America: Our Ordered Liberty Roots

The Liberty Bell

The previous two posts dealt with cultural chaos and chaos in too many homes across America.  This post is going to be more a big picture of America’s founding, both political and cultural.   This will take two posts.  In this post I’d like to cover some basic American history and relate some examples of “selfless sacrifice”, an alien core civic value to probably most Americans today, but completely still understood by almost every member of the US Armed Forces.  Then in the next post, I’m going to attempt to explain some small steps, using more personal examples, that I believe, might help America become a united country again and help alleviate some of the cultural chaos.

The picture above is The Liberty Bell, located in Philadelphia, PA and considered an iconic symbol of American liberty.  In the 1830s, abolitionist societies in America adopted the Liberty Bell as a symbol for freedom too.  The inscription on the Liberty Bell speaks to the Christian faith of America’s founding fathers:

“The Pennsylvania Assembly ordered the Bell in 1751 to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of William Penn’s 1701 Charter of Privileges, Pennsylvania’s original Constitution. It speaks of the rights and freedoms valued by people the world over. Particularly forward thinking were Penn’s ideas on religious freedom, his liberal stance on Native American rights, and his inclusion of citizens in enacting laws.

The Liberty Bell gained iconic importance when abolitionists in their efforts to put an end to slavery throughout America adopted it as a symbol.

As the Bell was created to commemorate the golden anniversary of Penn’s Charter, the quotation “Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof,” from Leviticus 25:10, was particularly apt. For the line in the Bible immediately preceding “proclaim liberty” is, “And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year.” What better way to pay homage to Penn and hallow the 50th year than with a bell proclaiming liberty?”

Just as keeping order in your family and community is the way to assure everyone can live peacefully, the same applies to government too.  Sure, all sorts of governmental structures exist and most people survive, even under the most oppressive governmental systems, but America is unique in world history.   Our founding fathers sat down and devised a governmental system based on a careful study of history, weighing pros and cons, while determined to create a system of government that completely deviated from history, by establishing a government run as a bottom-up system, where the people control the government rather than the government controlling the people.  We have a republic, where checks and balances were carefully incorporated into The Constitution, and where the rule of law was established to protect individual liberty, while establishing laws necessary to maintain social order.  We have a system of:

Ordered Liberty: freedom limited by the need for order in society

Russell Kirk, in his 1974 book, The Roots of American Order, describes the influence of Hebraic Covenant and Law to the American social order and the thinking behind the American founding fathers when setting up The Constitution.  Kirk writes:

“Throughout western civilization, and indeed in some degree through the later world, the Hebraic understanding of Covenant and Law would spread, in forms both religious and secular. The idea of an enduring Covenant, or compact, whether between God and people or merely between man and man, took various styles in various lands and ages; it passed into medieval society through Christian teaching, and became essential to the social order of Britain, from which society most settlers in North America came. This concept and reality of Covenant was not confined to those American colonies—notably the New England settlements and Pennsylvania— which were fundamentally religious in their motive. Like the people of Israel and Judah, the Americans broke solemn covenants repeatedly; but like Israel, America nevertheless knew that without a covenant, the people would be lost.

And from Israel, even more than from the Roman jurisconsults, America inherited an understanding of the sanctity of law. Certain root principles of justice exist, arising from the nature which God has conferred upon man; law is a means for realizing those principles, so far as we can. That assumption was in the minds of the men who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. A conviction of man’s sinfulness, and of the need for laws to restrain every man’s will and appetite, influenced the legislators of the colonies and of the Republic. Thomas Jefferson, rationalist though he was, declared that in matters of political power, one must not trust in the alleged goodness of man, but “bind him down with the chains of the Constitution.”

A principal difference between the American Revolution and the French Revolution was this: the American revolutionaries in general held a biblical view of man and his bent toward sin, while the French revolutionaries in general attempted to substitute for the biblical understanding an optimistic doctrine of human goodness advanced by the philosophes of the rationalistic Enlightenment. The American view led to the Constitution of 1787; the French view, to the Terror and to a new autocracy. The American Constitution is a practical secular covenant, drawn up by men who (with few exceptions) believed in a sacred Covenant, designed to restrain the human tendencies toward violence and fraud; the American Constitution is a fundamental law deliberately meant to place checks upon will and appetite. The French innovators would endure no such checks upon popular impulses; they ended under a far more arbitrary domination.

Israel’s knowledge of the Law merely commenced with the experience under God imaginatively described in the books of Genesis and Exodus. This knowledge was broadened and deepened by a succession of prophets. The power of the prophets diminished with the fall of Jerusalem to the armies of Babylon, and ended in the first century of the Christian era. Without venturing rashly here into the labyrinths of biblical scholarship, it is possible to describe the prophets’ enduring significance for modern men, and to suggest how deeply interwoven with the fabric of American order this prophetic teaching remains.”

Kirk, Russell. The Roots of American Order (Kindle Locations 777-799). Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Kindle Edition.

To understand America’s founding, it’s important to look at who the first settlers in America were and how the American colonies were set-up and developed. Originally the British colonies, who later broke off from England and the British crown, operated under proprietary colonies, royal charters, or charters:

“A charter is a document that gave colonies the legal rights to exist. A charter is a document, bestowing certain rights on a town, city, university or an institution. Colonial Charters were empowered when the king gave a grant of exclusive powers for the governance of land to proprietors or a settlement company. The charters defined the relationship of the colony to the mother country, free from involvement from the Crown. For the trading companies, charters vested the powers of government in the company in England. The officers would determine the administration, laws, and ordinances for the colony, but only as conforming to the laws of England. Proprietary charters gave governing authority to the proprietor, who determined the form of government, chose the officers, and made laws, subject to the advice and consent of the freemen. All colonial charters guaranteed to the colonists the vague rights and privileges of Englishmen, which would later cause trouble during the revolutionary era. In the second half of the seventeenth century, the Crown looked upon charters as obstacles to colonial control, substituting the royal province for corporations and proprietary governments.”

The American colonies, in essence,  were business ventures, set-up to operate under a British legal structure, but the charter-holder had control of appointing whom would administer the law within the colony.  In some colonies, the crown directly appointed an administrator for the colony.  The colonial administrators varied widely in leadership ability, legal knowledge, experience and also administrative talent. However, the actual American settlers who embarked on setting up the colonies (business ventures) were almost exclusively Christians of various denominations and their Christian faith defined every aspect of their communities.

An excellent, although very detailed accounting of the American colonies, prior to American Revolution is in Volume 1 of the 5 volume set of The Life of George Washington, written by John Marshall, American revolutionary, friend of George Washington,  4th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and longest-serving  Justice, who shaped the Supreme Court into a co-equal branch of the American government.  So, along with his other achievements, John Marshall should have “historian” listed, because he spent 5 years writing 3,200 pages carefully chronicling George Washington’s life, but in Volume 1, he carefully chronicles the beginning of America’s life leading up to the American Revolution too.

During the last century many bizarre, yet deliberate, revisions, rewritings, or let me borrow a Obama administration term, creating new “narratives”  indoctrinated Americans into believing that America’s Founding Fathers were not Christians, but rather Deists, that Christian faith played little or no role in America’s founding and that Christianity is a threat to American secular government.  However,  many of the philosophical and political underpinnings to modern-day progressivism and modern liberalism go back to before the American Revolution, but were not popular beliefs among America’s founding fathers and were completely rejected.  America’s founding fathers borrowed ideas from ancient Greece and Rome, but the English common law and social order in the American colonies, which played an out-sized role in their political and philosophical beliefs were grounded firmly in their Christian faith.

Another often overlooked reality about the founding fathers is they had more than a century of actual, practical American experience at experiments in devising governmental systems within the colonies, from extreme religious communal control in some Puritan settlements to the scientific-type experiment, in the South Carolina colony, where  the esteemed political thinker, John Locke, helped devise their constitution (it was an unmitigated disaster).   Constitution writing was in vogue.  When Napoleon seized power after the failed French Revolution, he became the premiere constitution writer of history, as he plundered his way across Europe and North Africa.  Many of the American colonies had functioning constitutions before the American Revolution and throughout the colonial period, various colonies kept working out legal alliances, commonly mutual defense agreements, that often ended in disarray when one side would not provide the men requested to fight off Indians, the French or other threats.

Christian churches were a powerful social force and exerted a great deal of influence on politics in early America.  All but one of America’s Ivy League colleges had connections to religious groups, with most originally being intended as institutions to educate and train clergy. Education in early America was directly connected to Christian religious groups, because churches wanted educated clergy preaching to their flock.  These clergymen were instrumental in working within their communities to establish schools to educate American children.

 Texas State Judge, Albert M. McCaig, Jr. (Buddy), kindly gave me permission to use whatever portions of his 4th of July sermon he delivered at the Waller Baptist Church this year.  In June, Buddy was inducted into the Army ROTC National Hall of Fame. He is an Evangelical Christian, deacon in his church, author of “Praying with Passion” and a trusted friend of mine.  I’m a lukewarm Lutheran/Reformed, struggling with faith, homemaker, who gets invited to churches all the time.  In fact, last week a dear friend of mine, here in GA, invited me to her small Pentecostal church.

Despite my avoidance of joining organized churches, I firmly believe that the Christian faith was instrumental to America’s founding and to America’s Founding Fathers’ moral, social and political viewpoints and that Christian faith in America remains a potent force for good.  This is not intended to denigrate other religions or those who don’t believe,  nor is it to question the secular nature of our government.  It is, however, to make the case that America’s founding fathers and the American colonial social order were grounded in the Christian faith.

