THE RED NATION RISING KITCHEN CABINET
The term "Kitchen Cabinet" refers to any group of trusted friends and associates, particularly in reference to a President's or presidential candidate's closest unofficial advisers.
Many past Presidents have created Kitchen Cabinets, but at Red Nation Rising, we decided to model our Kitchen Cabinet after that of President Ronald Reagan, by surrounding ourselves with great people!
The members of the Red Nation Rising Executive Team are privileged to surround ourselves with great people that we proudly refer to as "The Red Nation Rising Kitchen Cabinet".
Gordon G. Chang is the author The Coming Collapse of China and Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World, both from Random House. He has spoken at the Council on Foreign Relations, The Heritage Foundation, The Brookings Institution, the Cato Institute, RAND, the American Enterprise Institute, and other institutions around the world.
He has given briefings at the National Intelligence Council, the CIA, the State Department, and the Pentagon. He has appeared before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
Chang has appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, MSNBC, CNBC, PBS, and Bloomberg Television. He has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune, Commentary, Barron's, The Weekly Standard, and National Review among other publications. He is a columnist at Forbes.com and The Daily.
He has served two terms as a trustee of Cornell University.
Michael Cutler is a retired Senior Special Agent of the former INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) whose career spanned some 30 years. He began his with the INS in October 1971 as an Immigration Inspector assigned to John F. Kennedy International Airport. In 1975 he become a Special Agent and rotated through every squad of the Investigations Branch.
In 1988 he was assigned to the Unified Intelligence Division of the DEA in New York City and, in 1991 was promoted to the position of Senior Special Agent and assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force where he remained for the balance of his career.
He investigated and arrested aliens from countries from around the world, many of whom had engaged in serious crimes including terrorism, narcotics trafficking, weapons violations, sexual assault and murder. Often these investigations were conducted in close cooperation with of other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and with law enforcement agencies of foreign governments including Israel, Great Britain, Canada and Japan.
He has testified as an "Expert witness" at more than a dozen Congressional hearings on issues relating to the enforcement of immigration laws. He furnished testimony to the 9/11 Commission. Mr. Cutler has also provided expert witness testimony at state legislative hearings as well as at trials where immigration was at issue.
Michael is considered by many to be "the authority" on all aspects of immigration. He appears regularly on numerous national radio and television programs. In addition, Michael is often tapped for his expertise for national speaking engagements.
Mr. Cutler is currently at Senior Fellow at CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization).
TOM DEL BECCARO
Tom Del Beccaro is a contributor for Forbes and the former Chairman of the California Republican Party. Tom is publisher of PoliticalVanguard.com, author of The Divided Era, The New Conservative Paradigm 1st Ed. & 2Ed., as well as a frequent talk radio and television commentator.
Tom has appeared on Fox Business News and the Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Journal, as well as TV throughout California. For the last six years, Tom has made over 125 radio appearances a year across the country, including California, New York, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Colorado, and national shows such as Lars Larson and the Dennis Prager Show.
Tom is Publisher of PoliticalVanguard.com, author of The New Conservative Paradigm and frequent talk radio and television commentator. In those roles, he is heard by millions on the radio, TV and in person each year. Those varied perspectives uniquely position Tom to hear the pulse of politics all the way from the grass roots to Presidential candidates, and legislators in between.
Tom has made over one thousand speeches/panel appearances throughout California and beyond. With the release of his first book, The New Conservative Paradigm, author and political analyst Mona Charen heralded, “Not since Newt Gingrich in the ‘90s has a Republican activist so clearly analyzed what has gone right and wrong for the party and the Conservative movement.” The New Conservative Paradigm is now in its second edition.
According to Frank Luntz, Tom's most recent book, The Divided Era, could define the next presidential election.
Tom lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where he practices business and real estate law.
CLARE M. LOPEZ
Clare M. Lopez is the Vice President for Research and Analysis at the Center for Security Policy, a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Canadian Mackenzie Institute. In 2016, she was named to Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign national security advisory team.
She works with John Guandolo and Understanding the Threat to provide training on Islam, shariah, jihad, Iran/Hizballah, and the Muslim Brotherhood to Local Law Enforcement across the country.
