped seeing her previous doctor and was in the process of finding a new one but hadn’t gotten around to it yet. Needless to say, I declined to write her a prescription for her pain medication after which she called me a few choice names of the four-letter variety.

The same night, another middle-aged woman arrived via ambulance to the emergency room. She was complaining of chest pain. It was her seventh ambulance transport to the ER that month – seventh – each time complaining of chest pain. Each time her cardiac workup was negative, yet, each time her urine drug screen was positive for cocaine. Though she had a healthy heart, the stimulant effect of the cocaine induced heart strain which resulted in significant pain and discomfort. Nevertheless, we were bound to perform a complete cardiac workup – the seventh that month – to the tune of many thousands of dollars, again, of course, at taxpayer expense.

Frustratingly, the above stories are so commonplace in emergency rooms across the country that they’ve essentially become clichés barely raising the eyebrows of health care providers. In fact, the problem is so extensive that few believe anything can be done to correct it. The waste, fraud, and abuse plaguing America’s emergencies rooms, a problem I’ve spoken about often and written about in the past, is costing productive Americans billions of dollars annually. I’ve long believed that if a portion of those wasted funds could be recouped by the government, Uncle Sam could afford to purchase private insurance coverage for every man, woman, and child in America.

And, yet, nothing is being done. Why? Several reasons. First, those who draw attention to the fact that certain patients abuse the health care system, particularly emergency rooms, are quickly labeled as uncompassionate. Further, medicine is a complex field and those with the expertise to suggest meaningful solutions to its many problems are generally outside the legislative process. In addition, with the ever-present threat of litigation hanging over its head, the health care industry is hesitant to even approach the subject of meaningful reform for fear of becoming mired in future lawsuits.

However, those concerns are no excuse for inaction. The health care reform America desperately needs is not in the form of socialized medicine but rather in legislation that promotes responsible utilization of our health care resources. In an emergency situation, in particular, inappropriate utilization of health care resources puts all Americans at risk. Imagine your mother, or husband, or best friend dying of a heart attack while awaiting the arrival of an ambulance that is delayed because it is being used to transport a crack addict to the hospital for the seventh time in a month. It’s time for Americans to get the word on what’s happening on the dark side of our health care system. After all, it’s what you don’t know about the American health care system that can hurt you.

Stop Blaming The Teachers

Since America’s earliest days, education has consistently ranked at or near the top of the list of priorities most important to its citizens. Americans, in general, regard education as the single most valuable contribution we can make to the betterment of our children’s lives and to the overall long term health of the nation. Every year, America invests billions of dollars in our educational system from the primary and secondary levels to the college and graduate levels and beyond. As a result, America consistently produces many of the brightest, most educated, and most capable children in the world who go on to reach great heights of educational and professional achievement and lead meaningful, productive lives.

But what about the other kids?

Regrettably, however, many of America’s children miss the boat educationally, so to speak, and, therefore, fall far short of their potential. Americans are so concerned about this lamentable situation that the subject is constantly in the minds and on the tongues of political leaders, media personalities, pundits of every sort, and average Joes gathered around the coffee pot every morning at work. Theories abound as to the cause of the dilemma – not enough money spent on education, too many kids in the classroom, lack of local control of education, etc., etc., etc. Unfortunately, some even blame the teachers. Undoubtedly, the cause is complex and multi-factorial, however, with this last theory, in particular, I heartily disagree.

It never ceases to amaze me when I hear stories of out of control children reeking havoc in America’s classrooms. Stories abound of kids bringing guns to school, or getting busted on campus with crack cocaine in their pockets, or incidents involving educators being physically assaulted at school by aggressive, criminally-minded teenagers. What amazes me even more, however, is that after all that, teachers continue to teach. Holding their students’ welfare above their own, many educators continue to run the daily gauntlet of student apathy, misconduct, and open aggression in an effort to reach as many of their students as possible and, in so doing, often put themselves at great risk of harm – both emotional and physical.

Of course, having been an observer of our educational system for many years, both internally and externally, not to mention the fact that one of my sisters is a teacher and that I have many friends in the teaching professions, I have my own theories. I don’t believe the problem lies in a failure to spend enough on education. I believe we spend plenty. In fact, educational expenditure is often a poor predictor of outcome as many developed nations around the world spend less money per student and, yet, have higher performance on standard educational assessments.

I believe, rather, that lack of local control of educational systems, too much government regulation, and too many children in the classroom are factors much more deleterious to educational success than the amount of money spent per child. An even greater problem, in my opinion, is diversion – which is to say, too many diversions. Children these days have so many diversions (cell phones, concerns about fashion, sexual aggressiveness among certain students, drugs, peer pressure, etc.) that it isn’t at all difficult to understand their lack of focus on education.

Several years ago, I participated in a US-sponsored humanitarian relief mission in Nicaragua in which my unit built two schools and a clinic. Everyday at the work sites where the schools were being built, children from the local community gathered around and “played” school in the shade of the trees. They were so excited about having a school that they actually gathered there before the school was completed. They had few diversions – they were focused on the opportunity to go to school, so much so, that they pretended they were already in school before the schools even opened. That enthusiasm for education, I believe, is missing among many of America’s school-aged children and I believe the cause is too many diversions.

Nevertheless, whether I’m right or wrong on my theory of diversion, I’m convinced I’m right that teachers, in general, are not to blame when children fall short of their educational potential. In fact, I believe teachers are to be commended for continuing their struggles to overcome the diversions that distract children from their studies. Certainly, there is the occasional teacher that is subpar, but I believe that is the exception rather than the rule. It’s time to reaffirm our belief in, and support of, our teachers. They must know they have our confidence and our understanding. A teacher’s job is tough, especially these days with so many diversions competing for student’s attention. We need to help teachers and students alike by attempting to minimize the impact of these diversions so children can focus on their educations. And, most important of all, we need to stop blaming the teachers.

Ron Boat sees…… Insanity

When you consider the thoughts and actions of our founding fathers, you’re liable to see brilliance, genius, forethought, and the truest displays of patriotism ever assembled on Earth.  They were able to draw from experiences. imagination and education to develop our system of governance that would work, and work well for hundreds of years – even with all the changes in local and global economies, societies and political shifting.

This of course assumes that intelligence would rule as we go through our own societal changes and political fluctuations (or deviant deviations). Something we’ve seen plenty of lately.

And let’s face it. If we’re not seeing deviant insanity in our ruling bodies today, we never have or will. It’s running rampant and is so out of control, our country’s very existence was on the precipice this last November. The “out of the blue” win by Trump, while anticipated by some, was a total shock and awe of political war to the left who were celebrating their BIG WIN even while the last votes were coming in the early morning of Nov 9th.

I truly do not like looking at everything from a partisan view but would choose to consider things logically – reasonably – scrupulously – honestly – realistically. But these days it’s not possible, for you have to take into account – and counter – the insanity of 200% selfish, absurdly partisan, uninformed or misinformed and ignorant hacks who speak without any logic or honesty in their rhetoric against American citizens and their opponents.

For 8 years we saw the insanity of a president that, when a candidate, spoke harshly of Bush’s running up debt, then pursuing his own doubling of our national money commitment once in office. INSANE. We saw him introducing an acceptance and promotion of Muslim practices and ideals at a time we’re at war with radical Muslim forces. Unable even to name our enemy for fear of slandering his roots. INSANE.

We saw a degradation of our racial relationships and a further divide among our citizens because of B Hussein’s love of race as a weapon of society. INSANE. And we saw his hatred for our military and police through his actions of inserting himself into situations where presidential presence was not required, requested or warranted. INSANE.

We have elected leaders so stupid that they think islands are going to tip over or we have to pass a bill so we can know what’s in it because they didn’t even read it. Or a repeatedly elected representative that think’s she’s a freed slave and our constitution is 400 years old. And a sitting senator displays his stupid gene stating his constitution is different that our country’s. For the sake of disruption, liberals push scenarios of Russian intervention and invasion of our electoral system while offering no proof, no evidence of such, no reason or logical reason, when in fact Trump would be a much more powerful enemy than Clinton against them. INSANE INSANE INSANE! These people run our country, our lives.

The president has been in office barely 60 some days and even with a great SCOTUS pick and bringing back business, jobs, consumer confidence and investments into the country, some are already calling for impeachment. Think they have a right after what we put up with for 8 years?

We lived under the lawlessness of “social justice” for 8 years seeing over 80,000 criminals released early from their imposed sentences and a president that was ruled against for his unconstitutional actions regarding immigration – even though he allowed hundreds of thousands to cross our insecure borders unvetted and unfettered from who knows where. INSANE.

Obama pressed his “openness” and “accepting,” and yes, even “controlling” mindset by pushing for shared restrooms – while forsaking societal norms and reason. A new presence in the oval office has brought sanity back to our culture.

Trump is no Messiah. No savior of our nation in any religious sense. But for the good of the country, we trust that a business approach to our spending and revenue will produce a more stable, a more secure, and more responsive economic mood and growth. We’ve seen him reduce costs of government aircraft and is working to reduce drug costs – all things normal business people do while politicians shuffle other people’s money while seeking personal benefit. That’s INSANE.

Our recent election was, contrary to liberal desires, a change of direction, a return to reason, to law, to truthful governance and sanity. And hopefully a positive, blossoming fruitful season of prosperity vs poverty, true security vs socialism, sanity vs progressiveness.

RB

The $10 Aspirin

Why do hospitals charge 10 bucks for an aspirin? If you’ve ever been a patient in a hospital, you’ve probably asked yourself that very question after reviewing your bill. And it’s a valid question. After all, if you can buy a bottle of aspirin at the drug store for pennies per pill, why, then, does a hospital find it necessary to charge 10 dollars for one? Is it a rip-off, a scam perpetrated on ill and vulnerable patients by heartless hospital administrators bent on making a profit regardless of the economic hardship thrust upon individual patients and society at large? Hardly. As angry as you might be at the notion of a hospital charging $10 for an aspirin, the reason they do so will truly make your blood boil.

Hospitals determine what to charge for an aspirin through a process called “cost accounting.” It’s a complex process that “accounts” for, or assigns, costs to the myriad steps involved in getting an aspirin from the manufacturer to your blood stream. First of all, the hospital must purchase the aspirin – likely a nominal cost in itself due to the hospital’s bulk purchasing power. But, then, a worker in the receiving department or pharmacy must unpack the aspirin (bottle) and store it in the proper place within the pharmacy. When an order comes in for an aspirin, a pharmacist or pharmacy technician must retrieve the aspirin and forward it on to the patient’s floor (some hospitals have a medication storage device on the wards from which nurses can retrieve medicines directly but these still must be stocked by a pharmacist or pharmacy tech).

Eventually, a nurse obtains the aspirin and gives it to the patient. She or he must then catalogue the act of dispensing the medicine in order to establish a record or “paper trail” of the act itself. From time to time, other hospital personnel review patient charts in order to confirm that the appropriate medicines were, in fact, dispensed. As mentioned above, the act of giving a patient an aspirin (or any other medicine for that matter) is a complex process with associated costs beginning with its purchase and extending even beyond the point at which the patient swallows the pill. As many as ten people, or more, are often involved in what otherwise seems to be a rather simple process. All these costs must be met and all these people must be paid (including hospital overhead such as utilities, supplies, maintenance and repairs, new equipment purchases, etc.).

Nevertheless, although the apparently simple act of giving an aspirin to a patient is, in fact, a complex and expensive process, it still only “accounts” for less than half the total cost of the aspirin – say $3 or $4 of the total $10 cost. So, from whence do the additional charges arise? Yep, you guessed it – from those patients who ultimately don’t pay their bills. There are, as the old saying goes, “no free lunches.” Someone has to pay those unpaid bills. These costs are spread among other charges within the hospital, such as the $10 aspirin. So, in truth, it isn’t the hospital’s fault for an aspirin costing $10 but, rather, those patients who cannot, or simply choose not, to pay their bills.

A substantial percentage of these non-pay patients are seen in America’s emergency rooms. In fact, unpaid bills arising from the emergency room are often a hospital’s largest annual unpaid expense. And hospitals across America are struggling under the economic strain caused by non-pay patients inappropriately utilizing emergency rooms for non-emergency conditions such as colds, insomnia, or chronic aches and pains, and medication refills. Such non-emergency conditions should be handled at the patient’s doctor’s office. But visiting a doctor at his/her office often means paying a nominal co-pay. Why would a patient do that when they can just go to the emergency room for “free?”

In this age of “healthcare reform,” the regrettable truth is that the government has missed (or chosen to ignore) a key point in the overall problem of rising health care costs – that inappropriate utilization of health care resources by those having no intention whatsoever of paying for them is a major factor driving the rise in health care costs. Until these individuals are forced to assume financial responsibility for their own health care needs, productive Americans will continue to bear the burden of these costs.

Why do politicians continue to ignore this obvious and egregious problem? Because it is politically uncomfortable for them. Most politicians are concerned, first and foremost, about their re-election. Therefore, they don’t want to risk alienating part of their constituency by supporting measures that would require these patients to become responsible consumers of health care resources like the rest of us. Until these politicians alter their focus and become true leaders, we can expect to continue paying $10 for an aspirin.

The Two Great Failures Of The Legislative Branch

In a supreme act of both insight and foresight, America’s Founding Fathers established the greatest system of government the world has ever known – bar none. From its most humble beginnings, our American republic has become what President Reagan famously called a “shining city on a hill,” and is considered the benchmark of self-government the world over. The sometimes delicate, sometimes rugged system of checks and balances they created has withstood countless challenges from economic catastrophes to social upheavals to presidential assassinations to world wars and, rather than being diminished, has each time emerged stronger.

Nevertheless, in spite of our government’s obvious strengths, each branch possesses certain flaws that reduce its overall effectiveness. Of the three branches of our republican system of government – legislative, executive, and judicial – it is the legislature that suffers the greatest of these flaws. In fact, at least two such flaws – the lack of term limits for its members and the ability to attach myriad unrelated pieces of legislation to important bills – are so profound they actually constitute failures of the branch itself.