Before I discuss Buddy’s sermon, I want to relate a small true story of how sometimes you can utter a phrase, intending nothing ill, and later others point out how your words probably registered.  We were in a car heading to my daughter’s wedding.  She was marrying Buddy’s nephew.  So, I was in Texas, in the backseat of a car with my two sons and Buddy’s sister and brother-in-law were in the front seat.  Buddy’s brother-in-law was engaged in a conversation about guns, hunting and gun-related issues.  Without thinking, I made a comment referring to “gun nuts” and one of my sons bumped me with his shoulder and gave me this look that said, “Are you crazy?”.  My other son gave me this glare.  And without missing a beat, Buddy’s brother-in-law firmly said, “They’re not gun nuts; they’re gun enthusiasts.”

Once I was alone with my sons, the lectures started, “Are you crazy?  You’re in Texas and you call people gun nuts!”  My son, who is a gun nut, started his 2nd Amendment lectures and told me that at least in Texas they understand our rights.  My other son said, “Way to go to get along with your daughter’s in-laws!”  And so it went…  Perhaps, I need to cut some slack to President Obama and his, “And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Back to America’s Christian history from Buddy’s sermon, Faith of Our Founding Fathers:

“For the support of this declaration,
with firm reliance on the protection
of the divine providence, we mutually pledge
to each other, our lives,
our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

Last line of Declaration of Independence

Those are some of the words of our founding fathers. There are many more such quotes, and our history is full of such sayings by such men. So,have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

What happened to these men of faith who stood strong in the founding of this great nation? Five were captured by the British, jailed as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

Mostly, those men were financially well off and well-educated. They were comfortable in their own lives, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing they could lose it all, and knowing that the penalty would be death if they were captured because they had become traitors to the British Crown.

They had security in their own lives; but they valued liberty more. Standing together, they made this pledge:”For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

And, fully 25 percent of them died during the war. With all they had, including their lives, they gave you and me a free and independent United States of America.

There’s been a lot of chatter in the media and in politics, and even in Christian circles, about the faith of the Founding Fathers and the status of the United States as a “Christian nation.”

I mentioned earlier the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. That was largely written by Thomas Jefferson, in 1776. Interestingly, there were 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention, which took place in 1787. And, only a few men served in both.

The denominational affiliations of the men who signed the Constitution are interesting:

28 Episcopalians
8 Presbyterians
7 Congregationalists,
2 Lutherans
2 Dutch Reformed
2 Methodists
2 Roman Catholics
1 unknown
3 Deists.

Leaders, such as George Washington, Samuel Adams, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Patrick Henry, and Thomas Jefferson were the true political philosophers of their time.

Their lives and the history they leave us give us a very complete record that shows that these men were deeply influenced by Christianity
That means that the most influential group of men shaping the political foundations of our nation, were almost all Christians.

We get a very clear picture of the character of those men by what they created:

• Virtually all those involved were Christian; and most were Calvinistic Protestants.

• The Founders were deeply influenced by a biblical view of man and government. They devised a system of limited authority and checks and balances.

• A fear of God, moral leadership, and a righteous citizenry were necessary for the new government to succeed.

• They structured a political climate that was encouraging to Christianity, but at the same time accommodating to all religion. They sought to set up a just society, not a Christian theocracy.

• They specifically prohibited the establishment of Christianity
— or any other faith– as the religion of our nation.

As we look at the relationship between religion and government in the United States as it was viewed in the beginning by those men, we can draw two conclusions.

First, at the founding of our nation, Christianity influenced virtually every aspect of American life, from education to our work ethic to families and to politics. Second, the Founders did not give Christianity any legal privilege over other faith. In their view, believers were to be salt and light of the world; not the rulers of the country.

In our Constitution, the First Amendment insured the liberty needed for Christianity to be a preserving influence— the salt— and a moral beacon— the light— but it also insured that Christianity would never be the law of the land.

It is very clear that our nation was founded on the principles of Christ; but not in such a way as to oppressively rule over others.

So, to answer the contemporary question of are we a Christian nation, the overwhelming evidence says, Yes, we were founded as a Christian nation.

So, the historical record, and it is an extensive one at that, since many of America’s founding fathers left vast amounts of writings, clearly shows their Christian beliefs, character and principles they lived by.  The “salt” and “light” belief can be found repeatedly in quotes from founding fathers, warning that our American republic was intended only for a morally upright people:

“Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connexions with private and public felicity.”

~ George Washington, Farewell Address (1796)

Wherever American communities sprang up, invariably early Americans set up churches. The first white settlers to the Kunkletown area (where my ancestors settled) were Moravian missionaries, who were trying to spread Christianity to local Delaware Indians.  Massacres and disease doomed the missionaries.  My direct ancestor, Abraham Schmidt, moved into the “West-End” of Northampton territory in 1762, after 7 years of watching the abandoned Moravian mission area.  He donated the land in 1774 to set up one of the first churches in that area of northeast Pennsylvania, where I grew up.  Most of these early German-American settlers were Lutheran or Reformed, but due to the only other German-speaking immigrants setting up “Union” churches, almost all of the churches became “Union” churches.  The first log cabin church,  which later became St. Matthew’s UCC in Kunkletown was a “Union church”.


Photo: Front of recent church cookbook shows St. Matthew’s UCC church, my childhood church, in Kunkletown, PA.  The annex extending off the right side was added in recent years.

Abraham Schmidt was also the first constable and he was tasked with setting up a militia, as early as 1774, with a quota set at 82, which he easily filled. He was the captain of the militia too. The militia joined General George Washington and as the page from “The Story of Kunkletown” (records acquired through Northampton County records) shows, his militia was still active in 1780.


From The Story of Kunkletown, a Bicentennial Pennsylvania history compiled by local historically minded citizens, like my wonderful pastor’s wife, Beatrice Goldman Boehner. mentioned in many of my posts.   Reverend Adan Boehner was the pastor of St. Matthews UCC Church from 1926-1969.

The 1976 book, “The Story of Kunkletown”, historical research and writing was done primarily by Rev. Perry L. Smith, who was born in Kunkletown in 1897, received a B.D from Franklin and Marshall College and graduated from the Marshall Theological Seminary.  Although Rev. Smith left Kunkletown behind, he spent years researching, gathering information and historical material, long before the American Bicentennial.  He even had already researched the Abraham Schmidt family tree, back to Philadelphia, when the Schmidts arrived.  Mrs. Boehner gave me a typed family tree in 1976 and told me, “Susie, your ancestor was very important to this community.”

Buddy mentioned the sacrifices of the founding fathers and  most Americans can relate to the Mel Gibson movie, The Patriot, yet never really grasp that while this story is fictional and  as Wikipedia explains, Gibson’s character:  “Benjamin Martin is a composite figure the scriptwriter claims is based on four factual figures from the American Revolutionary War: Andrew Pickens, Francis Marion, Daniel Morgan and Thomas Sumter.”

Buddy mentioned the sacrifices without grim details, so here’s a little more detail to give you a taste of how much many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence sacrificed:

“The British had a particular zeal for destroying the homes and property of the signers. Those suffering this fate included Benjamin Harrison, George Clymer, Dr. John Witherspoon, Philip Livingston, William Hooper and William Floyd. The sacrifices of John Hart and Francis Lewis are particularly noteworthy. “While his wife lay gravely ill, Redcoats destroyed Hart’s growing crops and ripped his many grist mills to pieces. Bent on taking him, they chased him for several days. They almost nabbed him in a wooded area, but he hid in a cave. When he returned home with his health broken, he found his wife dead and their 13 children scattered.”

The story of Francis Lewis was equally tragic. “When the British plundered and burned his home at Whitestone on Long Island, they took his wife prisoner. She was thrown into a foul barracks and treated cruelly. For several months she had to sleep on the floor and was given no change of clothing. George Washington was able eventually to arrange for her exchange for two wives of British officers the Continental Army was holding prisoner. Her health was so undermined that she died two years later.””

The price paid for your liberty, by Dr. Harold Pease

Once again, they pledged:

“For the support of this declaration,
with firm reliance on the protection
of the divine providence, we mutually pledge
to each other, our lives,
our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

And they lived up to their word.

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Just because you are poor…

In my last post, I wrote about a book, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J.D, Vance, a young man in his 30s, who vividly describes the challenges growing up a poor, “white trash” hillbilly in Rust Belt Ohio, with a drug addicted mother.  Vance’s story pulls back the curtain on not just the impact of drug addiction on a family, but also a myriad of other social and cultural problems in his poor, white working-class community. Certainly, economic factors play a large role in the escalating social decay in many poor communities, but that doesn’t even hit upon the larger negative social and cultural factors, that are propelling so many people into leading lives in endless crisis.

I’m changing the order a bit on posts, so this one will be about the things I’ve learned about America’s social and cultural problems among America’s poorer people, from my personal experiences.  This isn’t some sociological study, it’s just my observations.

Being a person who likes volunteer work, I’ve done a lot of that in my life, but most of all I like listening to people tell me about their lives and I like to help people in whatever small ways I can.  Nothing I have done is remotely as important as the major contributions many other people make toward helping people.  There are people like doctors saving lives, police and emergency personnel saving lives, people dedicating their lives to good causes, etc.  My volunteer work has been very small in the scheme of things and I know I should do much more, but that said, here goes with the World According to Me…

The Army attracts a lot of people from poor and working class America, poor black people, poor white people, and poor people from other ethnic groups.  Just like I mentioned in my previous post, it’s a way out of dysfunctional families and bad neighborhoods, for many people like Vance or my husband.  The Army does not attract many people from America’s economically-advantaged class.  Even among the officer corps, I suspect most came from middle class backgrounds, not wealthy families.

After, my husband retired from the Army, I went to work at Wal-Mart in 1999, left in 2000, then went back to Wal-Mart in 2003 and left in 2015.  This is a town with a large Army installation, so many of the customers I dealt with were military, but there were also many locals, most from poor, working-class families of various ethnic backgrounds.  This is a poor county in GA, so there were also many poor people, who do not work and probably come from backgrounds of generational poverty.  Some were middle class, but I suspect few of the customers were wealthy.