Since 2013, she has served as a member of the Citizens Commission on Benghazi. Formerly Vice President of the Intelligence Summit, she was a career operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, a professor at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, Executive Director of the Iran Policy Committee from 2005-2006, and has served as a consultant and intelligence analyst/researcher for a variety of defense firms. She was named a 2011 Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute.
Already an advisor to EMP Act America, in February 2012 Ms. Lopez was named a member of the Congressional Task Force on National and Homeland Security, which focuses on the Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) threat to the nation. She serves as a member of the Boards of Advisors/Directors for the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, the United West, and the Voice of the Copts.
She has been a Visiting Researcher and guest lecturer on counterterrorism and national security at Georgetown University. Ms. Lopez is a regular contributor to print and broadcast media on subjects related to Iran and the Middle East and the co-author of two published books on Iran. She is the author of an acclaimed paper for the Center, The Rise of the Iran Lobby and co-author/editor of the Center’s Team B II study, “Shariah: The Threat to America” as well as The Tiger Team's "The Secure Freedom Strategy: A Plan for Victory Over the Global Jihad Movement." She co-authored “Gulen and the Gulenist Movement” with CSP’s Vice President for Outreach, Christopher Holton, and “See No Shariah: ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ and the Disarming of America’s First Line of Defense” with Frank Gaffney, CSP President.
Lopez received a B.A. in Communications and French from Notre Dame College of Ohio and an M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. She completed Marine Corps Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Quantico, Virginia before declining a military commission to join the CIA.
From Christchurch New Zealand, Trevor Loudon has been researching the radical left for more than 30 years. He discovered the long-hidden relationship between notorious Hawaiian Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis and the young Barack Obama in 2007.
After extensively researching Obama’s ties to the New York and Chicago Marxist movements, Loudon began publishing his findings online, catching the eye of such prominent voices as Accuracy in Media and syndicated radio host Glenn Beck.
In 2009 Loudon exposed the communist roots of Obama “Green Jobs Czar” Van Jones. After an extensive campaign by Glenn Beck and others, Jones was forced to resign from his White House position.
Since 2011 Loudon has toured the United States promoting his two books “Barack Obama and the Enemies Within” and “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress” – an extensively footnoted expose of the rapidly unfolding Marxist takeover of the United States government.
He has addressed more than 400 conservative, tea party, religious and Republican groups in more than 37 states. Loudon has interviewed many people from both sides of the struggle over the years to former Western intelligence offices, to government undercover operatives inside the communist movement, to former KGB officers.
This research has given Loudon unique insight into how extensively often minuscule communist parties have been able to manipulate, and even control policy formation in many Western countries – particularly the “main enemy:” the United States of America.
Loudon’s research shows that this is not just a historical problem, but is a very grave and looming threat which will not only impact America’s national security but indeed her very survival.
COLONEL ROB MANESS, USAF (ret.)
Rob Maness has a life long record of providing dedicated service to the nation. The third son of Master Sergeant Billy and Lennie Maness, he and his three brothers grew up moving around the country and the world as their dad served in the United States Air Force.
Having worked his way up from the enlisted ranks to full colonel, he retired from active duty in 2011, ending his military service of more than 32 years. After retirement, Rob and Candy came back to Louisiana to continue raising their family. Rob worked in the utility industry as a director for two years, and is currently the owner of Iron Liberty Consulting Group, residing in Madisonville, Louisiana.
Rob has proven his competence at the local, state, and federal levels of government with his demonstrated leadership and effectiveness as a steward of our citizen's tax dollars. He has broad experience in the national budget process, national emergency response decision-making, law enforcement, successful community relations with governments at all levels, and working with citizens to meet today's challenges. He has provided direct executive oversight to local schools in coordination with elected school boards, and made them secure and more effective to meet the needs of America's military children. His leadership and combat experience give him a unique perspective when considering how national policies impact our country's families.
Colonel Maness led numerous combat operations. This included command of a bomber squadron in Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Colonel Maness served as an enlisted bomb disposal technician in three assignments countering terrorism before being commissioned and selected for flight training. As a Joint Chiefs of Staff operations officer he was on duty in the National Military Command Center located within the Pentagon during the September 11, 2001 attack. In the ensuing months, he directly assisted the national security team with creating, synchronizing, and executing the campaign plan for the global war on terrorism. His military awards and combat decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and Air Medal.