Though he was beloved by millions of Americans, elected officials saw President Roosevelt’s repeated election to the presidency (he was elected four times, dying in office shortly after beginning his fourth term) as a threat to democracy itself. As a result, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, ratified February 27, 1951, limited to two the number of terms any person may serve as president. Curiously, these same legislators (and most legislators since) failed to apply the same logic to their own offices.

Congress and the many state legislatures across America are filled with people who’ve served multiple terms – some for 20 or 30 years or even longer. This is actually anti-democratic on at least two levels. First, the longer these people serve, the less likely other qualified candidates are to run against them. The result is a diminishment of democracy itself as voters ultimately experience less choice in government. This situation serves well the elected official, but not the electorate. Democracy is further damaged by the tremendous influence long-serving politicians accumulate through relationships with various individuals and special interest groups developed during their tenure. The old saying, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” applies in these situations as such influence often leaves politicians unaccountable to the voters.

Otto von Bismarck is attributed (possibly erroneously) with the saying, “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” Whether the German statesman actually made that famous quote or not, the message is clear – legislating is a dirty business. However, it isn’t the act of debating the merits of a particular piece of legislation that is so dirty but, rather, the back room deals, the whispers in the hallways, the winks and the nods that are so offensive to the notion of representative democracy – a.k.a., a republic. It is these seedy, underhanded dealings, which many elected officials consider a matter of course, that are an affront to American voters who put their faith in the electoral process and representative government. These acts are, in fact, anathema to “government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

A by-product of long-serving politicians is the strangle hold that certain of these people have on the chairmanships of important legislative committees such as appropriations. No single person should hold these seats year after year after year. The result is a concentration of power that leaves other legislators (and, therefore, other regions of the country) beholden to the whims and wishes of the chairman.

Even worse, however, than the unfair concentration of power and influence resulting from the lack of term limits is the utter catastrophe of representative government that stems from the legislature’s ability to attach completely unrelated provisions to important pieces of legislation. In fact, this legislative tactic constitutes the greatest single weakness of the entire legislative process in that, rather than risk failure of important legislation, legislators will accept nearly any attachment regardless of how esoteric or irrelevant in an effort to gain passage of the larger bill. Through this means, representatives and senators succeed in funding countless pork barrel projects designed to assure their re-election. And, of course, it’s all at taxpayer expense.

Instituting term limits and curtailing the attachment of irrelevant legislation to important bills in the House and Senate would do much to restore faith in our system of government by enhancing its equitableness and cost effectiveness. However, regrettably for the American electorate, legislators benefit far too much to correct these two great failures of the legislative branch.

Nation Of Americans, Not Immigrants

It’s one of the liberal national media’s most beloved and oft repeated phrases – “We are a nation of immigrants.”

Well, sorry to let the cat out of the bag but, actually, no we’re not. We are a nation of Americans. Of course, it’s true there are a lot of first-generation immigrants here, however, don’t be fooled by repetitive liberal rhetoric designed to indoctrinate you into their way of thinking – the number of bona fide, non-immigrant Americans far exceeds the number of those newly arrived on our shores.

To test my point, perform a little experiment – first of all, think about yourself and your own family and ask yourself these simple questions: “Was I born here?” If the answer is “Yes,” then you’re not an immigrant. Next, ask: “Were my parents born here?” If the answer to that question is also “Yes,” then your parents aren’t immigrants either. For me, I can ask that question sequentially of my ancestors with the answer being “Yes” at least eight times which is as far back as my family has ancestry records. The point is that I’m not an immigrant, nor are my parents, nor my grandparents, nor my great-grandparents, nor my great-great-grandparents, nor, well, you get the picture.

Now, to further test my point, consider your friends and co-workers – were they born here? Chances are the answer is “Yes.” And chances are their parents were born here as were their grandparents as were their great-grandparents as were, well, again, you get the picture.

In fact, the total number of true first-generation immigrants in America today isn’t even close to the total number of bona fide, non-immigrant, multi-generational Americans living in this country. So why does the liberal media persist in attempting to convince us that we are a “nation of immigrants?” Lots of reasons.

The most important reason is political – the Democratic Party holds itself out to be the “party of the immigrant.” Stories of Tammany Hall operatives standing on the docks of New York harbor in the 1800s and early 1900s encouraging, and even coercing, Irish-immigrants as they exited the boats to “vote democratic” are legendary. Immigrants have long served as a source of new voters for the Democratic Party. The liberal Left, long the mouth-piece of the Democratic Party, continues to promote the “party of the immigrant” notion through its pro-immigrant rhetoric. But truth is, the Democratic Party doesn’t so much love immigrants as it loves their votes.

Another lesser reason for the liberal Left’s persistent pet phrase is political correctness – in stating openly and repeatedly that we are a “nation of immigrants,” the Left is attempting to create a sense of acceptance of immigrants (especially illegal ones), thus diffusing many of the practical issues concerning immigration including, most importantly, illegal immigration. By repeating the phrase over and over and over, the Left is attempting, through the power of suggestion and conditioning, to induce the average American to over-identify with immigrants, thus becoming lulled into a sense of complacency about immigration issues.

Now, it’s important for the reader to understand that I am not a xenophobe – I don’t have anything personally against any “legal” immigrant. For those immigrants who come to this country legally, work hard, and play by America’s rules, I say, “Good luck and more power to you.” It’s also important for the reader to understand, however, that I believe “illegal” immigration in this country is more than just a problem, it’s an outright calamity. Further, because I’ve long dismissed “political correctness” as a bogus liberal ideological construct, I’ve never been afraid to recognize illegal immigration for what it is – a dangerous influence in our society.

Of course, those of a liberal mindset would attempt to dismiss my views on immigration issues as unfounded except, of course, for the fact that I understand immigrants and immigration better than most – you see, there were and are first-generation immigrants in my own family. Though he died tragically in a motorcycle accident in 1981, a former brother-in-law of mine was born in Mexico, given up for adoption, and raised in the United States. Before his death, he and my middle sister had three children – he was a favorite of my family, adored then and missed now. I have another brother-in-law, alive and well, who immigrated to America from Pakistan in the early 1980s. He and my youngest sister married not long after his arrival and they also have three children. He, too, has been a favorite of my family for many, many years.

The difference, of course, is that my brothers-in-law played/play by the rules – they were/are proud of their heritage but were/are more proud of being Americans. They came here legally, embraced American values, worked hard, and didn’t wear their immigrant status on their sleeves, waving it as a banner under the noses of those Americans like me and most of you who were born here.

So, the next time you hear someone on the Left attempt to indoctrinate you by saying, “We are a nation of immigrants,” say to yourself and those around you, “Hardly,” and recognize the truth that, even though there are many immigrants here, we are actually a “nation of Americans.”

The Oxymoron Libertarian Socialist

The political philosophy known as libertarian socialism has always been a subject of intrigue for me. Libertarian socialism, also known as left-libertarianism, is defined as a group of anti-authoritarian political philosophies inside the socialist movement that rejects socialism as centralized state ownership and control of the economy, as well as the state itself.  I am amused that the socialist movement would attach themselves to any form of libertarianism whatsoever. Libertarianism and socialism are antithetical political philosophies.. Libertarianism promotes freedom, choice, and individualism, while socialism nurtures intrusive government, servitude, and slavery. While these two doctrines are in direct opposition of each other, libertarian socialism is a separate entity.

Advocates of libertarian socialism strongly believe that capitalism cripples freedom. In their minds, power and privilege for the wealthy are offshoots of capitalism. Libertarian socialists endorse the abolition of private property and the state, which directly contrasts with the separate ideologies of libertarianism and socialism. Libertarians support the rights of private property, since it is an extension of self ownership. Socialists, however, thrive on state ownership to enforce what they perceive as equality. The stark disparity between libertarianism and socialism makes it impossible to combine these ideologies in any way.

Libertarianism socialism has frequently been linked to anarchism, although the validity of these claims is debatable. While each of these philosophies oppose big government, anarchism stems from capitalistic roots, not socialistic ones. Anarchism is the absence of all government. Libertarian socialists claim to oppose the government, yet rely on it to halt the production of private property. Libertarian socialism is the ultimate oxymoron. No matter what spin you put on the matter, you cannot be a libertarian and a socialist. The positions are too far apart on the spectrum. In this particular situation, the horseshoe theory does not apply.

Written by: Gabrielle Seunagal

Gabrielle Seunagal is a young, outspoken conservative woman.  Passionate about politics and currently residing in Alpharetta, Georgia, Gabrielle is a Republitarian/Constitutionalist Red Nation Rising Contributor and writes editorial/opinion articles.  On Twitter she is @ClassySnobb

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A Wall That Mends

In his famous poem, “Mending Wall,” Robert Frost’s neighbor says to the poet during their annual ritual of rebuilding the stone wall between their property, “Good fences make good neighbors.” Most people agree that walls are good for neighbors, but when it comes to nations, some are sitting on the proverbial “fence.”

The recent debate regarding the value of building a fence along the border between the United States and Mexico provides an example of this dilemma. Some argue that the wall is a necessary first step toward stemming the flow of illegal aliens flooding across our southern border while others contend a fence is unnecessary and “sends the wrong message.”

As for me, I hold with those who support building the fence. Here’s why: First of all, although we are a nation of immigrants, we are, much more importantly a nation of laws. Illegal immigrants, and those who support them, completely ignore our laws. Existing U.S. immigration legislation provides a mechanism for legal immigration into this country. However, because abiding by these laws requires time and effort, illegal aliens choose to ignore them.

Secondly, illegal immigration could potentially jeopardize our national security, thus placing every American at risk. It’s no secret that members of various terrorist organizations have declared war on America. As security at airports and seaports around the country increases, these terrorists will undoubtedly seek other routes of entry into the U.S. Our largely unprotected southern border will eventually become, if it hasn’t already, a logical entry point.

Thirdly, contrary to popular belief, our economy suffers in myriad ways as a result of illegal immigration. To begin with, the vast majority of illegals don’t pay taxes on their income, thus significantly reducing government revenues. The burden of this lost revenue is shouldered by taxpaying-Americans in the form of higher income taxes. Furthermore, since illegal aliens send home most of the money they earn in the U.S., billions of dollars are being removed from our economy annually. Additionally, the influx of low-skilled workers overly expands the available workforce, thus eliminating the incentive for employers to increase the minimum wage and reducing the earning potential of young and/or low-skilled American workers.

Finally, the sheer number of illegal aliens overburdens our infrastructure and drains our resources, especially regarding health care. For every dollar that illegal immigrants put into the U.S. economy, many more dollars are taken out.

Recently, in an effort to cast their argument in a more favorable light, advocates of illegal immigration have referred to President Reagan’s famous Berlin Wall speech in which he admonished Soviet President Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.” The point they sorely miss is that the Berlin Wall was built to keep people in, not out. The opposite would be true of America’s wall – it would be built to protect, not oppress.

Good neighbors may need good fences, but good nations shouldn’t. Unfortunately, in their refusal to do anything to stop their citizens from illegally entering our country, our neighbors to the south have demonstrated they have no intention of being good. Hopefully, our wall will send a clear message – that immigrants must respect our laws and enter our country legally. Only then will our wall be seen as a wall that mends, rather than divides.

Ron Boat & Andrew Nagorski go Nazi Hunting…. Trip 2

In the course of my work I’m fortunate to interact with some fabulous people. One such a person – Andrew Nagorski. One of the most fascinating people I’ve talked with. [You can read his more complete bio is HERE.]

Andrew Nagorski is an award-winning journalist and author who spent more than three decades as a foreign correspondent and editor for Newsweek.

He has served as senior editor for Newsweek International, launched Newsweek Arabic in 2000; Newsweek Polska, in 2001; Newsweek Russia in 2004; and Newsweek Argentina in 2006. Nagorski has been honored three times by the Overseas Press Club for his reporting.

He was Newsweek’s Berlin bureau chief from 1996 to 1999,  Warsaw bureau chief from 1990 to 1994, and served two tours as Newsweek’s Moscow bureau chief.  From 1978 to 1980, Nagorski was the Hong Kong-based Asian regional editor for Newsweek International and then as Hong Kong Bureau Chief.

We talked about his exciting background as well as about his most recent book, “The Nazi Hunters,” a detailed account of the worldwide search for those who tortured, maimed and massacred in the name of the German Fatherland. You’ll find his book here on Amazon.

This is part two on our interview journey. (Part 1 is HERE)

RB – In your years of writing overseas for Newsweek, did situations of intrigue, danger and history make you a better writer, allowing a better story when in such precarious situations than a guy that shows up, asks questions and goes home?

AN – I think it has to. Once you go through an experience like that, you want to be able to describe it in detail not just some humdrum story that limits itself to “ok, I interviewed this guy and this is what that person said.” How you got the story becomes part of the story. You have to become more adept at writing the description and narrative.

In my latest book, “The Nazi Hunters” when I would go to someone’s house and talk with them, I wanted to describe the scene and that person’s emotions, not just what he or she did. You want to put the reader in the situation, allowing the reader to feel what you felt.

RB – In that most recent book, you extensively researched the efforts of those seeking to find and bring to justice those who committed some of the most heinous atrocities in human history. Do you feel a personal attachment or commitment to documenting such stories?

AN – You can’t help but feel such a commitment when people confide such stories. When I was in Poland in 1995, for instance, we decided to do a Newsweek cover story about the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. I tried to find every survivor I could to tell the story of the last 6 months of the camp. So I went all around Europe finding survivors. You don’t sit down with scripted questions in such situations since I found that the survivors usually poured out the stories of what happened. And there are always personal experiences and stories you’ve never heard. You can’t help but be affected by those stories.

One such untold story was about the Israeli Mossad’s effort to kidnap Adolf Eichmann from Argentina, and then fly him to Israel for trial. But El Al had no regular flights between Argentina and Israel. A special flight was planned but what if that didn’t work? Plan B was to bring him by ship to Israel and the only ships available were cargo ships that brought Argentine kosher beef there. In the end, they got Eichmann out on the special flight. But if that hadn’t worked, he could have been smuggled on an Israeli ship carrying kosher beef. Some irony.