As an Army wife, I did a lot of family support group volunteer work, Red Cross casework (handling Red Cross emergency messages and financial assistance) and other activities, but most of what I learned came from informal interactions like Vance describes in his book, when he was in the Marines.   He was about to buy a car, when a NCO guided him to the credit union to get a loan, with a lower interest rate.  My husband was a NCO in the Army and that’s what non-commissioned officers do – they take care of their troops and try to guide them.

As an infantry soldier, my husband spent large chunks of the year away from home training, which meant a lot of informal phone calls, where he would ask me to call one of his soldiers’ wives and check on her, or take her to the commissary or help with various problems.  I met a lot of wonderful people in the Army this way.  I learned a lot about personal and social problems too.

Personal financial problems loom large in creating chaotic homes.  “Experts” like to look for macro causes, like discrimination, lack of opportunity, predatory lenders, etc. to explain and absolve people living in perpetual financial chaos from personal responsibility for their plight and sure these macro causes do exist to some degree, but in no way explain that none of the political or social program fixes alleviate the problem.  In fact, many of the fixes exacerbate the problem.

The single most important lesson to teach people is that they are personally responsible for their decisions, their actions and their own lives.

I’ve made financial mistakes, in fact, I think everyone has, but dealing with people who live in perpetual financial chaos, the recurring excuse is some version of blaming “The Man”, as if they are a victim of forces beyond their control OR “bad luck” (both are magical thinking).

I have someone in my family who uses the “bad luck” excuse constantly.  More than a decade ago I sent her an article from a magazine about how many of life’s little crises could be avoided, if you keep at least $500 in savings.  Like many Americans, she spends beyond her means, has a terrible credit score, uses larger windfalls (like tax returns) to go out and spend bigger, rather than putting any aside for a rainy day.  I gave her Suze Orman’s book, Women & Money, because women spend emotionally way more often than men.  She always writes out budgets and plans to get on track.  It never happens, because her budgets don’t allow for the little crises that constantly occur.  Her little crises are usually things like car problems or something with the kids, but almost all of them would not be a crisis at all, if she kept $500 in savings.  She calls all these crises – bad luck.  If you have a dilapidated car, things are likely to break, kids get sick and you know what your co-pay is and that prescription medicine can be expensive, very few things are totally unforeseen.

Another young family member is the exact opposite – she has insurance for just about every conceivable “bad luck ” scenario, including, she took out renter’s insurance on her first apartment, something I didn’t even know about when I was young.  I have encountered many people who use various federal assistance programs and have told me detailed ways about how you have to word stuff on applications, how to game the system, and all the ins and outs on qualifying, yet these very same people often make impulse purchases they can’t afford, get into terrible financial binds with predatory lenders, and refuse to learn anything about better money management skills.  These people can explain complex ways to navigate the government bureaucracy, yet most have never learned to balance a checkbook and live a bad credit or no credit/cash only lifestyle.

In Wal-Mart I noticed that many young co-workers blew almost their entire paycheck  on payday, buying frivolous stuff.  Many of them had families, meaning they weren’t paying bills or buying groceries and that they would be borrowing or bumming money before the next payday.  The anger many working Americans feel about people on government assistance comes from watching people in line at check-out counters across America.

So, let me give just a few examples of people who come from a background, like my husband, Vance, or even worse family chaos.

When we lived at Fort Leonard Wood, my husband was a First Sergeant and because of that he was assigned an extra duty on our street, in our housing area on post.  He needed to check that people were mowing their grass, not piling junk all over and that sort of thing.

This meant that soldiers or their wives on our street would knock on our door to complain about other soldiers or their wives frequently.  I even had a neighbor come to the door and berate me that my oldest daughter, around 12, had beat up her pudgy son, who was the same age as my daughter, but outweighed her by at least 25-30 pounds..  She had her son in tow, and angrily pointed out the red marks on him.  I told her I had already talked to my daughter, but she kept yelling at me and telling me how I should discipline my daughter. Finally, I told her she should stop embarrassing her son by making such a commotion over a girl beating his butt.  Mothers should not emasculate their sons, is my conviction.

One neighbor, a young black lady from Arkansas, had 4 young sons and her husband was an E-4.  She had problems and she didn’t have the skills to cope with a family, but she was trying to learn.  I talked to her many times and tried to help her in whatever ways I could.  I watched her kids sometimes, I gave her clothes for the kids, I listened to her.

She had an angry pride and was distrustful of me, which happens a lot when a white person tries to help a black person or when do-gooders try to offer charity to poor white people too.  I felt that angry pride myself a few times when someone made me feel like I was poor white trash.

She had no idea how to keep house, she did not know how to cook, but she desperately wanted better for her children.  She got a job at a fast food restaurant, she was taking her kids to church, and church friends were helping her too – teaching her how to cook, etc.  Once she began to talk to me, she told me her mother was a drug addict and she never learned about how to be a mother.  One time she was telling me her husband wasn’t happy in the Army and I told her she needed to kick him in the butt and tell him to work hard, because the Army was the best thing to happen to him.  I believe that completely.  He had medical care for his kids and opportunities to advance and get an education in the Army, that he would not have back home in Arkansas.

This lady was facing a mountain of obstacles, but she still was trying to beat the odds.  She had taken an interest in needlework and a church friend had taught her a little bit, so I gave her more needlework supplies and some pointers.  She had gotten a few decorative items and we talked about decorating.  She longed for a better life, but because of her background, she had no foundation and all the time there was the constant responsibility and stress of 4 rambunctious little boys to care for.

Some of the situations with her and her sons had other neighbors commenting.  Like those boys had busted out the screens in the downstairs windows and one day, they and their dog were jumping in and out the one window.  Another time, they had the dog chained to the railing on the front porch.  One of my kids came and told me that I needed to do something because the dog was hanging off the front porch with only its back paws able to touch the ground.  He had wrapped himself around the porch railing, then slipped off the porch,

When they returned from a trip home to Arkansas, I didn’t see the dog for several days, so I asked the one boy what happened to the dog and he told me that his Dad dumped the dog off on the highway driving to Arkansas and one of my kids said the dog probably had a better chance of survival away from them.

I believed her husband was a lazy loser and that she’d be on her own with those boys in the near future, although I don’t know what happened to them.

I know a very nice young white mother with two children, who works very hard at Wal-Mart.  She has been off again, on again with the children’s father.  Several years ago, she was relying on her mother to baby-sit her kids, because she could not afford a daycare.  Her concern about that arrangement was her mother and step-father smoked weed all the time and she didn’t like her children around that.  This is the kind of dilemma many poor people face.  She did work out other arrangements and she has worked hard to advance at Wal-Mart and is a salaried manager now.  She takes her kids to church, she’s trying to make sure her kids have a better life than she had.

Her mother worked in Wal-Mart for several years too and her mother was a very good worker, but she had a lot of substance abuse issues and died a year or so ago.  Despite all the issues, this young woman loved her mother.  And her mother was smart and talented.   One time I was sick with a really bad sinus infection and the doctor had told me to use saline nasal spray several times a day, an antihistamine nasal spray and a steroid nasal spray, plus I was on antibiotics.  I told this lady about the 3 nasal sprays and she told me that she can’t put anything up her nose and then she told me a story about when she and her husband used to cook meth.  People tell me all sorts of amazing stories…  The family, except for this young woman and her two daughters, moved to Colorado, when they legalized marijuana there.

Her daughter is going to be one of the success stories though.   She’s determined to provide a better life for her daughters.

Often young people struggling to overcome chaotic family backgrounds contend with other family members constantly mooching off of them, making it even harder for these young people to get ahead.  I saw this in the Army often, where soldiers were sending money home to other family members and I saw it at Wal-Mart too.  The family ties to a family in chaos make it hard to break completely free of that lifestyle.

Young men seem to hang around the electronics department at Wal-Mart.  It’s ridiculous to see the lines for new electronic games or gaming systems, that start often a day before the release.    Years ago, there was one morning I came into my fabrics and crafts department and was furious that one of these lines had run through my department the night before and these idiots had left trash all over the place, but also folding chairs they had procured from the sporting goods department.  Another time I saw a young man with his toddler daughter in line when I got to work. Nine hours later, when I was heading home, he was still in line with that kid – all day in line with a small child  – to buy a stupid game.

Total irresponsibility among young men in America shirking responsibility to care for their children is a societal crisis and a national disgrace.  Men should be ashamed that they allow other men to behave like this, but even worse many men make excuses for this failure to man-up to taking personal responsibility for children they created.

Americans and their stuff… STUFF is the real religion in America, even more of a false god than money.

A few years back I was stuck on the patio in lawn and garden Thanksgiving night for a Black Friday sale.   My job was to manage the queue lines for large items for that sale.  It was cold that night and I noticed an older man holding a small child, who did not have a coat on and that child was shivering.  So, I took off my coat and covered the kid and the man told me his wife and daughter were on the way with the kid’s coat.  A few minutes later, a lady with three small children in the shopping cart got in line and none of her children had coats on.  Mixed emotions hit me, as I was torn between anger at this stupid mother for bringing her kids out in the cold without coats, regret that I didn’t have anything to keep the kids warm and relief that I had already given my coat to some other kid, because I worried  those grubby kids might have head lice.

Why would anyone take a small child, who isn’t properly dressed, out in the cold to wait in line to buy frivolous stuff?

Lying, cheating, stealing – these are the everyday realities of working at Wal-Mart.  Stealing time in a myriad of ways was the most common form of stealing.    As an hourly supervisor, one time I sat in with a salaried manager as he terminated this young female employee for stealing time.  She had clocked in the day before and then gone to McDonalds at the front of the store, she left there with a guy and went outside.  A few hours later she came back in the store and finally went to her department.  I doubt she told anyone she got fired for stealing time.  Usually  the common refrain is “Wal-Mart is a terrible place to work” or “they didn’t pay me enough.”