Rob is a founding board member at the Military Advocacy Project of Louisiana, Inc., a veteran’s issue advocacy group committed to preventing veteran suicides and ensuring that military families have equal access to benefits. Rob is also a member of the St. Tammany Parish Republican Party Executive Committee and serves on the board of the only Republican
Men's Club in Louisiana. He has served as a non-voting board member on the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and Hispano Chamber of Commerce. As President of his local chapter of the Military Officer's Association of America, he led a team that created an annual scholarship fund for graduating high school students. Rob is a life member of the NRA, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and the Military Officer's Association of America. He is also a member of the Louisiana Military Order of Foreign Wars and the Society of the Sons of the Revolution.
Rob completed his undergraduate degrees while attending night school at the University of Tampa and holds master’s degrees from Harvard University's Kennedy School, the Air Command and Staff College, and the U.S. College of Naval Warfare.
Rob is married to the former Candy Smith. They have five children, including three sons serving in the military (one active U.S. Navy, one U.S. Army guardsman, one active U.S. Air Force), and four grandchildren.
GERALD "JERRY" MOLEN
In a world of Hollywood elites and political correctness, Academy Award winner Gerald “Jerry” Molen dared to produce the 2012 Dinesh D’Souza documentary “2016: Obama's America”, which was highly critical of Barack Obama.
He and D’Souza have since joined forces to create two more record breaking documentary films, America - Imagine The World Without Her, and most recently Hillary’s America - The Secret of the Democrat Party.
In 2012 Molen was prohibited from speaking to high school students in Montana by the principal who described him as a "right-wing conservative." The cancellation of his presentation resulted in widespread criticism of the principal. The school district superintendent regretted the principal's decision saying, "...that's not how we treat people."
Over a highly successful career spanning more than three decades, Mr. Molen has produced such classic films as “Minority Report”, “Jurassic Park” and “Schindler's List” for which he won an Oscar for Best Picture.
In addition, he has produced or executive produced “Rain Man”, “Days of Thunder”, “Hook”, and “Twister” among an long and impressive list of films.
DR. RHONDA MOORMAN
Dr. Rhonda M. Moorman grew up on a rural farm in the palms and pines of Southeast Georgia. She was educated in the Georgia public schools, where she graduated Valedictorian of her class.
Dr. Moorman next attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, where she was a member of the inaugural class of Mercer's Great Books Program. While at Mercer, she obtained a B.A. in English with a minor in business. Dr. Moorman graduated from Mercer summa cum laude and at the top of her class.
Thereafter, Dr. Moorman attended the Harvard Law School, where she was a classmate of Barack Obama's, graduating a year before our future president. After working for a British barristers' firm and completing a 2-year federal judicial clerkship, Dr. Moorman joined the Atlanta office of King & Spalding, where she served as a litigator specialized in the representation of health care providers and institutions in matters of employment.
Motivated by her younger brother's battle with malignant melanoma, Dr. Moorman eventually joined the fourth generation of physicians in her family by obtaining her M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia. Thereafter, she trained in Internal Medicine and Radiation Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine located in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Moorman completed her residency training in Family Medicine at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital located in her hometown of Albany, Georgia.
Currently, Dr. Moorman practices both medicine and law in her home state of Georgia. In medicine, she specializes in the provision of emergent, urgent and primary care in some of the state's most rural settings. In law, she specializes in the representation of physicians and other health care providers. Dr. Moorman is a frequent lecturer on health care, health care reform, legal medicine, medical ethics, and end of life care.
Though she has been writing for a lifetime, Mr. Obama and Me is Dr. Moorman's first published book.
JUDGE HAL MOROZ
Hal Moroz is an Attorney & Counselor at Law who has served as a county judge and city chief judge in the State of Georgia. He is a retired U.S. Army airborne Infantry officer, legal educator, and practicing attorney. Hal has represented individual clients and small, medium and large businesses in a variety of legal matters.