RB – With your books’ more specific subjects, is your background Jewish?

AN – I was born into a Polish Catholic family and raised as a Catholic. I don’t think you need to be Jewish to have an interest in the Holocaust and World War II. What happened in that era has much broader ramifications about human behavior, demonstrating that people are capable of both good and evil. It is hard for anyone of us who did not live in such a dangerous period to imagine what people went through—much less to know how we would have behaved under similar circumstances. But we should try to understand those circumstances as much as possible, and I hope my books help readers do that.

RB – We’ve worked several times for the Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC. In doing those projects, we see such an intense passion, a need to carry the torch of historical remembrance ingrained in that segment of society. It seems at times to be an overwhelming memory instilled in every man, woman and child. Does the history of that era ever diminish, or is it necessary to honor those who sacrificed so much and to prevent its re-occurrence? Is it tough to write about such human carnage?

AN – You owe it to the victims not to forget them and just write off their fate as a normal consequence of war. There also has to be some lesson learned from our recent history. The Nuremberg and other trials after the war offered one such clear lesson: it is never acceptable to excuse mass murder and atrocities by saying, as almost all the Nazis did, that they were just following orders. We are all responsible for our actions.

RB – And it’s not just the physical impact but the mental anguish for generations…

AN – …Yes, but there’s even more anguish if these stories are bottled up and forgotten. When I interviewed the Auschwitz survivors, I would tell them that if we touched on any part that was too, painful, we could stop the interview at any time. After telling me his life story in great detail, one survivor said:  “I never told anyone any of this because no one in my family was interested.” I was stunned. Many people kept things bottled up for decades and the younger generation was so concerned with their own lives that they never asked about grandpa’s situation.

RB – Most people never find themselves on the world stage of events. In your time covering Europe and beyond, did you have the feeling of being a part of a greater involvement – an inside view of something important? Or is your thinking just directed to meeting the people, getting the story, finding the facts and presenting the events in order to engage others more than yourself?

AN – I don’t want to overstate my role as an observer but I do feel there were times I was very fortunate to have the chance to witness history in the making and to report on it. I was lucky to be in certain situations where I could relate a story with meaning and realism. I felt that with the Solidarity movement, for example, I was able to tell the story and thereby perhaps contribute a bit to their effort to gain their freedom.

RB – When you look at your experiences and travels with intrigue and danger etc., what was the most fun you ever had?

AN – That’s a good question. Maybe interviewing Boris Becker or traveling with Pope John Paul II, who of course was Polish. He did not give formal press conferences, but on trips on his chartered Alitalia plane where he and his entourage were in the front and the international press corps would be in the back. He’d wander down the aisle and everybody would get to ask one question and it was fascinating. He was so multilingual that the international reporters would ask a question and he would usually respond in the language of the reporter. It was amazing to watch. I could ask my questions in Polish, and I felt I was giving him a bit of a break when I did so.

In the 80’s during the Reagan years, during the arms buildup, I got to take a flight in an F-16 trainer after they crammed weeks of safety drills into 45 minutes. During the flight, I really came to understand the concept of g-forces in a very direct way. I managed to avoid getting sick—but just barely. I also got to drive an M-1 tank, that was really fun – sort of like driving a large motorcycle. Those were incredible experiences that allowed me to get some feel of what others do on a daily basis. You come away with real respect for the men and women in our armed forces.

RB – Seeing the leader of a worldwide church, which isn’t totally a political position, have you seen a shift with the current Pope – do you see a difference with his political involvements?

AN – Of course there are always personal agendas and backgrounds, Pope John Paul was the first non-Italian Pope elected in 453 years and some thought he was too focused on Poland. Pope Francis, who is from Argentina, has a different mindset. Some of the issues in Latin America, such as economic and social inequalities, loom larger in his thinking. While John Paul was often critical of capitalism as well as communism, Pope Francis often sounds more strident in his critiques of Western societies.

RB – As a conclusion, and based on your view of history and bringing your book, The Nazi Hunters into the discussion, are there any comparisons to be made between Nazism and modern day ISIS, their methods and execution of their long-term plan?

AN – I think the difference is that ISIS is not a state, not organized in the same way as Nazi Germany. But in terms of their ruthlessness and willingness to go to extremes, yes there are parallels. It is worth remembering that when Hitler was rising to power he was saying things that seemed so extreme that people would rationalize that he can’t really mean it. They assumed he was not going to try to eliminate all the Jews and eliminate political opposition, and that once in office he’d become more moderate. So there may be a lesson there.  When ISIS says they are going to eliminate Israel then you need to take them seriously and not believe they don’t mean it.  They think in totally different terms than most of us and for them there are no boundaries; they are operating outside anything we consider to be a normal mindset.


My thanks to Andrew for his friendship and taking an extra amount of time to talk about an extraordinary life filled with adventure, history and intrigue.

In pursuit of good reading from quality research, I’m confident you would enjoy the view of history from Andrew Nagorski. A real-life review from the ground where it all happened.

 

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana, 1863-1952 / The Life of Reason: The Phases of Human Progress  (Cir. 1905)

RB

Ron Boat & Andrew Nagorski go Nazi Hunting…. Trip 1

In the course of my work I’m fortunate to meet, and work with, some fabulous people. Interesting people with diverse backgrounds, lives of accomplishment, even intrigue. Over the last couple of years I’ve had the chance to interact with such a person – Andrew Nagorski. One of the most fascinating people I’ve ever talked with. [You can read his more complete bio is HERE.]

In light of today’s ongoing journalistic fiasco with the media, I present this interview, as it shows what takes place in the process of reporting world events, and the lengths that a good reporter will go to in order to get a true, in-depth and honest story for his readers.

Andrew Nagorski is an award-winning journalist and author who spent more than three decades as a foreign correspondent and editor for Newsweek.

From January 2000 to July 2008, Nagorski served as senior editor for Newsweek International, handling the editorial cooperation between the parent magazine and its expanding network of foreign language editions, launched during his tenure. Newsweek Arabic in 2000; Newsweek Polska, in 2001; Newsweek Russia in 2004; and Newsweek Argentina in 2006. Nagorski has been honored three times by the Overseas Press Club for his reporting.

He was Berlin bureau chief from 1996 to 1999, providing in-depth reporting about Germany. From Berlin, Nagorski also covered Central Europe, taking advantage of his long experience in the region and his knowledge of Polish, Russian, and German.

From 1990 to 1994, he served as Newsweek’s Warsaw bureau chief, and he served two tours as Newsweek’s Moscow bureau chief. In 1982, he gained international notoriety when the Soviet government, angry about his enterprising reporting, expelled him from the country. After spending the next two and a half years as Rome bureau chief, he became Bonn bureau chief.

From 1978 to 1980, Nagorski was the Hong Kong-based Asian regional editor for Newsweek International and then as Hong Kong Bureau Chief.

In 2009, Poland’s Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski presented Nagorski with the newly created Bene Merito award for his reporting from Poland about the Solidarity movement in the 1980s. In 2011, Poland’s President Bronislaw Komorowski awarded him the Cavalry Cross for the same reason. In 2014, Poland’s former President and Solidarity leader Lech Walesa presented the “Lech Walesa Media Award” to Nagorski “for dedication to the cause of freedom and writing about Poland’s history and culture.”

In our discussions, I had an opportunity to delve into some background as well as talk about his most recent book, “The Nazi Hunters,” a detailed account of the worldwide search for those who tortured, maimed and massacred in the name of the German Fatherland. You’ll find his book here on Amazon.

This is the first of two parts on our interview journey.

RB – So many of us go to school, learn a trade or follow in family footsteps, finding a comfortable path of interest, but rarely do people venture out, following another route to more exciting careers. What motivated you to step out and take the course you did?

AN – First, for me it was part of what my father did. He was a risk taker, brought up in Poland, studied law and then Germany attacked Poland in ’39. As a soldier, he and other Polish soldiers were ordered to report to POW camps. He escaped instead, traveling by foot with others and eventually winding up in Paris then Britain. After the war when I was born, my parents came to the United States as political refugees. He started a small news service focusing on life behind the Iron Curtain, and then joined the U.S. foreign service. When I was growing up we lived in Cairo, Seoul and Paris. So I was exposed to many places and cultures, and hearing a lot about the war and history. I also grew up bilingual, since my parents made sure that we spoke Polish at home.

It was probably only natural that I majored in history in college and then was attracted to journalism as a profession. Right after college I spent three years teaching high school social studies. But I then jumped at the opportunity to do a “try out” at Newsweek that developed into a full time job.

RB – And did writing books then naturally follow as an extension of your reporting?

AN – In my case, it did. Writing for a magazine or a newspaper, you’re forced to compress your stories and leave out some of things you find really interesting. You leave out the back story and wish you had more space to develop it. In the back of my mind I always wanted to write a book. In ’82 I was expelled from the Soviet Union because the Kremlin didn’t like my reporting; as a result I became the story as sometimes happens with reporters. I was disappointed not to stay but saw an opportunity to write a first-person account of my impressions of the Soviet Union and that became my first book.

My next book focused on the transformation of Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary after the collapse of communism, something I also witnessed firsthand as a reporter.

But living in places like Moscow, Berlin, Bonn and Warsaw, I was also constantly confronted with the legacy of the war and the Holocaust and the question of how Germany could ever have been taken over by Hitler and his Nazi movement. I still had the opportunity to interview many people who had lived through that era, and I began writing books on those subjects.

RB – In your positions you’ve seen many events that shaped the world, met many people that participated in, watched the growth or destruction of societies. From Steven Spielberg to Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin, tennis legend Boris Becker to Kurt Waldheim. In their presence, did you get a true look into their political and societal soul, or were they so influenced by their positions, politics and affiliations that the true person wasn’t doing the interview?

AN – It’s always a challenge to interview major figures, since they are usually careful about how they answer your questions. They can appear very scripted. But if you got to know someone before they rose to a top position, you have a better chance of breaking through the talking points. For instance, I interviewed Lech Walesa, when the Solidarity movement he led was still struggling against repression. When it triumphed in 1989 and he became Poland’s first freely elected president, I could still talk to him more informally than others could who were interviewing him for the first time. The same was true of Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright who led the “Velvet Revolution” in Czechoslovakia

It’s also interesting to do interviews with rising starts in other fields.

In Monte Carlo I interviewed Boris Becker when he was 19; he was already the number 2 ranked tennis player in the world and it was easy to forget how young he still was. When I completed our interview, he stretched his arms and I could see that he had been sweating. I realized that he had been more nervous about the interview than I was, although he was the star and I just the journalist. He could go out and beat the best tennis players in the world, but he was still a kid and nervous about talking to a representative of a major news organization.

RB – During your time in the field for Newsweek and others, you certainly had your time behind a desk, researching and writing. But when those assignments demanded the more involved, clandestine, even dangerous times; being followed by the KGB, or shedding the watchful eye of the government police intent on denying you a secret interview with Bujak, the leader of the Polish underground; did you feel the intrigue, the threats, the dangers, or were you so focused on the story as the centerpiece of your thinking?

AN – You always want to get the story but part of the story is getting the interview, and you can’t help but be affected by the tension surrounding it. Ron, you mentioned the meeting with the leader of the underground Solidarity movement, Zbigniew Bujak, who was the most wanted man in Poland at the time. They had imposed martial law and he was on the run.

I was approached by Solidarity activists and asked if I wanted an interview with Bujak; I said sure but I don’t want to bring the secret police to his door and have him arrested. They said don’t worry about that – be at this corner at 6 pm and someone will come by and give you a signal and you follow them. We went through a courtyard and out a door, jumped in a car that pulled up, drove around the city, got out again and went through another courtyard and into another car, and so forth until they were sure no one could be tailing us. We wound up at an apartment building on the outskirts of Warsaw and I was brought to an upper floor apartment and had a 3 hour interview with Bujak. I was excited and a bit nervous, but mainly because I did not want to endanger Bujak.


In part 2 we’ll hunt Adolf Eichmann in South America, travel with Pope John Paul II and touch on the ISIS/Nazi connection.

My thanks to Andrew for his friendship and taking an extra amount of time to talk about an extraordinary life filled with adventure, history and intrigue.

In pursuit of good reading from quality research, I’m confident you would enjoy a view of history from Andrew Nagorski. A real-life review from the ground where it all happened.

 

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana, 1863-1952 / The Life of Reason: The Phases of Human Progress  (Cir. 1905)

 

RB

 

Ron Boat Interviews……

In my writings over the last few years, I’ve been fortunate to have interviewed some very interesting people. News makers and news breakers who have an inside track to political and societal happenings that intrigue and fascinate us.

I can’t take the space to recount their whole interviews but I wanted to pass on some passages of our interaction as we observe the perception of our country’s state of well being. Even from a few years ago, their words still ring true with truth and relevance in the subjects of journalism, race, immigration and American values.


Editor and Chief Executive Office of World Net Daily – better known to many as WND.com – Mr. Joseph Farah.

RB – As you look at today’s journalistic scene, what percentage of legitimate media are doing the American public and service, or disservice in their reporting?

JF – “I’d say less than 1 percent of the press is doing its job. And what is that job? What is the central role of a free press in a free society? To serve as a watchdog on government and other powerful institutions. There is no other answer that is legitimate.

And why? The free press was literally birthed in colonial America. It had never existed previously. Yet, the founding fathers in their wisdom recognized the inherent, inalienable right for a free press for the first time in history and enshrined special protections within the First Amendment of the Constitution. They did that because they believe in lots of checks and balances on government power. That’s why we have a free press in America.

It wasn’t because the founders believed in an inherent, unalienable right to publish pornography. It wasn’t because they wanted to ensure ‘deflate-gate’ would be exposed so as not to tarnish the Super Bowl. It wasn’t because they wanted to provide a forum for celebrity news. It was because they knew government and other powerful institutions would strangle liberty if they got the chance.

Unfortunately, the American press has given those powerful institutions that chance. In fact, too much of the press is owned by such powerful institutions.”

RB – Are we really dealing with so many “low information voters” that the real truth no longer matters, only the messages of “what’s free, what’s in it for me socially, financially, occupationally, politically?”