I typed up the coaching myself to terminate a young man, who had not done what I told him to do several times.  I had told him to go to the seasonal area and start zoning.  He ignored me, then left for his lunch hour and didn’t come back for a few hours.  When he returned I asked him why he had been gone way longer than an hour and he told me he had a flat tire on his car and had to fix that.  He still didn’t go to the seasonal area, when I told him again to go zone.  He had other coachings and was on his way out the door before this day.  I felt no remorse typing his coaching.  I am sure he thinks I am a bitch, Wal-Mart is a terrible place to work and they weren’t paying him enough.

The stealing of merchandise happened daily and in so many ways, that every time, I would think that I had seen it all, some new way of stealing merchandise would occur.  The thing I learned quickly was that there is no stereotypical shoplifter.  They come in all colors, ages, sexes.  We had many co-workers caught stealing, even an assistant store manager who was writing post dated personal checks and taking out cash loans from the cash office, to a co-manager who was caught stealing baby clothes, even though she could easily have afforded to pay for it.

An elderly lawn and garden people greeter was caught loading up his car with camping equipment he stole and my young cashier in lawn and garden told me she felt bad that he got fired, because he really believed that Mayan calendar apocalypse was going to happen and he was trying to prepare.  I believed he was a thief, because asset protection had been watching him for a while.  They were sure his daughter-in-law was frequently filling up her shopping cart and exiting through lawn and garden without paying for the merchandise.

Shortly after he left, another elderly people greeter started a rumor that he had died of a heart attack.  She stopped me and told me how terrible it was for Wal-Mart to have fired him.  She was sure Wal-Mart was responsible for his death.  I am sure she told many customers this story, even though our personnel manager called to check on him and he was very much alive.  I told this people greeter he had not died and was not mistreated by Wal-Mart, but she had it in her mind that Wal-Mart was the problem.

There are bad managers, there are bad things about Wal-Mart, but this revolving door work force in retail and fast food stems a great deal from the culture.  The most common thing I heard from fellow employees, of white, black and other ethnic backgrounds, often on their very first day of work, was “Wal-Mart isn’t paying me enough to do this job!”  A sense of entitlement pervades, especially with young people.

I’ve read posts at Malcolm Pollack’s blog dealing with controversial human biodiversity scientific research on intelligence, as it pertains to some of these cultural problems.  I don’t have a science background, where I can judge this research or weigh how it affects culture.  The thing about people is, being intellectually-gifted does not equate to moral behavior.  Also having money affords people more opportunities, but money alone does not resolve deeper cultural problems, as is often evident when poor people win the lottery or poor black men become sports stars.  In far too many cases, the money allows for more bad behavior,  reckless behavior, and chaos.

Vance wrote, “A younger teacher, listening intently, sighed: “They want us to be shepherds to these kids, but so many of them are raised by wolves.”  I have known people who have children with Down’s syndrome and other severe mental disabilities, who insist that these children learn table manners, learn to follow rules, learn to do chores, etc.  In fact, creating a stable daily routine helps all people, young and old.  Even dogs can be housebroken and taught how to behave, so assuredly that applies to almost all children.

Living in chaos foments more chaos.  And it doesn’t take any fancy studies or experts to figure this out.  In the common sense words from my late mother, “Just because you are poor, that’s no excuse for having a dirty house”, “just because you are poor, that’s no excuse for bad manners”, “just because you are poor, that’s no excuse for being ignorant”, “just because you are poor, that’s no excuse for not working hard.”

My mother didn’t believe in excuses, she believed that in America, all things are possible… and I believe she was right.


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Looking for a Savior in all the wrong places

The above MSNBC interview features J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, a book that is part, starkly honest portrayal of his life as a poor “white trash” hillbilly growing up in the Rust Belt today, and part social policy analysis. In the book, Vance mentions “learned helplessness” as a looming problem in the economically depressed town in the Rust Belt, where he grew up.  He chronicles, in a very personal way, the current plight of the families of those who were part of the Appalachian migration out of the Appalachian Mountain communities to northern industrial cities in the first half of the last century, often referred to as the Hillbilly Highway.

His story is meant to open discussions about government social policy, local community actions, but most of all, he is hoping that the American families in crisis, at the heart of the cultural crisis in America, take a hard look at themselves and begin the painful, difficult process of changing how their own families treat each other.

That change requires unlearning “helplessness”, but also learning to quit blaming big government, big business, big bankers, nefarious Mexicans and Chinese, Obama  and Muslims, and other mythical scapegoats.  Quit looking for a new big government program or an American strong man promising to make your life or your community better!   You are responsible for the choices you make, but if you have managed to get your life on track, the responsibility doesn’t end there.  You have to try to help guide your own families and communities, especially children at risk, to learning to be productive and American success stories too.

Vance writes honestly about his mother’s drug addiction and the impact it had on him and his sister, but it also affected his grandparents and extended family too.  One addict or alcoholic in a family can create endless chaos and upheaval, both emotional and financial, in a family.  These people are like ticking time bombs, ready to tear apart their family and themselves, over and over.   The news clip above offers a shocking glimpse into the opioid  epidemic in America today.

Change begins first in our own hearts and then within our families and communities.

In many posts I’ve highlighted Trump’s populist appeal, his skillfully latching onto patriotic themes, spanning the globe from Mexico to China for foreign scapegoats abroad, evil domestic “establishment” politicians at home and of course, The Left, as the cause of all the failures in American communities.  Many Americans see Trump as hearing their pain and expressing their anger, but I want to move away from Trump and this election, to delve into the state of way too many American families, like the one Vance grew-up in.


Above is an early photo of Kunkletown, PA, the village where I grew-up.  We lived on the outskirts of the village further off to the left side of where that photo ends.  Behind where the photographer was positioned, is part of the Blue Mountain range, which is the eastern edge of the Appalachian Mountain range.  The village had a few more buildings off to the left and right, when I was growing up, but not much more.  My family was a typical blue-collar, rural family in the Pocono Mountains in northeastern PA.  In the late 90s, my husband, kids and I had gone to visit my family and as my husband drove around winding roads in the mountains, one of my sons, who was around 11 or 12 at the time, said, “Mom, your family is kind of like northern rednecks.”  My first reaction was angry pride in my family, but when I thought about his words, I knew they were true.

I love my family, I am proud of my PA German heritage, and I am especially proud of my parents, who were very hard-workers, dedicated to family, drank alcohol only at social occasions and then sparingly, ran an organized home, lived frugally and within their means, did not tolerate drama in our home, instilled values in us, but most of all they lived their values through constant example.  Sure, my family had conflicts, problems, and many flaws, because no one has a “perfect” family, but I never doubted that my parents would care for us and do their very best to provide for us.  I never once doubted that they put caring for their family over their own wants and desires – they made sacrifices constantly to provide for us.

The things that bind strong families together go much deeper than blood, they are love and respect for each other, and building trust within the family.

My parents told all six of us, my three sisters and two brothers, that in America all things are possible if you work hard.  Coupled with that complete faith in the American Dream was faith in God, but also the constant reminders that we needed to help other people and that America isn’t just about “rights”.  My parents believed being an American imposed on all of us a “duty”  to be good citizens and good neighbors. This combined message of “civic duty” and the Christian message of being “good neighbors” is what built American communities.  That isn’t to say America can’t be inclusive and respectful of other religions, it’s a historical statement of how most rural communities and small town America were built.

The anger stewing among America’s poor is very real, but the scapegoating other groups, the latching onto federal government panaceas and the complete abdication of taking personal responsibility for ourselves, our families and our own communities, is destroying not only the American spirit, but also real American lives.

Vance survived a home in crisis, having a mother who had a drug addiction problem, run-ins with the criminal justice and social services systems, and whose lifestyle led to a revolving door of “father” figures moving in and out of his life.  He credits his loving, albeit dysfunctional in many ways, grandparents with saving him from ending up a high-school drop out.  He also credits the Marine Corps for instilling strong values that helped him become a stronger, more resilient person.  His story offers many insights as to what is really ailing America and it’s not just closing factories, corrupt Washington, or bad trade practices.

My husband survived a troubled childhood, eerily similar to, but, perhaps more stark than the one Vance recounts.  Interestingly enough, my husband’s alcoholic mother, grew up in West Virginia.  As Vance talked about his crazy grandmother’s rants and profanity-laced language, I kept thinking, “She talks just like my late mother-in-law.”

My goody-two shoes upbringing didn’t prepare me for my mother-in-law’s flowery language, where two of her favorite phrases were, ” Shit in your hat and pull it down over your ears.” and her version of “go to hell” was, “Up your giggy hole, bitch!”  I sat there dismayed and confused with many of her phrases, and after the first time she said that, when I was alone with my husband,  I asked him, “What on earth is a giggy hole?”  My mother considered “fart” a cuss word and we weren’t allowed to say that.  I tried to teach my children to say, “pass gas” and they told me even their teachers say “fart” and refused to believe me that “fart” is a cuss word.

Besides all the “crazy” things and rough talking, Vance’s grandmother, instilled a belief in him that he could do anything and she also talked about her dream of becoming a lawyer when she was young.    My mother-in-law, besides the obvious problems that hit you in the face quickly, was a very smart woman and at some point in her life, she read a lot.  It always amazed me that she would rattle off the answers to Jeopardy questions on TV, before even the best contestants could open their mouths.  She would have choice words for the contestants who missed questions.  She also did the crossword puzzle in the newspaper every day, in very little time.  Occasionally, she would ponder out loud about a word she was struggling over, but invariably within a few minutes she’d have the answer.