And his practice in the law has ranged from small claims courts to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Judge Moroz has served on the faculty of Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida, and the State Bar of Georgia's Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). He served as Special Counsel to the Georgia Republican Party's First Congressional District Committee in the 2000 primary and general elections, and went on to serve as a Presidential Ballot Inspector/Observer during the 2000 "recount" in Florida. Following the 2000 election, Judge Moroz was a candidate for federal judgeships in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Judge Moroz is also a prolific writer, having authored numerous legal articles, weekly legal newspaper columns, and books.
Nagi N. Najjar is considered by many flag officers and intelligence specialists to be an authority on the Middle East and terrorism. Currently, he is the Middle East advisor for Major General Paul E. Vallely, US ARMY (ret).
He is also the Director of Syrian Liaison Opposition Group (SOLG).
He is also a guest lecturer on National Security, International political areas and expertise related to Intel and terrorism issues regarding the Middle East.
CHARLES K. ORTEL
Charles K. Ortel serves as Managing Partner of Newport Value Partners, L.L.C. Newport, established in 2007, provides value-added research to executives and to investment firms.
He served as Chairman, President and Director of numerous Chart-sponsored companies and as an outside Director of Tedcastle Holdings Ltd. and Ariel Corporation. From 1991 to 1994, Mr. Ortel was Senior Managing Director and Member of the management committee at The Bridgeford Group, Inc. From 1980 to 1991, Mr. Ortel worked for Dillon, Read & Co. Inc. Trained in corporate finance, Mr. Ortel eventually served in a senior capacity within Dillon Read's corporate buyout department before leading Dillon Read's worldwide merger and acquisition group as a Managing Director.
Mr. Ortel graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA, and from Yale University with a B.A., cum laude.
LTC ROBERT "BUZZ" PATTERSON, USAF (ret.)
Lieutenant Colonel Robert "Buzz" Patterson, United States Air Force (Retired), is the author of New York Times best sellers, Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Compromised America's National Security and Reckless Disregard: How Liberal Democrats Undercut Our Military, Endanger Our Soldiers, and Jeopardize Our Security, and War Crimes: The Left's Campaign to Destroy the Military and Lose the War on Terror.
Patterson served 20 years as a pilot on active duty in the United States Air Force and saw tours of duty world-wide including combat operations in Grenada, Somalia, Rwanda, Haiti, and Bosnia.
From 1996 to 1998, Colonel Patterson was the Senior Military Aide to President Bill Clinton. During that time he was responsible for the President's Emergency Satchel, otherwise known as the "Nuclear Football," the black bag with the nation's nuclear capability that accompanies the president at all times. In addition, Colonel Patterson was operational commander for all military units assigned to the White House, which included Air Force One, Marine One, Camp David, White House Transportation Agency and White House Mess.
Among his many military commendations, Patterson received the Defense Superior Service Medal for accomplishments while at the White House and was awarded the Air Force Air Medal for flying fifteen combat support missions into then-besieged Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1994. He retired in 2001 to pursue a career as a commercial airline pilot, writer and conservative speaker.
As a result of his experiences and writings, he's been featured in films such as Hillary: The Movie and Blocking the Path to 9/11. He is a frequent guest on talk shows across the country, including television appearances on ABC News with Diane Sawyer, The Hannity Show, The O'Reilly Factor, CBS' Morning Show, Fox and Friends, Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Dennis Miller Show, C-SPAN's Book Notes, Joe Scarborough, Heartland with John Kasich, and MSNBC News. He's also been heard on radio shows ranging from Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Michael Savage, G. Gordon Liddy to Hugh Hewitt.
Patterson was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is a Distinguished Graduate from the Air Command and Staff College; he has his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech University and a Master's in Business Administration from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. He and his family currently reside in California.
K CARL SMITH
KCarl Smith is the CEO and Founder of LibertyMessenger USA and author of best-selling book entitled, Frederick Douglass Republicans: The Movement to Re-Ignite America’s Passion for Liberty. I am also creator of the powerfully effective Frederick Douglass Republican Engagement Methodology.