JF – “The public school system has indeed – I believe with intent – dumbed down the populace. The press plays a role in this too. Too many in the press today are disinformation artists rather than real journalists passionate about the truth.”


Dennis Michael Lynch (or DML as he prefers) is an American businessman, documentary film maker, and conservative political commentator. He often appeared as a guest on Fox News, The Kelly File, and The Blaze.

He has captured America’s eye and focused it on such subjects as the growing immigration problem with successful films such as “THEY COME TO AMERICA”, “WE RIDE TO DC,” and “FIGHTING FOR AMERICA.” 

RB –  Having witnessed 9/11 first hand, it must have been such a life changing impression. You started with shorter, simpler, more commercially appealing films, but did you find the goal pretty quickly to start your pursuit of telling the important stories or did that take time to evolve during your studies?

DML –  “After living 9/11 and seeing my fellow Americans jump from 80 stories, and after seeing what 19 people could do to the most powerful country on Earth, I decided to make a change.  I no longer desired to continue as a CEO and chase money, but instead chase my dream of making films.  And during the making of my first film “King of the Hamptons’, which includes many Hollywood stars, I met a man who protests against illegal immigration each and every day.  He does this because he lost his ability to earn a living because of the illegal aliens who undercut his prices (he’s a contractor).  And so he protests on the corner of a 7-Eleven where dishonest contractors come to pick up the illegal aliens who stand there each morning looking for work.  After speaking with the guy (Tom), I decided to make a film about illegal immigration and its impact on America.”

RB – When you started your quest for immigration research and documentation, did you ever imagine the many stories of incidents like San Francisco’s Kate Steinle, or the Kansas City woman kidnapped at knife point, repeatedly raped and driven to New York by an illegal, two Virginia girls killed by the illegal Alfredo Ramos driving drunk or our own Arizona police officer killed by an illegal drunk driver? Add to these the hundreds, no thousands of crimes committed by first time and returning illegals?

DML – “I had NO IDEA about the amount of crime generated by illegal aliens.  Most people have no idea how bad it is, unless of course you’re one of the victims, or a loved-one of a victim.

I receive gifts and letters in the mail each week, and some of them make me cry.  Example. I had a veteran send me his medal from Vietnam and ask, “Please don’t stop doing what you do, my son was killed by an illegal alien.”  I mean WOW, how do I not continue on with the next film?”

RB –   Immigration was the first main theme of your released films, then you moved to exposing the liberal media and then a more in depth look at Obama’s transformation of America earlier this year. Do you have a long term “pattern” or “route” in mind when picking your subjects?

DML –  “The media film is called WE RIDE TO DC.  And I didn’t plan on making it.  About 8-months earlier I was asked by producers if I would provide an exclusive to The Kelly File.  Meaning, I would appear only on Megyn’s show and to go out and shoot the sort of eye-opening video my films offer.  I agreed to try it, and in doing so I was exposed to various events, and I captured so much on camera.   I also got a real look at the media, and the bias that exists within it.”


Kevin Jackson is a nationally recognized rising star among young conservative thinkers, writers, and political commentators. A Fellow at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, he’s a highly sought-after speaker offering a rare blend of intellect and humor.

Kevin is a father, author, and conservative talk-radio host of “The Black Sphere” heard here on Red Nation Rising. He’s authored the bestselling books The BIG Black Lie, and Race Pimping, and takes a no holds barred approach to politics and current race relations in this country.

RB – As we got older, we saw that others have control over our jobs and lives. Character started to matter more, but we’re constantly pulled back to race. Why is that?

KJ –   “I’m not sure, but the problem with life is control. When we control our destiny, government is small and relatively meaningless in our lives. When we work for others, we find government growing, and a bigger part (a nuisance) in our lives. This is why government hates entrepreneurs, ergo small business. They act like they like it, but they don’t. Government like big business, as they are (1) too big to fail, and (2) easier to extort. Business in America is no longer about capitalism and free enterprise, but about social engineering for the “greater good.”

RB – Society is more and more at a racial crossroads like we haven’t seen in 50 years. People who aren’t even racist are confronted with making daily judgments, possibly decisions, based on situations of race which… affects them. What responsibility do leaders like Obama, Holder, Reid and others bear for the current distrust, violence and growing problems?

KJ –  “First, Obama, et al are not leaders. These people are charlatans of the highest order. Obama could have quelled racial tension early on by telling black Liberals that his election doesn’t allow for lawlessness. That blacks will be expected to be BETTER, and he will provide the inspiration and tools for such. Instead, he gave black Liberals a pass, and they have taken it. More ignorance today in the black community than in a decade of the 1950s. Lawlessness, Godlessness, combined with little to no initiative to better oneself. The least safest place for a black baby is in a black woman’s womb, and the least safe place for black people is around other black people.”

RB – Do the “reverends” Jackson and Sharpton diminish the connection between a good productive life and the perception or the role of the church?

KJ –  “Those two have hurt the church, but not enough to say they destroyed religion in blacks. That said, black people are not nearly as religious as we once were. Black Liberals are religious frauds. They go to church, but ignore the teachings of the Bible, and denigrate themselves, ergo God.”


Erik Rush is a Columnist and speaker, FOX Contributor and Author“Negrophilia: From Slave Block to Pedestal ~ America’s Racial Obsession,”

RB – What do you suggest and how do you feel about our REAL short and long term future as a free country, economic powerhouse in the world, and a beacon for real growth and potential?

ER – “Being a person of faith, I have to remind myself and others that all this isn’t ultimately in our hands. That said, I think that things will continue to decline as long as this administration [Obama] is in power. Unless we come to a realization as a nation that the policies of the left are singularly destructive and reverse course, it will continue even beyond that. If Obama and the soft socialists in our government (some of whom are in the GOP, by the way) are allowed to continue this evolution toward their oligarchical collectivist model, then America’s days as a dominant economic concern are over.”

RB –  [asked in 2013] Is the role of government in our “personal” lives reaching the point of overbearing and therefore hampering the quality of life in our country and the real state of the union?

ER –  “Absolutely; it has been increasing incrementally for decades as we gravitate (regress) away from a model of governance, toward a model of ruling. The Founders knew that it was the nature of government to behave in this manner; that’s why they put provisions in the Constitution to prevent it. Through abysmal education and propaganda, the political left has succeeded in removing, ignoring, or superseding those provisions because the public no longer knows any better.’


Throughout my talks with political leaders, authors and media pundits, there are always overwhelming themes of patriotism, religion and true concern and caring for our country.

As a country we’ll survive but without the rule of law, reason and truth we’ll travel the path of other civilizations that have given up on reality and chosen tyranny, socialism and lies.

Ron Boat warns of the Shadow Government

When you turn on the lights, the roaches scatter. But some will stand and fight, willing to be exposed because they don’t care and in fact even love a good confrontation.

In the old days, we heard of smoked filled back room deals, people behind the scenes, foreign involvements, Communists running rampant in Hollywood and in general an underbelly of sedition, even treason winding through our society.

But now it’s fashionable, it’s in the light, out in the open, above board, even boasted and blatant. Those who seek to disrupt society and even bring down this country open store fronts, put up fancy websites with glowing verbiage of hope and trust, call themselves fancy compassionate names and proclaim to work for the betterment of the downtrodden, the underprivileged, the disadvantaged, the unjustly served masses of humanity.

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This openness is not only arrogant, but encouragement. A promotion and endorsement of acts illegal, controversial, subversive, ignored and usually even forgiven. The truths of life are no longer truth but targets, challenges to get away with anything you can for personal back room profits or agenda driven purposes.

The most immediate and relevant revelation of this concept is the recent activities surrounding the election and the General Flynn affair. People think nothing of running down their coworkers, exposing secrets, cheating debates and stealing the soul of a process or the public.

The acts of Hillary’s emails, the openness of “nothing wrong,” ignorance, and forgiving transgressions which in fact could and still might have devastating effects on our country should be appalling. The crime is no longer important, it’s the revelation of the crime that is the crime. When Podesta writes disparaging remakes about his team, and his boss, the act of disrespect and dissidence is not the issue, but the fact that someone released their private information – no matter what its contents or intent.

The scenario of General Flynn’s unfounded, unproven, (and irrelevant) transgressions proves another point. Not only to expose an opponent, to bring out the possible worst in a new president and his choices, but the willingness to blatantly break the law and put the country at further risk.

June 6, 2013: file photo shows an aerial view of the NSA’s Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah. Electrical failures are complicated the opening of the National Security Agencyís largest data storage center. The Army Corps of Engineers says it discovered the problem during tests ahead the fall opening of the $1.7 billion facility located south of Salt Lake City on a National Guard base. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)


The actual act of listening in, recording, documenting and archiving Americans’ private lives was exposed by Edward Snowden. The power overreach of governmental agencies has become more and more in focus over the few years as we see photos of  the $1.7B Utah based data complexes, we get information that should be reserved for a few, not a few million, and we see how that info is used and abused.

While Flynn was probably not targeted as an ordinary citizen before reentering governmental service, he was caught up when the FBI, CIA, NSA, DEA, DHS, or some alphabet group monitored Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. All governments know this activity goes on but the question of who, when, from where and how much is not always understood.

The fallacy of some Obama hangover who leaked VERY sensitive communication for obviously political purpose is not just a problem exposing Flynn, but a furtherance of the hatred the CIA has for Flynn given his criticisms and an indication of the length that traitors will go to defeat us. And a reaffirmation of the long term goals of an anti-American socialist.

It also exposes the presence, length and depth of our capabilities to foreign governments which have since started to dump cell phones, rewire offices, change out email servers and check previous methods of communication for fear of further discovery.

And action such as this are all part of a larger scheme – the shadow government of B Hussein Obama, who sees himself as the ongoing patriarch of social change for the world. This narcissistic ambassador of ACORN, the SDS and Alinski school of progressive thought and social justice feels above any rule of law prohibiting restricted activities especially after leaving the oval office. He continues his pursuit of ultimate control, legitimacy and historical relevance.

We know that during his reign, the IRS was used against political enemies of the state, the perceived political opponents and conservative groups attempting to further freedom and right. Even reporter James Rosen AND his parents were brought under the boot of investigation. Yes, Americans are at risk for retribution and destruction from the underlying, hidden activities of the shadow government.

Devin Nunes, Republican chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, says that he saw the leaks about Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak as part of a pattern. “There does appear to be a well-orchestrated effort to attack Flynn and others in the administration,” he said. “From the leaking of phone calls between the president and foreign leaders to what appears to be high-level FISA Court information, to the leaking of American citizens being denied security clearances, it looks like a pattern.”

When the president can’t be sure of who’s listening, when officials can’t have a confidence of privacy from their own administration’s activities, when holdover agitators and dissidents from previous admins are inclined to bring down a president and his people for personal or political purposes, the concept of a renegade government behind the scenes isn’t any longer obscured by a smoke filled environment.

Our country is at risk, as the subversives don’t always wear a Russian ushanka or wave a black and white ISIS flag. They wear suits, they run organizations called OFA, they steal us blind through retirement plans, union donations, agency contributions and captured secret emails and phone calls.

President Trump needs to immediately open an investigation. The number of people with high level access to intercepts and recordings can’t be that large and they could quickly determine who, when, and how- we know the why. Then a quick trial and a public hanging for traitors of the republic. Hey, we used to do it when we were far less sophisticated and at risk.

It’s a shame we all have to live with a constant look over our shoulder for the shadow behind us but the destructors don’t always work in the light and the unprepared vicar can become the unfortunate victim.

A reminder – Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.

 

RB

Ron Boat warns of CIVIL WAR

Baltimore, Ferguson, NYC, Chicago were the combat zones of the past – Is America the future battleground?

Trump’s desire to change America is already creating battles.

After that November 9th morning when the final numbers came in and Trump won the final states, he had a view of the country, but did he see the real battles brewing?

Some say Donald Trump was destined to lead, to make a difference, to correct years of corruption, deceit, inefficiency, hatred and rioting; to put the ship of state on a new, productive course. But the battle is not just the past. It’s the future.

It’s tough enough to fight world problems, keep us safe in good times, develop a plan to bring back our economy and  do all the things required to put the right people in place. But when you’re also fighting a deliberate force that is out to destroy America…. it only adds to the fray and wastes time – and people.

Being a businessman instead of a politician, Trump is accustomed to fighting competition, but not subversion. Dealing with corruption and building codes has its own challenges, but fighting against thousands trained to disrupt your efforts, fighting against anti-American forces, pushing back against groups determined to make sure you’re a failure in your patriotic direction is a whole new game.

Trump knows and practices reason. But groups bent on bringing down America at any cost, ranting, raving and rioting thugs creating chaos are not productive but a calamitous, pernicious force in need of banishment on a grand scale.

If you thought that president B Hussein was out of office, you were wrong. He’s only moved down the street; his presence, influence and goals still evident through the thousands he’s training to bring his message of hate for America to the streets.

His group, Organizing for Action, is a movement for violence, rioting, destruction. Their motto is “Organizing for Action is a movement of millions of Americans, coming together to fight for real, lasting change.” when in fact it should be “Organizing for Action is a movement of millions of Americans, coming together to fight.” And don’t think otherwise. They purport to come in peace wanting nothing more than equality, opportunity and fairness. [Visit their site and count the number of times “fight” is used. Not “work toward,” “develop,” “improve,” or “create,” but fight.]

If you think about it, OFA, Organizing for America could have a positive inclination, but when you “Organize for Action” and you’re an Alinsky socialist, gang of community organizers directed to cause property damage, personal injury, possibly deaths, to disrupt the message of growth, productive and positive goals, your agenda is not good for anyone except yourselves – and your minions of mistrust, marchers of maliciousness, and directors of disorder.

OFA says “That kind of progress is never easy. But we’re not here for the easy fights.” Again, the word “fights” has diverse meaning because they have already trained through organized, hands-on courses THOUSANDS of people – teaching them how to organize, how to demonstrate to disrupt and be the opposition of truth and reason. Yes, Alinsky is alive and well and living in the dimly lit cracks and crevices of OFA offices.