I once asked my mother-in-law how she knew all this stuff and she gave me this confused look and said, “Everyone knows this!”  I didn’t know many of these things and I read constantly.  I’ve often wondered what my mother-in-law’s dreams were when she was young, before having 7 children, with only 2 having the same father, I believe.  My husband related that one sibling died young, so I am not sure about the paternity of that one.  My husband’s father left when he was 5 years old and he never saw him again.

Like the Marines helping Vance escape his troubled childhood, the Army provided my husband a way to escape his life, growing up poor in downtown Baltimore.  I suspect that my neck of the woods in PA was an anomaly in the 60s and 70s when I was growing up. It was the backward, west end of the county, where a small enclave of  PA Dutch people, most related to each other, were clinging to their rapidly evaporating community.  Drugs were prevalent when I was in high school in the 70s and the area has a lot of resorts and also an invasion of people from New York and New Jersey, who decided to move to the Poconos and commute to work in the city.

This urban invasion completely changed the culture in the area.  In high school, we were disparagingly called “farmers” by our rival high school team, from a more populated area of the county.  However, the dwindling family farm culture had been eroding for a large part of the last century.  Most of the people, to include my parents, commuted to other areas in PA to work, with few actually working on farms in my childhood.


My paternal great-grandmother lamented selling their farm and moving to “town”, which was Kunkletown (a village with a church, a general store, a gas station, a post office,  and a few local businesses) and that was before my father was born in 1929.   The above photo is the post office in Kunkletown, PA, with my great-grandfather behind his horse and mail cart,  He  was one of two rural route mail carriers, when the rural routes were started in 1912.  See, not only John Kasich has a family member with claims to being a postman…   While compiling a history of Kunkletown during the American bicentennial in 1976, local historical sleuths found this record of my great-grandfather’s, January 1912 route stating he delivered 4 registered letters, 757 letters, 369 postal cards, 1802 newspapers, 538 circulars, and 442 packages.  He collected 4 registered letters, 640 letters, 206 postal cards, 2 newspapers, 10 packages and 36 money orders.  Guess reading newspapers was popular in the backwoods.  That post office was still the post office when I was growing up in the 60s and 70s.

The problems Vance relates experiencing growing up in the Rust Belt in Ohio, now are the same ones afflicting the poor white working class in the Poconos, in small towns, in rural America, but also in inner-city poor black communities too.

What is ailing America most is too many Americans started believing they are the downtrodden victims of a system stacked against them.   Much of the “learned helplessness” is the result of liberal government policies, academia and educational system indoctrination and Hollywood and media brainwashing.  Celebrities and flaky TV “experts”, televangelists and assorted “experts” exert more influence over many Americans’ lives than these Americans’ own families or local civic and religious leaders do.  Americans have bought into trusting the advice of total strangers over people in their own families or communities.  This “learned helplessness” belief rears itself in endless strings of lies, way too many people tell themselves and their families, about why their lives are an endless, downward trajectory of personal and financial train wrecks.

As one who has lived through some personal train wrecks and even spent years making excuses for some of my bad decisions, I’m not trying to judge other people who are struggling or acting like I have all the answers. All I can say is that in my life, at 56, one thing I’ve learned to do is to try to quit making excuses when I make mistakes, admit to them quickly, then try to fix them and avoid making the same ones in the future. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I fail, but in the end, I blame myself for the outcome – not the “system is rigged or against me”.  Even when I have been treated “unfairly”, I keep working at forgiveness and not letting anger rule my life.  That forgiveness part is the hardest, but by focusing on looking for positive things, it helps me move past anger.

Vance penned an opinion piece in the New York Times, “The Bad Faith of the White Working Class,” June 25, 2016, where he writes about “paranoia replacing piety” in some Christian groups in America. He states, “A Christianity constantly looking for political answers to moral and spiritual problems gives believers an excuse to blame other people when they should be looking in the mirror.” Expanding on that thought, Vance writes:

“This paranoia harms the most vulnerable Christians the most of all. A few months ago I visited with a few teachers from my old high school and asked them how we might give kids in our community a better shot — at a good job, perhaps, or at least a peaceful family life. The mood grew somber. One told me that after a student, a bright young man from a “rough home,” stopped showing up to class, she drove to his house on a school day to check on him. She found him and his seven siblings home alone, her promising student too preoccupied with tending to his brothers and sisters to care much about school. A younger teacher, listening intently, sighed: “They want us to be shepherds to these kids, but so many of them are raised by wolves.”

In the white working class, there are far too many wolves: heroin, broken families, joblessness and, more often than we’d like to believe, abusive and neglectful parents. Confronted with those forces, we need, most of all, a faith that provides the things my faith gave to me: introspection, moral guidance and social support. Yet the most important institution in our lives, if it exists at all, encourages us to point a finger at faceless elites in Washington. It encourages us to further withdraw from our communities and country, even as we need to do the opposite.” (my highlight)

This post has run much longer than I intended, sorry about that.  In my next few posts I want to delve into the history of faith in America, where Gladius has so generously given me permission to pull whatever I want from a sermon he gave to his Baptist church this past 4th of July, to highlight the faith of our Founding Fathers.  Then I want to write a post about the things I learned about American culture working in Wal-Mart many years (leaving in 2015).


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Contrived Media Hysterics

Social media, the TV pundits and news peeps erupted into frenzied hysterics about Trump’s response to Chris Wallace’s question about whether Trump would accept the outcome of the election, if he loses. This hysteria is ridiculous.

FOX news played the same game against Trump last night, that they used against the other GOP candidates during a GOP primary debate, to pit them against the “will of the people” – this is a slick propaganda gambit. The media piled on during the primary pinning down every GOP leader they could find and exacting a pledge from them that they would accept the “will of the people”,  if Trump got the most votes. That FOX used this same ploy against Trump last night, to pit him against the “will of the people” and the the media hysterics that immediately erupted, shows that FOX staged that question for just that purpose.

Hillary wasn’t asked that question, but she was allowed to get on her soapbox and lecture us about American principles – this woman, who tramples on the law with impunity.

This was shameless agitation propaganda, where the only loser was the American electoral process last night, because if the system is “rigged”, none of us should accept that vote as legitimate – that’s the TRUTH. The media is playing an outsized role in running the Clinton scorched earth to pile-on dirt, to bury Trump now.

All of this is dirt, the media withheld during the primary, while they were giving Trump billions of dollars in free media to burn the GOP to the ground.

However, with FOX – first with their relentless Trumpathon in the primary and now this set-up, which only foments more factional divides and distrust in the American electoral process, something smells. Trump did the same thing he did in the primary – tried to make it about his being treated “unfairly”, but this time the liberal mass media colluded with Hillary, not him.

Once again FOX News is a foreign-owned company, but their role in the American media has always been to incite the far-right, wave the American flag and fuel partisan divides in America.

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Repetitive Messaging


It’s late in the game for American national security and strategic “experts” to get their heads out of their butts and get back to nuts and bolts basics:


Every successful military strategy is based on deception and yes, that means one side is “conspiring” to defeat the other side, so being called a “conspiracy nut” doesn’t even phase me in the least. I study military strategy – ends, ways, means. I try to discern strategies, just like I analyze systems – figure out the parts and how they operate together. I read a lot about military history and military strategy and have for decades, but I am NOT an expert on anything. I am a homemaker, but most of all I am an American, who swore an oath to defend The Constitution always.

The following is a repetitive LB message, which I posted at The American Thinker again this morning. It might be removed. Many of my comments there get removed, I suspect because Trump is very popular at their website. I also have posted a few comments at PJ Media and interestingly enough, the author, Roger L. Simon (a Trump supporter), descended into comments recently, to accuse me of making straw men arguments.  Yes, I am controversial… and persistent. So, first here is my comment at The American Thinker article by Patricia McCarthy, The Cluelessness of ‘WWWDC’. This article was berating white-women-with-college-degrees for supporting Hillary. Here’s my comment:

“Crooked Hillary, awful in ways both obvious and alarming, isn’t why Trump is losing and it’s also not because of feminist blather.  The reason Trump is losing is because he deliberately has been exploding his own campaign for months now, trying to use the Clinton-style scorched earth media strategy that worked like a charm in the primary.

His campaign staff and surrogates spend every minute trotting after him, cleaning up the verbal garbage he spews constantly.  Trump could have spent the time since the convention working to unite the GOP, studying policy and staying on a coherent message, but instead he decided to play a high stakes scorched earth face-off with Hillary, hoping to recapture that primary “winning in all the polls” mojo.  The reason it hasn’t worked is that scorched earth only works with massive mass media collusion.  The “corrupt media” was corrupt in the GOP primary giving Trump billions of dollars in free media and selling his talking points non-stop.  That allowed Hillary to bury her email server scandal and also propelled only the worst GOP candidates to gain any traction (per the Podesta email – promoting the Pied Piper candidates)

That Clinton Scorched Earth requires:

Talking points and buzz word messaging, which are relentlessly repeated by both political operatives and the media.

Mass media domination of the messaging, to control the 24/7 NEWS cycle, which requires mass media collusion.

Relentless repetition of polling data by both the political operatives and media, to facilitate the manufacture of opinion cascades (winning in all the polls).

Trump tore the GOP apart, using a hyped GOP establishment conspiracy theory (identical to how Hillary plays her vast, right-wing conspiracy), but his angry followers, who were duped by this con man, still want to blame everyone else for his failures.  Trump’s primary talking points and relentless repetition of them by both him and the media sold him as “winning in all the polls”.

This Clinton SPIN media messaging, which morphed into the Obama “narrative” media messaging is wholesale public corruption, where the media elite and one political party control the political messaging 24/7 in the mainstream media and they reinforce that messaging by selling manufactured opinion cascades (polls) and talking points, which they repeat relentlessly.  The repeated messages are what people remember and the repeated polls brainwash people to believe poll numbers reflect “the will of the people”.