He is a Frederick Douglass Republican. KCarl has always been inspired by his writings. In fact, the Word of God changed life and the writings of Douglass changed his thinking. KCarl's quest is to re-ignite America’s passion for liberty. In order to do so, he believes that we must make Frederick Douglass an integral part of the liberty message. To that end, he writes on such topics as diversity engagement, liberty, entrepreneurship, school choice, free speech, religious freedom and value voting.
KCarl was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, the second oldest of four children—all boys. Raised in a Christian household, his parents taught the importance of strong values, hard work and to pursue the American Dream.
After high school, he attended Alabama A&M University. During his sophomore year, he was awarded a two-year ROTC scholarship. Upon graduation in 1980, KCarl was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army, ultimately rising to the rank of Major. He served 16 years on active duty in the Adjutant General Corps, completing both the Airborne and Air Assault Courses.
KCarl Smith currently resides in the metro area of Birmingham, Alabama and is the proud father of three fantastic children and six charming grandchildren.
Susan Swift is a lawyer, wife and one conservative mother dedicated to saving civilization from the destructive forces of progressivism. She and her husband of 23 years have raised and educated seven high-spirited children.
Since her impassioned call into Rush Limbaugh's radio program, Susan has given political commentary on radio and news sites. In 2009, Andrew Breitbart recruited Susan to write for his new website, which published nearly 60 of her articles over the ensuing years. Since Andrew’s death, Susan has contributed to other political sites including as a regular contributor to PolitiChicks.
Susan has enjoyed successful careers in film, tv and law. A Texas native, Susan's career began as a child actor, including the title role in Audrey Rose directed by the legendary Robert Wise and co-starring Anthony Hopkins. While acting, Susan attended and graduated magna cum laude from UCLA's Department of Theater Arts. She attended Pepperdine Law School, where she earned the position of literary editor of the Law Review and graduated with honors. Susan has authored published law review articles on entertainment law and federal civil procedure. As an attorney, Susan worked for a prominent international law firm in Los Angeles and later worked on the LAPD legal defense team in the Rodney King federal civil rights lawsuit.
MG PAUL E. VALLELY, US ARMY (Ret.)
Paul E. Vallely, Major General, US Army (ret) was born in DuBois, Pa. He retired in 1991 from the US Army as Deputy Commanding General, US Army, Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. General Vallely graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned in the Army in 1961 serving a distinguishing career of 32 years in the Army.
General Vallely is a graduate of the Infantry School, Ranger and Airborne Schools, Jumpmaster School, the Command and General Staff School, The Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Army War College. His combat service in Vietnam included positions as infantry company commander, intelligence officer, operations officer, military advisor and aide-de-camp. He has over fifteen (15) years experience in Special Operations, Psychological and Civil-Military Operations.
He served in many overseas theaters to include Europe and the Pacific Rim Countries as well as two combat tours in Vietnam. He has served on US security assistance missions on civilian-military relations to Europe, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Central America with in-country experience in Indonesia, Columbia, El Salvador, Panama, Honduras and Guatemala. He has served as a consultant to the Commanding General of the Special Operations Command as well as the DOD Anti-Drug and Counter -Terrorist Task Forces. He also designed and developed the Host-Nation Support Program in the Pacific for DOD and the State Department. He has in-country security assistance – experience in Israel, Iraq, Kuwait, El Salvador, Columbia and Indonesia in the development of civil-military relations interfacing with senior level military and civilian leadership.
General Vallely has been a military analyst on television and radio for over ten years. He is also a guest lecturer on National Security, international political, economic issues, strategic planning matters and the Global War against Radical Islam and other threats to America. He and LTG Thomas McInerney authored the book, “Endgame” – Blueprint for Victory for Winning the War on Terror”, “Warfooting” and “Baghdad Ablaze”. He is a member and founder of the Iran Policy Committee. He is the Chairman of the Stand Up America. He was the senior military analyst for the Fox News Channel from 2000 -2007. General Vallely conducts an average of 4-6 national radio show interviews per week and is well known for his published articles on a multitude of subjects and issues.
He and his wife, Marian, are the co-trustees of the Scott Vallely Soldiers Memorial Fund and reside in Montana. He and Mrs. Vallely are deeply involved in state and local issues as well as supporting a multitude of community events and activities.