New courses set for March have another 25,000 lined up for training and indoctrination. They boast 250 local chapters and claim 5,000,000 leftist lemmings “who’ve taken action with OFA as part of a long line of people who stand up and take on the big fights for social justice,” They proclaim “We aren’t the first to fight for progressive change and we won’t be the last.” [again, “fight fight fight.”]

 

The roots of a blatant, conscious and intentional chaotic firestorm of social power began with the anti-establishment advocates of long ago. If you think that black vs white, rich vs poor, socialists vs capitalists, peace vs. civil unrest are in remission and are either in the past or the very far distant future – you’re mistaken. The undercurrent of violence, racism, fascism and anarchy are just around the corner. And B. Hussein and traitor G. Soros have their fingerprints on every aspect of the force being culled and advanced to bring down America.

 

The erroneously justified battles of race, income, welfare, justice, equality are being waged against reasonable people who just seek to live their lives, work hard and raise their families, enjoy normalcy. But for the progressives, it’s an ongoing agenda of hate and disparagement, criticism and calamity fought on the battlefields of American streets occupied with black power brokers like the Black Panthers, Black Lives Matter, and groups of ACORN, Socialists, and anarchical advancement.

It’s not a discussion of reasonable people seeking answers to right vs. wrong vs. alternatives, but a push back on law and order, an ignorance of reason and appropriateness. People with too much free time supported by people with too much money and a will to disperse it across the violent landscape of social justice.

Trump knows how to build a building. Can he rebuild a country? He appears to have the best of intentions to bring back our freedoms, our economy, our value and worth as the greatest country in the history of the world – but is he prepared and willing to fight a much bigger, bloodier battle… the personal and national survival of right, reason and righteousness?

2017 may tell us.

RB

Nordstrom Made A Yuge Mistake

Well, it is no secret Nordstrom recently dropped Ivanka Tump’s line from their stores, but was it the right move? Liberals claiming to shop at the department store started a nationwide campaign for Nordstrom to drop the brand, though, at first, Nordstrom seemed to be holding its stance and not choosing a side. However, after pressure applied via social media, Nordstrom folded and stated they were dropping Ivanka’s line due to sales.

Now could it be true? Sure, but let’s be real, there are a few brands at Nordstrom that could have also received the boot that did not. Unfortunately, when you side with a group that is very good at claiming to be victimized by something so simple, you can’t predict their next target. Just a couple days ago Nordstrom announced its nonprofit partner for 2017, YWCAUSA.

YWCAUSA mission statement:

  • We seek to increase the equal protections and equal opportunities of people of color.
  • We work to increase economic opportunities for women and girls of color, recognizing the importance of addressing the race and gender inequities that exist for this historically and contemporarily marginalized community. 
  •  We strive to improve the often disproportionately negative health and safety outcomes for women and girls of color by making sure they have access to high-quality health and safety resources and support systems.

 

Interesting, drop the President’s daughter, and then announce partner that could be considered anti-Trump. YWCAUSA tweets almost hourly about how much they despise everything the Trump administration is doing, right down to his choice in cabinet members.

Lets be honest, staying quiet and not choosing a side until the storm passed would have had an effect on sales for maybe a month, if that, who knows if those boycotting actually shopped at the department store? Today’s protestors move with the so called movement, so the next target is a trendy tweet away. I believe Nordstrom made two mistakes. Mistake one, whomever orchestrated the boycott have made Nordstrom their donkey. At any point, they can claim Nordstrom is discriminating against customers or not hiring enough black people and begin a boycott tomorrow. Keep in mind Al Sharpton made a career out of pulling the race card against corporations, ask Macy’s. Mistake two, those not looking to shop somewhere that gets involved in politics, and of course Trump supporters, will walk away. Might I mention, depending on Ivanka’s contract with Nordstrom, if she finds that she was dropped due to boycott, as a woman, she too could claim discrimination and file a lawsuit.

In a nutshell, Nordstrom better pray they made the right choice, oh wait, they chose the side that doesn’t get involved in prayer.

A Litany Of ER Abuses

A Litany Of ER Abuses

 

In a recent column, I discussed the forthcoming closure of the Cook Medical Center ER and why it shouldn’t be happening. Unexpectedly, at least to me, that column appears to have gone “viral.” Of the tens of thousands of people reached, surprisingly, I received only three negative responses – all of which I found rather amusing. One person referred to me as “anti-Christian” (really?). Another stated that “grouping people into groups” was wrong (self-explanatory). And, yet, a third explained how aghast she became when she discovered that her primary care physician required payment for service (the nerve!).

In spite of the negative tone, these comments offered something beyond mere entertainment value – that is, proof that with regard to the dire circumstances facing Georgia’s and America’s ERs, some people just don’t get it. So, in response to these misinformed types, I gladly offer a few examples for purposes of enlightenment. If you are a taxpayer, prepare to be angry.

I once had a patient present to the ER complaining of “stiff hair” (I’m not making this up). It turns out, she had placed a straightener on her hair and, later that night, around 1:00AM, showed up asking if we had something that would remove the straightener – and all at taxpayer expense.

“Baby’s first picture” is a common scam. It works this way – young pregnant females wait until around 20 weeks gestation. Then, they call 911 complaining of pelvic pain and leaking fluid (which, of course, is a fabrication). This gets them a free ride to the ER and a complete work-up including trans-abdominal ultrasound during which the ultrasonographer captures images of the developing fetus for the medical record. The patient then asks for copies of these images which she later displays to her friends and family as “baby’s first picture” – and all at taxpayer expense.

For many years, the most shoplifted items in America were home pregnancy tests, that is, until these shoplifters discovered they could acquire them for free at ERs. So, nowadays, the scenario goes like this…Patient: “I’m eight weeks pregnant and I need a pregnancy test.” Triage nurse: “Have you been to your doctor for an exam?” Patient: “No, I need a pregnancy test first so I can get my Medicaid started.” Nurse: “Have you taken a home pregnancy test?” Patient: “No, I don’t have the money,” after which she gets a free pregnancy test – and all at taxpayer expense.

Opiate addicts frequent ERs complaining of various pain syndromes in attempts to acquire prescriptions for narcotics. A common scam follows: an addict presents complaining of flank pain from kidney stones because he knows the treatment often includes narcotics.  The doctor orders a urinalysis to evaluate for the presence of blood in the urine – no blood often means no kidney stones which often means no narcotic prescription. Of course, the addict knows this and comes prepared – he has acquired a lancet from a diabetic relative or friend and, when he goes into the bathroom to provide a urine sample, he pricks his finger with the lancet, sticks his finger into the sample and, voila, blood in the urine which likely means a prescription for narcotics – and all at taxpayer expense.

For additional perspective, consider an all too common scenario: A patient with a history of high blood pressure and diabetes calls 911 at 2:00AM complaining of right knee pain. He gives these answers to the following questions: How long has your knee been hurting? “Three months.” What have you taken for pain? “Nothing.” Did you injure your knee at work? “I don’t work.” Have you seen your doctor about your knee pain? “I ain’t got no doctor.” Who writes your prescriptions for your blood pressure and diabetes medication? “I go to the ER.” How will you get home when we are finished? “My family, they’re in the lobby” (having followed the ambulance to the hospital). So he gets an x-ray, is diagnosed with mild osteoarthritis (which, of course, isn’t an emergency and doesn’t justify ambulance transport), receives an injection for pain and a prescription, and goes on his way – and all at taxpayer expense.

Ah, and the ER scams go on and on and on…the person who calls 911 complaining of chest pain in order to get a ride to town; the alcoholic who drank his enter Social Security check and comes to the ER to get medication to manage his withdrawal symptoms; the weekend partier who presents on Sunday night seeking a work excuse in anticipation of a Monday morning hangover; members of the Friday Night Gun and Knife Club who shoot and stab each other over real or perceived slights and then get dropped off by friends in the ER parking lot or ambulance bay; the Sunday lunch crowd who, amazingly, never seem to get sick during church services but somehow manage to become acutely ill at the conclusion of the sermon; and the people who visit the ER instead of their doctor because their doctor charges a co-pay or they just don’t have time to make an appointment or they just don’t like waiting in the doctor’s office or whatever, whatever, whatever – and all at taxpayer expense.

Alt-right is NOT Synonymous to Republicans

The alternative right, more commonly known  as the alt right, is a far right ideology that rejects traditional ideas of American conservatism. The self-proclaimed focus of the alt right is the preservation of the white race and “white” countries. The alt right is regularly criticized for derogatory slurs towards Jewish people, minorities, mixed race couples, and others. The philosophy of the Alt-right is connected to fascism and Nazism as a result of their flagrant support for Hitler and astounding denial of the Holocaust.

The Alt-right is pernicious to the Republican Party because they provide ammunition for leftists to brand conservative Americans as racist and bigoted. These labels are quite fitting for the Alt-right, but not for conservative men and women in this great nation. The Republican Party is the party of principles, patriotism, and innovation; the Alt-right morphs principles into exclusion, patriotism into discrimination, and innovation into regression. Followers of the Alt-right have boldly expressed their feelings of disdain for non white Americans. One woman even went as far as to state that she wants “non-whites” to be dead.  This is NOT what conservatism represents. This is NOT what the Republican Party stands for. The dogma of the Alt-right is insidious and evil. President Trump disavowed the Alt-right, stating that they are not a group that he wants to energize.

The most ironic aspect of the Alt-right is their proclaimed loathing for social justice warriors. The Alt-right is the right wing, mirror image of social justice warriors. Like a plethora of other racists and fascists, the Alt-right is the embodiment of their supposed opposition. Social justice warriors and the Alt-right both judge people based on exterior qualities such as race. An interesting theory known as the horseshoe theory is applicable between social justice warriors and the Alt-right. The horseshoe theory states that the far left and far right are actually identical, rather than polar opposites, as most would believe them to be. This notion holds true. Communism and fascism are considered to be on opposing sides of the political spectrum, yet when you study both regimes, you discover the overwhelming amount of parallels between them. Familiarity truly does breed contempt.

America must know that Alt-right values are dissimilar and contrasting to conservative ones. Conservatives do not engage in divisive and race baiting tactics. As a woman of color, I am conservative because the ideology coincides with who I am. I support small government, low taxes, legal immigration, and the value of American grit over welfare. Any American can succeed as long as he or she is willing to work for it. Each American must decide to make something of themselves. The Alt-right believes that success and greatness belongs to one group. Alt-right doctrines are NOT synonymous to Republicans or conservatives, which is why they are the alternativeright.

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Climate Change Is Out, Police Reform

Every year it seems the left comes up with a buzz word or two to act as if the problem isn’t what we all know it to be.

For instance, Police Reform places blame on the police for all criminal behavior. Stating because the police do not have a better relationship with the community, there is a ton of crime and killings. I don’t even think my 9 year old stepdaughter would buy this insertion. A lot of this starts at home. A good upbringing and family structure goes a long way. Did you know 78% of high school dropouts are raised in a home where the father is absent? Notice I did not say black homes? This is not a race issue, this is a daddy issue.

According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, those from a fatherless home are more likely to go to prison, more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs, 7 times more likely to become pregnant as a teen, more likely to commit a crime, and the list of negatives go on. So it isn’t surprising that in a predominantly black community, so much crime is taking place. 79% of black children live in a fatherless home. It isn’t rocket science, its just not what people want to hear. Democrats like to cater to feelings, and the general feeling is there must be someone to blame. So who is taking the wrap? Not the fathers abandoning their children, the police.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some strong single mothers keeping their children on the straight and narrow. There are some mothers working 3 jobs to make ends meet, and just can’t possibly keep a watchful eye at all times. Of course, there a few that could just care less and love the fact that they can blame others for their poor parenting. My question, do the police need reform? Or do Police Commissioners need to be held responsible for their “bad apples”? I guarantee if you told a chief his job is on the line for any hate crime committed by any officer on their force, we would see a drastic change. Should police make an effort to build a trusting relationship with the residents on their beat? Absolutely, so many more cases would be solved. But to send police into communities to build these relationships without respect for their lives, well in some areas, that is downright dangerous. Respect for our men and women in blue is at an all time low. Perhaps we should build a trusting relationship on both ends.

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Ron Boat warns: ANARCHY AHEAD

anarchy and riots

Isn’t freedom of speech wonderful? The right to assemble peacefully, express your views, share common ideas and promote positive feelings of societal harmony?

NOT HAPPENING IN AMERICA! 

We’ve learned over time that America is accepting in that the voice of dissent is welcome, even encouraged for shared discussions. Exchanges of bettering society, expressing our views on opposing ideas and actions and bringing to light the alternative ways of living. Shared debate over the positives and negatives of any subject from military intervention to local school board appointments.

In war time, there are those who want American forces to stay out of foreign affairs and protect us here. And in years past, there were those who marched in peaceful expression of social values with “love beads and flowers” the accouterments of the day.

But let’s face facts. It’s no longer just the expression of thought, but the obliteration of your opponent; the annihilation of opposing view which is most important and, part of all that is the growing need to make your statement with violence and destruction.

Not content to just sing in peaceful unison, carrying a sign and waving an American flag, now it’s incumbent on the participants (or social warriors if you will) to destroy. The American symbol of freedom has become fuel for ferocity, encouraging the ruin of public and private property, instigation of physical violence against those who oppose, to light fires, loot, use private and police vehicles as a platform of your appearance, and yes…make the biggest and brightest statement possible to…… well, not just to express but to “activate.”

Isn’t it wonderful that whenever a “spontaneous” group expression breaks out, there must be a print shop nearby to print up all those nice-looking signs? Or, as in the announcement of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, you bring your generic graphic poster and then fill in the last minute name of the target of your protest as it’s announced – how efficient can we get.

murderous anarchy of CharlotteDeaths are not only the “motive du jour” but the result of misguided participants who feel guns are appropriate trappings for the exciting get-together. Justin Carr was the victim at the Charlotte, NC when crowds felt it necessary to act without thinking, march and destroy without consideration of the true consequences of their irresponsibility.