This isn’t just about this election, it’s about a corrupt system designed to allow Leftists and Democratic politicians to control the media messaging and thereby control the political process in America.  This corrupt media collusion, that worked to assure Trump dominated in the GOP primary, is working to bury Trump in dirt now. This is the Clinton Scorched Earth 2.0 .  Everyone can see the corrupt media pile-on now, where the media keeps hyping one Trump scandal after another – all stories that are years old and which the media sat on for the past year – to use in October to destroy Trump.  Trump is just too stupid to realize he was a Clinton dupe all along, he thinks he can beat the Clintons at their own scorched earth, not even realizing that to win with that strategy requires massive mass media collusion – it’s totally corrupt (but to borrow Comey’s words, “not illegal”).”

The article where Roger L. Simon challenged me was, Panicky GOP Leaders should Come Home after Trump Wins Debate #2:

The Clinton operatives and their friends have many more devastating hits on Trump planned out, with the worst saved up for days before the election.  That reality should check the exuberance of Trump followers, but they keep believing he is great and will win.  His campaign is imploding and each Clinton hit will expose Trump’s deplorable character with irrefutable evidence – they spent the past year compiling video tapes and combing records.  This is how the Clintons operate. Trump has recycled Bill Clinton women and Putin emails.

Cheer him on at your own peril. Rumors are swirling there’s tape of him using racial slurs… He’s taking the GOP down into the sewer with him.


“That reality should check the exuberance of Trump followers, but they keep believing he is great and will win.”

For the record I would like to say that is absolute nonsense.  We are in an election of two people with a tremendous amount at stake.  No one said anyone was “great” here or even close.  It’s a choice and in my case easy to make because I believe in the rule of law.  You disagree, fine. But quit making up idiotic straw men.


Each time Trump comes back with one of these “counter punches”, the Trump pundits keep spinning it that he is back or he’s not out.

The Clintons are the most corrupt political machine in modern American history, perhaps all of American history.  The Clinton machine orchestrated the GOP Insurgency with friends of Bill in the media elite.  Yes, hard to prove, but the billions of free media selling Trump was obviously corrupt.  In late Feb, all but FOX pivoted to the “loose cannon” mode.

Hillary should have been indicted, just as Bill Clinton should have been removed from office for lying under oath, obstructing justice and intimidating witnesses, which were all in the charges. GOP Senators waffled.

Trump seems more like a gift to the Clintons to get Hillary elected than the one thing standing between Hillary and the White House- he is the perfect dupe.  Every time he “survives”, there’s another more devastating liberal media revelation of Trump dirt, while Trump is relying on Wikileaks to save him.  Bill Clinton set up the perfect triangulation strategy – Bernie the kook on the left, Trump the kook on the right – with the middle cleared for Hillary.  Despite her many lies tonight – she stayed calm and poised and did not loose one bit of her foothold on the middle ground.  Trump gained nothing.

Tonight he rambled out one attack after another, much of it garbage.  And then he ended this debate praising “no stamina Hillary” : “She doesn’t quit, she doesn’t give up, I respect that. I tell it like it is: She’s a fighter!”

Frankly, all along (since 1992), I’ve suspected that there was some hostile foreign intelligence influence in the Clinton SPIN cycle media messaging strategy and their souped up impeachment spin – Scorched Earth media messaging strategy, which morphed into the GWB Derangement Syndrome media messaging strategy, then morphed into the Obama “Narratives” media messaging strategy. And now we have experienced the Trump “GOP Insurgent” media messaging triumph to burn the GOP to the ground, in the primary, and we’re at the Clinton Scorched Earth 2.0 media messaging strategy to make sure Hillary wins – no matter what. All of these media messaging strategies were totally corrupt and relied on massive mass media collusion to brainwash enough Americans to buy into them to succeed. However, they all also are at their core run like military-style INFORMATION WARFARE strategies and sorry, most of the Dems, to include Hillary and Bill Clinton, know nothing about military strategy. Bill Clinton is a political genius, he is not in any way, shape or form a military strategist. The “SPIN” fits with his area of expertise- political messaging.

I’ve always been suspicious of the Carville/Matlin duo, which did in George H.W.Bush – something smelled off with them during that election, their hokey love affair and everything about them. Another Clinton spin meister supreme, George Stepanopoulos, choirboy looks, and now Chief Anchor and Chief Political Correspondent for ABC News.

So once again, here is what this strategy really is and yes, I made up the “mass media saturation strategy” name myself, long ago, because that’s what the strategy IS:

Mass media saturation is the military strategy of swarming juxtaposed to a mass media battlefield

Scorched earth is the military strategy of scorched earth (a war crime under the Geneva Conventions btw) juxtaposed to a mass media battlefield, Scorched earth information warfare is a take no prisoners blitz of vicious character assassinations AND mass media saturation on steroids.

Combined, they have been ruthlessly used to divide America into hostile, warring factions

The Russians are playing a worldwide media messaging game – BIG picture and that Iranian incident of seizing two American ships in January was part of it:

The Wiki-leaks dumps are part of it, even Lavrov’s “oh, so disingenuous pussy joke” with Christiane Amanpour (Iranian, pushed for US intervention in Balkans, married top Clinton State Dept official- getting closer access to Clinton White House), was a middle finger to US leaders. For the pearl-clutchers saying, “How could you be suspicious of Amanpour?” Well first it was her theatrical prodding US intervention in the Balkans, which made me wonder why some “Leftist” was urging US military action, so here’s the LB Guide to Profiling again.

Here’s the Lavrov brilliant attack on American leadership:

Here’s another BIG Russian media message for the US and the West:

“Russia taunts US with biggest military offensive since the Cold War”

For the record, I could not care less when people attack me personally or call me a crazy conspiracy nut, but I sure hope that the people entrusted with our national security get their heads out of their butts SOON, because the Russians ARE on the move and they have a COMPREHENSIVE MILITARY STRATEGY and they have have been incrementally waging it for DECADES against America and the West. There should be a few Cold Warriors, who remember how this game is played.

Hillary or Trump are both surefire losers for America – one is too stupid to realize Putin is fluffing him and the other has so much dirt that the Russians are holding and ready to blackmail her, that she’s compromised six ways to Sunday.

This isn’t just about presidential “politics” or some benign media messaging strategy, because the Clinton mass media messaging is just part of this. The Russians are escalating their cyber warfare actions, their geopolitical actions AND military actions.

This is the culmination of a DECADES’ long comprehensive military strategy to neuter the United States and the West and the main effort has been to fuel virulent partisan factions in America and destroy Americans’ confidence in the media, in their economic system (Wall Street attacks ring a bell), the police (hey BLM, ring a bell), and the entire American governmental system. It has been a comprehensive military strategy all along.

Putin will be the only winner come November 8th.


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Rigged elections?

As I type, President Obama is going on and on, answering a reporter’s question about Donald Trump angrily spewing about a “rigged election”. Trump’s motives probably are completely self-serving and intended to stir up his angry followers, to contest the election if Trump loses in November. Trump used this same tactic before the GOP Convention, so it’s reasonable to believe that what Trump cares about is himself, not a corrupt system.

Since August of 2015, I’ve been alarmed by the Trump campaign’s collusion with the mass media on messaging, the relentless selling of manufactured opinion cascades by both Trump and the media, and the glaring similarities in messaging and memes between Clinton operatives and Trump. I’ve been dismayed that no one seriously looked into this obvious media collusion for decades and instead argued about it, as some sort of benign ideological “media bias”,  rather than what it really is.

The Clintons introduced an“information warfare” strategy, more at home in totalitarian regimes than America, into American presidential politics. That’s the truth.  Now, who was behind the Clinton’s new messaging strategy, I can’t say with certainty and my suspicions have fallen mostly on left-wing academics who study propaganda, social psychology and  advertising OR hostile foreign intelligence OR a combination of the two.  I am convinced that the Clintons didn’t dream up this sophisticated information warfare strategy on their own.

Trump may be spewing about the “unfair media” and the “rigged election” for selfish reasons and he may have exaggerated some points, blurred the edges on some of his charges, but he is completely right – this election is a RIGGED SYSTEM and it was RIGGED by the CLINTONS and their legions of operatives and their friends in the mass media from the beginning.

The deluge of Podesta email leaks pouring out from Wikileaks is making a term, which I have been talking about since last fall, very trendy: MEDIA COLLUSION. Back in October 2015, I wrote about seeing Bill Clinton’s triangulation strategy setting up perfectly:

Do you ever let your mind wander and think about “what ifs”?  Well, as Donald Trump continues to keep the GOP race in disarray and feeds the worst bigots, xenophobes and racists at the base, well, I wonder, would the Clinton political machine be able to orchestrate a more perfect triangulation than to have far-left kook, Bernie Sanders on the left and Donald Trump on the right.  Trump’s single-handedly throwing the election to Hillary with his “deport them all”, which threw the Hispanic vote in the toilet for the GOP, if he is the candidate, then it was the attacks on women, or how about his “closing mosques” comment yesterday?  That would leave the Queen sitting snugly in the “middle” – calm, grandmotherly and looking “moderate”…

At first, I thought this would be impossible, but as I’ve watched Trump continue to agitate and throw out these verbal hand grenades at any in the GOP field, who looks like he/she might move up in the polls, then add in all these outrageous lines he keeps throwing out to alienate wide swaths of the electorate, it all seems orchestrated and contrived.  A couple of days ago he was blaming GWB for 9/11 and not keeping America safe, yet it was President Clinton who let bin Laden go and who did nothing to deal with Al Qaeda’s attacks on American interests – USS Cole, Khobar Towers, Mogadishu ring any bells.  No, Trump attacked GWB…

I began to think Trump’s operating like a Clinton sewer rat and he sure fixates on the polls – just like the Clintons.  Every other word he speaks is about his poll numbers and the press feeds on that too.  This training the American public that polls determine what’s right and wrong, not the merits of the issue, worked like a charm during the Clinton impeachment.  “Who cares if a President lies under oath – the American public doesn’t;  just look at the President’s poll numbers”, went the argument.  The media sold that line of reasoning and the American people bought it.

We know Trump frequently golfed with Bill Clinton, praised Hillary and even invited the Clintons to his wedding.  In fact, that reported phone call from Bill Clinton to Trump right before he announced his decision to enter the race as a Republican seems so odd, looking back at how this race is stacking up.  Trump is clearing the path for a Hillary win.

So, does Trump have some vendetta against GWB or the Bushes, because his ultimate target is to demolish Jeb Bush?  Trump holds grudges and he believes in destroying his enemies.  Back in August 2015, I wrote a post where I quoted one of Trump’s books:

Last week I bought one of Trump’s books, as I mentioned before, and I read it.  Assuredly, Trump offered many interesting insights into, as the book’s title stated, “TRUMP: How to Get Rich”.  The pride he takes in his children comes across and he offers some worthwhile advice on investing and negotiating, but trying to get to the character of who exactly is Donald Trump, well, he’s a man who has chapters in his book like “Be Strategically Dramatic”, “Sometimes You Still Have To Screw Them”, and “Sometimes You Have To Hold a Grudge”, replete with examples from his life and his guiding principles. Here are some quotes (page 138):

“When somebody hurts you, just go after them as viciously and as violently as you can.  Like it says in the Bible, an eye for an eye.”

Be paranoid.  I know this observation doesn’t make any of us sound very good, but let’s face the fact that it’s possible that even your best friend wants to steal your spouse and your money.”

The chapter on holding a grudge is even more interesting, because Trump relates how for years he had donated huge amounts of money to NY governor, Mario Cuomo and when he called Cuomo to ask for a favor from Cuomo’s son, Andrew, who was running the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Mario Cuomo refused to do the favor (which Trump doesn’t explain in detail other than to say it was an appropriate favor involving attention to a detail). Trump blew up and for any who are confused with Trump’s vendetta against Megyn Kelly on Twitter, calling her a bimbo last night or his refusing to entertain a question by Jorge Ramos from Univision this evening, well, this chapter on holding a grudge (page 142) explains it.  Trump called in a political favor believing it was owed to him, because he donated a lot of money to Mario Cuomo  (crony capitalism is what most people call this greasing of palms).  Here is how Trump describes the phone call:

“I did the only thing that felt right to me.  I began screaming.  “You son of a bitch!  For years I’ve helped you and never asked for a thing, and when I finally need something, and a totally proper thing at that, you aren’t there for me.  You’re no good.  You’re one of the most disloyal people I’ve known and as far as I’m concerned, you can go to hell.”

My screaming was so loud that two or three people came in from adjoining offices and asked who I was screaming at.  I told them it was Mario Cuomo., a total stiff, a lousy governor, and a disloyal former friend.  Now whenever I see Mario at dinner, I refuse to acknowledge him, talk to him, or even look at him.”

Today, Vice President, Joe Biden, decided not to run, so the field is cleared for Hillary and I believe Bill Clinton is throwing his political muscle around to secure the nomination for Hillary.  After all, she went to great lengths to save his presidency during all their assorted scandals, but especially during the Lewinsky scandal.  Coincidences do happen, but some are just too strange, like Bill Clinton calling Donald Trump weeks before Trump’s decision to run as a Republican for president.

Perhaps, this all falls in the realm of a wild conspiracy theory, but it’s best to look at how many segments of the electorate Trump has thrown to the Queen and keep tabs, as he makes more, supposedly, contemporaneous comments that set GOP hopes in flames.  This sure has the stench of a Clintonian scorched earth policy, where they hold all of the matches.

A triangulation theory?

The pieces of Bill Clinton’s triangulation strategy are being exposed in the Podesta emails and now that the “media collusion” is out in the open, with so many in the media blatantly working  with the Clinton campaign, to pile on Trump, the corruption smacks you in the face almost daily.  The Podesta emails make clear that the Clinton campaign colluded with the media to sell the “Pied Piper GOP candidates”, Trump, Cruz, and Carson.  So, the only GOP candidates that made any bumps in the polls were Trump, Cruz and Carson.

On October 9, 2016, Kerry Picket, at the Daily Caller, wrote a piece about a April 7, 2015 Podesta email to the Democratic National Committee, which laid out a plan “to elevate the GOP long shot candidates” (the so-called Pied Piper candidates).  This is the carefully planned Bill Clinton’s triangulation strategy, where they wanted to create far-right kook candidates. She writes;

“The e-mail focuses on the strategy of the “Pied Piper Candidates.” These candidates are the individuals Democrats believed to be the most beatable in a general election as a result of their views, but want them to be taken more seriously in the primary so the more competitive candidates will be forced to adopt positions that they may not feel comfortable with.

“We need to be elevating the Pied Piper candidates so that they are leaders of the pack and tell the press to[sic] them seriously,” the e-mail says, noting that the Pied Piper candidates would be Cruz, Trump, and Carson. The candidates to be cleared from the field would be Bush, Rubio, Walker, Paul, Christie, and Gov. Bobby Jindal.

“Most of the more-established candidates will want to focus on building a winning general election coalition. The ‘Pied Pipers’ of the field will mitigate this to a degree, but more will need to be done on certain candidates to undermine their credibility among our coalition (communities of color, millennials, women) and independent voters. In this regard, the goal here would be to show that they are just the same as every other GOP candidate: extremely conservative on these issues,” the Podesta e-mail notes.

By early March 2015, according to a Quinnipiac poll, Republicans had been coalescing behind Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker for a few months, but he had yet to officially announce his candidacy. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, however, was only two points behind Walker with 16 percent. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee both received eight percent.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson garnered seven percent while Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz received had six percent, while Florida Sen. Marco Rubio picked up five percent. No other Republican contender went over two percent at the time and 17 percent were undecided.”

(The highlights are mine.)

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This email certainly goes a long way towards providing evidence to my “conspiracy theory” that the rise of Donald J. Trump was a Bill Clinton dirty trick. This email was in April 2015 and Trump didn’t even enter the race until June 2015… yet, the Clinton machine had already figured out how to set him up with the media collusion.

Here’s another timeline:

Early March 2015 – Hillary’s email server scandal broke.  To get a hint of the worries, the following quote is from a March 2, 2015 ,New York Times  story:

“Her expansive use of the private account was alarming to current and former National Archives and Records Administration officials and government watchdogs, who called it a serious breach.

“It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business,” said Jason R. Baron, a lawyer at Drinker Biddle & Reath who is a former director of litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration.”

April 7, 2015:  Podesta sent the “triangulation strategy “email to the DNC.

May 2015:  Donald Trump initiated contact with Bill Clinton, and Bill Clinton returns Trump’s call, according to a August 5, 2015 Washington Post report:

““Mr. Trump reached out to President Clinton a few times. President Clinton returned his call in late May,” a Clinton employee said. “While we don’t make it a practice to discuss the president’s private conversations, we can tell you that the presidential race was not discussed.”

One Trump adviser said Clinton called Trump, but the adviser did not provide specifics about how the call came about.”

June 16, 2015: Trump entered the race and leapt to the head of the pack of the Pied Piper candidates and the mass media elite all start running the “GOP Insurgency Show”, replete with Clinton-style talking points, memes and manufacturing opinion cascades, selling Trump 24/7.

April 29, 2016, <ahref=””>I posted the following comment at National Review in their Disqus comment section:

I’m just dying to know how Trump’s big name GOP enablers think Trump can run his one-man borrowed Clinton/Begala scorched earth, mass media saturation strategy all the way to November, when once he gets the GOP nomination he will be facing the new and improved Clinton 2.0 scorched earth and at best he might have FOX News to carry his 24/7 meme factory and rabble-rousing rallies and speeches live. CNN, MSNBC and the other networks will show they are “real news” networks and gladly run the “hard-hitting investigative” exposes on Trump’s past. Without that 24/7 news cycle monopoly and the negatives burying him, what’s he going to do… call Hillary vile names… And since Trump is a one-man show, he will have to play the heavy-handed hit man dishing the dirt and “act” presidential at the same time. That is quite a tall order. The Clinton machine already has the talking points memo messaging perfected. The Clintons always let their minions do the dirty work, so they can pretend they are above the fray and Hillary already has the middle ground firmly staked out. The louder Trump rails, the calmer and more dignified she will act, while the media will buzz endlessly about his emotional stability, he’s losing it, he’s a fascist loon. Which of Trump’s GOP enablers are going to sacrifice their reputations to turn into Carville or Begala for Trump? Stone’s already been marginalized as a loon and CNN and MSNBC have already blocked him, I believe.

In recent weeks, the punditry class is abuzz with the Podesta email revelations of obvious media collusion between the Clinton campaign and media, to actively sell Hillary and dump damaging dirt on Trump. Understandably, the Trump campaign feels like they’re not being treated “fairly” and they’re not, BUT every Republican candidate was NOT treated “fairly” by the media, because all along many of the big wig media elite AND many individual journalists and editors were conspiring with the Clinton campaign to derail Bernie Sanders campaign, to derail the most likely to win Republican campaigns and promote the most extreme, general election losers in the GOP primary. Trump received billions of dollars in free media in the GOP primary, all to help Hillary in the general.  That Trump GOP Insurgent side show was a Clinton meme that their friends in the media sold.  The “GOP establishment conspiracy” that Trump peddled was exactly like Hillary’s “vast, right-wing conspiracy” messaging – sounds like the same people wrote that messaging.