Riots against candidate Trump in Chicago were not voices of disagreement, but planned, paid for uprisings of insurrection. Protests of rebellion compensated for by those with the money to support those with the time to show up and cause of unrest.

The art of rioting and protesting isn’t just making a statement, exercising freedom of disagreement anymore, it’s a sponsored army of insurgents paid for by people with goals far outreaching the purpose at hand. The Soros’ of the world delight in contributing millions to make their socialistic, fascist, anti-America point in hopes of provocative.

It’s no longer practicable to make a statement of dissension, but fashionable to turn an opinion into an opportunity for insurgency, chaos and anarchy.

Anarchy  –
  1. A state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority.
  2. Absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal.

Anarchy grows in Berkeley

As the colors of pride and acceptance light the background, the fire of destruction illuminates the Berkeley battleground of discord.  In the recent campus disturbance, students, teachers and outsiders were allowed to run rampant leaving the campus’ guest speaker (someone with opposing, non-violent verbal views of their own) to fend for himself without benefit of police authority to dispel the destruction. Fires, rocks thrown through windows, barriers destroyed and… only one arrest to show some minor presence of law.

anarchy in Baltimore

From behind a mask, from the roof of a car, from the safety of an anonymous bank account, all are meant to make society a playground for goons, thugs and disruption. If you don’t see the anarchy growing, and worse yet being allowed in today’s America…. You’re not watching the news.

Ron Boat sees Whiners Galore!

Whine anyone? For those of us who have been around a while, we remember the America of the 50’s and 60’s when our families were relaxed. Our lives were simple and the biggest decisions of the week were “who’s coming over for dinner after church on Sunday” or “who am I going to the movies with Saturday night.”

But now America has changed. The world has changed. People have changed.

People in general were concerned and worked toward relationships, family and friends. Even when times were tough, we cared about each other and enjoyed a happy and optimistic feeling in life. BUT NOW…. People are involved with movements, concerned and working toward agendas and causes, and there’s a feeling of negativity and worry – especially the last eight years.

I mean really… in the 50’s and 60’s the biggest thing was practicing storm and air raid drills in the Quonset hut we used for school. The last few years we hear about the government buying coffins and guillotines by the dozens and trains with chains for transporting political prisoners.  True or not, it’s part of internet news.

And who hasn’t been exposed to the massive reporting of FEMA camps to house us “deplorables” when the time comes AFTER they’ve taken all our guns away. America has made it through bad money times before as we saw in ’06 – ‘10. But it was the social upheaval, distrust and social propaganda that fostered the fear of obliteration.

And the worst thing is the change in people. Whiny whiny people. Supported with seemingly unlimited sources of manipulative money from the depths of social hell that comes pouring in from donors like Soros, a Jewish traitor against his own people, who is set to destroy America by any means. And his accomplices are the whining uninformed, the easily led, the uneducated, the lazy and those in need of social causes and personal acceptance.

Actors have become activists. Politicians have become puppets. The lazy have become the led, and the wimpy are the willing in the fight for….. well, they’re not really sure.

All they know is that they are expected – or paid – to WHINE. Cry about this and that, make a scene, disrupt society, complain and grumble about how bad things are… for themselves and everyone.

Women whine about free birth control, people who can’t even spell Muslim are worried about their extinction because they aren’t allowed in the country till they are vetted. They want to occupy Wall Street, Main Street, or any college space that will allow them searching for their cause, their play-dough, cuddly puppies and caring candles.

Our leaders are whining and crying in public with compassionate crocodile tears of understanding to garner support from those gullible groups bent on “belonging” and overly willing to be led somewhere…anywhere.

Popular musicians and the elite portray themselves as societal spokesmen of sympathy to make a point and show how bad America is, how unstable Trump is, how unreasonable our governmental actions are – even though there is an attempt to save this country from itself, to protect us from evil, to control our destiny and not leave it to the whims of destructors willing to invade and attack us.

Remember when your mom would say “stop whining?”  Where are these people’s mother now? At least we probably had something to whine about but we weren’t out to get more free stuff, protect people who hate us while blindly following the dictates of deceit.

We’re overrun with the media, Hollywood, politicians, community organizers and social agenda ACLUs.  You can’t swing a democrat or dead cat in a room without hitting someone wanting to control your life, gain your participation to change the world to their definition of decency and acceptance. Everywhere they go it’s a stage to spout their ridiculous rhetoric of disorder.

They whine and complain about things that haven’t even happened yet, and promise with their dying breath to leave the country rather than stay and be a contributing counterpart to help but alas…. Elections come and go and they’re still here….. if only to buy a few more Guccis or savor sushi at Urasawa.

We whine about the way we’re being treated and we’re deplorable, racist and petty. They whine and crowds gather for the fracas and freebies.

When will America grow up again? When will America again become a land of self-sufficient, responsible productive citizens wanting to help, not hinder; contribute not conspire; improve not impair?

I wonder if Orson Welles meant to say “We will have no whine before its time?” Probably not.

 

RB

Why Christians Should Support The Immigration Ban

This morning someone asked me, “What you think of the latest executive order? I have a hard time as a Christian accepting what he [Trump] did. Can you give me some reasons why I should support it?”
I feel compelled to share the response that I shared with this person because I am finding it very frustrating to keep seeing people say that, “Anyone who supports the ban shouldn’t call themselves Christians.”
Here is the deal…
This ban should have happened a very long time ago. It’s been a long time coming. The countries included in the ban not only give a home to terrorism but they train and then send them to the west to wage their “holy” war upon us. How can a leader keep allowing this threat to be imposed upon the people he is supposed to protect? His aim is to secure and protect this nation before he can even think about helping anyone else. I understand there are still Christians left in these countries, and let me get one thing straight — my heart goes out to them. However, let’s remember that this ban is not permanent. It is a 120 day ban in order to give the administration a head start and then following those 120 days, will be “extreme vetting” of those who want to enter our country.
Is it more or less Christ-like to be concerned for the treatment of humans abroad rather than our native and domestic citizens? Ultimately, we are being told that we are choosing one over the other but really what we are doing is preserving the safety of the majority rather than sacrificing them for the sake of the threatened minority. Not only do we run the risk of admitting muslims that have already been radicalized, but with the admission of Muslims in general, they are exponentially more likely to be radicalized and execute brutal and barbaric “honor” killings in order to serve Muhammad and earn their place in paradise.
As Christians, it is detrimental to the preservation of or faith and our morality to NOT support and defend the ban. There is no biblical command to accept those who pose a threat to our American life, liberty, freedom. Radical islam is not a faith or an ideology that can be met with compromise or who we can find common ground with. Its sole enemy is Christianity and its goal to take over the west, “through immigration” (see the Quran). American Christians, with respect to recent events and the rise of radical Islamic terror, are worried for their families.
Recently, Bill O’Keefe, the VP of the Catholic Relief Service said, “The Christian religion is about love and fear is the opposite of love. As Christians, we need to overcome our fear and act on the basis of love.” This is completely tailored to his own personal agenda and beliefs. Fear is not the opposite of love, it’s its unfortunate counterpart. We fear becausewe love. If we didn’t love our country, we wouldn’t fear it’s demise. If we didn’t love our western ideals and way of life, we wouldn’t fear it’s downfall. If we didn’t love our lives, we wouldn’t fear death. If we didn’t love our faith and our Creator, we wouldn’t fear its subversion.
If we don’t do something to stop this now, Christianity will not only cease to be a force of good in the world, but it will cease to exist at all. We, not only as Americans but as Christians, are responsible for preserving the ideals that this country was built upon. We must also protect our people as to maintain the hegemony of the United States and not only continue to be but also flourish as the truest and most powerful force of good that the world has ever seen.

Ron Boat sees a spade as a spade

Truth – it’s such a fleeting thing when people choose to ignore, deny or twist it. And yet… truth, in its “truest” form, is fact.  It’s been defined as:

  1. The quality or state of being true.
  2. That which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.
  3. A fact or belief that is accepted as true.

For many of us, speaking the truth, promoting the truth, living the truth day to day is a part of life, if not a passion. And certainly, it has its benefits.

In the world of politics, telling the truth – calling it what “it” is – is paramount to the act of communicating correctly to those you wish to lead. Unless of course you choose to lie deliberately for the purpose to mislead, manipulate, deceive or confuse for personal gain.

And when you’re caught bypassing the truth, skimming over it like a pothole in a better path, people might call you out on it. Calling a spade a spade, as it were, to make it known “your truth” is not reality, not based on fact.

Whoops… was I racist there? Did I interject a pejorative indented to bespeak hate and degradation for a particular group? NO, I think not. Again, the truth of the phrase has its meaning far before the modern implications assigned by those who would choose and promote it as a venomous means of bigotry, prejudice, and discrimination. And there’s a lesson to be learned in all this.

First, to “call a spade a spade” is a figurative expression. An idiom originating in the classical Greek of Plutarch’s Apophthegmata Laconica, (sometime before 120 A.D.) and was introduced into the English language in 1542 in Nicolas Udall’s translation of the Apophthegmes, where Erasmus, the renowned humanist and classical scholar, had seemingly replaced Plutarch’s images of “trough” and “fig” with the more familiar “spade.”

If you read even early American writing, you see that people spoke in relative simple terms, easy to understand ideas so as NOT to be misunderstood. So, when saying a rock “is” a rock, a tree “is” a tree, a spade “is” a spade, then those are facts and not to be disputed; as used by Oscar Wilde in “The Importance of Being Earnest”, in 1895:

 

CECILY:

“Do you suggest, Miss Fairfax, that I entrapped Ernest into an engagement? How dare you? This is no time for wearing the shallow mask of manners. When I see a spade I call it a spade.”

And Gwendolen’s response to Cecily could, or might, certainly be reinterpreted in our “modern society”

GWENDOLEN:

“I am glad to say that I have never seen a spade. It is obvious that our social spheres have been widely different.”

Languages are always changing, adapting to their time and place and yet, socially changing the meaning of a word or phrase can have unintended (or intended), alarming and deleterious consequences. It was in the early 20th century that a more racial tone was ascribed to this particular phrase.

Why bring up this history lesson? Because in today’s political arena, the lions have been having the masses of citizenry for lunch with their verbal banter. Garnering support from those with no individual intellect to understand “truth”, no desire to seek wisdom or capacity to realize they are sheep on the flower laden path to their own destruction. Promoting some to riot, destroy, even kill. Lemmings of the left.

Over the last eight years there were so many lies told by our “leaders” (to use the term very loosely) that “keeping your doctor or your plan” was in no way related to being a spade.  When the president said, there wasn’t “a hint of scandal”, there were no garden tools of honesty and reality in that statement.

And yet for eight long, misleading years, a lot of people either ignored or bought into the lies, the deceptions, the corruption of verbal abuse spewed on them, as long as it met their daily needs of rent checks, free this and that and personal mental security.

It’s incumbent on all of us to be aware, to listen and discern what is being told to us for our own good and stable futures. People are human and make mistakes, and even President Trump will falter and stumble as have all the great leaders but…. and this is a HUGE but…. there must be a realization and questioning – Was it a mistake or an attempt to present that mere rusty spade as a golden rod, or maybe a true warning of a tough pill to swallow for our own good. Is the misspoken truth meant to deceive, or accidental?

As participants in our society, we must take a more educated role in the management of our country by electing hard working, qualified and truthful leaders. We must vote on issues with all the facts on the table. And not being misled and distracted by all the chocolate covered or gold plated carrots of promise that are dangled every 2 or 4 years for our amusement and enjoyment.

Is a spade a spade? Usually. Because truth is truth, facts are facts as in the old adage, “You’re either pregnant or you’re not.” There’s no in-between when it comes to keeping your doctor or finding a scandal…. or realizing the true reality of your future.

In considering truth, I would leave you this admonition from Geoffrey Chaucer in “The Cook’s Tale”, 1390:

But yet I pray thee be not wroth for game; A man may say full sooth [the truth] in game and play.

Or Shakespeare later came closer to our contemporary version of the expression in “King Lear”, 1605:

Many a true word hath been spoken in jest.

Are we getting the truth? Are we really hearing and understanding the truth? Or is it wrapped in a joke or a lie? Could it be an “inconvenient truth?”

Discern carefully my friends, and be warned.

RB

Rescuing Georgia’s Rural Emergency Rooms

For Georgia and America to rescue their failing rural emergency rooms, state and federal legislators, hospital administrators, emergency medicine physicians, nurses, ancillary medical staff, patients, and the public at large must first come to terms with several simple and unavoidable truths:

1) Rural ERs are being abused by non-payers, drug-seekers, those looking for a work excuse or a free pregnancy test, and those who have no idea what the true purpose of an ER is.

2) Those in a position to do something about these problems aren’t doing anything meaningful about these problems.

3) Hospitals – even those listed as not-for-profit – are businesses, not charity organizations, and any hospital that is operated as a charity rather than a business will eventually fail (well, except maybe St. Jude’s).

4) Emergency physicians who refill maintenance medications including narcotics are partially to blame.

5) Malpractice lawyers aren’t to blame but social security and disability lawyers who encourage clients to visit emergency rooms to enhance their chances of a successful claim are partially to blame.

6) Most important, health care is not a right, rather, it is a personal responsibility.

For those who disagree, I invite you to pull a 24-hour shift with me in a rural ER to see for yourself. Unlike deluded Hollywood celebrities and disgruntled second-string NFL players grasping for their last 15 minutes of fame, my comments are based not upon something I heard at a party or read in Salon Magazine but, rather, on real-life, day-to-day (and night-to-night for that matter) experiences during the thousands of hours I’ve spent working as an emergency physician in several of Georgia’s rural ERs during the last nearly 20 years.

Working in a rural ER has an upside – saving a life, easing someone’s pain, making a sick child feel better. But there is a dark side, too, and only those who work in emergency medicine fully understand what I mean. There are those in society who want something for nothing, who demand much from the system but offer little or nothing in return, who believe the world owes them a living, and who accept no personal responsibility for their actions…and these people, it seems, frequent rural ERs in droves. The problem, at least from a policy standpoint, is that due to the insular and private nature of medicine in general, and emergency medicine in particular, the general public has little or no awareness of the abuse – if they did, they’d be outraged. To put the situation into financial perspective, every time you write that check to pay your exorbitant medical insurance premium, just know that you are paying for your own coverage and that of 8 or 10 other people you don’t even know.

To be sure, the problem is multi-factorial, as the above list attests. However, the most fundamental issue leading to the financial failure of rural ERs and hospitals is the leftist notion that health care is a right. For decades, beginning with President Roosevelt’s pre-World War II implementation of John Maynard Keynes hair-brained economic theories to the post-World War II influx of European socialists, those on the Left have attempted to indoctrinate Americans into believing all personal needs could be, and should be, met by the government. That led eventually to President Johnson’s colossal failure known as the “Great Society” program and recently culminated in President Obama’s $20 trillion dollar national debt attributable mostly to the massive expansion of Medicaid and the food stamp program.

In fact, people have no more of a right to demand that someone else provide them with medical coverage than they have a right to fill a buggy with merchandise at Wal-Mart and walk out without paying or to demand their next door neighbor mow their lawn for them while sitting on their front porch drinking sweet tea. Until this segment of society finally comes to understand that health care isn’t a right but is an individual responsibility, rural ERs will continue to be abused and, as a result, will continue to fail.

Another Rural ER Bites The Dust

Tift Regional Health Center recently announced that its affiliate, Cook Medical Center in Adel, will close its emergency department next month. This action will leave the citizens of Adel and Cook County without immediate access to emergency department services. And it didn’t have to happen.

The reason for the forthcoming closure isn’t mismanagement on the part of administration or declining utilization or even a bad economy. The reason, actually, is a dirty little secret that the general public isn’t aware of and that those on the Left refuse to acknowledge…overutilization of emergency services by “self-pay” patients. Why the quotation marks around the term “self-pay?” Because, in the medical community, self-pay is a euphemism for “no-pay” as the vast majority of self-pay patients ultimately don’t pay their medical bills.

How do I know this? Because I am an emergency medicine physician and I once practiced in the emergency department at Cook Medical Center. While working there, I noted that the administrative and medical staff were excellent – caring, capable, and committed to patient care. Adel and Cook County, it seemed, had a good thing going with regard to its emergency department. But it was doomed, and I knew it. It was only a matter of time, and I said so, often. And now that time has come.

In addition to practicing medicine, I hold an MBA in management/finance and I can attest to the fact that there is no such thing as a successful business model in which a business loses more in revenue than it earns. That applies to hospitals as well – yet another fact the Left refuses to accept.

During my first shift at Cook, I treated a patient who had been to the ER 63 times that year already – it was only March – and he never paid a dime. On several occasions, he made multiple visits to the ER in the same day – on one occasion, six visits in 24 hours, all by ambulance. His objective, which he readily explained to me after I questioned the frequency of his visits, was that he had applied for disability and was told he was more likely to win his case if he had multiple ER visits in his medical record. When I brought this up to administration, I received the universal palms up sign along with the statement, “There is nothing we can do.”

A simple, if only partial, solution to this problem is known as a medical screening examination (MSE) in which patients are evaluated by the ER physician and if their complaints are deemed non-emergent, these patients are referred to their primary care provider or local clinic. In this regard, most hospital administrators are at fault for not establishing MSE programs due, they argue, to concerns over litigation.

The other dirty little secret is that federal and state lawmakers could pass legislation to correct these abuses but choose not to in an effort to avoid being seen as insensitive. By implication, these legislators would prefer a rural hospital close and deny services to an entire community rather than run the risk of being seen as denying coverage to a certain segment of the population – that is, the no-payers.

Maybe when all of Georgia’s rural hospitals close, legislators will finally heed the call to real action. My impression, based upon experience, is that this is merely wishful thinking. The recent effort to solve the financial shortfall by offering tax incentives to encourage businesses to donate money to rural hospitals, though well-intentioned, has little to no chance of succeeding. Why? Because this plan avoids the fundamental problem of refusing to place responsibility on those responsible – that is, on the no-payers. Don’t believe me? Wait and see. Of course, improved insurance reimbursement rates would help some, but this does nothing to address the reality that rural ERs are being abused and that those in a position to do something about it aren’t doing anything about it. The lack of state and federal leadership with regard to Georgia’s and America’s failing rural hospitals is at best a travesty and, at worst, a dereliction of duty by those holding public legislative office. To save these hospitals requires strength of character on the part of our legislators – that is to say, the strength to tell people when they choose to visit a rural ER that they should be prepared to pay their bill and not expect someone else to pay it for them.

Why President Trump’s Inaugural Address Gave Me Hope

I have never felt prouder to be an American than I was while watching President Donald John Trump be sworn into office. He is a bold, indomitable leader and he will be an exceptional President. President Trump will do what many past Presidents have failed to do and take on the establishment on both sides of the aisle. He will repeal and replace Obamacare and terminate illegal immigration. His Inaugural address was very promising.

One of the first points of his address was removing power from Washington and restoring power to American citizens. This act is crucial for the success of this great nation. History has repeatedly proven that an all powerful government is catastrophic. The government was never created to hold power over the people. When our Founding Fathers wrote the laws of America, they always intended for the citizens to have the power. We the people elect those in office. We the people elect senators to represent us. We are in charge and for so long the American people have elected leaders who did not share this belief. No more.

President Trump went on to discuss the significance of putting Americans first. He talked about the unity of our nation and providing opportunities for all Americans to succeed. We will support the American military, restore America’s borders, and secure the American infrastructure. President Trump will get people off of welfare and put them back to work. This will add to the economy and taxpayers will no longer be forced to pay for those who do not want to work. All of these practices lead to a great and prosperous nation. Our new President will restore wealth, greatness, strength, and prosperity in America. Our new President understands the importance of upholding the law, buying American products, and hiring American people. A nation that puts itself first is a nation that shines and sets a fine example for others.

I admire President Trump’s love for America. His patriotism and support of Americans is exemplary. United we stand, divided we fall. Throughout President Trump’s Inaugural address, he spoke with high energy, vigilance, and passion. His faith in America is evidenced through his bold and positive convictions. President Trump wants what is best for this country. His speech was genuine and came directly from the heart.

It is the beginning of a new era. The Trump years are among us. From this point forward, America will be a country that rewards success and hard work. We, the American people, finally have a President who values our country enough to put our best interests first. I look forward with great anticipation to the changes that will be made.

Thank you, Mr. President.

Written By: Gabrielle Seunagal

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WI Road House Road Trippers See Trump in DC

Last Thursday, January 19. at approximately 6 pm cst. seventeen hours before Donald Trump’s Inauguration, Wisconsin’s David Fuller is hanging at home with his cousin Matt.  Out of nowhere, Matt says “Hey.  Let’s go to D.C.  to see Trump sworn in.  ROAD TRIP!”  

Just like that, David and Matt set off from outside Milwaukee (David as @RNRWisconsin helped turn WI from Blue to Red) to see the transition of power from Blue Dem Obama to America’s President — the man who turned all those counties conservative Red, baby, RED — Donald Trump!

Other than their highway route and an address of a DC Metro train station, these fellas had no plans.  Basically, eight hundred (800) miles in the car overnight, park, short train ride, then the one mile walk.  Sounds like the Blues Brothers, but they’re conservative red-blooded patriots, all the way.  Their mission? Be present for Donald Trump’s Inauguration to witness the rebirth of America.

By midnight our guys were making good time.  Six hours plus drive time and these RNR boys had passed Toledo, Ohio.  Wisconsin warriors braving the Ohio Turnpike in the formerly blue and now red again Buckeye state.

Oh-Hi-O!  A great midwestern state, truly unique in America, Ohio played the pendulum President Trump needed to turn America’s tide from liberal, destructive Blue to positive, conservative Red.  He did it.  Thus, David and Matt wanted to say, “#ThankYouTrump!”

At 8 am est Friday, January 20th, 2017, David and Matt arrived at the parking garage in the DC area.  They readied themselves to reclaim America from the grassroots.  On the street in our capitol.  Together with hundreds of thousands of other good, decent Americans who caught the Metro D.C. line that morning (that really WAS the #TrumpTrain) they’d cross town and walk a mile to the National Mall.

Were David and Matt photographed from above by the NY Times while they were there?  Who cares?  The two guys were part of an undeniably large crowd.  How large?  Well, the total audience set records!  The Inauguration of Donald Trump was the largest audience to witness a Presidential Inauguration ever.  (Sean Spicer told the truth!)  David, a Navy veteran, and his cousin Matt care.  That’s why they went.

That day the men canvassed their surroundings for about an hour and a half before making their way past — and giving fist bumps to — the heavy security of military blockades and personnel guarding the area.

With all the helicopters flying above, David felt like he was back in Iraq, fighting a different dictatorial Hussein… Blue Dem Barry.  But it was twenty six years after his service in Iraq, and while David will never stop fighting the never ending battle to bring bad regimes to swift end, it was surreal for David to be answering the call — again — to help see good capture bad here in America.  David was in Washington, DC for the reclamation of our country.

With his loyal and patriotic cousin Matt, both troops stood ready.  They were fully prepared to participate in any further actions needed in defense of Country, Constitution, and Family.  To fulfill the oath which NEVER ends.

It got closer to noon, when Trump would be officially sworn in as America’s 45th President.  The most powerful man in the world.  Meanwhile, on the ground, the Milwaukee Boys ran into quite a group of different types of people also in DC.   Of course there was Trump supporters.  There was also a dark cult wearing black robes marching to the beat of a single bongo drum led by a head wizard.  Plus, women’s rights protesters, BLM, and most every other freak show group you might imagine.  All together assembled with David and Matt and other American Patriots.  What a battle we are fighting… what a trip!

Presented with the opportunity to engage in person with such characters, David and Matt merged in to watch the event unfold.  What a setting to be a part of American history.  There on the National Mall, gritting their teeth as the leftist morons jeered a hallmark of our political process, the peaceful transition of power, David and Matt cheered and clapped!

They laughed off the “mean” mugs from the disruptors surrounding them.  They cheered even louder.  David and Matt stood their ground.  Soon, others in the crowd felt inspired to get loud in support of Trump too.  It felt nice knowing you were not alone.  Because David and Matt refused to back down, because they got louder and louder with their positive messages, others broke their silence and applauded our new President.

Win for the boyos!  Win for the Trump supporters in that section and watching at home or work.  We are not alone.  We have a President.  The winning spreads and it’s time us regular folk start piling up victories again.

Matt wore an American flag scarf type thing around his neck with pride that day and night.  To the both of them, a new mission emerged.  Protect that flag wrapped around Matt’s neck in other sections of the city.

After the Inauguration David and Matt walked around for a bit.  Soon they found a nice strip of bars in the U Street Corridor.  For them it was the perfect spot to imbibe and battle the haters.  They’d educate, defend that American flag, and stand ground as proud Trump supporters in our nation’s capitol over some drinks in an area they felt was swarming with Big Govt Blue Dem liberals.  For David, at times it  felt like he was back overseas in enemy territory.  He was part of a team of two soldiers on a mission where they had to have each other’s six at all times.

It was fun for a guy with life experiences including military combat service and some Patrick Swayze type Road House stuff.  A freaking blast.  He and Matt found themselves in the highest of spirits.  The two dudes tried to hit every bar on U Street, and seen as conservatives they were surely charged a premium for those liquid spirits!

David and Matt rose.  They made the most of it.  Yes, they often felt shipwrecked on an island of liberal, progressive natives.  But they adapted and turned it into an adventure to take in and celebrate the great occasion.  While we may not yet be in a safe harbor, it sure feels like we are no longer a nation in distress.

On Twitter, David volunteers his time and manages @RNRWisconsin plus his personal handle @dwfictus.  Cousin Matt goes to work everyday to take care of his kids. On Twitter he is @mattv04.

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A Tale of Two Sides

So I went to the Trump inauguration, despite any argument over crowd size I will tell you it was packed. Not as full as the Obama 2008 inauguration which holds the record but it was still a full and lively crowd. Some would say the celebration of tradition, history and Constitutional process was far more important than whether who was being sworn in.

I’d disagree. For the first time the man being sworn in as President actually sided with the people of the country than the politicians seated behind him. That takes courage. Say what you want about Trump he is direct and did not hold back on holding the Washington elite behind him on the stage both Democrats and Republicans, accountable for what has happened to our country.

The proof will be in his actions not his rhetoric. What I have seen in his actions this first week tells me he is doing what he promised the people he would do and won’t prevaricate like most politicians.

I know not everyone is happy. Many are angry or maybe the anger is just a symptom of being frightened or worried about the changes Trump will make. I know the feeling. I had the same dread for the eight years of the Obama Administration. I feared the worst and I complained. It wasn’t as cataclysmic as I expected. I survived and so will those who despise, hate or just don’t like Trump and his promised agenda.

The difference between conservatives who complained about Obama for the last eight years and the liberal progressives today is stark however. You won’t remember violent protests against Obama because essentially there were none. You won’t remember threats against Obama or his supporters because essentially there were none.

You have every right to complain and even peaceably protest IF you voted for someone other than Trump. If you didn’t vote, sit down and shut up. If you did vote you don’t have the right to infringe on other people’s rights during your protest.

Despite closing streets down for most of Washington DC there were violent protests on Thursday before the inauguration and on the Friday of the inauguration. 217 protesters will now face the possibility of felony charges including over ten years in prison and up to $25,000 in fine. Frankly, that’s a well-deserved punishment. Breaking windows of Starbucks which publicly supported Hillary and Bernie by the way, assaulting others and burning cars is not a peaceable protest.

I ended up walking with the crowds of people on Saturday for the Women’s March. It was indeed a peaceable protest from everything we saw, as we walked for eleven miles around Washington DC. Much of the language and many signs were incredibly inappropriate for the children and young folk who were either attending the March or still in town celebrating the inauguration (hotels forced 3 day bookings by the way which accounted for huge numbers of people, ourselves included still using the Metro and walking the Mall)

Many of the protesters had no clear answer when asked what they were marching for. Most just retorted with Trump is a…(pick your expletive). Critical thinking skills were apparently lacking for many who obviously were incapable of explaining what they were being denied, how they were discriminated against or what they were being forced into doing. There are indeed problems, learn how to talk about them.