Trump never set up a real presidential campaign and assuredly he never came out with anything as well-thought out as the “Pied Piper Podesta email” to the DNC.  So, let’s look at another LB conspiracy theory – the Trump fascist meme set-up. No worries if you discount me as just a tinfoil hat crazy. I am used to being discounted and told I am nuts – after all I am the one who was attacked in my home in 1998 by a freakin’ retired general, recruited to silence me during the Clinton impeachment scandal, all over my posting comments on the Excite message boards about the Clinton Scorched Earth Strategy and how the “media collusion” is really INFORMATION WARFARE.

Trump’s fascist memes were sold to him – I believe, he was manipulated into spewing those fascist memes, as I’ve stated many times. Here’s my Disqus comment at National Review from March 17, 2016:

I believe the entire “Trump meteoric rise” will be exposed as mass political corruption – making Trump a crook at worst, a Clinton dupe at best – thus making it likely the GOP can wash their hands of Trump and the Dem political operatives guiding Trump from the shadows. Bill Clinton triangulation is written all over Trump’s rise and these vile insidious “racist memes”, which the Trump camp deliberately played to incite the backlash from the Left and GOP opponents will be exposed too. My strong hunch is that those who live by sending talking points constantly will fall by those electronic trails too, lol. Let’s hope that for once our vast, electronic data collection finally solves some high-level malfeasance. FOX going all in to drum up Trump and this agitprop about “Trump the victim” has been quite illuminating too. The “populist rage machine by FOX is also fascinating to analyze.

Trump racist memes

*Trump’s deliberate demonizing entire groups of people for months – the raping Mexicans, the cheating Chinese, vile attacks on women (Kelly bleeding out of her whatever and Giuliani tonight on Hannity said Trump is “gentlemanly”…)

* Trump’s retweeting the Mussolini quote and creating buzz about that

* Trump refusing to denounce David Duke on a Sunday Talk show

*Trump setting up a loyalty pledge – where he read the pledge off a piece of paper (staged) to create the imagery of a Nuremberg rally

*Trump stooges in Disqus comments (parts of organized political operatives -( which the FBI has been made aware of) spreading an Uncle Donald meme to create the Uncle Joe Stalin comparison

So, in the end metadata may be what does in the Clintons and Trump, lol And who knows where all else these trails lead…

Here’s a timeline, from my July 30, 2016 blog post, The Pieces of the Media Messaging Puzzle, worth repeating:

FOX has stayed all-in for Trump. Liberal news networks don’t “give” Republicans 24/7 news cycle control and they sure don’t give them that for 8 months straight. It was a set-up to throw the GOP primary into chaos.

Here’s the sequence of events when CNN and MSNBC made the switch to Clinton scorched earth in late February:

Here’s the timeline on those Trump fascist memes:

February 28, 2016 – Trump retweets a Mussolini quote and refuses to denounce David Duke on a Sunday talk show.

March 3, 2016 – GOP debate where Trump defends Mussolini quote and doubles
down on his committing war crimes to defeat ISIS.

March 5, 2016 – Trump does a staged raised arm pledge rally where the Nuremberg imagery smacked you in the face. He read a prepared card with that pledge. I’d love to know who came up with that pledge rally idea and if it was Trump, did anyone try to dissuade him.

March 10, 2016 – Michelle Fields claims she was strong-armed by Lewandowski leaving a press briefing. I have wondered if he was a handy Clinton middleman, because it sure seemed like he was set-up as the thug in that Michelle Fields controversy. I watched that video over and over and did not see him grab her arm where the bruises were and I believe she sounded very deceptive in interviews.
The Trump controversy builds. And then he walked into the home of wacko leftist central, Chicago. The timeline suggests that Trump was duped into setting up his own bonfire and lighting it, before he was tossed into it by the left-wing mob.

March 12, 2016 – Leftist ground zero, Chicago, Trump faces massive organized leftist mobs and cancels his rally.

Those protests in Chicago were staged and funded by leftists – and Soros very likely played a large role. This riot in San Jose is just part of that continued staged agitation propaganda to try to incite violent clashes with Trump supporters. I still wonder who in Trump’s campaign egged him on with this strong-man themed garbage? Was that pledge rally a Trump brain storm or was Trump sold on it? Soros and other far-left groups are likely funding, organizing and staging these riots and street clashes, but who in Trump’s campaign came up with these strong-man talking points in the first place??? That’s what I would like to know, because it sure looks like he was massively set-up. When he did that pledge rally, where the liberal press was primed with making that Nuremberg rally comparison immediately, almost like they had received some talking points. Was there MEDIA COLLUSION and if so, with whom???

Note: CNN banned key Trump mouthpiece, Roger Stone in late February and MSNBC banned Stone in April, rather extreme measures to silence Trump’s former campaign manager. Oddly, enough CNN immediately hired Corey Lewandowski, in June, when he was fired as the Trump campaign manager, which certainly makes me wonder if Lewandowski was a Clinton mole in the Potemkin Trump campaign all along.

FOX News is a foreign-owned news corporation, that opened shop in America to fuel the right-wing, in massive agitation propaganda efforts. Or as the left dubbed it (Faux News). FOX News has gone all-in to promote the Trump “GOP Insurgency”. Why FOX is all-in for Trump is an open question. The American CEO of FOX News, Roger Ailes, was fired on the very same day as Donald Trump became the Republican nominee, with the news reporting that Rupert Murdoch would be running FOX News for now. Very strange coincidence with that timing, in light of this unprecedented mass media collusion to promote the GOP Insurgent.

Trump played up these racist/fascist memes, but I believe he was fed those memes by someone on his staff, who was being fed those memes by Clinton operatives. For months now, I’ve been stating that I suspect Corey Lewandowski is that Clinton ghost haunting Trump Tower. The racist/fascist memes fit a timeline that led to the Chicago showdown.

Today, The Daily Caller has an article by Blake Neff, Activist Who Took Credit For Violent Chicago Protests Was On Hillary’s Payroll. Imagine that:

“Notably, a search of FEC records reveals that Rodriguez was paid by the Clinton campaign shortly before she disrupted the Chicago rally. The campaign paid her $1,610.34 as a “payroll” expense, and also gave her a $30 payment that is described only as “phone.”

The payments are both dated Feb. 29, 2016, less than two weeks before the violence in Chicago. Those are the only payments Rodriguez has ever received from the Clinton campaign. It’s not immediately clear what the payment was for, and it’s also unclear whether Rodriguez was really behind the agitation in Chicago or if she was simply making an empty boast.

In the months afterwards, Rodriguez was paid handsomely by other political operations. She received a $1,108.97 travel reimbursement from Political Action in May, and in June she was paid a whopping $17,500 by Stand Up For Ohio PAC as a “political consulting fee.” Stand Up For Ohio PAC is itself heavily funded by MoveOn.”

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So, there you have a money trail between a leftist agitator, who showed up in Chicago to instigate anti-Trump rioting, and the Clinton campaign and Soros…

And for those who think the Lewandowski, as the Clinton mole, idea far-fetched, just look at the fact that CNN (a key Clinton front to run the Clinton scorched earth) immediately hired Lewandowski, right after Trump “fired” him. Trump still kept Lewandowski on the pay-roll through September 2016 and although Lewandowski was “fired”, he’s still in close contact with Trump. I’ll quote the Soros-funded, Media Matters:

Campaign reporters spotted CNN contributor and former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski joining the campaign’s motorcade and stepping off Trump’s plane as the Republican presidential nominee traveled to campaign events on Saturday, raising more questions for CNN about its decision to continue employing Lewandowski despite the obvious ethical problems in doing so.

CNN’s decision to hire Lewandowski has been widely criticized as an ethical morass by media ethicists and journalists who have condemned the network for months. Lewandowski’s continued involvement with the Trump campaign, his likely non-disparagement agreement with Trump, and his penchant for pushing Trump talking points on air all raise serious questions about his continued employment at CNN. CNN’s employment of Lewandowski contradicts the network’s previous stance that contributors paid by a campaign “would not be permitted.”

According to CNN, Lewandowski’s supposed severance pay ended in late September, as he was paid off “in one lump sum”; he had previously received monthly payments from the Trump campaign following his termination even while drawing a paycheck as a CNN contributor, a practice which was to continue for the rest of the year.

In recent days, Lewandowski has been on CNN defending Trump’s bragging about committing sexual assault and attempting to discredit some of the women who have accused Trump of assaulting them. But after Trump’s arguably worst week of the campaign so far, several reporters covering the Trump campaign spotted Lewandowski traveling with Trump to campaign events in Maine and New Jersey on October 15″

That’s how things roll with the Clinton master strategist, Bill Clinton… he has been orchestrating Hillary’s campaign and the “GOP Insurgent” campaign, with his big media friends colluding, every step of the way.

Just ignore the WHOLESALE PUBLIC CORRUPTION and oh my, don’t you dare hint that this election is RIGGED, because saying things like that undermines our electoral system…


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More Home Truths

G. Murphy Donovan penned a very thoughtful and thought-provoking essay, “Whence Wisdom?”, at the New English Review, prodded by a young man’s question at a dinner with friends:

“I had dinner the other day with a family that was about to launch their son towards college. As the evening drew to a close, their first born asked me if I had any words of wisdom about school to share as he left home for the first time.

Wisdom, thought I?  Now there’s an asset in short supply today, if not words, then surely the quality of wisdom. I believe I coughed up a few clichés, something about maturity being a journey “from me to thee.”

The written word is often the corrected and amended version of the spoken. A few days later, I sent the aspiring scholar what follows below, a personal appraisal of schools, education, and the pursuit of wisdom.”

Whence Wisdom? by G. Murphy Donovan

He ventured way beyond a few clichés, offering up some cold slab home truths, while cracking quite a few eggheads’ flighty theories and pieities.

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