There is a huge division in the country today. I would encourage those who are unhappy to at the very least find a way to express your fears, anger and dissatisfaction in a peaceful and thoughtful manner and respect the rights of those you disagree with.

Ron Boat questions: Hating America?

Sorry, Obama was NOT a nice guy.

Trump has taken over the news scene with his businesslike steamroller of leadership. He’s making good on his promises, he’s achieving things, he’s appointing quality, experienced, successful people. After a few days in office…he’s making a positive impact on our view of the future.

The imposing Obama influence will fade and the bashing will subside but reflection is oft required. One thing I was tired of hearing over the last 8 years were all the pundits – even the conservative/moderate ones – on how “they don’t agree with Obama’s policies but he’s a good father, a guy to have a beer with, in general a nice guy.”

Sorry, but you’ll never find my name on the Obama accepting, adoration, adulation love fest list of lemmings. And there’s an easy reason. He wasn’t a nice guy.

As president of the country, a world leader, an elected example of what leadership and success should be, you act accordingly. You work for the people who elected you – not against them. You look out for them and their best interests. You promote the betterment of the electorate through everything you do.

You do not:

Increase the nation’s debt more than 43 presidents ahead of you. We’re at an unsustainable level and even though Trump has some efficient, job creating ideas, the debt will still increase till the economy catches up…and $19,960,500,000,000 is not an ideal starting line for the race against financial ruin.

You don’t divide the country through racial strife by taking the side of a black professor who was lawfully detained by Cambridge police, accusing their actions as stupid, or taking the side of a black thug in FL who attacked a citizen and wound up dead by making the absurd comment that if you had a son he’d look like Trayvon.  What? Laying in the dirt with a bullet hole? Or sending in your justice dept. to support another black brute in Ferguson who strong-arms a store owner then winds up dead after attacking a police officer.  These and many other cases where race entered the national discourse and only further inflamed the African America race and emboldened hateful attitudes on whites and others.

You don’t make the borders a geographic sieve and open that door with a welcome FREE STUFF sign, ignoring federal laws to allow anyone in who can make it across a river or the desert, and then spreading them around the country supported by taxpayers’ money for housing, food, medical, education, transportation and who knows how many more bennies.

You don’t open the immigration corral for a Trojan horse to prance in potentially filled with “refugees” requesting asylum while plotting and planning our demise, putting us in harm’s way for Islamic terrorist actions. Claimants sucking Americans dry taking billions for all the comforts of home through monthly checks and benefits while American families suffer, vets go homeless and in need of services, and American businesses burdened to pay more in taxes to support the “complicit crime of compassion” for the world’s downtrodden masses.

You don’t take a quick moment out of your golf game to acknowledge the beheading of American citizen, James Foley, then after an obligatory “sorry about that” head back out to stroke on the next hole.

You don’t go hiding when American heroes and an ambassador are in danger’s path and then fly off to a fundraiser ignoring America’s need for facts and truth, and the involvement of the person in charge who should be spearheading a swift and devastating response.

You don’t lie for weeks to Americans and an international audience at the UN about that “internet video” that caused the Benghazi riots knowing that you had intel during the violent action that disputed your perception of the facts. But then again, what serves your upcoming election serves the moment.

You don’t continually lie, lie, and lie again to the American public about keeping your doctor or your health plan with the new BarryCare, knowing that it was deliberately conceived out of a socialistic falsehood to mislead and control the citizenry.

And you don’t release nearly two hundred radical Islamic terrorists from prison, of which 30% have returned to fight against us on the battlefield if you really cared about America’s safety.

You don’t allow a plan to be developed allowing the world’s worst sponsor of terror the ability to grow their weapons systems and get the bomb by paying $1.7 billion, the first of which was paid in cash stacked on pallets in an unmarked plane. Iran may have also received an additional $33.6 billion in cash and gold between ’14 – ’16.

And you don’t walk out the door on your last day in office throwing the keys to the country in the air while smiling about the secret $221 million you just gave to Palestine,  bypassing congress’ wishes along with another $11.25 million for UN organizations, climate change and foreign affairs spending.

My point? These have nothing to do with the security, stability and sanctity of the country. None of these benefit the country or its people. But are personal decisions loosely founded on socialistic, ideological tenets of a person bent on making his social, and potentially religious, agenda more important than reason, logic or the welfare of the citizens.

So if nothing benefits the country, and in fact tends to hurt the sovereignty and security of the country, while having no basis other than a wonderful ideological wet dream for a narcissistic, pathological fascist… then it’s personal.

Add these and many more actions falling short of sound thinking, patriotic and reasonable responses to our national problems and sorry… it does not make you a nice person.

 

RB

Imam’s Involvement Not Fitting For National Prayer Service

How did a well-known Muslim Brotherhood-connected Imam receive an invitation to speak at President Trump’s prayer service at the National Cathedral? The only explanation is that a rat must be in the inner circle.

It is no secret, at least to those who understand the threat of the Islamic movement in the United States, who Imam Mohamad Majid is and what his connections are. All the more alarming is his position as head Imam of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) as well as the president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

The ADAMS Center is one of the most Sharia adherent Mosques in the country and according to US District Court documents, ISNA was involved in funding terrorism.

ISNA is the largest Islamic organization in North America. In 2008 they requested to have their name removed from a list of unindicted co-conspirators from the biggest terrorism financing trial in the history of our country, The Holy Land Foundation trials. Thankfully the motion was rejected.

The United States District Court response to ISNA’s motion for equitable relief said this:

“Even if their filing were timely, which it is not, Petitioners’ motion would be moot. During last year’s trial, numerous exhibits were entered into evidence establishing both ISNA’s and NAIT’s intimate relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Palestine Committee, and the defendants in this case. Accordingly, there is no possible basis for petitioner’s “expungement” from the Government’s list of co-conspirators and joint venturers. Even sealing the co-conspirator list at this juncture would be futile – the evidence has been appropriately introduced during the course of a public trial.”

Yet despite this man’s shady involvement with the Muslim Brotherhood who is HAMAS, Majid was appointed to the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group by Obama. And according to Discover the Networks,

“Magid was authorized to train and advise personnel affiliated with the FBI and other federal agencies. He soon became a regular visitor to the White House, and merged as perhaps the most influential and sought-after Muslim authority in the United States.”

So, not only was Imam Majid given access to our national security apparatus, but a leadership role directing how our law enforcement would be trained to fight Islamic terrorism. You really can’t make this stuff up, and as many have said before me it is a case of the fox guarding the henhouse.

After understanding just a little of this man’s background and involvement with the Muslim Brotherhood, a group seeking to undermine our Constitution in order to establish the Caliphate through Sharia Law, one could appreciate the anger of seeing him praying in the National Cathedral last Saturday.

According to Center for Security Policy,

“A new group, Faith Leaders for America (FLA), has just issued a strong statement opposing Imam Mohamed Magid’s inclusion in the service attended by the President and Vice President this morning at the National Cathedral.”

The FLA presented their concerns about the Muslim Brotherhood in America the day before President Trump’s inauguration. Their statement to Trump follows,

“We want you to know you have our prayerful support as you begin to counter jihad and protect Americans from Islamic terrorism. When you label the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, we support you.”

More importantly, who invited and vetted this Imam in order for him to participate in a prayer service for our country and newly elected President Trump? This is troubling when you consider President Trump vowed the day before in his inaugural address to rid the world of radical Islamic terrorism.

Only two angles are possible here, either the person making those executive decisions within the transition team is ignorant of this very real threat to our Constitution by the insidious Muslim Brotherhood or they are complicit in their goals. Either way, someone should answer for it, and Imam Majid should not be given one iota of access to President Trump.

We are in a battle for the heart of our country in many areas. One of those is an Islamic infiltration of our government in the form of The Muslim Brotherhood/HAMAS front organizations. The war cannot be won against Islamic ideology if we allow the heads of those groups to have leadership and prominent positions in our national security sectors and be given time to speak and “pray” over our new President and his administration.

President Trump gave the government back to We the People, so we need to demand that it be free of the influence of our enemies. The best way forward is to have the Secretary of State declare The Muslim Brotherhood a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

This declaration would free our law enforcement to pull those members out not only of sensitive areas in our government, but from Mosques throughout this country who continue to preach hate towards Western Civilization as well as encourage jihad on our soil.

It is up to us to make America great again. This cannot happen if we continue to shelter the enemy, and allow people to grant the Muslim Brotherhood protected status in Trump’s new administration.

*Incidentally the ADAMS center just purchased land to build a 22,400 square foot Mosque in Prince William County, Virginia.

Gays Wanted Acceptance, Now Reject Society

In 2015 the Supreme Court decided to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Yet, we have seen many in the LGBTQ community reject the idea that they must accept the President elected by all 50 states.

That’s funny, there were many objecting to the law, yet it was completely forced on the entire country. If you disagreed aloud you were considered a homophobe. It never occurred to the supporters that some of us had a few questions on how it could affect the future. Could this be the beginning of the government forcing what most believe to be immoral upon the country? Next I knew everyone wanted to use the same bathroom. Are the women’s restroom lines not long enough as it is?

This is the classic, “give them an inch, they take a yard” scenario. It went from equality and tolerance to totalitarian . If we are sympathizing with people’s feelings, shouldn’t we have to sympathize across the board? We can’t teach God in schools any longer, but same-sex marriage has been added to textbooks. Perhaps you have parents against gay rights just as much as some parents are against my man Jesus?

Just this past weekend we witnessed the Women’s March claim to be an inclusive get together of solidarity. However, if you are pro life or pro Trump, yeah the President of the United States, you weren’t invited. I am a firm believer that the rule of law is very important. Changing laws to make someone feel like they are a part of a team, that they later don’t want to be a part of, seems silly. I personally am not bothered by gay rights, though, I am fearful of this road of “tolerance” we seem to be on.

At this rate we will make one big circle to conservative views, or we will have another Civil War. If I were a snowflake against the right to bear arms, I would chill.

 

Ron Boat considers: The Trump Effect

Trump’s triumphant win has already, and will continue to change America.

First, I must express my honor and pleasure at joining the contributing team here at RNR. A group of patriotic, insightful writers who add to our daily lives with realities not rhetoric, specifics not speculation, and information not fabrication.

To the Trump Effect: Initially, was Trump my choice? Not 100% at first for I considered many things I read, heard, and experienced in thinking of the all-important, much needed BHO replacement.

His mannerism, speech, persona exhibited someone that many weren’t comfortable with. Over the course of my years of serving national and international clients, I’ve had a few billionaires and many millionaires on the list and the reality is… they are different.

They think and speak differently. And while they think about what they say (most the time), they’re usually 10-15 minutes – or months – ahead of the conversation, thinking about ramifications, alternatives, consequences, liabilities, and the all-important rewards of what they’re saying and involved with. They see the world in terms of profits, losses, logic, reason – RESULTS. After all, they’re worth a billion dollars and we’re not.

Trump – the Henry Ford of our times? In court when opposing lawyers attempted to prove Ford’s incompetence, and lack of substantial required knowledge, he answered simply:

“If I should really WANT to answer the foolish question you have just asked, or any of the other questions you have been asking me, let me remind you that I have a row of electric push-buttons on my desk, and by pushing the right button, I can summon to my aid men who can answer ANY question I desire to ask concerning the business to which I am devoting most of my efforts.” 

Trump has his row of buttons and is accustomed to demanding and getting results. His own ego dictates he succeed, and failure on the world stage is not an option. And to ensure that his new found political position doesn’t prove inadequate or failed in future history books, he has done what every successful businessman does, he surrounds himself with those who are successful and know their job.

Again, people like Trump are generally concerned with one thing: RESULTS. For people in those lofty realms of financial success are usually the ones responsible, answerable for their actions therefore they want the best.

In business when you don’t succeed, you go out of business, or, if you’re the president or on the board, you find yourself removed, relegated to some new position overseeing the basement steno pool of life.

In politics, it’s far less conclusive and damaging. Once in office, achieving is just staying there – not accomplishing anything. Rarely are politicians replaced for not doing anything, for when the final tally is in about that new law to better American and it didn’t pass? They’ll blame the Democrats or Republicans or not enough votes or it cost too much or some insane justification for their failure.

Even before taking office in the early hours of his soon to be presidency, brokering deals was part of his strategy. For whether it was jobs saved or created at Carrier, Ford, US Steel, Softbank or Alibaba, saving money on our government’s expenses, or just the positive mindset of people and businesses exhibited during the recent holidays, you can chalk it all up to…. The Trump Effect.

The view of America has been changing since that November 9th morning when the final numbers came in bringing his race for the white house to a successful close. America has seen a more positive attitude over the holiday season than it’s seen in years.

Donald Trump’s time has come and represents a change in our country’s desired, needed direction for leadership.  Barack Obama was elected because a majority of Americans hated Bush, but many also felt “it was time” for America’s first black president.

Hillary Clinton, Trump’s Democratic/Progressive/Socialist leaning opponent, was being pushed not only because of her own feeling of entitlement, but many believed again, “it was time” for dramatic change and America’s first woman president. Those thinking she would be another Margaret Thatcher or Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi were more blinded by ideology than controlled by facts and reason.

It was with trust and faith that most voted for Trump because of his “swamp draining” promise, also because – HE WAS NOT A POLITICIAN,  but a successful American businessman whose approach is needed in a wasteful, deceitful, inefficient, ineffective government.

Whether it’s his solving of the big chair problem at his California resort, fixing New York City’s skating rink debacle, or creating world peace… He seeks to engage and promote The Trump Effect.

His time in office will prove tough and demanding but with a good team beside him, his own logical thinking and the support and patience of the American public, this country could see the bottom line increase and America become great again.

In reality, time will certainly be the final judge, but maybe a little forethought, hard work at the desk instead of the golf course and dedication and love for the country will prove that life can be better, work can be productive, the nation can be secure and we’ll all benefit from the effectiveness of Trump, hence….. The Trump Effect.

 

RB